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Alternative Gift Catalogue

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Annual Reports

Year 1 - 01/10/04 - 30/09/05
Year 2 - 01/10/05 - 30/09/06 

Year 3  - 01/10/06 - 30/09/07


Our first AGM / Christmas party

January 7th, 2006 saw our first AGM, held on the same day as Ethiopian Christmas. See what happened at the event...


Sponsored Water Carry

Our most successful fundraising event to date was on the 15th July when St Josephs school fetched water from a local river on a sunny Friday afternoon...


Bristol - Addis Alem schools
Before travelling to Ethiopia in October 2004, St Josephs school in Bristol presented us with some lovely drawings drawn by their students...

Village travels in 2004
Tigist and Rob visited Addis Alem in October 2004. See what they found and what work has been done...
Village travels in 2003
Ride alongside Tigist as she researches the conditions and problems facing modern-day Ethiopian villagers on a trip to her Grandmother's ancestral home...

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Video clips from 2004

We have added a few video clips of the 2004 trip.

Take a look at life in Addis Alem...

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29.11.06 - The 'Concert for Ethiopia' organised by the Bradgate/Addis Alem Link was a great success! A big thank you to all who attended and especially to Christopher Northam and all the performers! The evening raised almost £900.

25.11.06 - Unfortunately due to printing problems we have been unable to produce Christmas Cards this year. However the designs created by Jacqueline Conradie-Faul will be on sale next year. Sorry to anyone who was waiting to buy them!

22.11.06 - Dudley Thomas kindly attended Bristol Grammar School to accept the first donation of £3200, raised by the students. The school's charity committee have asked that the money go towards developing a spring and installing a pump at Efa Beri Junior School.

14.11.06 - We have just received 2 Glowstar solar lanterns courtesy of Sollatek. These will be sent out to the clinics in the rural areas where no electricity is available. Many thanks Sollatek!

14.11.06 - An interesting film about coffee and its relationship to the Ethiopian economy was show in Bristol last week. Black Gold tells the story of one Ethiopian travelling the world to try and find buyers willing to pay a fair price for coffee.

22.10.06 - We have set up a store through Amazon with products relating to Ethiopia. We can receive up to 10% commission on any items bought through Amazon as long as you 'click-through' from our links. To take a look click here.

12.10.06 - The Bradgate/Addis Alem Link are organising a concert of music from the shows on Saturday the 18th November. This is being presented by Christopher Northam who played piano for the film Gosford Park. Tickets are £5. For more details click here.

10.10.06 - Tigist visited Bristol Grammar School today to talk in Assembly about For-ethiopia. BGS have included us as one of their charities to support for this year. A big thank you to BGS. Click here for more information.

28.09.06 - Christmas cards are currently being printed and should be available to buy shortly. All drawings were by children from Addis Alem Junior school and St Joseph's RC Primary in Fishponds. Prices and availablility will be advised soon. For examples click here. They have been designed by Jacqueline Conradie-Faul.

20.09.06 - With Christmas coming up, if you are buying from Amazon please click through from the link on the right. That way we receive a commission of up to 10% on what you buy without it costing you a thing!

24.07.06 - Following the Sponsored Water Carry by St Josephs School last month, we have just received a donation of £200 from the Pre-school. A big thank you to all involved! The Junior school will collect in their sponsorship in September

22.07.06 - Hannah Steadman (aged 9) saw our display at Bradgate surgery and took action. She arranged a cake sale at her school, RedMaids and raised £38.81. On the school's note paper is the heading "Every day there is something going on, and because The Red Maids' Junior School is quite small, we're always involved in everything". Thank you, Hannah, for getting involved with Addis Alem! (Dr Sue Thomas).

17.07.06 - Taste for Ethiopia was a great success and everybody seemed to have enjoyed themselves. More details and pictures to follow...

14.07.06 - SOLD OUT! - All tickets for Taste for Ethiopia 2006 have now sold out. Thank you to everyone who has bought a ticket. Due to limitations on the room size and catering, anyone without a ticket will have to be turned away. This is also for safety reasons.

09.07.06 - For-ethiopia is joining the blogging community....take a look at our blog and add your own comments. In time we hope to have a series of writers making comment on various issues. Watch this space...

07.07.06 - A sunny Friday afternoon saw the children, teachers and parent of St Joseph's School undertake their Sponsored Water Walk to raise money for another spring to be developed. Photos on soon...

25.06.06 - Get your tickets for 'A Taste For Ethiopia' now! 15th July - the football is over, the tennis has ended, what better than a great evening out with good food and excellent company, all in a good cause?

24.06.06 - We are front page news courtesy of The Open University journal Sesame

10.06.06 - Tickets are now on sale for 'A Taste For Ethiopia' on 15th July. Last year they all sold out so book now to guarantee a place....it will be an exciting evening of Ethiopian food and culture.

29.05.06 - Bradgate Surgery are holding a Car Boot Sale on Saturday 17th June. The cost is £5 pitch or come along and grab a bargain! From 11am to 2pm.

20.05.06 - A Taste For Ethiopia 2 - we will be holding another event on July 15th and will be anouncing the full details soon.

07.05.06 - Dr Jason Victory successfully completed the Frenchay 10km Road Run today. Pictures from the race are online here

02.05.06 - Bradgate surgery, up and running! Dr Jason Victory is running the Frenchay 10k Road Run on Sunday 7th May. If you would like to sponsor him, you can either do this online through our 'GiveNow' page (remember to put Victory in the donor instructions) or contact the surgery.

24.04.06 - 4 hours 19 minutes later, it was over! Paul successfully completed the London Marathon. Well done Paul.....read his final blog on the subject (until next year?????????)

23.04.06 - The coffee morning and presentation at Woodlands was well received with everyone seeming to enjoy their coffee and the kids enjoyed making it....£117.16 was received in donations on the day. A big thank you to everyone at Woodlands!

10.04.06 - There is another update from Paul on his training for the London Marathon. Please take a look and sponsor him on his blog page.

24.03.06 - Dr Alison Tavare from Bradgate Surgery held a coffee morning today and collected £675.00. A big thank you to everyone!

23.03.06 - Tigist and Janet attended a meeting at the Bradgate Surgery organised by Dr Sue Thomas today. As well as very positive feedback from staff and patients, £172.82 was collected and the surgery are keen to fundraise for health related projects!

19.03.06 - Paul ran the Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon this weekend in preparation to the London Marathon.

06.03.06 - Paul is back up training for the London Marathon. Read his comments and sponsor him here.

28.02.06 - Both spring projects have now been completed successfully and the handover to the community was made on the 19th of February. Well done to all who helped. We did it!! More details and photos coming soon.

Also, the 10 computers were cleared free of tax on Monday and they are currently being checked over and will reach the Addis Alem schools on Saturday.

23.02.06 - Mark successfully completed the Tough Ten in 1 hr 37 minutes (4 minutes faster than his previous time) and has raised the fantastic sum of around £250 !!! Well done Mark!

31.01.06 - The man from Atlantis has visited!!!! The computers have left the dining room and are on the start of their 3700 mile journey to Addis Alem (via Birmingham). They should hopefully be arriving in Addis Ababa in 10-12 days.

30.01.06 - Mark Bentley will be running the 'Tough Ten Challenges' on Sunday 12th February. This is a multi-terrain 10 mile run in Weston-super-Mare. He has kindly agreed to raise sponsorship for us towards our projects. If you would like to sponsor Mark, you can either speak to him directly or go to the GiveNow page and donate by debit/credit card. Please type 'Mark' in the Donor Instructions section.

28.01.06 - The 10 computers are due to be collected on Tuesday and will then be shipped to Ethiopia to finally reach the schools in Addis Alem. These computers will help the senior school to be able to teach the full curriculum which will enable some students to be able to go on to university.

18.01.06 - Our friend Paul will be running the London Marathon on 23rd April on behalf of For-ethiopia. To find out more click on our London Marathon page.

15.01.06 - An interesting and useful link I found is www.thehungersite.com apparently if you click on the link in the centre of the page, their sponsors will give money which then gets passed on to charity. Click and you will be helping to give 1.1 cups of staple food.

09.01.06 - Thank You to everyone who attended the Christmas Party / AGM. It was a great evening and a big thank you must go out to Mike Heath for his talk as well as those who helped set up (you know who you are!). We collected £88.67 of donations, which was great, especially as this wasn't intended to be a fundraising event. Many thanks to all!

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