Exeter-Ethiopia Link’s key Ethiopian partner since its inception in 1987 has been the ‘Development & Social Service Commission’ (DASSC) of the Mekane Yesus Church (EECMY) – Central Synod. DASSC is a registered Ethiopia NGO engaged in development work which operates separately from the Mekane Yesus church organisation. The church had its roots in the Swedish Mission to Ethiopia which was active in development work in Wellega establishing Nekemte Hospital in 1932 and running it until the government take-over in 1975. DASSC now runs the Nekemte Eye Clinic, Nekemte School for the Deaf and many other development projects in and around Nekemte.
We'd like to introduce you to the people in Nekemte who make it possible for us to carry out our projects. Click here to see our "Who's Who".
The New Generation University College is a private university college founded in 2002 by Matthew Gichile who had returned to Ethiopia from the USA. Since 2005 Exeter-Ethiopia link has sponsored young women could not otherwise afford the £150 annual tuition fees to study 3year courses at Diploma level.
Exeter University Medical School are building a link with Wellega University Medical School sponsored by the Tropical Health Education Trust. Exeter-Ethiopia Link collaborates with this new link when appropriate.
Plymouth University Education Department are working to develop teacher training for the early years at Nekemte Teacher Training College and collaborate on this with Exeter-Ethiopia Link.
This link between Estepona in Andalucia, Spain and Nekemte, Ethiopia was set up by Richard Hayes and Emilie Tieken who had served as VSO volunteers in Nekemte in 2009-11. It works together with the Exeter-Ethiopia Link in supporting projects in and around Nekemte.