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13th Dec 2010
Each class learnt about Ethiopia’s geography, culture and religions, making use of Link Ethiopia resources on health and water (available from our resource library). Children investigated Ethiopian music and art and even tried their hands at making the Ethiopian staple, injera!
Each class also chose a fundraising activity, which was promoted during the week with posters, and flyers, linked to persuasive writing in Literacy. Fundraising activities included selling home-made fruit smoothies, cakes and hot chocolate as well as a jumble sale. Children also took part a sponsored water-carrying relay around the school field, raising awareness of the many children in Ethiopia who have to fetch water every day. The most profitable activity was year 6 children who made friendship bracelets using thread in the colours of the Ethiopian flag.
Overall, the day gave children a good opportunity to learn about Ethiopia as well as getting creative in their fundraising.
11th Dec 2010
Welcome to our November & December 2010 news update
“Christmas is coming and the geese are getting fat …..”
Well, perhaps that’s not the most relevant way to start this News Update, but we at Link Ethiopia do send you all the compliments of the approaching season and hope that you will welcome our latest news.
And what about those Christmas gifts for your family, friends and other loved ones? If you would like to choose something from our Gift Ethiopia website, we can assure you (1) that your donation will be spent exactly according to your wishes and (2) that it will make the lives of some less well-off people in Ethiopia a little more positive and hopeful. Read on … and best wishes to you all!
Fun Christmas presents from Gift Ethiopia
Our gifts will bring a smile to the faces of your friends and family this Christmas. While at the same time they’ll bring a smile to children who are eager to learn, thousands of miles away.
Thanks to your support our projects now reach over 80,000 young people throughout Ethiopia. With your help we will be able to do even more to expand quality education to youngsters in towns and rural areas through 2011 and beyond.
So now’s your chance to give someone a gift that you feel passionately about; whether it relates to the importance of clean drinking water, hygienic toilets, books, or teacher training. Or perhaps you’re looking for something slightly out of the ordinary… like our donkey library?
Visit www.giftethiopia.org to support the children and young people of this amazing country!
Special gift cards
For each gift you will receive a colourful and celebrational gift card explaining about the specific support you are giving, and this is posted to you 1st class so you can write a message and give it to your lucky family member or friend.
So please, visit our Gift Ethiopia website and give a special gift to a special person. It’s a brilliant way to get involved!
News from Ethiopia
It has just been announced that France Telecom SA has started a two-year contract to manage Ethiopia’s state-owned Ethio Telecom, Communications and Information Technology. Read more…
And a consignment of 16,000 day-old chicks are to be sent from India to Ethiopia as part of a programme to introduce and breed superior quality poultry in the African nation. Read on…
Meet the Team: Elsa Kebede
We would like to introduce you all to Elsa Kebede, the newest full-time worker in our Gondar office. She is full to the brim with enthusiasm and energy as she begins to fulfil her role as School Links Coordinator. We welcome her and wish her every success.
Support our runners!
We have been lucky enough to find five fantastic supporters who will be raising money for Link Ethiopia by running in 3 famous UK events.
Virgin London Marathon – 17th April 2011
Jon Devaney, a long time supporter of Link Ethiopia will be looking to raise £2,000 http://www.justgiving.com/jondevaney
BUPA London 10k – 30th May 2011
Aster Mullugeta http://www.justgiving.com/Aster-Mullugeta
Andrew Tam http://www.justgiving.com/Andrew-Tam
Maria Taembo (JustGiving site on its way!)
Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon – 6th March 2011
Alexandra Floyd http://www.justgiving.com/Alex-Floyd
There will be various fundraising events throughout the year that we shall be making you all aware of, but in the meantime please support all our runners in their efforts to help Link Ethiopia improve education, by clicking on their JustGiving links above.
We still have places in the BUPA Great Edinburgh Run, full Marathon, on 2nd October 2011. If any of you are interested please contact Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Coming up on UK Television
- Mystery investigator – Olly Steeds
The Ark of the Covenant. Could it have been smuggled into Ethiopia?
Tue 21 and Wed 22nd Dec (Discovery History)
- Joanna Lumley’s Nile
From the source to the sea
Olympic hopefuls in the Simien Mountains
Thu 30th Dec
- If you proceeded in a straight line directly south from Addis Ababa, which would be the next country you would come to?
- What would an Ethiopian do with a ‘masingko’?
- Where in Ethiopia is supposed to be the hottest place on earth?
(School quiz answers: (1) Kenya, (2) Play it. It is a one-stringed violin, (3) The Danakil Desert)
Where, in modern Ethiopia, might you just think of finding Mary living with Joseph?
(Kids’ conundrum answer: Nazret (Nazareth) – now also called Adama, its Oromo name)
“ A silly daughter teaches her mother how to bear children ”
“ A deaf husband and a blind wife are always a happy couple ”
The wonderful Africa Guide’s pages on Ethiopia at http://bit.ly/dL7pRs
… and of course, visit, www.linkethiopia.org
As always, if anyone reading this would like to offer us expertise, knowledge and help with our work or if you 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 below.
8th Dec 2010
A big thank you to everyone who helped support this project. If you want to support much-needed projects like this at Ethiopian schools, click here.
2nd Dec 2010
An item of business news which Link Ethiopia staff noticed in the last few days is that a consignment of 16,000 day-old chicks are to be sent from India to Ethiopia as part of a programme to introduce and breed superior quality poultry in the African nation.
The consignment from a Gurgaon-based poultry breeding company, Keggfarms, consists of a variety of chicken branded ‘Kuroiler’ that can live and thrive in resource-poor, foraging village environments and yet produce much more meat and eggs than the existing stocks.
Also part of the consignment are to be 4,000 Kuroiler hatching eggs. The initiative to supply these Kuroiler chicks came after Keggfarms was approached by Flow Equity, a US-based fund, to introduce the chicken into Ethiopia. Flow Equity is managed by three young US citizens who are working for the upliftment of social conditions of the African poor, especially in Ethiopia and Uganda.
20th Nov 2010
Jenda Elementary, a rural school catering for 900 pupils, is 30 minutes walk from the nearest road, which itself is a further hour’s bus ride from Gondar town centre. Until recently, the school had no clean water for pupils to drink.
Link Ethiopia funded the installation of a new water pump facility on the school site to replace an old disused well. The water supply is now able to be used by students, staff and the local community.
Click here to help fund much-needed projects like this at Ethiopian schools.
19th Nov 2010
Travelling some 6,000 miles, our largest book shipment to date recently arrived safely in Gondar, Ethiopia. The 20-foot-long container set sail five months earlier after a busy period of book collections, sorting and packing with the very generous support of our UK schools.
This book shipment was able to support some 15 primary and secondary schools in the region, whose libraries have now been significantly enhanced! A massive thank you to everyone who helped.
14th Nov 2010
It has just been announced that France Telecom SA has started a two-year contract to manage Ethiopia’s state-owned Ethio Telecom, Communications and Information Technology.
The Paris-based company will manage the utility, accounting systems will be modernised and new services introduced, also helping to boost the basic services at present in place and strengthen the infrastructure.
An underwater fibre-optic cable link via Djibouti will increase capacity and lower broadband internet costs.
1st Nov 2010
At Link Ethiopia, we believe that schools are only as effective as the teaching inside them. In partnership with the local Teacher Training Centre in Gondar we have provided funds to enable the creation of three sizeable boxes of interesting classroom resources for rural schools.
These resources include locally-made visual aids, games, mini-blackboards and other items which are typically difficult for rural teachers to gain access to. The Teacher Training Centre also provides training and support for the staff in how to use the resources.
Click here to help support a project like this at an Ethiopian school.