Who is Ethiopiaid?
Welcome to the Ethiopiaid Australia Foundation.
The Ethiopiaid Australia Foundation is a non-profit charity organisation raising much-needed funds for our trusted community partners based in Ethiopia. We work with local, community-based grassroots organisations, valued for their expertise, skill and ambition in addressing the areas of poverty alleviation, healthcare and education.
Ethiopiaid Australia Foundation relies on the generosity of the Australian public to support these partners and runs regular appeals throughout the year in order to raise these funds.
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 is to break the cycle of poverty in Ethiopia by enabling local communities to realise their potential. We want to contribute to Ethiopia achieving its target of becoming a middle-income country no longer reliant on foreign aid.
- Partnerships: we seek partnerships and collaboration in our work with Ethiopian registered partners
- Respect: we listen and respond to our Ethiopian partners and the people who participate in our projects
- Accountability: we measure our success by the improvement in the lives of the people who participate in our projects. In this way we ensure that our donors' and supporters' funds are used effectively and responsibly
- Inclusion: we work with some of the most vulnerable and marginalised members of society in Ethiopia
- Opportunity: we help people to build the knowledge and assets needed for self-sufficiency
We aim to:
- Promote economically sustainable livelihoods for vulnerable women and youth
- Advance literacy
- Change attitudes to harmful practices
- Provide protection and opportunities for vulnerable children
- Increase access to quality maternal health services.
To read the Ethiopiaid Global Strategic Plan 2016-2020, click here.
Why we’re different
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 changing lives in Ethiopia since 1989. Our fundraising work began in the UK 25 years ago, and in 2008 we opened our office in Melbourne to reach out to the generous Australian public. With the addition to our Ireland and Canada offices, Ethiopiaid has acombined 50 years of fundraising experience, raising over $51m AUD internationally since 1989.
We are efficient
We will never waste your money on expensive offices and salaries for hundreds of staff. In fact, we only have two paid staff members in Australia, working hard in our donated office space, so you can rest assured that your donation is spent in the most efficient way possible.
We are focused on grassroots community development
Ethiopiaid Australia is focused on supporting community-driven grassroots projects that are sustainable in nature, and based on identified needs. We listen to our local partners - those who know best – and mutually agree on the most effective way to contribute our funds. Supporting locally-controlled projects promotes self-sufficiency and encourages the people of Ethiopia to participate in and work towards their own development.
How We Work
Our Fundraising in Australia
Ethiopiaid Australia relies on the generosity of the Australian public to support our partners and their projects, and runs regular mail appeals throughout the year in order to raise these funds.
Donors can contribute one-off donations, or sign up to contribute regular donations on a monthly, quarterly or yearly basis. In addition to our mail appeals, Ethiopiaid Australia accepts donations at any time via email, mail, phone or online.
The Ethiopiaid Australia Foundation Gift Fund has been formally approved as a Deductible Gift Recipient. Gifts of $2 or more are tax deductible and you will automatically receive a tax receipt for your donation.
How do we use your donation?
Each year, Ethiopiaid Australia Foundation receives a small amount of seed funding from Ethiopiaid UK, aimed at assisting administration, fundraising and staffing costs. This support ensures that we can continue to channel the generous donations of the Australian public to those communities in Ethiopia who need it most. Ethiopiaid Australia operates out of donated office space and has only 2 paid staff members, so you can be sure that your donation is being spent in the best way possible.
We take responsibility for managing our funding effectively. Each year our financial statements are independently audited by an external organisation ensuring accuracy and consistency in our financial reporting.
If you would like to review a copy of our independently audited financial statements, please click below:
- Annual Report 2013/2014
- Annual Report 2014/2015
- Audited financial Statements 2015/2016 (Annual report to come.. .watch this space!)
We visit our partners in Ethiopia each year to perform an internal audit. This allows us to ensure that our funds raised are used effectively and transparently by our partners and that their projects achieve meaningful results.
Ethiopiaid Australia Board of Directors
Daniel McKinnon - Chairman
Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts, Grad Dip Bus, CPA
Daniel has been a Director and Member of Ethiopiaid Australia Foundation since 2007. He has over 20 years commercial and accounting experience, including nine years in the non-profit sector.
Alexandra Chapman - Director
MA (CANTAB) Economic and Social Studies
Alexandra is Chair of Ethiopiaid UK and sits on the boards of Ethiopiaid Ireland, Canada and Australia. She is also a trustee of The Reed Foundation in the UK which has given over £20 million to charitable causes and supports The Big Give, an innovative fundraising website that promotes intelligent philanthropy. Alexandra’s background is in documentary filmmaking and she has worked as a Director and Producer for the BBC and Century Films. She has an MA in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University and a MA in Economic and Social Studies with distinction from Manchester University.
John Bullwinkel - Director
FIPA (Fellow Institute of Public Accountants), DFS (Diploma of Financial Services)
John is Managing Director of Business Partners Pty Ltd, a boutique advisory and consulting company. He has previously held roles as: New Business Director at Macquarie Private Bank in Melbourne; Executive Director ANZ Private Relationships for ANZ Banking Group in Melbourne; and Head of ANZ Private Wealth in Queensland. John has a long involvement in the non-profit sector, as an Ambassador for the Skin and Cancer Foundation as well as Director for Ethiopiaid Australia. He is a past Chairman of both Youth off the Streets in Sydney and of St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School Foundation in Brisbane. Until recently, John was a long-standing board member of the Monash University Medical Foundation
Jennifer Johannesen - Director
Juris Doctor (JD), University of New South Wales, 2011, Bachelor of Arts (BA), York University, 2006
Jennifer is a Senior Associate at Marque Lawyers with particular expertise in IP and IT law. Jennifer sits on the board of two charitable organisations and has experience advising a number of not-for-profits on various issues, including company structure, fundraising and privacy.
Leanne Neale - Director
Bachelor of Science (Hons)
Leanne is currently Director of Fundraising and Mobilisation at Amnesty International Brazil (2013 – current), coming from Amnesty International Australia (2010 – 2013). Leanne was Ethiopiaid Australia Foundation's National Manager from 2008 to 2009. She has been a Member since 2009 and Director since 2010.
Elise Gold – Director
Bachelor of Commerce (Hons), Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
Elise is currently an Investment Director at the Trawalla Group. Elise previously created and managed two businesses - the first was acquired by one of Australia’s largest online retailers, CatchOfTheDay, and the second involved raising investor capital to launch a multi-unit hospitality concept.
Neil Barrie - Director
BA (Hons), Dip Fin, Honours graduate from the school of Social Anthropology, University of Western Australia.
Neil practised as an Anthropologist throughout northern, central and north-west Australia working with remote and semi remote communities on ethnographic and development projects. He established Wyndham Partners in Melbourne in 1992 to undertake corporate advisory work primarily in the Food, Mining and Engineering industries with a focus on regional Australia. Neil is a past board member of the Aboriginal Arts Council of WA, Australian Exhibitions Touring Agency, Executive Chairman of Tawana Resources, Mercator Resources, the Zimele Foundation and a number of unlisted public companies.
Sharon Elliott - National Manager
Sharon joined Ethiopiaid in March 2017 after 6 years fundraising for The Lost Dogs’ Home, firstly as a donor liaison officer and then as the fundraising manager.
Sharon relocated to Australia from the UK in 2004, and has a background in human resources and training. Being a devoted animal lover, and mum to numerous four legged children, Sharon joined The Lost Dogs’ Home due to the animal connection but was then delighted to discover a passion for fundraising.
As a mother (of four two-legged children as well!), Sharon is passionate about making a difference for women and children in Ethiopia and is excited to be a part of an international team working so hard to change lives.
Naomi Farrar - Fundraising Officer
Naomi joined Ethiopiaid Australia in February 2017 as Fundraising Officer after completing a Master’s degree in International Development Practice from Monash University and a Bachelor’s degree in International Development from La Trobe University.
Naomi has spent time volunteering as an intern with Live and Learn Environmental Education in Vanuatu, and she has also spent 18 months working at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Melbourne’s west where she was a women’s empowerment officer within the Innovation Hub. In 2015 Naomi traveled to Africa with Monash University to undertake research and develop stakeholder relationships in order to produce a preliminary feasibility review of teacher training development in rural South Africa. She is incredibly passionate about women’s rights and development, particularly issues of women’s health and security.
The Ethiopiaid Story
In the Autumn of 1987, Sir Alec Reed made his first visit to Ethiopia. He saw what many people might expect - widespread hardship, suffering and poverty. However, he also saw passion, knowledge and ambition.
In 1989, Sir Alec founded Ethiopiaid in the UK with an initial contribution of £1 million. Using a small number of hardworking staff in a donated office space, Ethiopiaid started to raise public funds in support of local charities in Ethiopia. With Ethiopiaid’s help, local communities were able to use their passion, knowledge and ambition to create better futures for themselves and their families.
Since 2000, Ethiopiaid has set up new offices in Ireland, Canada and Australia. Ethiopiaid Australia Foundation began raising funds in September 2008.
Sir Alec remains actively involved with all Ethiopiaid offices and in 2011, he received a knighthood for his services to charity.
Ethiopiaid Australia Foundation is now licensed to raise funds in each of Australia's States and Territories and in 2010, were formally endorsed as a Charitable Fund by the Australia Taxation Office. We have also been approved as a Deductible Gift Recipient, meaning gifts of $2 or more to our gift fund are tax deductible.
To date, the Ethiopiaid network has donated over $51m AUD to local partners in Ethiopia, giving thousands of people the power to change their own future.
Ethiopia is a country rich with culture and tradition.
Ethiopia is located in East Africa, in the sub-region known as the Horn of Africa. A landlocked nation, Ethiopia is bordered by Eritrea to the North and Northeast; Djibouti and Somaliland to the East; Somalia and Kenya to the South; and Sudan and South Sudan to the West. Expanding more than 1 million km2, Ethiopia is the 7th largest nation in Africa, and with a population of over 93 million people it is alsothe most populous landlocked country in the world. The nation’s capital is Addis Ababa, located in the central highlands, and has a population of 2.9 million. Ethiopia has been established as a Federal Democratic Republic since 1995 and is a founding member of the United Nations and the African Union.
Sadly, Ethiopia is one of the world’s poorest nations. Whilst experiencing a high annual growth since 2004, over 27 million people still live below the poverty line. Agriculture is the lifeblood of the country, with the sector accounting for 46% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and 85% of total employment. Unfortunately, due to Ethiopia’s arid climate, frequent drought devastates the sector, and with little knowledge of effective cultivation practices, millions face the turmoil of poverty and starvation every day. Ethiopia is known to produce some of the best coffee in the world. Other exports include: pulses, cotton, vegetables, flowers, textiles and livestock.
Ethiopia’s economic turmoil has harrowing effects on its population. The median age is only 17.5 years old, and 64% of the population is under the age of 24. The average life expectancy is only 60 years. As the struggle to feed, house and clothe their families continues to exist, over 10 million innocent children are used in child labour. As such, education is poor: only 39% of the population is literate, and only just over a quarter of women can read or write at the age of 15.
Healthcare is a significant challenge for Ethiopia. In Australia, we have 250 physicians per 100,000 people. In Ethiopia, they have 3. The likelihood of an infant dying in the first year of their life is 12 times higher than Australia, and the likelihood of a women dying during or shortly after giving birth is 50 times higher. Only 1 in 10 women will have their birth attended to by a skilled person. This lack of access to healthcare services means that diseases considered curable or manageable in developed nations, such as obstetric fistula, plague the country.
Despite facing devastation and turmoil on a daily basis, the people of Ethiopia possess an exceptional drive and passion for their own development. Working actively together with non-government organisations to overcome these obstacles is providing Ethiopians with the support and opportunities to gain new skills and knowledge in order to create lasting and positive changes in their communities.
State of Emergency in Ethiopia
The Ethiopian government has declared a state of emergency effective of 8th October for the next six months. This is due to civil unrest and anti government protests in the regions surrounding Addis Ababa, primarily involving the Oromo and Amhara ethnic groups who feel marginalised. This is the first state of emergency declaration for 25 years.
The protests pose a severe threat to the stability of the country. Ethiopiaid's priority is to ensure that our partners can continue their important work in the current climate.
Ethiopiaid, 10th October 2016