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Ethiopiad official logo.png
Founded November 8, 1989 (1989-11-08)
Founder Sir Alec Reed
Type Fundraising and education
Focus Increase access to education, improve maternal health care and prevention services, improve community infrastructure.
  • Upper Borough Court , Upper Borough Walls, Bath
Area served
Method Fundraising and support for local partners in Ethiopia
Key people
  • Alexandra Chapman - Chair 
  • Lisa Cousins, Executive Director
  • Anna Lord, Fundraising Manager
£2,572,426 (2016)

Ethiopiaid is a UK-registered charity that generates public funding for local charity partners in Ethiopia. It supports organisations who work in poverty reduction, healthcare, empowerment of women & girls, elder support, children with disabilities, surgery for facial disfigurements and educational access.[1]


Ethiopiaid was founded in 1989 by Sir Alec Reed. Reed is the founder of Reed (Company) along with several international charities and charitable website the Big Give. Sir Alec established the charity after a visit to Ethiopia in the late 1980s.'[2][3]


Ethiopiaid raises money through regular postal campaigns, containing updates on partner development and opportunities to support their work.


Ethiopiaid’s stated aim is to support local organisations to use their initiative and skill to improve living conditions in the country.

The organisation is headquartered in Bath, England, using offices donated by Reed. The UK office is run by a team of four, along with two further volunteers. Admin costs as of 2016 are 14p in £1.[4][5]

Ethiopiaid works with partners rather than specific projects or programmes. These local charities take on funding twice a year, based on an annual review of accounts by Ethiopiaid.

Maternal health[edit]

Ethiopiaid’s partners work in support of mothers affected by obstetric fistula, a medical condition arising from prolonged pregnancy, where the pressure of the baby's head causes a hole between the woman's bladder and her vagina. If left untreated, the condition can cause incontinence. The Hamlin Fistula Hospital provides pre- and post-operative care for women affected by this condition, including life-saving operations and training for midwives - with the students being past patients of the hospital.

Poverty Reduction[edit]

Ethiopiaid's partners seek to relieve poverty by working with local Ethiopian organisations, including the Destitute Elders Development Association (DEWADA), which provides food, clothing, medicine and house repairs to impoverished elderly men and women.


The Hope College of Business, Science and Technology opened in 2012 as Ethiopia's first not-for-profit liberal arts university college; Ehiopiaid has supported the college since inception.[6] Hope Enterprises seeks to advance education in Ethiopia by giving citizens the knowledge and expertise needed to work themselves out of poverty.

Disability and destructive diseases[edit]

Ethiopiaid works with Cheshire Services in Addis Ababa to help disabled children and adults. It also works with Facing Africa who work in support of people affected by noma, a gangrenous disease which can result in severe and painful facial wounds. Facing Africa arrange bi-annual 2 week missions of European surgeons, doctors, anaesthetists and nurses to correct these disfigurements, operating on around 35-40 patients per mission.[7][8]

Emergency Funding[edit]

Ethiopiaid has conducted relief campaigns by partnering with larger NGOs to raise funding for those affected by drought or famine. It raised £185,000 in public fundraising and granted around £460,000 to local partners as part of the 2016 emergency drought relief effort.


  1. ^ "Charity overview". The Charity Commission for England and Wales. 2016-12-31. Retrieved 2017-11-17. 
  2. ^ Teather, David (2010-06-03). "Alec and James Reed: recruitment is just the job for father and son". the Guardian. Retrieved 2017-11-17. 
  3. ^ [1], The Autobiography of Alec Reed, p. 135
  4. ^ "Charity overview". Retrieved 2017-11-17. 
  5. ^ "Charity Commission" (PDF). 
  6. ^ "Background of Hope University College". Hope University College. 2003-11-25. Retrieved 2017-11-17. 
  7. ^ "Links". Cheshire Services Ethiopia. Retrieved 2017-11-17. 
  8. ^ "Facing Africa : Get Involved". Facing Africa. Retrieved 2017-11-17. 

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