LUCIA is a registered charity, based in the West Midlands, supporting women, children and communities in Ethiopia. It is one of the poorest countries in the world, but is full of hard-working and resourceful people. We give community groups a helping hand to make the most of local resources and abilities, in order to generate income, and in turn to feed, clothe and educate their families. We believe that the key to positive change is to enable communities, particularly women, to help themselves with long-term sustainable development and to reduce reliance on international aid.
Demiss has been driving the Lucia team on field trips for many years. He has been the translator, planner, fixer and most of all an adviser on Ethiopian culture and protocol. His support to LUCIA is and has been invaluable.
On this last trip in November 2014, Demiss has expressed the desire to … [Read More...]
In the final instalment of our series on LUCIA's trustees, Sue explains how she heard about the charity and why she chose to get involved...
I first became aware of LUCIA through the lovely Ron Gardiner, Sylvia’s husband. We were work colleagues for many years until he retired, and have remained … [Read More...]
This autumn, two of our friends will be putting on their running shoes and setting themselves new long-distance targets. Brian will be running in the Chester Marathon on Sunday 5th October, and Steve in the Bupa Great Birmingham Run on Sunday 19th October. To help keep up the motivation to meet … [Read More...]
In June of this year a small group of volunteers from the UK based charity Vision Aid Overseas visited Ethiopia to provide support for some newly qualified optometrists working in towns around Addis Ababa. Thanks to contact with LUCIA trustee Janet Clarke, arrangements were made for the team to … [Read More...]
Meet our volunteer Anne - without her, us trustees would be rather lost! As our resident minute-taker she ensures that all of our discussions and decisions at our monthly meeting are recorded. Here she explains how and why she got involved with the charity...
I had the great privilege of traveling … [Read More...]
LUCIA and the University of Birmingham have won an award in the Community/Individual category of the Best Staff and Community Scheme at the Birmingham Sustainability and Recycling Awards.
Sylvia and Jane went to the Council House to collect the award from Councillor Lisa Trickett, Cabinet Member … [Read More...]
So how did us trustees learn about LUCIA, and what continues to motivate us? Here, trustee Janet explains her story...
My interest in Lucia was sparked by meeting with Sylvia and I became affected by her enthusiasm and energy for the Charity which she established 10 years ago. She told me of the … [Read More...]