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2020: Achievements

2020 was a difficult year with Covid-19 lock-downs in both the UK and in Ethiopia. Nevertheless, Exeter Ethiopia Link’s funds have continued to make a difference to the lives of people in the Nekemte region. We have just received this summary of achievements for 2020.

40 Primary Teachers from 20 schools trained in supporting children with disabilities.

68 Secondary Teachers from 4 schools trained in inclusive education.

40 Primary Senior Leaders trained in eye screening in partnership with Vision Aid Overseas.

1 new eye unit set up at Nekemte Referral Hospital in partnership with Vision Aid Overseas.

189 children with disabilities supported to access mainstream schools.

1 new disability association with 25 members legally registered with the government.

Construction of 1 girls’ toilet at Anno preparatory school completed. 

170 families of disabled adults and children supported during Covid lockdown through provision of soil fertilizer (1250kg), selected seeds (312.5kg), food oil (850 litres) and soap (1,700 pieces).

Funding to schools to employ 34 school librarians, supporting them through the Covid lockdown and then refunding to employ them and training for the 20/21 academic year, (the school libraries will become vital as the majority of schools have shortened their school week to 3 days to allow social distancing).

10 primary school libraries supported through additional furnishing and books and four secondary schools supported with new books.

22 deaf secondary students supported to earn money through the bookmaking scheme.

Five DASSC (Development & Social Service Commission) staff funded to run and manage projects.

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