Kate Fereday Eshete – Ethiopia and England

Linked with KATE FEREDAY ESHETE helping the needy in Ethiopia, and with Kate, a girl who can’t say no.

For five years Kate Fereday Eshete has lived in a mud hut on the edge of Gondar city with her Ethiopian husband (Asnake Eshete), their adopted children (Tomas and Menen, two years old) and their menagerie. Kate and Asnake both work at the Tara Centre. Born in Cheshire – a county in the north-west of England – in 1961, Catherine (Kate for short) Fereday is the elder of identical twin sisters. In 1966 her family moved to Scotland, spending one year near Inverness before settling in the Orkney Islands, off the northern Scottish coast. Kate attended Kirkwall Grammar School, attaining ‘A’ in nine Scottish O’ Grades. At 17 she left Orkney to travel … // … In 1994 an impulse took Kate to Ethiopia to help street children. Five years later she walked about 500 miles from Addis Ababa to Gondar via Lalibela with a donkey she called Dinkenesh, celebrating the Millennium near the remote Takeze River in an area where no white person had ever been before …// … A note about Kate’s name: Ethiopians have just one name and use their father’s name as a second name. For a third name, they use their paternal grandfather’s name (for example, Asnake Eshete Tefera). They do not have family surnames and women do not change their names after marriage. (full text).


Kate Fereday Eshete – Ethiopia and England

She  is the founder of two English charities: the KINDU TRUST for needy children in Ethiopia, (named on GondarLink, on SmartChange.org and on KINDU’s weblog, our Vision: The Kindu Trust stengthens vulnerable families affected by poverty by making them financially secure, which in turn prevents children drifting on to the streets); and of  the Dinkenesh Fund for needy animals in Ethiopia (named on about Kate, and on smart change).

Kate runs also the Tara Centre, a community centre where integrated projects help people, animals and the environment. Named also as Ethiopian partner on coldembersvocalistnick’s blog.

In September 2007 Kate opened the Empress Mentewab School, a primary school that provides quality, full-day education to disadvantaged children from poor families in Gondar’s inner-city slums, (see on her Homepage).

… It is only by your support we have been able to achieve so much and change the future for so many children and families in Ethiopia … // … Inspired by the work of Kate, with your support, we can and do make a difference in a world of poverty … (full text).

Find her and her publications on Google Blog-search.

… The Kindu Trust’s Ethiopian partner, the Tara Centre, is a community centre in the centre of Gondar city, Ethiopia. It serves the poor families living in the inner-city slums in a variety of ways and it is coordinated by Kate Fereday Eshete, our founder. The Tara Centre and the Kindu Trust are partners in our work to improve the quality of life on behalf of hundreds of disadvantaged people in Ethiopia – in particular through child sponsorship … (full text).

… Kate explained: “We first heard about Teseme and his siblings in June, 2003, when our social worker, Havard Fikkan, noted the poor conditions in which the family was living. The tragic story of two-year-old Teseme prompted Lorraine Shearer to sponsor the Ethiopian family. The youngster is pictured with his dad Mulualem Gebayehu in their home. We added Teseme to our list of needy children waiting for a sponsor and Teseme’s father, Mulualem Gebayehu, brought us a document from the chairman of the local council, confirming the desperate circumstances of the family” … (full text).

… Apart from these long-term solutions many other small relief projects are active in the country, trying to provide immediate remedy where the need is greatest. The “Tara Centre” is one of them. A hubbub is coming from the courtyard behind Kate Fereday Eshete‘s office. More than 200 women and their children are gathered there, as they do on the first day  of every month.  Some are sitting on the ground and trying to shield themselves from  the hot sun with sunshades. Others crouch in a corner. Little boys and girls scurry about, some with badly-bloated bellies. Some are wearing only scraps of cloth that once resembled a T-shirt or trousers. Their large eyes are ringed with flies … (full text).

On Wednesday, 18 October 2006, Hanna was brought to the Tara Centre. She is an adult Hamadryas baboon from the lowlands of Ethiopia. Her owner thought that she would be better off with our Jenny, a Gelada baboon who was given to me me three months ago. Both baboons arrived in a malnourished state, having been fed incorrectly on bread. Now they are the best of friends and are putting on weight. Hanna eats a variety of food, including fruit and vegetables, whereas Jenny is a grass-eater.  (on Tara Center news).


Poverta’ in Etiopia;

Project Harar Ethiopia;

The Gesar Foundation for children;

Archive for the ‘kate fereday’ Category, on the KINDU’s weblog;

Africa Trek Excerpts;

book relief UK /projects;

Homeless animal protection society HAPS;

Wegmarken 2007 /2008, 86 pdf-Seiten;

and: Kate Eshelby, a Londoner freelance photographer, with her beautiful photos out of Africa (with many Ethiopian photos).

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