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News update: June 2011

Welcome to the latest Link Ethiopia news update!

March to June 2011 News Update

Greetings to you all from a very energetic and vitalised Link Ethiopia!

In this double edition News Update we’d like to introduce you to the new members of our growing Ethiopian team, show you our new office in Gondar, share some recent sponsorship related stories, as well as bring you a selection of Ethiopian news items and information.

There is so much to tell you – just a little of that follows now. Enjoy reading!

Our growing Ethiopian team

We are very pleased to introduce two new members of our Ethiopian team, Mulugeta Birhane and Habtamu Dereje who are managing our projects work and school linking activities from our Gondar and Bishoftu (Debre Zeit) offices respectively. We are also really pleased to introduce Shree Mandke who has relocated from the UK to join our Ethiopian team for 6 months to help develop our our projects work and help our teams prepare for the future growth of the charity. Meet all the current team and see our new Gondar office here…

Joy visiting her sponsored childMeeting your sponsored child

If you have wondered about visiting your sponsored child, or would like to discover the country your sponsored child lives in, we can very happily arrange for you to meet your sponsored child, visit their school, and see how your sponsorship is helping. One of our sponsors, Joy, recently did just that. She explains the experience much better than we could…

News from Ethiopia

  • Ethiopia has, at this moment, only one railway, stretching from Lagare in Addis Ababa to Djibouti. But this has fallen into disuse in recent years and the Ethiopian Government is very much considering the building of new railways in order to improve the country’s transportation infrastructure. Read more…
  • More countries are recognising Ethiopia’s coffee specialities. The Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office (EIPO) says four of Ethiopia’s coffee specialities have been registered in 26 countries as a trademark. Read on…

GemmaMeet the Team: Gemma Williams

We are delighted to introduce our most recent member of staff, Gemma Williams. Gemma joined our London team in February and now works part-time to manage our child sponsorship and projects work. She brings with her a fantastic variety of charity experience and has already had a hugely positive impact on everything we are doing. Welcome, Gemma!

 

Students from Dubai visit Keta Elementary

dubai2_miniTeacher Genna and a group of students from the Universal American School, Dubai, visited Keta Elementary School on a World Challenge project. The visit was a real success and saw the students teaching music and origami, playing and exploring and digging the foundations for a library. Read on…

 

Bahir Dar

Bahir Dar is one of the most visited towns in Ethiopia. Nothing more than a sleepy waterside village in the early part of the twentieth century, it later came to the notice of Emperor Haile Selassie because of its stunning position on the southern banks of Lake Tana and its relatively central situation in the northern part of the country. He had a palace built nearby and he even considered making it the site of a new capital city for Ethiopia. Find out more…

Ethiopia on UK TV

  • An African Journey with Jonathan Dimbleby – An emotional return to Ethiopia –
    Wednesday June 22nd (Eden)
  • Lost Mines of King Solomon – A true adventure of discovery –
    Tuesday June 28th (National Geographic)

School quiz

  1. school_quiz.gifWhat is the name of the great English historian in Ethiopia whose grandmother was probably the most famous fighter for women’s rights in the UK?
  2. Why do Ethiopians have lunch at 6 o’clock?
  3. Which biblical (and famous) queen might well have been Ethiopian and is traditionally the mother of the first Ethiopian king, Menelik?

(School quiz answers: (1) Professor Richard Pankhurst (who is also one of Link Ethiopia’s Presidents), (2) Because their clock starts at dawn and 6 o’clock is the middle of the day!, (3) Queen of Sheba)

Kids’ conundrum

In which ‘tightly wrapped bundle of hay’ could you find a whole lot of fascinating wildlife?

(Kids’ conundrum answer: Bale – (1) a bale of hay on a farm (2) the Bale national park in Ethiopia)

Ethiopian proverb

 The cattle are as good as the pasture in which they graze 

English proverb

 Hide nothing from thy minister, physician and lawyer 

Websites

Educate Ethiopia is an NGO doing good work in the north of the country. You can learn more about its activities at www.educateethiopia.com

… and of course, remember, www.linkethiopia.org

Help us?

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.

www.linkethiopia.org/donate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in 2011, News emails |

Bahir Dar

Bahir Dar is one of the most visited towns in Ethiopia. Nothing more than a sleepy waterside village (its name means “Sea Shore”) in the early part of the twentieth century, it later came to the notice of Emperor Haile Selassie because of its stunning position on the southern banks of Lake Tana and its relatively central situation in the northern part of the country. He had a palace built nearby and he even considered making it the site of a new capital city for Ethiopia.

It was occupied by the Italians in 1937 and this led to its being bombed by the British Royal Air Force in 1940, the year before the Italians were driven out of the country. A major bridge over the Blue Nile was opened by Haile Selassie in 1961, and two years later the Russians funded a Polytechnic Institute there.

Today its palm-tree-lined streets still buzz with students from Bahir Dar University. Tourists are also very much in evidence, staying in the attractive lakeside hotels that still continue to be built and using the town as a base to visit not only Lake Tana’s many island monasteries, with their many and varied historic treasures, but also the nearby village of Tis Abay from where a short walk takes them to see the often impressive waterfalls called Tis Isat. These falls are where the Blue Nile tumbles off the escarpment on its long journey through the Sudan and Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea.

Posted in 2011, Ethiopian culture |

Dubai sponsorship

Staff and students from the Universal American School, Dubai visit Keta Elementary School with World Challenge

Teacher Genna and a group of students from the Universal American School, Dubai, visited Keta Elementary School on a World Challenge project. The visit was a real success and saw the students teaching music and origami, playing and exploring and digging the foundations for a library.

The UAS students gave art classes, the first that the Keta students had ever experienced due to a lack of supplies, and donated 10 boxes of art supplies to the Keta students.

The thing that makes this trip even more amazing is the fact that Genna and the students have continued supporting Keta Elementary through fundraising which is going towards completing the library that they dug the foundations for.

Whilst on the trip, Genna and the students saw the massive difference that sponsorship can make. Sponsorship provides all the resources that an individual child needs to have a fulfilling education, and the proportion of sponsorship money that goes towards projects allows vital things such as sanitation, water and electricity to be improved which improves the quality of education for all the students.

Genna and the students are looking to find sponsors for 12 of the children at Keta Elementary school, which would impact not only those students, but the education of all the students who attend the school now, and in the future! We are thrilled that UAS are undertaking this and wish them all the best in finding sponsors for these children.

Posted in 2011, Child sponsorship |

Meeting your sponsored child

If you have wondered about visiting your sponsored child, or would like to discover the country your sponsored child lives in, we can very happily arrange for you to meet your sponsored child, visit their school, and see how your sponsorship is helping. One of our sponsors, Joy, recently did just that. She explains the experience better than we could:

“I was fortunate to visit Ethiopia through a school link but during the trip I wanted to meet the child we sponsor as a family. We had already sent small gifts and letters to Fikerselam but it was nothing compared with meeting her! It was such a privilege to fly to Gondar and visit her family and be taken to her house. I was able to meet the lady who looks after her (her parents are no longer alive) and share a meal of injera and maize with them. We quickly became friends and this experience was one I will treasure.

Meeting Fikerselam has strengthened the link we have with her through the Link Ethiopia sponsorship scheme and given me a greater understanding of her situation. I know this will be a relationship that will last for many years to come. It is not until you visit, that you see how far your sponsorship money will go to enhance the life of a family such as Fikerselam’s. Thank you to Link Ethiopia for arranging for me to meet ‘our’ Ethiopian family.”

Posted in 2011, Child sponsorship |

West London Academy Teachers take a dunking in order to raise money for Maksegnit Secondary!

Congratulations to West London Academy for raising £1000 towards sanitation at Maksegnit Secondary School. Students and teachers at West London Academy took part in a variety of fun activities in order to raise money, including battling in inflatable sumo costumes and ‘Soak The Teacher’ – a machine which tips a bucket of water over a waiting teacher when enough change is collected!

All proceeds will go to support sanitation work at Maksegnit Secondary in Gondar Zuria, northern Ethiopia. The school caters to several thousand teachers but currently has insufficient taps. Clean water is really important for a healthy student community and the installation of a water facility will make a big difference to the students at Maksegnit. As with all Link Ethiopia projects, the Maksegnit Secondary community will be fully involved, donating labour and raw materials such as wood and stone.

For inspiration and ideas for your fundraising, download our Fundraising Guide from http://web.linkethiopia.org/get-involved/fundraising-guide/

 

Posted in 2011, School links |

New Resources and Campaigns

Send My Sister to School

Dates: May and June 2011
Join the Global Campaign for Education’s initiative ‘Send My Sister to School’ this summer term. Explore the issues and speak up for girls’ education! 67 million children are out of school: most are girls. Help them to remind world leaders of their promise to provide an education for all children by 2015.  You can order your free pack including posters, DVD, stickers and teacher’s guide at www.sendmyfriend.org (lots more learning resources are available on their website)

Afrographique – blog with ‘infographics’ about Africa

Afrographique is a blog which aims to “assist the changing perception of Africa and it’s people”. It presents information in an ‘infographic’ format which aims to be exciting and easy to understand ‘at a glance’.

Go to http://afrographique.tumblr.com and you will find a range of colourful graphics illustrating issues such as African mobile subscriptions by country, African CO2 emissions, African top 10 websites. More are added every month.

Posted in 2011, School links |

Coffee

More countries are recognising Ethiopia’s coffee specialities. The Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office (EIPO) says four of Ethiopia’s coffee specialities have been registered in 26 countries as a trademark.

The European Union, Japan, US, Canada and China are among those that recognise Ethiopian coffee specialities, which include Sidamo, Yirgachefe and another two Harar coffees. India has also recently recognised the four specialities and Ethiopian coffee will be sold there for the next eight years.

The recognition of these trademarks will further enhance coffee’s 60% share of foreign trade earnings. Efforts to register Nemkete and Limu coffees are underway.

Posted in 2011, Ethiopian news |

Railways

Ethiopia has, at this moment, only one railway, stretching from Lagare in Addis Ababa to Djibouti. But this has fallen into disuse in recent years and the Ethiopian Government is very much considering the building of new railways in order to improve the country’s transportation infrastructure.

Addis Ababa railway stationCivil engineering and design work is being undertaken to build 2,516 km of railways in Ethiopia over the next five years, says Transport Minister Deriba Kuma. He said that a detailed study of the design was being undertaken by local and foreign contractors for the Sebeta-Mieso, Mieso-Dire Dawa, Dire Dawa-Adigala and the Adigala-Dewele lines.

Deriba said that, in its bid to build the railways, the ministry was actively engaged in building its institutional and industrial capacity.

He added that over the past eight months the ministry had identified the human resources required to build the railways.

According to him, some 5,000 engineers with first and Masters degrees as well as 25,000 Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) graduates will be needed to build the railways.

Preparation is underway to train the professionals needed in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and institutions of higher learning, he said.

Referring to the Addis Ababa light rail transit system project, Deriba said a Memorandum of Understanding had been signed with the China Railways Group Limited (CREC) to build 36.5 km of of light rail tracks.

Some 85 per cent of the loan required for the project would be secured from China’s EXIM Bank while the balance would be covered by the Ethiopian government, he said.

The light rail system would ease the traffic congestion in the capital city, he said.

In a bid to address the mass transportation system, 500 buses were also being assembled and they would start operating in September, Deriba said.

Posted in 2011, Ethiopian news |

Reinwood’s Ethiopia Day

Reinwood Primary School, linked with Adama 2 Elementary in Southern Ethiopia, recently held an Ethiopia day. Pupils learnt about clean water issues in Ethiopia and used ICT to design newspaper articles on the subject, reworked a traditional African fable, the Marriage of the Mouse and the Hare, and learnt about the effects of malaria around the world. Children also took part in a sponsored relay race carrying bottles of water in order to raise money and awareness about children in Ethiopia who have to fetch water for their household every day.  The day was both fun and educational and raised a great deal of awareness about Ethiopia and Reinwood’s link with Adama 2.

You can download a range of resources about Water and Sanitation and Malaria as well as Traditional African Tales and our Fundraising Pack from http://web.linkethiopia.org/school-links/teaching-resources/

 

Posted in 2011, School links |

Teachers from Dr. Challoner’s Grammar School visit Fasiledes Secondary

In February Christopher Savvides and Gareth Cadman visited Fasiledes Secondary School, with whom Dr. Challoner’s Grammar School has been linked for over 15 years. The visit was funded by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust TIPD visit funding scheme. Chris and Gareth were warmly welcomed by the student Link Club with a traditional coffee ceremony and a cultural display. They reciprocated by using a ‘Life Box’ and some video footage compiled by Dr. Challoner’s students as a talking point to compare culture in the UK. During their week in the school, Chris and Gareth were able to observe lessons, make video diaries with Fasiledes students and plan for future projects. During their exciting and eye-opening week in Ethiopia, Chris and Gareth also visited a rural primary school to see the difference in rural and urban education. Overall the visit was a great success and will help raise more awareness in the UK as well as strengthening the partnership between the two schools.

 

Posted in 2011, School links |