Our Work


Meketa means ‘support’ in Amharic. Many of the Jewish families in Gondar gave up their livelihood in distant villages to come to the town and register for emigration to Israel. However, many have waited years for permission to emigrate and in the meantime, they are living in extreme poverty and with little prospect of improvement in their circumstances. You can hear the community speak about themselves and their situation with the  BBC. Rabbi Sybil Sheridan has also written  about the community; her blog can be found  by clicking here. The B'nai Brith International Organisation has also documented the plight of the Ethiopian Jews and you can read their article by clicking here.


Our work  involves  initiatives to help the community help themselves.    Through  child sponsorship,  we enable families to educate their children and brighten their future.  The  after school club and summer activities reinforce and supports the education of children that attend state run schools and helps to improve their grades and brighten their prospects for the future.  

Our livelihood projects (microloans, the bakery, training and employment, and local craft creation) provide opportunities for adults to learn skills that lead to employment, start their own businesses, or provide income for their families.   These initiatives are overseen in Gondar by our field staff

Latest News 

Most girls in the Gondar Jewish community tend to stay at home and miss school during some of the days of their monthly cycle.   They could fall behind with their schooling and struggle to keep up with the class. We have linked up with the Days4girls project to provide girls with re-usable feminine hygiene kits. Seven kits were sent in time for International Women's Day.

We started a new club in Shewa Dabo – an area further out in Gondar where many of the Jewish families have moved to because the housing is much cheaper.  Click here to find out more about it 

Our programme, LIFT, gives direct support to elderly and infirm members of the community living in poverty.  Learn more about it here.

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Contact Details: Meketa, 10 Camley  Park Drive,  Maidenhead Berkshire  SL6  6QF  E-mail: projects@meketa.org.uk   Phone: +44 (0)7526 189352