Final Call for Travel to Africa in 2016

New York, NY (January 5, 2015) — As ESAC prepares its African Cultural Tour in Summer of 2016. The African Cultural Tour will take place in Ghana & Ethiopia. The itinerary is now currently available for those interested in traveling. By February 5th, 2016, travelers need to pay their first installment (5 monthly installments) or pay at once ($100 is needed to reserve or hold the space). Please contact ESAC at if interested. For more information, please go to the Travel Join 2016 tab.

Pictures taken in Gonder and Lalibela in Ethiopia (2009) by ESAC

ESAC’s African Cultural Tour in 2016

New York, NY (December 13th, 2015) — ESAC (Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee) premieres its African Cultural Tour that is projected to start its travel tour in Summer 2016. We are currently accepting applications for those who may be interested in learning about Africa’s rich history and would like to visit areas in Ethiopia and Ghana. We have more information regarding tour information at: or click on our ‘Travel Join us 2016 Ethiopian trip’tab.

Happy Holidays and happy travels!

Scenic pictures taken in a previous tour to Ethiopia by ESAC founder/chairperson

ኢትዮጵያ ትናንትና ና ዛሬ/Ethiopia past & Present

ኢ.ማ.አ.ኮ በአክብሮት ሁላችሁንም  ይጋብዛል  በተለይ አዲሱ ትውልድ ያለፈውን ማወቅ ማነትን ለመለየት ይረዳል

The Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee NYC and the African Diaspora International Film Festival are pleased to invite you to a day of film screenings and discussions celebrating Ethiopian’s history and culture
WHEN: Sat. Dec. 12 from 4 PM to 11 pm
WHERE: Teachers College, Columbia University – 525 West 120th Street, NY 10025
Proceeds from ticket sells will go in part toward supporting Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee NYC’s activities.( ESAC)

Recapping from Celebration of Ethiopian New Years & Cultural Exchange Family Day

New York, NY (October 09, 2015) — ESAC held its annual Cultural Exchange and Family Day event. Bright lights and music accompanied the attendees. Ethiopian coffee and cuisine was served. Many families were entertained by the Ethiopian music and engaged in the festivities of the event. Children enjoyed themselves, engaging in Ethiopian dancing and some were playing. As promised, Ethiopian adopted children and their adoptive family performed instrumental Ethiopian music  We welcome and hope Ethiopian adoptive families join ESAC and become apart of our community. We will continue this process every year. We hope this event will and continue to create awareness towards ESAC and its missions. ESAC wants to open and break the cultural barrier by welcoming Ethiopians and non-Ethiopians a like to become acquainted with Ethiopian culture, language and history. Below are a collection of photos and videos from the event, enjoy.

We appreciate our supporters and attendees. See you next year!

hAPPYethiopianNEwyearsFromESAC1More photos from event

የኢትዮጵያ ማህበራዊ አግልግሎት ዓመታዊ የባህል ልውውጥና የቤተሰብን ቀን መስከረም ፳፰ ቀን ፪ሺ፰ አከበረ

በዓሉ ከቅኑ ፲፩(አስረ አንድ ሰዓት) ላይ እንግዳ በመቀበል ጀመረ  በምሽቱም አማርኛ ቋንቋ አኢማኮ ባዘጋጀው የተሳተፉ  አሜሪካ ውስጥ ያደጉ ወጣቶች ብጊታርና  ብቫየሊን የተቀንባበረ ጥንታዊ የኢትዮጵያ ለስላሳ ሙዚቃ በመጫወት ተጋባዞችን አዝንዝኑ እነኚም ትውልደ ኢትዮጵያ የሆኑ በአሳዲያገቸው መሰረት ታሪካቸውንና ቋንቋ ቸውን እዲያውቁ በማድረግ ብሎም ከኢትዮጵያዊው ወገናቸው ለማገናኘት የሚደርገው ጥረት እጅግ የሚደነቅ ነው። ይሁንና  የኢትዮጵያ  ማህበራዊ አገልግሎትም አላማም ይህንኑ ግንኚነት በማጠናከር መድረክ በማዘጋጀት በእንቅስቃሴ ላይ ያለ ድርጅት ነው። በእለቱም እራት በማዘጋጀት በሃገር ባህልና ማአረግ   ባህሉን እንዲያውቁ የኢትዮጵያን ባህልና ታሪክ ለማያውቁትም በማሳወቅ  ለማድረግ ነው ። በብዙ አቅጣጫ ኢትዮጵያ የሰው ልጅ መነሻ ናት በመባል በብዙ አቅጣጫ ይገለጻል ። ይህንን እወንታ ለማረጋገጥ መድረግ በማዘጋጀት ማንኛውም ወጣት መሰረተ ኢትዮጵያ የሆነ ሁሉ ማንንነቱን ለማወቅ ለማነሳሳት ብሎም እንዲመራመር ነው። የትም ቦታ የምይገኙ መጽሃፍትና የባህል እቃዎች ቀርበው ነበር። ብዚህ አጋጣሚ ከፍተኛ ትብብር ያደረጉትን ሁሉ ኢማኮ ከልብ ያመሰግናል ።

የኢትዮጵያ  ማህበራዊ አገልግሎት አባል ሁኑ በማለት ጥሪውን ያስተላልፋል። ጥቅሙ ብዙ ነው።

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


Click here to reserve your seat.

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 (
In this movie that claimed so many awards, there is so much to learn about the great work of Dr. Rick Hodes( 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!!

white_horse-1268Zewditu 10-12-13-15Fire

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



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