Who we are

Health & hope for over 30 years.

Ethiopiaid Australia is an Australian-based charity, raising money for field partners on the ground in Ethiopia.

Founded in 1989 in the UK, we have over 30 years’ fundraising experience and a vibrant history of progress across key areas of development in Ethiopia.

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For an Ethiopia free from poverty in which every person has access to quality education, healthcare and a life of dignity.

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To break the cycle of poverty in Ethiopia by enabling the poorest, the most vulnerable and their communities to live with dignity, build resilience and achieve true and lasting solutions to the challenges they face. 

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We're there for the most vulnerable and the most marginalised, regardless of age, gender or location. That means you’ll always be able to help those who need it the most.

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Our story

Ours is the story of how one person can truly reach out and make a difference.

In the autumn of 1987, British businessman 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.

What he saw truly resonated with him and in 1989, Sir Alec set up the very first Ethiopiaid office in the UK. With Ethiopiaid’s help, local communities were able to use their passion, knowledge and ambition to create better futures for themselves and their families.

Over the next ten years, Ethiopiaid grew to have offices across the UK, Ireland, Canada and Australia.

To this day, we operate under a shared belief of working with and alongside Ethiopians to help them achieve the potential that so inspired Sir Alec Reed in 1987.

Sir Alec Reed, founder of Ethiopiaid, with fistula survivors in Ethiopia
Sir Alec Reed, founder of Ethiopiaid [centre] visiting fistula survivors in Ethiopia

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Our areas of work

From safe birth to palliative care, we work across six key areas to ensure you can always help those who are in greatest need. 


Female genital mutilation in Ethiopia

Forced mutilation & marriage

We teach about the dangers of female genital mutilation and child marriage to put an end to these traditions for good.

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Child exploitation and homelessnes in Ethiopia
Child exploitation & homelessness

We equip orphaned and vulnerable children for a safer, brighter future free from hunger, disease and exploitation.

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Obstetric fistula in Ethiopia

Obstetric fistula 

We increase access to and awareness of maternal health in order to make childbirth safer and eliminate fistula.  

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Women and girls' advancement in Ethiopia
Women & girls' empowerment

We open up equal education and earning opportunities so women can reach their full potential and be part of change.

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Gender based violence in Ethiopia

Gender-based violence

We protect and nurture survivors of abuse while tackling the root causes of gender-based violence.

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Hospice and palliative care in Ethiopia
Hospice & palliative care

We provide end-of-life care to those who are destitute and terminally ill so they can live out their lives with peace and dignity.

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Registered Australian
charity under ACNC 


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Organisational member of
Fundraising Institute Australia


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Approved DGR status in Australia

Deductible gift recipient
(DGR) status


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Proud to be recognised in national industry awards through the Fundraising Institute Australia

FIA National Awards for Excellence in Fundraising - Ethiopiaid Australia finalist 2020 FIA National Awards for Excellence in Fundraising - Ethiopiaid Australia winner 2023

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