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.

Once again, we are taking part in the
Big Give Christmas Challenge.

Donate on the Big Give website:


from 12:00 PM, 29 November to 12:00 PM, 6 December 2022.

Last year, many members donated to Exeter Ethiopia Link as part of our Big Give Campaign to support the employment of school librarians in rural Ethiopia.  A massive THANK YOU.

Your donations made a HUGE difference and our Ethiopian team have made a short video telling the story of our (well actually your) work with libraries over the last year: 

 EEL Libraries 2021-22

 and also some case studies of the amazing librarians you supported:

 Librarian case studies.mp4 

This year we are hoping to raise money again through the Big Give to continue our work with the 34 school librarians. We are targeting £3740 and the good news is that we have guaranteed match funding from Ethiopia Aid and Enable Ed so when doubled, this will get us £7480. This will ensure that the 34 librarians remain in a job and supporting children to access books for another year.  In practical giving terms, this is an approximate cost of £110 per individual librarian.

Why not gift someone a Membership Subscription this Christmas?

EEL at the Respect Festival

Land's End to John O'Groats
Cycle Challenge. 

We have just received news of the Just Giving Total reaching an amazing £3,000!
Once again a big thank you to Rob and the team and to all those who have donated and helped us to reach this fantastic total.
To donate - visit:

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

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.)

You can donate to The Year of The Girl by clicking the button below.

See how your donations are already being spent:


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