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

Click here for this event’s flier:
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Press Release for International Women’s Day 2014

Contact: Zewditu Fesseha

Email: esac.nyc@gmail.com

Adress: 310 E 42nd Street, at 12:00pm New York, NY

In honor of Women’s History Month, the  Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee will held its annual  event on March 8, 2014

The Panel discussion is focused on advocating for the right of domestic workers in the Middle East who are suffering from horrific act of various human Right violations. For long time, women have remained invisible in various sectors across the world. Their socio-economic contributions and unique experiences have not been taken into account. Furthermore, domestic violence is one of the deep-rooted problems of women that hinder socio-economic empowerment.

The abuse of domestic workers is a human right issue. It needs an in-depth understanding of the issues that is related with the domestic work industry. It has received widespread news coverage in deferent incident after an Ethiopian nanny in Libya who had suffered from the abuse and severe burns at the hands of her employers that was exposed by a CNN reporter. Also Ethiopian Domestic worker, Alem Dechasa, in daylight in Lebanon dragged to the car by her employer and shortly later reported of committing suicide. These and other similar incidents have been exposed by Aljazeera, BBC and other Medias. The human right violation of Ethiopian Immigrant workers story elicited heated reactions from Ethiopians and the worldwide, putting the spotlight on thousands of others who continue to toil under dangerous conditions in various countries in the region. These surfaced cases, domestic worker travesty, are still prevalent. Let the world know the extent of the problem and the need of urgent action!

Having said these, ESAC kindly invites you to join us on our panel discussion of experts advocate to create awareness and seeking justice for Abused Ethiopian Domestic Workers.

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Candlelight vigil in memory of Ethiopian Migrant Victims of Saudi Arabian Abuse

New York, NY (December 10, 2013) — Despite uninviting snow storm in New York City, ESAC and protesters held a candlelight vigil in front of Saudi Arabian Mission to United Nations in memory of Ethiopian Migrant Victims of Saudi Arabian abuse.

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During the event of Nelson Mandela’s untimely death, ESAC remembers Mandela’s contribution to equality and human rights. On December 10th, a day commemorating Human Rights all around the world; ESAC and protesters came together to also remember Ethiopian Migrant Victims who suffered and died in result of their basic human rights being violated. The abuse of the Ethiopian Domestic workers abroad must come to an end and we continue to request and make sure Saudi Arabia is held responsible and that we will not give up until we get a lasting and substantial solution to this problem. We (ESAC) ask that these victims not suffer in vain but that Ethiopians who are still trapped and voiceless, be noticed and be freed without reservation.

As Nelson Mandela once said, “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

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Candlelight vigil outside of Saudi Mission to UN in NYC

 

Candlelight Vigil in New York for Ethiopian Victims in Saudi Arabia!!!!

On November 18th, 2013, ESAC and community came together to join and march for the voiceless.   Many Ethiopians have been deported from Saudi Arabia, as of recently. Groups are now trying to get funds to help these victims. The struggle for many Ethiopians is still not over, some are waiting to get transportation back to Ethiopia and are our begging for help. For those who lost their lives, ESAC is calling everyone to come together for a candlelight vigil on December 10,2013 and prayer. For more info, refer to the flier below: Candle vigile in NY front (1)

ESAC’s Protest against the violence towards Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia

In the wake of the violence against Ethiopian workers and immigrants in Saudi Arabia, ESAC is going to demonstrate in front of the Saudi Arabia Mission.

New York,NY (November 18th, 2013) — With the current situation for Ethiopians in the Mid-East, many Ethiopian domestic workers and immigrants are being abused in the form of torture, rape, beating, murder and etc… These Ethiopian domestic workers and immigrants commit no crime as they just desire the opportunity to work, provide and simply survive. ESAC and many Ethiopians in New York plan to protest in front of the Saudi Arabian Mission with hopes that the Saudi Arabian Mission will live up to its international responsibility to protect migrant workers and immediately end the of abuse of these vulnerable human beings. We demand that Saudi Arabian Mission end the gross violation of basic human rights and to launch a thorough and independent investigation into the killings and bring those responsible accountable.

ESAC and protesters will hold a peaceful demonstration in front Saudi Mission, on the corner of 46th street between 1st and 2nd street NY, NY. Anyone is welcome to support this cause and join our demonstration against the abuse of Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia. If you want to attend and demonstrate, the flier is attached below:

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ESAC Annual Family and Cultural Exchange Day

In celebration of Ethiopian New Years, ESAC focuses on the value of family and culture.New York, NY (October 12, 2013) —

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ESAC (Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee) hosted its annual family and cultural exchange day for many Ethiopian adoptive families. ESAC provides a bridge for adoptive families to connect with the Ethiopian community.  Its goal is to make an impact in the local Ethiopian adopted children and to make a real difference in the lives of children and their families. During this event, ESAC members and attendees, were welcomed by guest speakers and a wide array of Ethiopian cultural food and coffee ceremony. Many of the attendees and their children were entertained with live Ethiopian New Years music while embracing other cultural music from many other artists who performed live. Below are some pictures from this event:

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(ESAC) is a non-political, non-profit organization. It is organized under the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation law for welfare and educational purposes. ESAC’s objective is to support and advocate for the youth, women’s rights, health, and education, Health one of ESAC objective and bring In order to raise awareness on the issues mentioned, ESAC plans to provide basic educational seminars as well as organize conferences, panel discussions, and communal events on health for communities.

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Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee

New York, NY (March 29, 2013) — The Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee held its second event on March 23rd, 2013, celebrating the Women’s History month by advocating for domestic workers in the Middle East.

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The event featured a panel discussion that brought together educator, community leaders from different walks of life, including Profs. Ephraim Director of the Semitic Studies and the first Profess of Afro-African studies at Harvard a member of Ethiopian Community, Ms. Beejhy Berhane; Founder and Executive Director  BINA Cultural foundation and Ms Meskerem Assefa within her own will, is a representative of Ethiopian Emigrants worker in Lebanon/Beirut. The chairperson and founder of ESAC, Ms. Zewditu Fesseha and the moderator, Ms. Keabnesh Girma  led the discussion highlighting the issue with continued abuse of Ethiopian domestic workers in the Middle East.Image

Prof.Ephraim Isaac Director of Semitic study at conference.

 In celebration of international women month ESAC conference march 23, 2013, New York Panelists looked for a solution and collaboration for Ethiopian immigrant workers in the mid-East.

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የኢትዮጵያ መህበራዊ አገልግሎት ኮሚቴ ዓለም አቀፍ የሴቶችን ቀን ምክንያት በማድረግ የኢትዮጵያ ማህበራዊ አገልግሎት በሴትች ላይ ያለውን በደልና ጭቆና ለመቀነስ ብሎም ለማጥፋት የተደረገ ውይይት መጋቢት፲፮ ፪ሺ፭ (march 23, 2013) NY USA የዕለቱ ውይይት በወ/ሮ ዘውዲቱ ፍስሐ አጭር መግቢያ ንግግር ተከፈተ በንግግሩ ላይም ይህ የሰራትኞች መብት ማጣት በመካከለኛው አረብ ሀገሮች ማለትም በተቀባዮቹ ሀገራት የቆየ ችግር ነው። ሁሉም ይናገራል ይጮሃል ወይንም መንግስትን ይቃወማል ይህ ድግሞ ችግሩን እስካሁን አልፈታውም አይፈታውም ስለዚህ አቅም ያለው ባቅሙ ሌላው በሙያው በመድጋገ ፍ ሁላችንም አንድ ላይ በመሆን ለችግሩ መፍትሄ አንሻ አሮሮው ብሎም ወሬው ይቅር ወደ ለውጥ እንሂድ በተልይ አሜሪካን ነዋሪ የሆነው ኢትዮጵያዊ ሁሉ ከአሜሪካን ወንድሞቻችን ጋር በመሆን በማለት ቤቱን ለውይይት ጋበዙ። ከዚያም በመቀጠል ወ/ት ከእብነሽ ግርማ (New vision children foundation)የዕለቱ ፕሮግራም መሪ የተጋበዙትን ተናጋሪ እንግዶችን ወደ መድረክ በመጋበዝ ለጉባኤው አስተዋወቁ ።

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