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.

The Annual General Meeting of Exeter Ethiopia Link was held on Saturday 25th June 2022 at Exeter Community Centre, St. David's Hill, Exeter, EX4 3RG.


Thanks to everyone who attended the AGM. It was wonderful for some of our members to meet face to face.

We had a very positive meeting and there was a real sense of moving forward.

We were sorry to say goodbye to Emma Sarton as a trustee but delighted to welcome George Dexter on board. We are sure he will be a valuable addition to our team. We also welcomed Oscarine Barukh as a volunteer and we were pleased to meet her at our meeting.

A highlight of the meeting was a recorded video interview with Murti, our project worker in Nekemte. You can watch the interview by clicking on the button below.

We are now looking forward to our focussed week of fundraising for the Year of the Girl commencing on 
4th July. If you are interested in organising a small fundraiser there are lots of ideas on our website (click on the button below), or simply make a donation by clicking on the DONATE button at the top of this page.


Every penny will go towards supporting girls in and around Nekemte. Girls’ literacy has suffered during the pandemic and lies well below that of boys. Our pilot tutorials are being assessed but early indications are showing excellent results. We can fund these tutorials for less than £1 per month per girl.

Thank you for your support. 

Year of The Girl Fundraising week

We are focusing on fundraising for The Year of The Girl during the week beginning 4th July 2022. If you are interested in organising a small fundraiser there are lots of ideas on our website (click on the button below).

We've already made a start!
Girls' literacy has suffered during Covid and it is well below that of boys. We are funding teachers to deliver reading tutorials to develop girls' literacy. The results look very exciting!
The cost of running this tutorial is less than £1 per girl per month. 

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

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
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.)


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


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