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December 2007

Christmas Greetings to all!

Seasons greetings to all of our Link Ethiopia supporters, whether you are attached to one of our growing number of linked schools, whether you are one of our project sponsors or donors, whether you support a child and its community through Link Ethiopia, or whether you just show an occasional interest in what we are up to. Whoever you are, wherever you may be, all the Link Ethiopia team hope that you will enjoy a peaceful and amicable Christmas season!

News from Ethiopia

  • We all know that Ethiopia is the home of coffee, and that some of the finest coffees in the world still come from that country. But you may not know about the much more recent development of floriculture in Ethiopia. In recent months, dozens of private flower farms have been springing up across the country. Greenhouses for the culture of roses now line roads where the land was barren just a few years ago. Growers from many countries have arrived in Ethiopia to make this new industry a very positive economic boost to Ethiopia, not only in terms of national revenue, but in the provision of hundreds of new jobs for Ethiopian workers. Let’s hope some Christmas Roses are amongst their products!
  • On a somewhat different subject, news arrives to tell us that Nokia has devised a method to allow Amharic speakers to text each other on their mobile phones! The 300 different characters of the Amharic alphabet provided something of a challenge for Nokia, but it now appears that the problem has been cracked. Nevertheless I’m sure that many Ethiopians will hang on tightly to the much more personal activity of having a good and thorough chat with their neighbours!

Christmas in Ethiopia

Ethiopian Christmas is known as Ganna and is celebrated on 7th of January. Christmas celebrations take place both in ancient churches carved from solid volcanic rock and modern churches designed in three concentric circles. Men and boys are made to sit separately from girls and women and the choir sings from the outside circle. Candles are given to people as they enter the church. They light the candles, then walk three times around the church and stand throughout the mass, which may take as long as three hours.

Traditional Christmas dishes includes injera, a sourdough pancake like bread, which serves as both plate and fork along with doro wat, a spicy chicken stew served in ornamented baskets. Giving gifts is not a big deal in Ethiopia and children usually receive clothes as presents. On Christmas Eve, people remain outdoors and pray and chant all night. In the morning, a colourful procession marches to the nearby hilltop headed by three young men with whips to keep everybody in line, where a service is held. After the prayers, priests bless the bread and wine and distribute it to everybody. People dance, play games and feast for the rest of the day.

And finally…

We very much hope that you’ve enjoyed reading our News Updates this year, and we intend to continue to keep you up to date with all of our goings-on at Link Ethiopia. .

As our UK New Year is about to dawn (Ethiopia’s is in September, as I’m sure you already know), I would like to invite all of you to get even more involved in supporting our work, whether in large or small ways. If we are to continue to help the schools and communities in Ethiopia in really meaningful ways, we need you to help us with a little finance, if you can and will. Our website will tell you all the ways in which you might do this – anything from sponsoring a complete project in your own name (or indeed in that of one of your family or friends) to simply giving us an untied donation of any amount via the website. However you can help us, I give you my personal assurance that we will use every penny or cent in the best way possible to help education in Ethiopia.

Best wishes to you from me, Chris Grant, Director of Link Ethiopia, and from the ever enthusiastic and hard-working Link Ethiopia team in both countries.

Coming up on Television

  • Globe Guides
    Info about Ethiopian Christmas and Timkat
    Tuesday January 1st for several days (Travel Channel)
  • Around the World in Eighty Treasures
    Searching for the Ark of the Covenant
    Wednesday January 16th (UKTV History)
  • • Dangerman – The Fiery Pit
    Inside an Ethiopian volcano
    Wednesday January 23rd for 3 days (Discovery Science)

Proverb of the Month

“ The stranger is good for laughing, the relative for trouble ”

Website Link of the Month

Wikitravel’s news and views on travelling in Ethiopia at http://wikitravel.org/en/ethiopia.

And of course our own colourful website at www.linkethiopia.org

Help us?

As always, if anyone reading this would like to offer us expertise, knowledge and help with our work or would like to associate yourself with one of our school projects (classrooms, water, toilets, books, etc) then please get in touch. You can donate via the following link, or by contacting us – details at the bottom of this page.

www.linkethiopia.org/donate

Posted in 2007, News emails |

October & November 2007

Greetings to all!

And yes, we are still here, despite the temporary silence from the Link Ethiopia team whilst we were all in Ethiopia. We have had an excellent trip and have all sorts of news to report to you about our latest plans and projects. So let’s go!

News from Ethiopia

  • The dispute between Ethiopia and its immediate neighbour Eritrea has continued to smoulder since the two countries were at war in the late 1990’s. Since that time, the UN has manned a buffer zone in order to preserve the uneasy peace. It was therefore a welcome recent pronouncement by Prime Minister Meles Zenawi when he stated categorically that he would not wage war on Eritrea unless the latter made a direct invasion of his country. How tragic it would be if once again the two countries were to waste lives and finance in a futile altercation.
  • The greatest Ethiopian long distance runner of all time, Haile Gebreselassie, has again shown the world what a great athlete he really is. Since our last News Update, he competed in the Berlin Marathon where he smashed the world marathon record by taking 29 seconds off the previous time, a record that had stood in place since 2003. Are there no limits to this man’s extraordinary physical accomplishments?

Meet the Team

Ashley England is the Link Ethiopia Treasurer and gives many hours of his enthusiastic time to the planning and control of the organisation’s finances, as well as to our ever so successful Gift Ethiopia scheme. He has been twice to Ethiopia, and remains supportive and creative in all our activities.

Score Ethiopia

Our latest exciting news is of our involvement with Proctor and Gamble, the hair shampoo Wash & Go, and The Sun newspaper. As part of their marketing campaign for Wash & Go, Proctor and Gamble have decided support young people in Ethiopia with Link Ethiopia’s advice and help. We are initially focussing on the historic hillside village of Lalibela, where we are hoping not only to provide the young people with good facilities for football, but also to fund job training and business start-up support within the village, teaching construction and manufacturing skills, food production and preparation, and other vocational subjects which will build on the tourism infrastructure supporting Lalibela’s main economic activity. The footballing legend and current star of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, John Barnes, is the front man for this campaign, and is due to visit Lalibela again in the next couple of weeks.

In the UK, a big campaign has started around the country to challenge primary pupils to design a football strip that will eventually get made and presented to an Ethiopian school who will be doing the same thing in reverse. There has already been great interest shown in both countries. The full details for Score Ethiopia can be found at www.linkethiopia.org/score

Gift Ethiopia

Link Ethiopia’s ‘alternative’ gift catalogue this year is bigger and better than ever before, with a wide range of attractive and tempting gifts for you to buy for your nearest and dearest this Christmas (or at any other time, of course!).

Thanks to everyone’s generosity, we shall once again be able to provide training for teachers, sponsorship for individual children and support for their schools, clean running water where none yet exists, school materials for kids who can’t afford them, and even chickens to feed and support poor families.

You may either order online by going to www.giftethiopia.org or email for one or more catalogues to be sent to you (contact [email protected]).

School links and our gap teaching scheme

Link Ethiopia volunteers have been busy throughout the summer preparing and producing an adventurous and colourful pack of teaching and learning materials for all of our school links, and they are rolling off the press as you read this. Meanwhile, our latest teaching volunteers are just coming to the end of their three-month stay in Gondar, and the pupils in the Fasiledes School will be very sorry to say goodbye to Henry Turnbull and Paddy Hodge, who have been friendly and skilful teachers. Volunteers for the coming term are already in preparation, but Link Ethiopia is now recruiting for the 2008-2009 academic year and welcomes an approach from anyone interested. Again, see our website for details.

The Website

It’s new, it’s colourful, it’s informative as never before, and it’s up-to-date! We have spent long hours on our new website, and if you’ve yet to see it, you can explore at www.linkethiopia.org

We would love you to pay it a visit and while-away a few hours in exploration of its many and varied pages. You can not only learn exactly what we are up to here at Link Ethiopia, but also find out what wonders the country of Ethiopia has to offer. Once you have done some investigation, we would love to have your feed-back on the site. It is very nearly completed now, but we would welcome any thoughts from you that would help to make it the VERY BEST Ethiopian website on the internet.

Coming up on Television

  • Wild Africa – Mountains
    Michael Palin encounters a troubled Ethiopia
    Monday December 10th (UKTV Documentary)
  • Pole to Pole – Crossing the line
    The beginnings of mankind in Ethiopia
    Monday December 17th (UKTV Documentary)
  • GlobeTrekker – Ethiopia
    Zany presenter Ian Wright explores
    Thursday December 20th for 3 days(Travel Channel)

Proverb of the Month

“ Evil enters like a needle and spreads like an oak tree ”

Website Link of the Month

Link Ethiopia – where else!
www.linkethiopia.org

Help us?

As always, if anyone reading this would like to offer us expertise, knowledge and help with our work or would like to associate yourself with one of our school projects (classrooms, water, toilets, books, etc) then please get in touch. You can donate via the following link, or by contacting us – details at the bottom of this email.

www.linkethiopia.org/donate

Posted in 2007, News emails |

September 2007

Greetings to you all in a new and inspiring millennium for Ethiopia!

We at Link Ethiopia hope that you were all able to celebrate and enjoy the festivities to some extent, whether you were in Trafalgar Square in London, involved in any of the other celebrations that took place in cities across the world, or whether you were lucky enough to be able to share happy feelings with Ethiopians in Ethiopia itself.

Whichever it was (or even if you missed the entire thing!) may we wish you all success and happiness in your lives, and for Ethiopia itself, may we hope for peaceful and ever more prosperous progress at this significant time.

On with our September News Update!

News from Ethiopia

  • With international support, the Ethiopian government is working towards an ambitious goal to have universal primary health care by 2010. Ethiopia has already stepped up recruitment and training of primary healthcare providers and is building many more health centres throughout the country. Progress has been remarkable, and Ethiopia expects to be able to provide 80% of the required 30,000 health workers by the end of 2007. Watch this space!
  • And while the skeleton of Lucy, on tour from the National Museum in Addis Ababa, wows the long queues of interested spectators in Houston, Texas, the Ethiopian government is turning its attention to another national treasure. A giant stone obelisk, returned to its original home in Axum by the Italian government, after decades of patient waiting and requesting, is now to be re-erected during this Millennium year.

Meet the Team

Sachin Shah is the School Links Manager in the UK, and he works with tireless energy and enthusiasm in all he does. He has taught in Azezo Secondary School, he has visited Ethiopia many times, and remains full of ambition for the organisation’s work.

Ethiopia – Home to 7 World Heritage Sites

UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites are considered places of international importance for the conservation of mankind’s cultural and natural heritage for future generations. Ethiopia is proud to be the home to seven!

So where are they? Well, Axum, Lalibela and Gondar have huge historical importance in the north alongside the natural beauty of the Simien Mountains. Whereas the Omo Valley in the south-west, Tiya in the south, and Hadar in the north-east of the country each have been the location of important prehistorical discovery.

And so what? Being a World Heritage Site can bring huge international prestige, attract new visitors and will encourage high standards of managing the area. Such designation is already raising worldwide awareness of these ‘jewels’ in Ethiopia’s crown.

School Link focus

Michael Gray, at Halliford School in Shepperton, first visited Ediget Feleg Secondary School in Ethiopia last year, where he spent a week teaching groups of students and making friends with the teachers. His first-hand experience of school life in two very different teaching and learning environments has increased his enthusiasm for a link between the schools, and confirmed the importance of activities such as letter writing between the students, so they can learn about each others’ lives.

To help improve the partnership between the two schools, twelve students from Halliford have been selected to visit Ediget Feleg in October 2008. In the meantime they hope to raise a significant amount of money through events such as talent shows. Money raised will contribute to a building project in Ediget Feleg, a school which hasn’t had much investment since the Italian buildings were erected 60 years ago. We look forward to reporting how they got on next year!

Resourcing Project news

The Kebele 16 Elementary School caters for 1,800 pupils on the outskirts of Gondar town. For a number of years the toilet facilities at the school were totally unsuitable for their pupils (see the photo on the left below).

Thanks to the donations of a number of supporters, Link Ethiopia was able to work in partnership with the local community to fund a new toilet block, with eight toilets, for female pupils. The block was completed in the summer and is ready to make a huge difference to the pupils at the school (see photo on the right below).

Thanks to further fundraising activity in the UK we are already in the planning stages to support the Kebele 16 school with an equivalent boys toilet block – more of that in a future news update.

Our Gap Ethiopia scheme

With the extra focus of the Ethiopian Millennium to experience, our latest pair of Gap Ethiopia volunteers took themselves out to the country a week in advance of the usual schedule, arriving in Gondar two days before the celebrations. With the school year still not quite ready to begin, they have planned to hit the tourist route and visit the Simien Mountains for a few days. Henry Turnbull and Paddy Hodge are a friendly and energetic pair and they will shortly be starting their teaching of English Communication Skills at the Fasiledes Secondary School, and working with the brand new teaching resources that Link Ethiopia has been working on for many months.

Coming up on Television

  • Pole to pole – Crossing the line
    Michael Palin encounters a troubled Ethiopia
    Friday October 5th (UKTV History)
  • Walking with beasts – Next of kin
    The beginnings of mankind in Ethiopia
    Thursday October 18th (UKTV Documentary)
  • Don’t forget your passport – Ethiopia
    A wealth of history in a stunning African landscape
    Sunday October 21st (Travel Channel)

Proverb of the Month

“It is foolhardy to climb two trees at once just because one has two feet”

Website Link of the Month

A lot to discover on this tourism website at www.tourismethiopia.org

and of course our own colourful website at www.linkethiopia.org

Help us?

As always, if anyone reading this would like to offer us expertise, knowledge and help with our work or would like to associate yourself with one of our school projects (classrooms, water, toilets, books, etc) then please get in touch. You can donate via the following link, or by contacting us – details at the bottom of this email.

www.linkethiopia.org/donate

Posted in 2007, News emails |

August 2007

Greetings, at the end of the Millennium!

Welcome to our August 2007 email – that’s if you use the Gregorian calendar!

As you read this, 1999 is just about to end in Ethiopia (given their use of the Julian calendar) and all Ethiopians are looking forward to September 12th, their New Year’s Day. Plans are afoot across the whole of Ethiopia, and indeed in countries all over the world, to celebrate the New Millennium with huge enthusiasm.

But regardless of the year you are in, do read on to find out the very latest news that we have for you from Link Ethiopia.

News from Ethiopia

  • We read that Professor Ephraim Isaac, a retired Ethiopian Harvard scholar who lectures around the world on religion, peace, and conflict, has just helped resolve his country’s two-year political crisis using problem-solving methods as traditionally Ethiopian as his clothes. 35 opposition party members who had been kept in jail for almost two years on charges of attempting to overthrow the government have just been released thanks in part to his traditional peacemaking methods. He led a non-partisan Ethiopian “council of elders” that quickly negotiated a deal acceptable to both sides. “In our tradition there is forgiveness, and elders mediate. We do not believe in grudge and vengeance.” Mr. Isaac explained. “This is a very rich culture.”
  • And technology for the millennium: There will be 1.2 million mobile phones for sale to the hundreds of thousands of tourists and Ethiopians living abroad coming to celebrate the Ethiopian millennium next month. The Ethiopia Telecommunication Corporation (ETC) has prepared these mobile phones to avoid communication problems during the millennium celebrations said the ETC Executive Director.

Meet the Team: Chris Grant

Chris Grant is the Director of Link Ethiopia. He is a musician and keen traveller who started the organisation over eleven years ago.

Chris remains ever ambitious and enthusiastic as Link Ethiopia develops and expands into its exciting second decade, thanks to everyone’s support!

Addis Ababa capital of contrasts

Addis Ababa means ‘New Flower’ in Amharic, and at just over 100 years old it is relatively new, yes, but a flower isn’t the first thing that springs to mind! Noisy, dusty, sprawling and yet often colourful and vibrant, Addis is the third largest city in Africa – the diplomatic capital for the UN ECA and the OAU. It boasts some of Africa’s most important museums and universities yet retains a definite small town feel, even if it does have one of the largest outdoor markets in Africa. Addis is the third highest capital in world, at 2300m, and it should have a tropical climate at 8 degrees north but it feels much more temperate! This is a city with a curious mix of past and present – wattle and daub housing next to luxury high rise buildings; imperial, Marxist remnants adjacent to new private sector offices; medieval robed priests strolling the streets next to suited businessmen and women on their mobile phones.

Addis is the capital of one of the ten poorest countries in the world, but you might not guess it – this is a city of constant and rapid change.

School Link focus

The link between Padstow School in Cornwall and Arbatu Ensesa Elementary School in Gondar started when Jan Moule – a teacher at Padstow – returned from Ethiopia, where she had been working for two years with VSO.

Children at both schools have been communicating and learning about each other since then. Year 2 Padstow students have made books about what they see on their walk to school, and children in Ethiopia are creating something similar. Some of the older pupils filled a box with different items from Cornwall, and in return received lots back from Gondar. To strengthen the link further, Jan returned to Ethiopia in April and has secured funding for Askal – an English teacher at Arbatu Ensesa – to visit Padstow School this Autumn.

This coming year the young people in Padstow are hoping to support Arbatu Ensesa as they grow and sell vegetable produce as part of the school’s ‘gardening club’, with proceeds going towards supporting some of the poorest pupils at the school. Students will be able to exchange information about topics such as the seasons, how produce is grown and the impact of weather.

Resourcing Project news

The largest elementary school in the Gondar region of Ethiopia, Tsadiku Yohannes, is set on a large site in a relatively poor area of Gondar town. It caters for 3,200 children, half in the morning shift and half in the afternoon, and teaches pupils from Grades 1 to 8.

Tsadiku Yohannes is particularly special because it also caters for blind and deaf pupils and those with learning disabilities

The school is in need of all kinds of support. We recently worked with the local community to address the shortage of water facilities on site. Thanks to donations we have received in the UK we have been able to support the school with a new drinking water facility for pupils to use during break-times.

Our Gap Ethiopia scheme

Before you receive our September issue of our News Update, two more young and energetic volunteers will have left for their placement in Ethiopia. Why such an early departure? To catch the Millennium, of course! The Gondar region is going to be one of the really exciting places to be on September 12th, and Henry Turnbull and Paddy Hodge are enthusiastic to begin their Ethiopian stay in real celebratory style.

They will be based at the Fasiledes Secondary School during their three-month stay and will be teaching English Communication Skills to small groups of keen learners.

Meanwhile, here in the UK, we shall be on the lookout for new recruits for the 2008-2009 season. If you know of interested young people, tell them to get in touch and to ask for our colourful Gap Ethiopia leaflet that gives all the details.

Blind student support

We would like to support an enthusiastic group of young students in Gondar, northern Ethiopia, called the Blind Students Association. They are in need of basic equipment to help them at school and in everyday life – Braille materials, sticks, talking watches etc. We are looking for a blind group or organisation in the UK that might wish to link with them and support them.

Any ideas?

One more time – Help!!!?

Do you know of a business or indeed an individual with unused space in North or Central London?

Or do you know anyone who would sponsor us with their generosity by funding an office space on our behalf? We know many young people who would love to help us by volunteering with some regular time each week, or a limited period of concentrated effort.

But we do need a welcoming (if basic) space where we can work alongside them and focus their enthusiastic efforts.

Coming up on Television

  • Air Crash Investigation
    An Ethiopian aircraft is hijacked in mid-air
    Monday September 3rd (National Geographic)
  • Around the World in 80 Treasures
    Ethiopia and the Ark of the Covenant
    Tuesday September 18th (UKTV Documentary)
  • Adventure Challenge – Hostages in the Desert
    Three adventures in the remote Afar desert
    Wed September 26th (Travel Channel)

Proverb of the Month

“After you throw the spear, you cannot catch the end of it”

Website Link of the Month

Thorough and detailed coverage of the country at CIA Factbook

and of course our own colourful website at www.linkethiopia.org

Help us?

As always, if anyone reading this would like to offer us expertise, knowledge and help with our work or would like to associate yourself with one of our school projects (classrooms, water, toilets, books, etc) then please get in touch. You can donate via the following link, or by contacting us – details at the bottom of this email.

www.linkethiopia.org/donate

Posted in 2007, News emails |

July 2007

Greetings!

Hello everyone … and welcome to our July newsletter. We send this letter all over the world, so usually we don’t talk about the weather because our experiences are all different. But here in the UK it almost seems as if the Ethiopian rainy season is upon us! It’s supposed to be our dry summer season, but numerous UK cities have been experiencing the worst floods on historical record.

But enough about the weather – let’s tell you what Link Ethiopia has been getting up to recently.

News from Ethiopia

  • We understand that “Lucy”, one of the world’s most famous skeletons, unearthed in Ethiopia in 1974, is to tour the US on exhibit for the first time. National Natural History Museum Spokesman Randoll Kremer said, “This is one of the most important specimens relating to human origins in the world.” Lucy goes on display at the Houston Museum of National Science on August 31 through until April 20, 2008.
  • Meanwhile, Starbucks has agreed a wide-ranging accord with Ethiopia to support and promote its coffee, ending a long-running dispute over the issue. The US retailer will market, distribute and, in some cases, license Ethiopia’s range of high-quality coffee brands and it is hoped the deal will act as a catalyst to raise prices and, at last, improve the livelihoods of Ethiopian farmers.

Meet the Team: Matt Stockdale

Matt Stockdale is the Assistant Director of Link Ethiopia, and now works full-time to bring about the success of the organisation. He has lived and taught in Ethiopia, and has been back to visit on many occasions.

A cultural piece – Shall We Dance?

Traditional dance is an important part of the colourful Ethiopian culture. Watch TV and you will be mesmerised. Juddering shoulders, up, down, backwards, forwards, always rhythmic. No hip movement. Sharp intake of breath sounding like ‘Iskista’. And what you have is the best known dance in Ethiopia also of that name!

Dance is everywhere – social, ceremonial, religious, happy, sad, in praise of nature, fertility, fighting spirit. Once a fierce prelude to battle, now it is more a symbol of identity and togetherness. There is huge variety, always agile and sometimes extreme athletic. To win a friend, suppress shyness and dance away!

School Link focus

For the past few years Robertswood School in Buckinghamshire, England has had a very fruitful link with Hibret School in Gondar. Students have been involved in some innovative ways of enlivening their link, such as coming to school dressed up in the colours of the Ethiopian flag! The local communities in both countries worked hard to raise money towards new water taps for Hibret, which has suffered from a severe lack of resources ever since the school was first built during the 1930s. The taps are now functioning, and students and teachers alike at Hibret are enjoying the use of such a basic facility as clean running water.

Members of the community around Robertswood recently made beautiful knitted blankets for street-children in Gondar, which we transported with our book shipment earlier this year.

Staff on both sides have been very positive, which is why the link has worked so well. A special thank you must go to Marylou Slupek, who has been Link Coordinator at Robertwsood, and who is now retiring this year. Thanks to everyone’s efforts, the link is excellently placed to progress well into the future!

Resourcing Project news

We work alongside a wide range of schools in Ethiopia, from the most basic of rural schools to the more sturdy secondary schools in urban settings. Our urban secondary schools are bustling with between 1,000 and 1,500 students in each year group! Their needs can be very different from those of our primary schools and one area we have been supporting them is through the provision of computers and associated technology. Computer skills are increasingly becoming a requirement for modern business in Ethiopia and until recently only very few students were able to leave school having had any computer practice whatsoever.

Over the last three years we have shipped 70 computers to the schools in the Gondar region of Northern Ethiopia and this has helped not only the many students who have been able to advance their computer skills but also the administration of school records which would otherwise be undertaken solely by hand.

There is still so much more that we can be doing to support the needs of these secondary schools and if you would like to support us or if you have any suggestions we would love to hear from you.

Our Gap Ethiopia scheme

We are delighted to have two young ladies from the Bristol area taking part in our Gap Ethiopia scheme in the coming academic year. Cassey North and Hannah Ray, who have just finished their A levels at Backwell School, will take up their placements in the north of Ethiopia next February and will be the first female teachers at the Fasiledes Secondary School in Gondar. They are already brimming with enthusiasm, and we look forward to working with them in preparation for their experience.

If you know anyone else interested in such a placement, get them to get in touch with us.

Office Space

We are still looking for an office space in the London area, and would be very happy to hear from anyone who thinks that they can point us in the right direction. We know very well that we could find somewhere suitable at a price – but we would so much rather spend Link Ethiopia’s money on helping the young people and schools in Ethiopia IF we can find someone who can help us out.

Do you know of a business or indeed an individual with unused space in North or Central London? Or do you know anyone who would sponsor us with their generosity by funding an office space on our behalf? We know many young people who would love to help us by volunteering with some regular time each week, or a limited period of concentrated effort. But we do need a welcoming (if basic) space where we can work alongside them and focus their enthusiastic efforts.

Coming up on Television

  • Air Crash Investigation
    An Ethiopian aircraft is hijacked in mid-air with disastrous consequences
    Wednesday August 8th (National Geographic)
  • Tribe – Nyangatom
    The warrior tribe deep in the Omo Valley
    Monday August 13th (UKTV Documentary)
  • The Nile – The Great Flood
    A wonderful programme showing life in the Ethiopian Highlands
    Wednesday August 22nd (UKTV Documentary)

Proverb of the Month

“ A stone is never small ”

Website Link of the Month

All the up to date news – www.allafrica.com/ethiopia

and of course our own colourful website at www.linkethiopia.org

Help us?

As always, if anyone reading this would like to offer us expertise, knowledge and help with our work or would like to associate yourself with one of our school projects (classrooms, water, toilets, books, etc) then please get in touch. You can donate via the following link, or by contacting us – details at the bottom of this email.

www.linkethiopia.org/donate.com

Posted in 2007, News emails |

June 2007

Hello!

Welcome to the June issue of our Link Ethiopia news updates. We hope that you will enjoy reading about our latest developments.

In particular, if you have any London connections please see our appeal for small office space. We are planning to develop and expand our activities over this coming year and we need your help!

Small office space needed!

Now here’s a big request. For those of you in business or having contacts in London, is there any possibility of your helping us to find office space for three or four people in central or north London?

We need to find a company who would like to help our charity by allowing us to use a small office space for our work. With such a space, we and our volunteers could expand our activities and make our work really effective.

Please get in touch with me, Chris Grant, if you can help in any way.

News from Ethiopia

  • It is good to see that environmental issues are a big concern in the beautiful land of Ethiopia. A new book, published in Ethiopia, is called “Environment for Survival” and focuses on five major ecosystems in Ethiopia that are endangered. It mentions, for example, the highland ecosystem, where about 80% of the native population are leaving and where there is a high level of erosion and environmental degradation. Let’s hope that such concerns are treated with real urgency – as we hope they will be elsewhere in the world.
  • It has also been reported that Ethiopia will receive the highest share of the $30 billion that was proposed in May to the US Congress to reauthorize the Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. This money would be used to support treatment, to prevent new infections, and to support care for those in need, including many orphans and vulnerable children.

Meet the Team

Belayneh Shewaye is our Country Manager in the Ethiopia office. He is an experienced teacher and administrator, and works full-time to co-ordinate our school projects, school links and gap scheme in the north of the country

Visit Ethiopia, be 7 years younger and get up at ‘midnight’ !

Most of us know that time differs across the world with degrees of longitude but in Ethiopia there’s somewhat more to it! Ethiopia uses the Julian calendar which is roughly 7½ years ‘behind’ the western Gregorian calendar. This means that the Ethiopian New Year starts on 11 September and, rather excitingly, this year the country will be celebrating the millennium! An Ethiopian year consists of 12 months of 30 days and a 13th month of 5 or 6 days. This is all because of Julius Caesar and a dispute over the exact date of Christ’s birthday.

Then there is the time… If your clock is set on Ethiopian time it is based on a 12 hour day where 1 o’clock is daybreak (7am in the UK) and 12 o’clock is when dusk falls (6pm in the UK). So when visiting Ethiopia it’s best to say ‘in the morning’, ‘in the evening’ and ‘at night’ to indicate the time of day. You can deduct 6 hours from your 12 hour clock to get to local Ethiopian time. And that’s not taking into account the time difference!

School Link focus

The school link which started it all – Dr Challoner’s Grammar School in Amersham and Fasiledes School in Gondar – has continued to thrive for more than ten years. During this time Dr Challoner’s students have worked hard to raise money for their Ethiopian counterparts. Amongst the more innovative ideas has been a seven course banquet of food from around the African continent – cooked by the students and their parents – served to the sounds of African drums in a hall decorated with masks and artefacts. The results of the students efforts are perhaps most visible in the recently completed school library, which is the first new building in the Fasiledes Secondary School since the Italian Occupation during the Second World War.

Fasiledes has always been kind enough to provide us with a base for our Gap volunteer teachers to conduct their lessons, and our volunteers enjoy teaching such attentive and eager students. Moreover, the link has been strengthened by reciprocal teacher visits, as well as a number of student group visits from Dr Challoner’s to Ethiopia, which has enabled both sides to experience life in their link school first hand.

Resourcing Project news

Schooling in rural areas of Ethiopia is gradually increasing. A year ago we visited the first school within the Atakilt community, which is located in a rural setting about 40 minutes from the nearest school on the outskirts of Gondar town. We joined with the local community to fund the building of two new classrooms and in April this year we re-visited the school to see these new buildings which have now doubled the school’s teaching capacity! Can you help us to support the Akakilt community in the future?

Our Gap Ethiopia scheme

Two of our recent volunteers, Avi Bram and Matthew Hunt, are now safely back in the UK after a successful and highly memorable three months in Ethiopia. They were pioneers for Link Ethiopia in the Azezo Secondary School and had a warm and supportive welcome there. They lived on the edge of the village of Azezo, in accommodation supplied by the Blind School – itself run by three Catholic nuns. There is no doubt that we shall be looking to repeat the placement in the coming academic year.

And this reminds us – there are still two places available in Ethiopia for the autumn session of 2007. If you know of any young people who might still be interested at this late stage, do let us know speedily.

Greeting cards

We are very proud to be selling these beautiful greeting cards, in packs of 5, to support our school projects in Ethiopia

The photos were taken in and around our Gondar schools by Richard Woods.

Packs are on sale at £5 for 5 cards with at least £3.50 going towards our projects.

Email us now and we’ll send them to you!

Coming up on Television

  • Tribe – Dassanech
    Bruce Parry among people living on the shores of Lake Turkana
    Saturday June 23rd (UKTV Documentary)
  • Around the world in 80 treasures
    Jordan to Ethiopia and the wonders encountered
    Tuesday July 17th (UKTV Documentary)
  • Pole to Pole – Crossing the line
    Michael Palin encounters a rather troubled Ethiopia
    Thursday July 26th (UKTV Documentary)

Proverb of the Month

“ Do not vacillate or you will be left in between doing something, having something and being nothing ”

Website Link of the Month

The BBC’s Ethiopia Country Profile here

and of course our own colourful website at www.linkethiopia.org

Help us?

As always, if anyone reading this would like to offer us expertise, knowledge and help with our work or would like to associate yourself with one of our school projects (classrooms, water, toilets, books, etc) then please get in touch. You can donate via the following link, or by contacting us – details at the bottom of this email.

www.linkethiopia/donate

Posted in 2007, News emails |

May 2007

Hello again!

… and welcome to the May issue of our Link Ethiopia news updates. We hope that you will enjoy reading about our latest developments.

The team members are working hard on various new projects here in the UK. First and foremost among these are our updated ideas for the School Links which we are very enthusiastic about. We are planning to introduce schools in the United Kingdom to complete communities in northern Ethiopia, teaching them not only about the traditions and culture of this colourful country as a whole, but also linking them much more intimately with the local communities living around their schools. We hope to encourage our UK schools to give support to these Ethiopian communities by helping them to provide for their children a decent and reasonably resourced educational environment to learn in. We shall tell you much more about all of this in future updates.

News from Ethiopia

  • Ethiopia is one of the world’s largest coffee producers and this ‘black gold’ provides about two thirds of its export revenue. Our report in March on the Ethiopian coffee ceremony shows the importance of the product in everyday life. The giant coffeehouse Starbucks appears now to be prepared to work with the Ethiopian government to develop trademarks for coffee varieties, including Harar, Sidamo and Yirgacheffe, having opposed such a trademark plan last year in favour of a regional certification system in Ethiopia. Lets hope this could signify a fresh step in the development of an added value coffee market for Ethiopia.
  • A recent report issued by the Save the Children alliance finds that Ethiopia has made progress in reducing child deaths under 5 by 20% within the last few years. There is however much work still to be done to reduce further one of the highest child death rates in the world by tackling the lack of access to health facilities, to tackle the poor quality of drinking water and its related diseases, and above all the notably poor health conditions for nursing mothers.

Lalibela

Wow – what a place! – one of the most impressive man-made wonders of the world, one of the greatest historical sites in Africa and Christendom, a centre of pilgrimage, and arguably Ethiopia’s top attraction, the likes of which cannot be seen anywhere else in the world. Wow – what a place! – one of the most impressive man-made wonders of the world, one of the greatest historical sites in Africa and Christendom, a centre of pilgrimage, and arguably Ethiopia’s top attraction, the likes of which cannot be seen anywhere else in the world.

SDating from the 12th century and following King Lalibela’s instruction from God, maybe the earthly workforce did have celestial help to construct an amazing series of rock-hewn churches, some carved into the rock, some entirely free from it, in a relatively short time. Almost a miracle of masonry skills and an attempt maybe to create a new Jerusalem in Africa, Lalibela today still has robed priests and monks who float among the passageways and tunnels of its medieval churches. From hidden crypts and grottoes comes the sound of chanting, with the smell of candles and beeswax pervading the deep cool interiors. Despite the new airport nearby to boost tourism, the place is still awe-inspiring and relatively untouched, a must in any visit to Ethiopia.

School Link focus

One of our longest running links is between Rekebnaha’s Kindergarten in Gondar and two UK schools (Whiteheath Infants and Whiteheath Junior Schools in Ruislip). The success of this link is undoubtedly due to the sheer enthusiasm displayed by the Link Coordinators on both sides. Rekebnaha’s Kindergarten has grown from strength to strength ever since Rekebnaha gave up the land she used for her home to build the school. She proudly displays letters and pictures sent by Whiteheath, and gets the whole school involved in drawing colourful pictures for the students in the UK.

Students at the Whiteheath schools have undertaken a number of fundraising projects, including ‘counting their blessings’ at Christmas, where each child gave a small amount of money for all the good things they have, such as a warm bed and hot meals. Older students have taken a more entrepreneurial approach and have marketed and sold products at a school bazaar, with proceeds going to Ethiopia. This is without doubt a very positive and fruitful link for all involved!

Resourcing Project news

Travelling some 6,000 miles, our largest book shipment to date arrived safely arrived in Gondar, Ethiopia in April. The 20 foot long container had set sail last November after a busy summer of book collections, sorting and packing with the very generous support of our UK schools. On arrival in Ethiopia an amazingly energetic team of students helped unload and organise the 25,000 books and 12 computers, ready for distribution. We are very pleased that through this shipment we were able to support 15 primary and secondary schools in the region, whose libraries have now been significantly enhanced!

Our Gap Ethiopia scheme

This successful and long-running scheme still has two places left to allocate for the academic year 2007 – 2008 and we are happy to receive applications from either individuals or pairs, whether boys or girls.

Applicants should be in the present Year 13 (Upper Sixth) in the UK and be interested in teaching English Communication Skills for a period of three months in northern Ethiopia. The cost of our scheme is about half that of rival gap schemes in the UK due to the totally voluntary roles of all those concerned. If you know of any interested and suitable young people, Link Ethiopia would be very pleased to have an initial communication from them by email. The address is below. We can then give them lots more information to help them to make a decision.

Gift Ethiopia

Stuck for a birthday present? Our Gift Ethiopia catalogue is just what you need!

Email [email protected] and we’ll post you our colourful brochure where you can buy your friends and family gifts such as a classroom, clean water supply and books for a school in Ethiopia.

Make your gift go further.

Coming up on Television

  • Globe Trekker – Ethiopia:
    Zany presenter Ian Wright in this varied country
    Monday May 28th (Travel Channel)
  • Africa Trek – Ethiopia
    Tribal Realm, Christian Empire
    Thursday June 7th (Travel Channel)
  • Tribe – Suri
    The very primitive and amazing Suri tribe
    Tuesday June 12th (UKTV Documentary)

Proverb of the Month

“ The haughty blind person picks a fight with his guide ”

Website Link of the Month

Everything you could wish to know about Ethiopian food here

and of course our own colourful website at www.linkethiopia.org

How you can help!

If you would like to help the work of Link Ethiopia or would like to associate yourself with one of our school projects (classrooms, water, toilets, books, etc) then please get in touch.

You can donate via the following link, or by contacting us – details at the bottom of this email.

www.linkethiopia.org/donate

Posted in 2007, News emails |

April 2007

Welcome!

It has been lovely to receive so many encouraging comments about our new and regular news updates, and it has also been terrific to hear from so many of our friends and supporters across the world in response. This is the third update, and we hope that you will find it just as interesting and varied!

Our recent team visit to northern Ethiopia is bound to take precedence in this issue. Five of the team were able to come with us this time, including our Treasurer, who had not been in Ethiopia for some years, and our new Communications Officer, visiting our work for the first time. We were also accompanied by Jan Moule, an ex-VSO whose knowledge of the country is thorough and perceptive. She is now in charge of the Padstow – Arbatu Ensesa Link. A good time was had by all but there is a lot more about our trip in the sections below, so let’s get on with it!

Arrival of our 25,000 book shipment in Gondar, Ethiopia

 

 

 

News from Ethiopia

  • We congratulate all agencies concerned with the very recent release of the Ethiopian hostages in the extreme north of the country. The Link Ethiopia team has been visiting this wonderful land twice a year for the last eleven years. Gap Ethiopia has been sending volunteers for three month teaching periods throughout that time. All have been safe and warmly welcomed. What a pity it would be if these exceptional and unusual circumstances were to put a cloud on that otherwise very optimistic and friendly horizon.
  • Although obviously not on his best form, it was exciting to see Ethiopia’s greatest-ever runner, Haile Gebre Selassie, at the London Marathon again this year. This man has single-handedly revolutionised the sport of long-distance running in Ethiopia, and this can clearly be seen when travelling by taxi through Addis Ababa in the early morning, amid hundreds of keenly training hopefuls. The pride of the nation has been born on the shoulders of Haile over a great number of years. What a man!

Fasika

The Ethiopian Orthodox Easter, Fasika, coincided with the more generally recognised Christian Easter Sunday on April 8th – a rare occurrence due to the Ethiopian use of the Julian Calendar of 13 months which normally means that events trail those in Europe and America.

In Britain, some Christians give up something, not necessarily a type of food, for 40 days during Lent which ends on Easter Sunday. Fasika, however, ends a 55 day vegetarian fast in which no animal product is eaten. Officially nothing at all should be eaten during this time until the daily church service finishes mid afternoon. Just before Fasika, sheep and goats are brought from the rural areas by foot to the markets in small towns and their sale and subsequent slaughter mark the start of one of the major Ethiopian Orthodox festivals. All night church services, the donning of fine clothes often coloured white, gatherings with family and friends sharing a meat meal of chicken, goat or sheep – all these mark the end of the fast and the celebration of Fasika itself.

School Link news

The biggest event of our April 2007 team visit was the successful distribution of the 25,000 books (and some computers) that our UK school links had worked so hard to collect. A big thanks to all those in the UK and Ethiopia who were involved with this!

The team was also lucky enough to be invited to open the ‘Michael Tutton’ library in Jenda Elementary School, an hour by minibus and foot outside of Gondar. The library was named in honour of a British serviceman who died defending the Ethiopians against the Italian troops in the Second World War and was funded by his family, assisted by Link Ethiopia. Jenda Elementary School is just about to start a new link with Queen Margaret’s school in Tewkesbury.

In addition, we would also like to welcome a number of other recently-started links. North Chadderton High School in Oldham and St Lukes Primary School in Salford are both linked with schools in Bahir Dar. Cathy Hunt, at Woodside School in Amersham, is linking her school with one in Azezo, the town in which her son Matt recently spent three months teaching! (see the Gap Ethiopia news)

Resourcing Project news

The photo below shows one of two new classrooms at the Kilele Rufael elementary school, which is an hour’s walk from Azezo in northern Ethiopia. This was a joint project between Link Ethiopia and the local community to expand the school into Grade 7. The students completing Grade 6 would previously have either walked to the nearest school in Azezo or stopped going to school. Thanks to everyone who donated money – this couldn’t have happened without you!

You can help us support Kilele Rufael and schools just like it – a classroom in a rural school costs about £500 or $1,000 – donate via our website or get in contact to find out more.

Our Gap Ethiopia scheme

This year has seen an extension of our Gap Ethiopia scheme. For the first time volunteers have taught at the secondary school in the village of Azezo, just outside of Gondar. The school was very keen to receive the help of our first Azezo volunteers, Avi Bram from Sir William Borlase School in Marlow, and Matt Hunt from Dr Challoner’s in Amersham. They have had a very successful experience in this pioneering situation, and we are now keen to find new volunteers for the next academic year.

Applicants should be in the present Year 13 (Upper Sixth) in the UK, and be interested in teaching English Communication Skills for a period of three months in northern Ethiopia. The cost of our scheme is about a half that of rival gap schemes in the UK due to the voluntary roles of all those concerned. The scheme has been running successfully for over ten years. If you know of any interested and suitable young people, we would be very pleased to have an initial communication from them by email. We can then give them lots more information to help them to make a decision.

Greeting Cards

* available now! *

We are very proud to be selling these beautiful greeting cards, in packs of 5, to support our school projects in Ethiopia (see below).

The photos were taken in and around our Gondar schools by Richard Woods last Autumn.

Packs are on sale at £5 for 5 cards with at least £3.50 going towards our school projects.

Email us if you are interested!

Coming up on Television

  • A Fork in Africa – Ethiopia
    A varied and enlightening programme, suitable for all viewers
    April 30th (Travel Channel)
  • Around the world in 80 treasures
    The search for the Ark of the Covenant, a journey leading to Ethiopia
    May 1st (UKTV History)
  • Cliffhangers – Girl Power
    All about the wonderful and characterful gelada baboons of the Simien Mountains
    May 9th (National Geo Wild)

Proverb of the Month

“You think of water when the well is dry”

Website Link of the Month

A lot to discover on this tourism site at www.tourismethiopia.org

and of course our own colourful website at www.linkethiopia.org

How you can help!

If you would like to help the work of Link Ethiopia or would like to associate yourself with one of our school projects (classrooms, water, toilets, books, etc) then please get in touch.

You can donate via the following link, or by contacting us – details at the bottom of this email.

www.linkethiopia.org/donate

Posted in 2007, News emails |

March 2007

Welcome!

Hello from the Link Ethiopia team!

Here is our second monthly news update, and we hope you will welcome this email into your Inbox. You can always hit Delete if not!

Six of us are, at this very moment, preparing for our Easter visit to Gondar, and we are very much looking forward to meeting up with our new full-time Country Manager there. Ato Belayneh Shewaye was appointed in the last few days of our November visit and he has bowled us over with his enthusiasm, his organisational skills, and his reliable contact with us. We are very optimistic that, with our ever expanding team, Link Ethiopia will continue to go from strength to strength.

As always, get in contact with us if you have any comments or would like to help us in our work. Contact details are below. Now, read on…

News from Ethiopia

  • Ethiopia is full of friendly and welcoming people, so it is disconcerting when there is negative news such as the recent kidnappings in the remote Afar country, near the Eritrean border. We were very pleased to hear of the safe return of the Europeans involved and hope that the Ethiopians involved will also be on their way home to their families as soon as possible.
  • Coffee is one of the mainstays of Ethiopia’s economy. Thanks to the wonderful new film from Marc and Nick Francis called “Black Gold” (look out for it in the cinemas soon!), there have been important challenges to Starbucks and other coffee shops in order to try to improve and spread the Fairtrade concept. An obvious way to support the coffee farmers in Ethiopia and other countries is to make a point of buying Fairtrade ourselves.

The Coffee Ceremony

A mark of friendship and hospitality and not to be rushed! It happens after a meal, with the host seated on a stool in front of a tiny charcoal stove amid freshly cut grass to bring in the freshness of nature and with an incense burner spreading perfume. As the coffee beans roast in a pan, the guest inhales the aroma and politely says betam tiru no (lovely!). The beans are then ground with pestle and mortar, brewed up in boiling water and the coffee is served with at least 3 spoons of sugar, as the third spoonful bestows a berekha (blessing). Never refuse a cup, even if you only have a sip!

School Link news

All of our UK schools – from Cornwall, Bristol and Bath in the south-west, to the Chilterns and Greater London in the south-east, to Derbyshire in the Midlands and Manchester in the north – are just taking on their new projects for 2007 to support their Ethiopian link schools.

Some are trying to help with classroom resources, providing furniture, fittings, and much needed simple but colourful teaching resources. Others are working towards the constant need for clean water and decent toilet provision, while still others are concentrating on computers and computer skills. Their fundraising activities will teach them much about their friends in Ethiopia and their varying lifestyles.

Thankfully, both in the UK and in Ethiopia, each of our school links is coordinated by enthusiastic teachers with lots of varied and positive ideas to engender interest and keenness in their pupils. For young people in both our countries these linking partnerships are something very special indeed. They are a real and personal way of encouraging pupils to widen their scope and realise the diversity of the world they live in.

Resourcing Project news

Thanks to the help of Robertswood School in Chalfont St Peter in the UK, the Hibret School in Gondar has been able to upgrade its water facility in a big way! Their previous drinking water supply was totally inadequate for the 1900 thirsty pupils at the school. They have now been able to install a brand new drinking water unit with bright new taps and this has been received with great enthusiasm – as you can see!

Our Gap Ethiopia scheme

We are very keen to fill our four remaining places in our gap scheme for students at present in Year 13. We have vacancies for two boys and two girls, and if you would like to know more, get in touch with Rupert on [email protected].

Meanwhile, in the north of Ethiopia, one pair of volunteers, Avi Bram and Matt Hunt are getting towards the end of their three-month stay, teaching in the Azezo Secondary School. A new pair of young teachers has just arrived in Gondar to teach at the Fasiledes Secondary School. James Gough and Yves Thomas are settling positively and well into their new Gondar lives.

Coming up on Television

  • Tribe – Suri
    The very primitive and amazing Suri tribe
    March 27th, 28th, 31st (UKTV Documentary)
  • Cliffhangers – Girl Power
    The gelada baboons of the Simien Mountains
    April 9th (Adventure One)
  • The Nile – The Great Flood
    A wonderful programme showing life in the Ethiopian Highlands
    April 14th (UKTV Documentary)

Proverb of the Month

“When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion”

Website Link of the Month

How’s your basic knowledge of Ethiopia? www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethiopia

and of course our own colourful website at www.linkethiopia.org

Link Ethiopia funding

We are, with the committed help of two new recruits to our team, looking into the basic provision of regular funding for our work here at Link Ethiopia.

James Love and Rose Bradbury both have experience in the area of applying to funding bodies, and they themselves have plans to go out to the Gondar area to live and work on our behalf for several months towards the end of this year.

How you can help!

If anyone reading this would like to offer us expertise, knowledge and help in this matter or would like to associate yourself with one of our school projects (classrooms, water, toilets, books, etc) then please get in touch.

You can donate via the following link, or by contacting us – details at the bottom of this email.

www.linkethiopia.org/donate

Posted in 2007, News emails |

February 2007

Welcome!

Hello everybody and welcome to the first of our new format news updates. We hope that everyone will find something that interests them, and that you will enjoy reading of our work and progress.

As always, get in contact with us if you have any comments or would like to help us in our work. Contact details are below. Now, read on …

News from Ethiopia

  • You will no doubt have seen reports of the recent conflict in Somalia and the involvement of Ethiopian troops. We are pleased that this appears to have been short-lived and we certainly hope that all sides will be able to find a peaceful resolution without delay.
  • We are delighted to learn that Sheikh Al-Amoudi has agreed to fund a considerable part of the Gondar hospital’s new building programme. He has always been a very generous benefactor in Addis Ababa and we are very happy to see him supporting Link Ethiopia’s home town.

Timkat celebrations

The greatest Ethiopian Orthodox festival is that of Timkat which is held around January 19th. It celebrates Epiphany and it is marked by the procession of the tabots. These are replicas of the Ark of the Covenant, the original of which is said to be in the chapel at Axum. Priests, in their most colourful garb, carry them around the town draped in heavy embroidered materials.

Gondar is a particularly important centre for this festival and everyone congregates around the ancient castle known as Fasil’s Bath. The young men will often jump into the water and splash onlookers with great enthusiasm.

School Link news

We are very pleased to welcome a whole group of schools from the midlands and the north of England as they start new school links with Link Ethiopia’s support. For the first time we have approached schools in Bahir Dar, to the south of the Gondar region, and we look forward to seeing these new links develop over the coming months.

Meanwhile, our more established links are in the process of identifying projects to help their Ethiopian link schools in 2007, and if your school has not already had an individual visit from the Link Ethiopia team to make these plans, we will be in contact very soon.

Resourcing Project news

The photo below shows the first ever proper classrooms at the Anchow Mikael school, about an hour outside of Gondar. Until a year ago the pupils were taught under temporary shelters made of branches and sticks which washed away with every heavy rainstorm. For less than a thousand pounds the local community was able to build this impressive double classroom and are now enjoying year-round education!

Our Gap Ethiopia scheme

For the first time we have been able to send two volunteers to teach in a new situation in the Azezo Secondary School where they will, like their Gondar companions, teach English Communication Skills to small groups of willing pupils. They have just moved in to their accommodation at the Azezo Blind School where they will also help the girls and boys who live and learn there.

There are still a few vacancies for placements in the 2007-2008 period and we welcome applications from Sixth Form students looking to plan their gap years.

Gift Ethiopia – thank you!

Thanks to everyone who got involved with the Gift Ethiopia scheme at Christmas.

A staggering £8,120 was raised which will allow us to fund a variety of projects in April.

We will be launching a Gift Ethiopia website in time for next Christmas, but get in contact if you would like information before then.

Coming up on Television

  • Africa Trek – Ethiopia: Tribal Realm, Christian Empire
    February 4th (Travel Channel)
  • In Search of Myths and Heroes – Ethiopia and the Queen of Sheba
    February 21st and March 19th (UKTV History)
  • Michael Palin’s Pole to Pole enters Ethiopia
    All about the wonderful and characterful gelada baboons of the Simien Mountains
    March 20th (UKTV Documentary)

Proverb of the Month

“When you sort out the grains, it becomes pure.”

Website Link of the Month

World Class is a BBC website that supports school linking and Link Ethiopia is one of their partners.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldclass

How you can help!

If you would like to help the work of Link Ethiopia or would like to associate yourself with one of our school projects (classrooms, water, toilets, books, etc) then please get in touch.

You can donate via the following link, or by contacting us – details at the bottom of this email.

www.gondarlink.org.uk/donate

Posted in 2007, News emails |