How You Can Help
Leave A Gift in Your Will
“The people of Ethiopia are dynamic and engaging enough to create change for themselves, if given the chance. Your legacy could be that chance.” Sir Alec Reed, Founder of Ethiopiaid
If we are to build on the amazing legacy we have already created together, we have to prepare and plan for the future. We have to put in place the structures that are necessary to deliver permanent change to the lives of some of the poorest people in the world.
Gifts in wills are absolutely central to this strategy. They provide us with the security we need to plan ahead confidently. These gifts ensure that we can make maximum use of the funds to help the most people possible in the most meaningful and sustainable ways we can.
Poverty and the country’s desperately inadequate healthcare system, along with limited access to schooling and education, present major obstacles in Ethiopia's pursuit of lasting and positive change. Yet, you can help to change the future for Ethiopia, with a simple gift in your will.
To request a free copy of our Legacy Guide that explains everything you need to know about leaving a gift in your will, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01225 476 385.
What is Gift Aid?
Gift Aid increases the value of your donation by allowing your chosen charity to claim back the basic rate of tax on your gift. At 25%, this means that every £1 is worth £1.25.
Who is eligible for Gift Aid?
You are eligible for Gift Aid if you pay tax in the UK that is equal to or greater than the amount of Gift Aid you will be claiming.
Where does Gift Aid money come from?
The money for Gift Aid comes directly from the UK government as part of the taxes you have already paid.
How do I know if I pay enough tax?
To be eligible for Gift Aid, you need to pay an amount of tax equal to the amount of Gift Aid we will claim. For example, if you donate £10 to us, you must have paid at least £2.50 in tax to be eligible for Gift Aid.
We have a joint account - are we eligible for Gift Aid?
Yes, so long as at least one of the account holders pays tax and that person is identified as a donor making the donation. For example, if Mr and Mrs Smith have a joint account and only Mr Smith pays taxes, the charity donation should be made by Mr Smith.
Can I make a Gift Aid declaration over the phone?
We will only claim Gift Aid from your donations if we have written confirmation from you that you pay tax. However, you can inform us that you are not eligible for tax over the phone.
I'm a pensioner - am I eligible for Gift Aid?
As a pensioner, you are still eligible for Gift Aid if you pay tax on a pension plan, pay capital gains tax, or sell property or shares.
Will you claim Gift Aid on all our donations?
We will claim Gift Aid from all eligible donations. There are a few exceptions, namely CAF as they already have Gift Aid included. However, the vast majority of donations are Gift Aid eligible and there are only a handful of exceptions. We are also able to reclaim for four years of previous donations.
I have already filled out a Gift Aid declaration for another charity - do I have to fill in another one for Ethiopiaid?
Yes, you will need to fill in a separate Gift Aid declaration for each charity you donate to.
I have stopped paying tax. What should I do?
Please let us know so that we can stop claiming Gift Aid on your donations.
If you would like to complete a Gift Aid declaration, please email email@example.com.
Join us in Ethiopia!
Are you looking to challenge yourself, raise money for charity and to see the work you support through Ethiopiaid?
We have a trip for you which covers all of this and more!
Each November Ethiopiaid runs a donor trip to Addis Ababa, offering you the once in a lifetime chance to visit and volunteer at the charities you help us to fund - giving you the opportunity to see the difference you make first-hand. During your visit you will also take part in the Great Ethiopian Run. This 10km run through the streets of Addis Ababa is like no other. You can walk, run or jog (and of course sing and dance!) with 40,000 other participants, so despite the altitude and heat, it really is an achievable challenge for everyone, and an experience that you’ll never forget!
The 2017 trip will depart form Heathrow at 9pm on 22nd November and return at 7am on 28th and requires you to commit to fundraising £2,500 (inclusive of flights (£600) and an upfront deposit of £250).
If you would like to find out more information, please phone Francesca Rutherford on 01225 476385 or email.
Spaces are limited and allocated upon payment of the £250 registration fee.
This really is a once in a lifetime experience –So join us to make 2017 the year you went on an adventure!
Help us keep vulnerable families from starvation
Last year, the donations given by our generous supporters created a safety net for thousands of vulnerable people facing starvation. Since then, we have been closely monitoring the situation with our partner Afar Pastoralist Development Association (APDA). But now the situation is escalating again.
East Africa is in the grip of a critical humanitarian crisis. Many have already died and millions more are at risk of starvation. The Ethiopian government is contributing significantly, but more is needed
The remote communities, living in Ethiopia's Afar region, that we were able to help last year are just about surviving. APDA are working tirelessly to keep the safety net in place.
In the last few weeks APDA has identified a further 15,000 children under the age of 5 and 25,000 pregnant or breast feeding women who are now suffering severe malnutrition. The situation is deteriorating rapidly and we need to act now to provide the emergency aid they so desperately need.
While Ethiopia battles the continuing impact of last year’s El Niño-induced drought, again, failed rains in the southern and eastern parts of the country have led to new symptoms of drought. Many have been unable to rebuild their livestock herds, struggling to control disease outbreaks and remain reliant on water trucking.
In the last 24 months our supporters have helped raise over half a million pounds for our partners in the Afar region so that they could support vulnerable communities unable to reach the government’s aid distribution points. Thousands of people have been supported through water trucking, well boring, food aid, livestock, hygiene programmes and medical care.
But more funding is urgently needed to ensure that they can survive the next 6 months.
Will you help us reach them?
With your help we can, again, provide the emergency relief needed.
APDA’s health workers are vital in ensuring aid gets to the most vulnerable. They travel huge distances on foot for 15 days at a time, visiting households to conduct nutrition surveillance, treat immediately those identified with malnutrition and give awareness on hygiene and disease prevention. The government, UNICEF and the World Food Programme rely upon APDA’s health workers to get vaccinations and malnutrition supplements to remote communities across the Afar region.
In just 15 days, one health worker can reach and treat 150 severely malnourished and vulnerable people.
- Keep a health worker in the field for £45.
- Provide one water truck carrying 14,000 litres of water for up to 2,800 people for £203
- Cover costs of 15 days of full drought relief intervention (water provision, medical care and veterinary treatment) for up to 250 households for £3,724
Ethiopia Drought 2017 FAQ’s:
- What is the Ethiopian Government doing?
The Ethiopian Government is calling on the UN and international community to assist 5.6 million people, whose lives, livelihoods and well-being depend on our support. The Ethiopian Government has pledged $47.35 million, leading the emergency response, but a total of $948 million is needed.
- What happened to the goats Ethiopiaid donors bought last year?
Throughout the last year we have been providing our partner APDA with funds for animal feed and veterinary medicine to keep the goats alive and continuing to support the families and communities.
- Why can’t wells be dug?
Running water pipes and drilling boreholes is extremely expensive and difficult. There is a lack of supporting infrastructure, such as roads, to bring in equipment and the geology of the land requires expertise difficult to find in Ethiopia. The government relies on foreign NGO’s to provide wells but with these projectscost often in excess of $1million, progress has been slow. Further issues with boreholes are also common, climate change can mean boreholes dry up and having the skills and finances to maintain wells is difficult.
- Why do droughts keep happening?
Ethiopia is particularly susceptible to droughts being a landlocked country with a vast and, in many regions, difficult terrain. Although over many decades infrastructure has been put in place and has changed the lives of those living in those locations, many regions and lifestyles are severely vulnerable to climate change. Changes to traditional weather patterns, failed seasonal rains, El Nino and back to back droughts have lead to regions, such as the Afar, being on the brink.
- Why do health workers travel on foot?
Many settlements in the Afar region are remote and dispersed. No roads connect the family dwellings and vehicles are expensive, unreliable and badly equipped for the landscape. Progress on foot is slow but more flexible and reliable.
- Why don’t families and communities move to regions where there is water?
Over many decades Ethiopia seen much internal displacement, in times of drought and famine families and communities do migrate to other parts of the country and even cross borders in search of water, food and grazing land for livestock. However many people, the most vulnerable we are supporting, are not able to relocate. The elderly, disabled, pregnant women and young children are unable to make the long journeys, on foot, over the rough, hostile volcanic landscape, with no vehicles, food, money and even shoes. These families are often left behind while the men go in search of water, food and work. The families are left to wait it out.
Consider Giving a Regular Gift
Regular gifts are so important to us and are really simple to set up. Knowing that we have a guaranteed income each month helps us to plan ahead and be in a position to respond quickly to our partners needs.
Setting up a regular gift is easy and can be set up at an amount and frequency that suits you. Below are just a few of the benefits of setting up a regular gift.
- Regular gifts can be set up for any amount from £2 per month.
- Your gifts can be given monthly, quarterly, bi-annually or annually.
- Direct debits can be set up to leave your account on either the 1st or 15th of the month.
- Some banks can offer a better interest rate for customers who set up a regular gift to charity. Please discuss this with your bank for more information.
Setting up your regular gift
If you decide to give your donations by a regular direct debit then you will need to complete one of the following to set it up:
- Click here to set it up online
- Telephone our office on 01225 476385
- Complete the direct debit form and post back to us
- Or, if you already receive our appeal mailings, complete the direct debit section on the response form
Terms and conditions
When setting up your regular gift please allow for a minimum of 15 working days before the date of your first gift.
Regardless of the amount, we are charged a flat fee of 36p per donation per collection. Because of this we can only set up direct debits that are £2 or more in value, and we can only set up one direct debit per donor.
Please be aware that you are free at anytime to alter your gift amount, change your bank details, frequency, or cancel your direct debit if there is a change in circumstance. Please get in touch with our office on 01225 476385 or email us if you have any questions or require further information.
Give As You Earn
Donations are taken from an employees’ salary pre-tax every month, making ‘Give As You Earn’ a tax efficient option, and giving Ethiopiaid a regular, pre-planned income, which helps us to identify how much we can allocate towards specific projects.
Why ‘Give As You Earn’?
- Donations are tax-free
- A time-savvy charitable giving option for busy employees
- Easy for employers to set up
- A fantastic way to bring internal teams together though charitable giving
- Allows us to anticipate regular donations, helping us to allocate funds to specific projects
Sign up for a ‘Give As You Earn’ scheme now by contacting the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), who will be able to help you quickly set up a scheme.
Shop with Ethiopiaid
There is now an easy way for you to donate – simply by shopping online!
Easy Fundraising is a shopping directory that features some of the biggest brands and online stores, including Amazon, Easyjet, Apple Store, iTunes, NEXT, Boots, M&S, British Airways, Debenhams, John Lewis, Dell, Toys'R'Us, HMV and over 600 others.
All you have to do is use the links on the Easy Fundraising website whenever you shop online and, at no extra cost to you, Ethiopiaid will receive a free donation of up to 15% from every purchase you make. It really is that simple!
It' s completely free to register and use and you still shop with each retailer in exactly the same way. Many retailers even offer additional discounts and money saving e-Vouchers when you shop using Easy Fundraising.
All you need to do is click here to visit the Easy Fundraising website and select Ethiopiaid as the organisation you wish to support when you register.
We have put together a few resources for schools to learn more about Ethiopian culture and what our charity does. We have a suggested day of activities:
- Organising a breakfast like those we run for the street children of Ethiopia's capital, Addis Abba
- Discovering the origins of coffee
- Learning how to "dance like an Ethiopian" with traditional Ethiopian dances
Craft Activity - Support Fistula
Dasach was just 18 years old when she arrived at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in agony, dressed in stinking, filthy rags. She was in constant pain, barely able to walk with urine trickling down her legs. Her labour had lasted for days and the baby had died. Her husband, family and friends had abandoned her.
Before her operation, the surgeon sat by Dasach’s bed and held a dress against her frail body. She said, “We are going to give you a new body and a new dress. You will go back to your village feeling clean, cured and happy.”
Dasach stayed at the hospital for three weeks. She made herself a simple dress from a pattern just like the one below. On the day she went home, in her new dress, she smiled like sunshine and glowed with hope and health. Use the dress pattern to make a mini version of the dress Dasach made (like the one on the right) for our #GalleryofHope.