Rotary Club of Exmoor

Ethiopian Eye Clinic Project

The club has started on a project to help equip a new eye clinic in Ethiopia. Nekemte is a market town in western Ethiopia, about 120 miles from Addis Ababa. It has a population of 84,000 but including the surrounding towns and villages, the clinic is intended to serve one and a half million people. In this very poor country, many people have very poor eyesight simply for the need of a pair of spectacles or simple eye operations.

Rotary International can provide "matching funds" for projects such as this, depending upon a sufficient sum being raised, and having a Rotary Club in Ethiopia to provide a link to the project. We hope to join up with two nearby clubs in Devon so that more money might be raised - also, the Exeter Ethiopia Link has been involved in providing aid to Ethiopia for a number of years.

Exeter Ethiopia Link
In the winter of 2007 construction of the eye clinic is complete - some photographs below show the progress achieved.
View of Nekemte
Nekemte
Street in Nekemte
A street scene in Nekemte

Building

Building operations

Building

The walls go up
Building
Building

Clinic

Nearing completion

Clinic

January 2007

Clinic

Clinic
The point of it all
Life on the outskirts of Nekemte

The point of it all - some of the people that the eye clinic is designed to help - the family with their home is pictured on the outskirts of Nekemte.

MORE PICTURES HERE - 2007 and 2008

VISIT TO ETHIOPIA - You can download here (in MS Word format 810k) an account of the visit by our International Chairman Frances to Nekemte in 2006.