Ethiopiaid is an efficient and effective charity raising funds for trusted community partners in Ethiopia. We work with local people, valued for their expertise, honesty and ambition.
We are experienced
We have been working in Ethiopia for 25 years, supporting local organisations to use their initiative and skill to make a real difference in their country.
We are efficient
Our office space is kindly donated, which helps keep our overheads to a minimum. In the UK, we have a small team (no more than three people) that run the charity. We ensure that our admin costs are extremely low so that more of your money goes directly to our projects in Ethiopia.
We are focused
We know our strengths and our limitations. We do not promise to change to the world, or even all of Ethiopia. What we do know – from firsthand experience – is that our partners make the biggest difference in their local communities.
How your donations are used
On average, we spend 3.5p of every £1 on administration. This covers all staff salaries, office space and basic administration.
The rest is spent on raising more funds for our partners and over £1m is sent directly to Ethiopia each year in grants.
Read more about who this money supports here, or make a difference with a donation today.
Our future aims and goals
Our vision is an Ethiopia without preventable poverty, in which every person enjoys the right to quality education, healthcare and a life of dignity.
Our mission understands that Ethiopians are ambitious and dedicated with exceptional entrepreneurial spirit. We want to tap into this talent by working with local organisations unlock their potential and prevent poverty in a realistic and achievable way.
Support new, innovative and pragmatic endeavours that are changing the way that Ethiopia approach our core aims
In the Autumn of 1987, Sir Alec Reed returned from his first visit to Ethiopia. He saw what many people might expect - widespread hardship, suffering and poverty. He also saw passion, knowledge and ambition.
Ethiopiaid came to life in 1989. He knew that it would take something simple to make a huge difference to the lives of many people. Starting with an investment of £1m, he created a platform for years of change. Ethiopiaid has grown without losing sight of its relatively humble beginnings. Using a small number of hardworking staff and a donated office space, this £1m has grown into more than £30m in partner donations over 25 successful years. To find out more about Ethiopiaid's achievements over its 25 years please click here.
In 2011, Sir Alec received a knighthood for his services to charity. Cheshire Children's Services sent him a special thank you...
You can support Sir Alec and his team by making a donation here.
Our Board of Trustees
Ethiopiaid's Board of Trustees consists of experienced volunteers from a variety of professions. They possess a wealth of knowledge and skills, ranging from accountancy, marketing and law to international development and fundraising. This enables the Board to oversee the effective running of the organisation.
Through regular communication and quarterly meetings, the Board of Trustees works with the Director to ensure that the charity's core aims and objectives are achieved. We have provided a breakdown of our Board Members below: