(from our Trust Deed dated 20 Oct 97 as amended 10 Jun 04 & 24 Nov 07)
The objects of the charity are to further the education of the inhabitants of the African continent in one or more of the following ways:
1) in awarding scholarships, exhibitions, bursaries or maintenance allowances tenable at any school, university or other educational establishment approved by the trustees to persons under thirty five years of age.
2) in providing financial assistance, outfits, clothing, tools, instruments or books to such persons on leaving school, university or other educational establishments to prepare them for or assist their entry into a trade, profession or service.
3) in awarding such persons grants or maintenance allowances to enable them to travel, whether in Africa or elsewhere in furtherance of their education.
4) in otherwise funding the education of such persons.
5) for the relief of the inhabitants of the African continent who are suffering hardship as a result of drought, earthquake, flood or other natural disaster or who, by reason of their social and economic conditions, are in need of assistance.
The Chairman of the Trustees, David Stables, operates as the Trust’s Chief Executive and, with some help, works voluntarily from an office in his Leicester home. David receives no salary and lives off his state pension.
Keeping our overheads to a minimum, we are fortunate to have support of professional inputs for IT and web-design, see Partners. The Chairman’s duties in the UK, whilst maintaining contact with his fellow Trustees, are co-ordinating fund raising with donors, administration, PR, web-site maintainance and overseas liasion.
If requested, David, Claire or Ethiopian UK-based students, can give presentations to interested organisations; these may have a fund raising element, but we are happy to do this for schools and childrens’ groups, as a form of awareness raising.
We now only work in Ethiopia and, to do what we do well, we only fund education-related projects or scholarships. Working closely at a personal level in a corruption free community is an example of how development can work well. We are aware of the relatively slow pace of community developomenmt with trust building and local involvement/ownership paramount. We don’t want to grow too big as the bigger you are, the more reputational risk there is if we’re unable to oversee our work properly.
Our national implementing partner is the registered local NGO, the Ethiopian Youth Educational Support EYES. They are now fully responsible for all financial, managerial and administrative aspects of our work in Ethiopia, including student and project selection. Advice is given by A-CET when requested. EYES is staffed by four ex-A-CET students supported by an experienced local Board of Directors.
The Trust’s main duty overseas are monitoring the progress of our students and projects together with the correct use and accounting of our funds by EYES.
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