Our Mission is Simple...

Eritrea is one of the poorest countries in the world.


A long history of Colonialism, Drought and  War destroyed the infrastructure of this beautiful land.


With your support we can help them to rebuild the Medical, Community, Social and Educational services that we take for granted, and improve the lives and futures of Eritreans, old and young. 



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Expert Medical and Veterinary Support

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Dr John Black - Founder and 1st President

The Friends of Eritrea began as a loose group of various concerned Academic and Technical Medics and Vets.


Experience of Emergency and Development programs, in Eritrea and elsewhere, together with networks of expert contacts and working visits has been invaluable in identifying needs and supporting reconstruction of basic infrastructure.


As time moves on, so the pressures change but they don't go away. The need for continuing advice and practical support is just as great, so that the next generation of young Eritreans will be able to remain in and rebuild their own communities, in Hope and Expectation.

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Community Projects


Our previous projects have concentrated on providing Teaching and Learning materials, especially modern computers, textbooks, general reading material and e-training aids.


These include:


Keren Public Library

We sent 9 computers, a printer and
thousands of books to the library.


Adi Ugri School

response to a request by the Parent and Teachers Association (PTA)  for support of its rehabilitation programme, the Friends of Eritrea/UK
allocated £3000 to provide brand new computers and other teaching aids for the school.  (See link) 


Humanitarian Aid 

 £10,000, in two tranches, towards emergency food and medical supplies and logistics

2015 Project

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Decamere Faith School and Orphanage

Decamere School and Orphanage


The orphanage at Decamere provides total care, which includes shelter, food, clothing,

 and a quality education. The facility offers

both residential or meal/schooling programs

for several hundred children.

Decamere suffered much destruction during the long War of Independence. The orphanage, dating back to the early 1950s, has closed and reopened several times and continues to exist on the margins of viability.

Friends in the UK, particularly in the Manchester group, donated £500 in April 2015, to provide uniforms and teaching support to the students


We hope to build a developing relationship with them that will ease their difficulties and bring some of the basic advantages that we are so used to.