Exeter Ethiopia Link

Enabling communities to help themselves

We are a voluntary organisation with members mostly in Exeter and the Southwest. Our aim is to encourage and support small but sustainable development projects in Ethiopia.

Help Us to Maintain and Develop Our Projects in Ethiopia

Over the past year, EEL and its members have made a real impact despite incredibly challenging conditions in Western Ethiopia. Together we have:

  1. Successfully raised over £8,200 in the Big Give Christmas Challenge that has enabled us to continue the employment of now 35 school librarians in Western Ethiopia throughout 2022. This in turn has resulted in over 10,000 children a month attending libraries and a safe place to study.
  2. Supported disabled children in school including now 34 deaf students accessing mainstream secondary education.
  3. Sustained our girls’ bike club which has gained significant media attention and continues to build self-esteem and confidence amongst female students.

Support for Deaf Students

Our supported deaf students have to live in rented accommodation in order to attend Secondary School. The donations we receive enable us to supply these students with everyday necessities such as oil and soap. The photos below were taken at a recent distribution. Click on the photos for a larger version.


Members LinkUp Meeting took place on
Thursday 24 February 2022
at 7pm

Click HERE to read a full report of the meeting (pdf)

The powerpoint presentation that formed the basis for discussion at the meeting can be downloaded (pdf) HERE



Year of The Girl

Our Focus for 2022

Our aim is to reduce inequality and promote health, safety and wellbeing for girls living in the Nekemte area of Ethiopia.

We held our first members' meeting to discuss possible events and projects on 19 January.  
You can read a report of this Brainstorming Session by
CLICKING HERE


Please contact us with your comments, suggestions and, especially, 
offers of help.

We hope to be supporting more girls like Saron.



This is Saron Adugna who is aged 10 and attending grade 5 in a rural primary school. She had had her leg amputated from the knee down. Exeter Ethiopia Link's volunteer, Murti, met her in school on a monitoring visit and referred her to Nekemte Physical Rehabilitation Centre. The result is she now has a new prosthetic leg and supporting crutch and shoes. (Photo published with permission.)


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