Happy Ethiopian New Year, please join ESAC for our annual Family and Cultural Exchange Day


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ESAC happily shares ‘Zimene’ film

The award winning film director and producer Melissa Donovan went to Ethiopia and filmed the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of ZemeneWork, a young Ethiopian girl…in May 2015 when they screened the film in Minnesota. Zemene is a feature documentary that follows a spirited 10-year old Ethiopian girl, Zemenework (Zemene).
Here is the Trailer of the film (http://zemenefilm.com/)
In this movie that claimed so many awards, there is so much to learn about the great work of Dr. Rick Hodes(http://rickhodes.org/) who first got to know Zemenewerk.

እንኳን ለ ፪ሺ ፰ ለኢትዮጵያ ዓዲስ ዓመት ዋዜማ አደረሳችሁCongrats to the end of the 2007 ET Calendar

 approaching the 2008 Ethiopian New Year!!

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ነሃሴ አሰራ ሁለተኛው ወር የአሮጌው ዘመን ማብቂያ ሲሁን አዲስ ዓመት መግብያ የተስፋ ማደሻ ጊዜ ነው። ካሳለፈው ሁኔታ ካጠፋው፤ካተረፈው በመነሳት በተሻለ ለመስራት የምንዘጋጀበት ጊዜ ነው። አዲስ ዓላማ ካለፈው በተሻለ  ለጥሩ ውጤት በተለየ የሚነሳሳበት ጊዜ ነው። የኢትዮጵያ ማህበራዊ አገልግሎት አብሮ ለጋራ ዕድገት ፡ለአንድንት ፡ለሰላም የምንሰራብት ዘመን እንዲሆንል ጽኑ ምኞቱን ይገልጻል አዲስ አመትን አስመልክቶ ባዘጋጀነው እራት ላይ እንዲገኙ በአክብሮት ጋብዘንዎታል  ቡናም እናፈላለን ይምጡ ጥሩ ነገር ይመለከታሉ ይደስቱበታል።

ቡሄ መጣ ያ መላጣ ቅቤ ቀቡት ፀጉር ያውጣ!!

Happy Ethiopian New Years to our fellow of Ethiopians and our neighbors alike. On behalf of ESAC, we wish you a very happy, prosperous, peaceful new Year. ESAC is still working to foster an unforgettable celebration of Ethiopian heritage/culture and history. Ethiopian culture and history deserves to be revisited, to bring it to fruition, ESAC plans to re-visit it. Join us for New year Dinner on October 9th 2015 at 5 pm . celebration will be at 310 E 42  street  Manhattan NY .

ESAC- In the Event of International Women’s Day Celebration 3/8/15

New York, NY (March 8, 2015) — Honoring international women’s day, ESAC held its annual March 8th 2015 event. ESAC’s mission is to create public awareness about Ethiopian Migrant Worker abuse in Mid-East and and to find solution(s) to this horrible travesty.  The main topic of this year’s International Women’s Day Celebration with ESAC was regarding women in the 21st century. The topics covered in this March 8th celebration allow us to know and examine where women stance in society is.  Are they protected from any abuse issue women facing domestic workers abuse by their employer?  This is a Human Rights’ issue. It needs an in-depth understanding of the issues that is related to the domestic worker industry. ESAC is working very hard to get a solution to this problem of Ethiopian Migrant Worker abuse in Mid-East with the hosting Middle Eastern countries by creating a dialogue with the hosting countries. ESAC is trying to find  a  solution and is inviting and arranging panel discussion of experts advocating, creating awareness and seeking these hosting countries to revisit there employment policy and to follow International Law.


The Founder/Chairperson of ESAC with participants of the March 8th, 2015 event

Their story elicited heated reactions from Ethiopians worldwide, putting the spotlight on thousands of others who continue to toil under dangerous conditions in various countries in the region. These surfaced cases there so many of these Domestic Worker abuses are still prevalent. Let the world know, let these countries be responsible in the eyes of the world. Zewditu Fesseha, Founder and Chairperson of ESAC began the event, “ESAC has done its part, how about you? Thank you everyone for coming to ESAC’s annual International Women’s day event.” Below is a snippet of Zewditu Fesseha’s spech from the 3/8/15 celebration:

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee (ESAC) is a nonprofit, non-political organization established for educational purposes. ESAC is currently working on Ethiopian women domestic workers in the mid-east countries known as Gulf States. As we all know, the issue of women and girls’ abuse is well known all over the world.  Ethiopian women, who migrated to the Middle East looking employment, have been victims of abuse and slavery by their employers.

ESAC is witnessing this issue and has gathered enough information about Ethiopian migrant domestic workers in the Middle East. ESAC attempted to have a dialog with these seven Middle Eastern countries known as the Gulf States.  Tried to hem to solve their employment policy and honor their international obligation. ESAC keep asking to open up for dialogue. Until we get a response and see a change; I ask everyone to help ESAC reach its’ goal.

Discussions are good, as it gives awareness but that by itself is not enough. We need to act to solving the origin of the problem. ESAC understand Migration always will be there, for different reason. ESAC believes bring a dissection make them aware need understated and what to expect.  Even those these earths belong to all of us but to live in harmony make sure all human right is respected and follows UN common human right law.

As you may know or not recently the Saudia Arabian government has been deporting migrant workers, including Ethiopians under the pretense of them not having the legal right to stay in their country. So it appears that the Saudi government used Ethiopians as cheap labor and when they are finished using them they are deported back to Ethiopia. Once they are back in Ethiopia they try to rebuild their lives. Many of them suffer from mental and physical health problems and do not have any resources to assist them. The Ethiopian Red Cross and some religious groups offer some assistance however their funding is limited. Please help ESAC help domestic workers rebuild their lives, give generously today, so that Ethiopian migrant workers have a future.  ESAC gathered information to assist one person monthly accommodations (food, clothes, medical day-to-day living and Education like training), average monthly expense is $245 per person. We need sponsors as ESAC keeps doing and planning discussion forums.

Helping others is good as in the other hand we are doing it for ourself.  Please be a member and contribute $5.00 a month and $60 a year. Maybe you may say wonder what is it for me and of course the answer is moral satisfaction but ESAC has the following benefit for members. Help ESAC to fulfill it mission(s).

  1. Take Amharic lesson and you will get 50 percent discount,small translation is free
  2. Kind enough, Dr. Rebecca Mammo, of ophthalmology, for small consulting for major surgery, all cosmetic work , you will get 25% discount Small counseling or consulting will be free.

At last I would like to say special thanks to Velma Banks, Louise Dente, Alex for coming and sharing their experience and their knowledge regarding women’s issues in the 21st century. I also would like to give a special thanks the Church of Covenant, Spirit of Thunder Heart for supporting ESAC and attending our March 8th 2015 event and to Paul Medici for introducing ESAC to Laughing man coffee farmers’ organization leader. Laughing Man has made it possible for Ethiopian farmers in Southern Ethiopia by changing their lives and community. ESAC is happy to introduce Laughing Man and invites to become a customer of Laughing Man whether you are a community leader, Church community and much more. I hope to see you all again at our yearly event celebration(s).

Here are more pictures from the event:


March  8.2015 celebration

March 8.2015 celebration


Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee (ESAC) in celebration of Women’s History Month, Uses Advocacy to Create Awareness on Ethiopian Women in the Middle East

ETHIOPIAN SOCIAL ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE (ESAC) will be hosting its annual International Women’s Day Celebration in solidarity of support and advocating for Ethiopian Domestic workers of the Middle East. As you may or may not know, Ethiopian women in the Middle East have been abused or killed for years. This travesty is still prevalent and we are asking that you join us and our panel of experts to work towards eliminating this issue by advocating, creating awareness and justice for victims’ families.

On March 8th, 2015 this inaugural event will take place at 310 E. 42nd Street 1st and 2nd Ave in New York City. “As the need for support continues to grow, this month we honor all Women by giving back and making an impact on our local and international communities,” said Zewditu Fesseha, the Founder of ESAC. This month, throughout the year, we are seeing citizens of the Diaspora and Americans using the power of their voice to shed light on their own and each other’s well-being and making a real difference in the lives of women around the world. ESAC aims to mark the importance of equal rights and knowledge of the human condition. We can transform as well as abolish these brutal practices. The panel of speakers, as well as the host will share their personal associations to the movement, ideas for resolutions, and more. In brief, ESAC has held numerous seminars to discuss resolutions with expert panelists to set up dialogue with hosting Middle Eastern countries. We have tried to hold these countries accountable and to follow their international obligation regarding human rights and labor issue in their country. Women need to be accepted and respected in the 21st century so please join ESAC in putting this issue to end.

The Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee is a non-profit organization.  It is organized under 501(c) (3) the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation law for welfare and educational purposes. The Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee vision is to support women’s rights and culture. In order to improve their awareness on the issues mentioned, ESAC provides basic educational seminars for these topics. More information about the conference and ESAC can be found at http://www.esanyc.com.


የኢትዮጵያ ማህበራዊ አገልግሎት (2015) አመታዊ የሴቶች ቀን ክብረ በዓል

ዓለም አቀፍ  የሴቶች ቀን የካቲት ፳፱ (March. 8)

በመላው ዓለም በየዓመቱ በየካቲት 29 ቀን ይንም (March 8.) የሲቶች ቀን በመባል  በታላቁ ይከበራል ። ይህንኑ በማጠናከር የኢትዮጵያ ማህበራዊ አገልግሎት በዓሉን  ምክንያት በማድረግ የውይይት መድረክ አዘጋጀቶአል። ለሴቶች መብትና ጢንነትን በተመለከተ በየጊዜው ብዙ ሽግግርና ማሻሻያም ተደርጓል ይሁንንና ችግሩ በተለየ መልኩ በመከሰት የሚፈለገው ደረጃ ላይ መድረስ  አልቻለም። ይሁንና የሴቶችን ችግር ገጠመኘን ለማሻሻል ና መፍተሄ ለማግኘት የውይይት ዝግጀት ተይዟል. አርስዎም የዚሁ ውይይት ተካፋይ እንዲሆኑ ተጋብዘዋል።

እንድሚታወቀው የኢትዮጵያ ሴትች በተለያየ መንገድ ኑሮን ለማሸነፍ ወደ ጎሬቤት የአረብ ሀገር በሕግም ሆነ ካለህግ ካሀገራቸው ውጪ በመሄድ የደረሰባቸው ችግር እጅግ አሳዛኝና አስደንጋጭ ነው ይህንን ሁኔታ ያላየ ያልሰማ የለም። ታዲያ መፍተሄው ምንድነው? አሁንም በሹሉክልክ ከሕግ ውጪ ወደዚሁ ሀገር ለሞትና ለባርነት በመሄድ ላይ ይገኛለኡ።

በውይይቱ ላይ ተግኝተው የበኩልዎን ሃሳብ ይስጡ በማለት የኢትዮጵያ ማህበራዊ አግልግሎት ኮሚቴ በአክብሮት ያሳስባል.!

Please join us for ESAC’s annual International Women’s Day Celebration on March 8th, 2015


Press Release for ESAC’s March 8th, 2015 event is currently available.

Re-cap from October 12th annual ESAC’s Cultural and Family Exchange Day

New York, NY (October 12, 2014) — ETHIOPIAN SOCIAL ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE hosted its annual cultural and family day celebration.

IMG_5650 IMG_5706The event started with having traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony served with coffee beans presented by Laughing Man Coffee. The Laughing Man Coffee is helps Ethiopian Coffee farmers of Southern Ethiopia. Laughing Man coffee was founded by Hugh Hackman while going to Ethiopia for humanitarian purpose. ESAC appreciates the effort of helping Ethiopian farmers and introducing Ethiopia’s coffee all over the world.


Music and entertainment was provided and all attendees were delighted enough to dance and enjoy themselves. After music and entertainment, Dr. Rebecca Mammo discussed about Ethiopian culture and New Year celebration by Ethiopians. Dr. Mammo engaged the audience by rendition of a Ethiopian New Years song sung by Ethiopians. Dr. Falu, a member of ESAC and master of ceremony, announced the program schedule for the event and introduced the guests. Many hard to find merchandises and books were presented during the event. As always, ESAC has provided a wonderful event where everyone can appreciate and learn more about Ethiopian history, culture and language. Many Thanks to Everyone that came, participated!! MANY THANKS TO: Genet Restaurant, Awash Restaurant, all ESAC members and volunteers who came, ESAC notices and appreciates you all!

Here are some pictures from the ESAC’s October event:


ESAC Ethiopian New year Cerebration

እንኳን አደርሳችሁ ዘመኑ የሰላ የደስታ የጤና ዘመን ያርገው!!

New York, New York –
ETHIOPIAN SOCIAL ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE will host Ethiopian New for cultural and family day for those adoptive families who woESACLOGO1uld like to learn more about Ethiopian history and culture. ESAC will hold an event on Sunday, October 12th, 2014, at 310 E. 42nd Street in New York City.
The interest for learning more about Ethiopia’s culture, language, and history is growing and we are asking you to join us in creating awareness for adoptive families, Ethiopian and non-Ethiopians to connect with their roots or interests.
ESAC provides a bridge for adoptive families to connect with the Ethiopian community. ESAC gives Amharic classes in the New York area for all interested individuals, from adopted Ethiopian children to their parents, to researchers and students. All who are interested in learning Ethiopian language and history are welcome. ESAC is providing Amharic lesson by Skype. ESAC like to announce 2015 summer traveling tour to Ethiopia. Any one likes to know about the plan fill free to contact ESAC.
During this October event, Ethiopian music, food and beverages will be provided including traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony. Many difficult to find Amharic books for English speaker and will be available for sale. Proceeds will go to ESAC’s Women Domestic Worker Equal Rights Project.

Click here for October 2014 Flier! 

ESAC International Women’s Day 2014 Event

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New York, New York – (March 8th, 2014)  The panel discussion took place  in New York in commemoration of International Women’s Day. It was attended by Native American performers, Beth Lamor, Pam Timmons, UN woman group, caravan TV representatives and all invited guests arrived at 12:30 PM at 310 East Forty second street New York, NY on March 8th, 2014.The panelists were Ms. Nancy Solomon, Ms. Helen Afework (who directly came from Ethiopia who is a student researcher on immigrant domestic workers), Mrs. Velma D. Bank and Dr. Georgina Falu (who is a board member of ESAC and the moderator of the event).

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Dr. Georgina Falu- the moderator in red

Dr. Georgina Falu, as moderator, started the program by introducing the chairperson to give the remark for the event.Ms. Zewditu Fesseha, founder of ESAC, welcomed the attendees and gave a remark about the international women’s day by saying ” there is a long way to go in the women struggle especially women from Ethiopia trying to find a job in the gulf states who are experiencing hard times and a lot of abuse”. After Ms. Fesseha’s opening remarks, Dr. Falu brought other guest panelists on stage to elaborate on general Women’s issue.

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Guest Panelists from Left to Right: Helen Afework, Bizu Riki, Velma D. Banks, and Zewditu Fesseha.

With this in mind she invited the first panelist Ms. Nancy Salamone. Nancy Salamone is an author and former Wall Street Executive who is an advocate against Domestic Abuse because she was victim of it. Due to her experience, Nancy spoke about women’s issues being very complex and she stressed that we have to work together to address the issues. She also spoke about how saddened she was when she watched a video showing an Ethiopian woman being beaten by Saudi men. She said, “is it a game to show their bravery? I’am astonished by how they could post this video on Youtube for everyone to go and see this horrific activity.” She continued saying” The women in the video was hanged upside and beaten viciously until she lost conscious and it’s saddening to see  the world we live in and the abuse of these Ethiopian women. “. She also added ” let’s stand beside ESAC in addressing the issue of Ethiopian Women Domestic workers Violence in the Gulf countries. The beating of these woman in Saudi is a barbaric thing and this has to be stopped and the people there should be taken responsible for their actions. ESAC is working to address the issue and finding a solution for it.”

Next panelist, is Ms. Helen Afework who spoke about the abuse of Ethiopian Women Domestic Worker’s in the gulf-states and how brutal it is. She spoke about these Ethiopian Women not having legal rights, and to consider their way of reaching the Gulf-states (whether it was through illegal or legal channel), no matter what both are being abused. She also showed images and presentation on her thesis regarding Ethiopian Women Domestic Worker Abuse by the international media. With this observation, Helen added “the Ethiopian Government must educate these Ethiopian women/girls before they think about leaving. Even though, at this moment, the legal channel itself, it does not give these Ethiopian women enough support and education to endure the challenges ahead of them in these gulf-states. These women rely on influences of friends who may be lucky and their experiences.” She continued by saying “there is not enough resources for these women and girls to stay in Ethiopia”. Ms. Afework concluded by suggesting that ESAC work with local NGO to help for these women that desperate need and deserve.

After Ms. Afework’s presentation and speech, Buzu Rikki, who is an Ethiopian Jew from NY and founder of Chassida Shmella, gives her perspective of Ethiopian Women of Israel who are also facing women issues (on the international level). She explains that Ethiopian Jewish Women in Israel are abused by their husbands because the man (as the head of house) could not find a job in Israel and provide for his family. For the women, it is easy to find a job as a domestic worker and this changes the dynamic because she ends up being the head of the household and becomes the provider for the family. The situation creates conflict among the man as he feels he didn’t fulfill his duty and abuses his wife as a result of it. This is one scenario of Ethiopian women issues faced in Israel and Ms. Rikki concluding by saying “the abusers end up in prison and it took a lot of work to make that happen”. Often, coming from Ethiopia, with no education, this is the problem these Ethiopian Women Domestic Worker’s face.

Dr. Falu then presented the final panelist, Miss. Velma D. Banks who has organized and developed support groups like the Advancement of Colored People, Urban League, Black Solidarity Day and many more. Miss. Banks spoke about women’s issue being a human rights issue. She elaborate and explained how the two areas overlap one another and how we must recognize this issue. As the International Women’s Day 2014 ESAC event culminated, the floor was given to the audience to ask questions and give suggestions. Many great ideas and suggestions were discussed and ESAC is continuing to create awareness about the Ethiopian Women Domestic Worker Abuse in Gulf-states. Based on the first resolution, ESAC is still trying to initiate dialogue with hosting Gulf-states until a lasting solution is created. ESAC is anticipating it’s next annual International Women’s Day hopefully with this problem being resolved permanently.

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Native American Performers

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