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
Street in Nekemte
A street scene in Nekemte


Building operations


The walls go up


Nearing completion


January 2007


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.