Towards a brighter future…

It’s about education. Despite the use of old regimented rows of heavy benches and desks in a poorly lit environment, children are attentive and want to learn. We are continuing to work hard to help our children towards a brighter future.

If you’d like to help us please consider donating to our cause. The future will be bright and full of promise with your help.

Children are our future – Education is key.

Qanxicha Primary School Students [Odo District, Oromia Region, Ethiopia]

During our last visit to Oromia, AHEAD and UDA were welcomed by local school pupils who shared their experiences and hopes for the future. We continue to work with local groups to ensure education remains accessible. Our hostel provides secure accommodation to the most disadvantaged students. Education is key to our mission in Oromia, and for the prospects of the region’s next generation.

Please support us in our work. You can donate at Wonderful

A massive THANK YOU!

We’d like to throw out a massive thanks to everyone who took part in AHEAD’s Summer Virtual Challenge. We all had a great time walking, cycling and running, but we also appreciate how hard this summer has been with so many restrictions in place keeping us indoors, away from our families, friends and loved ones. We hope you are all keeping well and are still energised to support us over the coming months. Best wishes everyone for the darker months ahead and look out for our next fundraising event.

Roy cycled 30-Kms along the Lea River in London. Elfneh and his family walked over 10-Kms in the Lake District.

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If you’d like to find out more about our events and our work helping the disadvantaged gain a bright future, please visit us on Instagram at aheadcharity

Helping families in Arjo

Arjo is a district in Eastern Wallaga in Oromia Sate (Ethiopia) and like most rural regions, Arjo families suffer from acute poverty due to a lack of sustainable incomes, poor housing and access to children’s education.

The Arjo Family and Children’s Project (AFCP) was established after Mrs Ejigayehu Kiflemariam visited the beautiful scenery and observed the fertile natural resources of the area.

Mrs Ejigayehu Kiflemariam, supported by the local people, was convinced that the situation of the people could be improved and be given better life chances with support and encouragement. With this vision, the AFCP was set up 3 years ago to alleviate poverty and a lack of education for families and children by assisting families build durable houses, to assist children attend school and provide adequate clothing.

Scheme 1 focuses on providing basic resources to the beneficiaries to support them meet their day-to-day needs. These resources included building one family house, provision of clothes and educational materials. These donations were provided directly to the family and as a result they have now been able to build a new home and send their children to school.

Scheme 2 concentrates on introducing a pilot micro-financing programme, whereby some money is lent to disadvantaged families to invest in a local small-scale trade to make money to support themselves. This will involve buying a sheep, which can be kept for some time before being sold at a reasonable profit. This activity will continue to increase the families’ income.

AHEAD was impressed by the work Mrs Ejigayehu Kiflemariam and her supporters started in Arjo. She established a common understanding about the needs of the area and AHEAD agreed to fund education materials, clothing for school children, the construction of a house for one family and micro-financing (interest free loans for disadvantaged families).

We appreciate all supporters of our objective to help poor families in Oromia. If you’d like to donate towards AHEAD’s work please visit our charity donation page. If you’d like to donate regularly or get involved please find out How you can help.

AHEAD’s Annual Bike Ride and Walk 2019

2018 Summer Event

Please join us at our annual summer event on Saturday June 8th to raise funds to equip a newly built hostel for disadvantaged girls in Shakiso town, Oromia, Ethiopia, who otherwise would be unable to access secondary school education.  Enjoy a great day out across the new and old of North East London, keep fit and support a great cause!

This February…

AHEAD is holding a social event to raise funds to build on the success of it’s first girl’s hostel in Shakisso town which has helped address the needs of destitute girls from the local countryside. AHEAD and our partner UDA have provided them with secure accommodation allowing them to attend the town’s secondary school without the need to pay expensive rent which they would otherwise be unable to afford. The aim of this event is to raise funds for a second hostel.

For more information on our Lolotu Girl’s Hostel Project (LGHP) please click here

If you’d like to donate directly to the project you can do so by visiting us at WONDERFUL

To celebrate our work, please join us for…

What: Delicious Ethiopian food and other dishes. Drink and music with story-telling and fun family activities.
When: Saturday 2nd February from 18.00 to 22.00hrs
Where: St Patrick’s Parish Hall (64 Blackhorse Rd, Walthamstow, London, E17 6NH)

Adults £20
Students & Unemployed £10
Youth (8-18 years old) £5
Children under 7 FREE

To register for this event please visit us at EventBrite
and bring your ticket along with you on the night to pay at the door.

AHEAD’s Cycle Bike & Walk Event

A massive THANK YOU, to all who participated in our annual Cycle Ride and Walk across the Lea Valley Regional Park and Walthamstow Wetlands on Sunday 10th June.  We all had a great time – See our Facebook page for an update and come back and visit us for a video of the event.
AHEAD Bike Ride & Walk 2018 – Hello!

If you’d like to donate please visit us at

Join AHEAD’s 2018 Sponsored Bike Ride and Walk, this June


Ahead’s cycle ride last year

Register here   |    Sponsorship Form  

Please join us at our annual summer event on Sunday June 10th to raise funds to equip a newly built hostel for disadvantaged girls in Shakiso town, Oromia, Ethiopia, who otherwise would be unable to access secondary school education.  Enjoy a great day out across the new and old of North East London, keep fit and support a great cause!

Download this year’s flyer!


AHEAD’s Ethiopian Visit 2017

Happy New Year to all our supporters.  We are happy to update everyone on Elfneh’s visit to Ethiopia during December 2017.  It was an extremely busy but productive visit and has galvanised the organisation to push ahead with the completion of our hostel project and continue to support higher education in the country and local projects in the UK.

We are already planning initiatives for this year.  Please visit the website over the next few weeks for updates on these.

A short video can be viewed here of Elfneh’s visit.

Contact us
Phone: +44 (0) 7570 799 157
Facebook: aheadcharityuk

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AHEAD’s Bike Ride and Walk 2017

Early June saw AHEAD hold their annual sponsored Bike Ride and Walk.  It was a beautiful day and the event was enjoyed by all.

To relive the event and sample the atmosphere of the day we have compiled some videos that we hope will reflect the fun we had, but also encourage all who would like to help and take part in AHEAD’s objectives, to sign-up for next year’s event.

Enjoying the day, celebrating our objectives!

Relive Active Map



Join AHEAD’s 2017 Sponsored Bike Ride and Walk this July

Ahead’s Sponsored Bike Ride and Walk – Download the poster image and pass it on to your friends!

Register here   |    Sponsorship Form    |    Single Donation Form

Please join us at our annual summer event on Sunday July 2nd to raise funds to build a hostel for disadvantaged girls in Oromia, Ethiopia, who otherwise would be unable to access secondary school education.  Enjoy a great day out across the new and old of North East London, keep fit and support a great cause!