Current News


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22 June 2017

Successful Acoustic Cafe

This year's Acoustic Cafe took place
on Saturday 17 June 2017.
Click here to read about the evening and see some photos.


1 June 2017

Annual Report 2016

The Annual Report for 2016 was presented at the recent AGM.
Click here to download the report as a PDF.


11 May 2017

Acoustic Cafe

This year's Acoustic Cafe will take place at St Mathews Hall, Topsham, on Saturday 17 June 2017, 7.30 - 11.00 pm.
Click here to see the poster with full details.


30 March 2017

Visit to Ethiopian Projects: 12 - 25 February 2017

Ella Huffman and Penny Pullen recently visited Ethiopia to monitor a number of current projects including the Inclusive Education Project, the Library and Reading Centres Project and our new Collective Sponsorship Programme for Deaf Students.
Click here to read the report (pdf) of their visit.


29 March 2017

Support for Nekemte Eye Clinic

In August 2016 Exeter Ethiopia LInk part-funded a visit to the Nekemte Eye Clinic by six volunteer optometrists from the charity Vision Aid Overseas.
Click here to read a report (pdf) of this successful visit.


2 November 2016

Are you getting our Newsletter Emails?

We have recently sent out an email to all members with information about our new Sponsorship Scheme. If you haven't received this email, please check how your email software deals with what it considers to be spam. If you find our email in your spam folder, try right-clicking on the email in the spam list. You should then see an option like "This is not spam". Select this and the emails should come to your Inbox as normal. You may also need to check your anti-virus software and make sure it is letting our emails through.


19 October 2016

Brief Visit Report

Emma Sarton visited Nekemte in July 2016 to check on progress in various projects and to work with the team based in DASSC. Her visits noted a number of key achievements and challenges:

  • Recent political unrest and issues have impacted on the work of EEL in terms of schools being closed and teachers and pupils not present. It has also had a very real impact on the people we work with and the general atmosphere in Nekemte. Despite this, excellent work continues due to the commitment and dedication of the team there and the support of people here in the UK.
  • The Comic Relief funded libraries and reading centres programme is up and running. Both libraries and reading centres are being built and teachers trained. Initial monitoring of pupil outcomes shows they are gaining crucial literacy skills.
  • The Inclusive Education project is in its 3rd year. More schools are being added to the project and children are accessing school through additional assistive devices.
  • Philanthropic donations are making a difference. For example, funding library construction in partnership with communities.


3 October 2016

New Sponsorship Scheme

Since 2013 Exeter Ethiopia Link has supported young people with hearing loss who graduate from the Nekemte School for the Deaf to continue on to secondary school. We campaigned, with the School for the Deaf, for signing teachers to be provided in some mainstream schools, and with additional tutorials funded by Exeter Ethiopia Link the 37 students who we support have made remarkable progress. We now need to find accommodation for these students and we are looking for sponsors to help us keep these young people in education. For more information about our sponsorship appeal and to download a brochure go to our People With Disabilities page