How we operate

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Objects of the charity

(from our Trust Deed dated 20th October, 1997 as amended 10th June, 2004)
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:
< 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.
< 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.
< in awarding such persons grants or maintenance allowances to enable them to travel, whether in Africa or elsewhere in furtherance of their education.
< in otherwise funding the education of such persons.
< 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.

We do not fund any UK resident students, we do not provide any project funding, scholarships to unknown or Gap year students - so please do not apply.

Selection of students and/or projects we support

In the struggle to fund our own work we only support locally known students/projects in those countries we work; these are selected exclusively through our local partners.

In the UK

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. To do the administration, legal compliance and book-keeping, including talks and overseas visits, takes up most of his time.
Keeping our overheads to a minimum, we are fortunate to have support of professional inputs for IT, web-design and auditing, 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 liasing with our overseas partners.

If requested, David, UK student Sammy or other Trustees, gives talks to interested organisations; these may have a fund raising element, but we are happy to do this particularly for schools and childrens’ groups, as a form of awareness raising. We have power point presentations and can show DVD/videos.


In Ethiopia, 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 three ex-A-CET students supported by a local Board of Directors.

The Trust’s main duty overseas is monitoring the progress of our students and projects together with the correct use and accounting of our funds by EYES.

Other donations

A number of donations are often offered in kind, such as books, used computers or clothing. Unfortunately we lack the infrastructure to accept these items, carriage is very costly and such items are increasingly available in the countries we work, so that offered items can no longer be accepted. For surplus books contact and computers .

David Stables is the A-CET Registered Data Controller for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998. Limited records of donors are kept securely. No data is ever passed to third parties.