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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.

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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:

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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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Click here for this event’s flier:
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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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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 ።

ESAC October New Year

During the month of October, ESAC hosted an event for Ethiopian adopted children while celebrating Ethiopian New Year. Due to an unwarranted guest a.k.a hurricane Sandy came and chased everyone who was invited, to not attend even though we did not cancel the event. This video will show what we did during that day! To see more, we will post pictures.

ESAC would like to appreciate our guest speaker, Professor Ephraim Isaac for attending our event among many other attendees.

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Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee (ESAC)

In celebration of Ethiopian New Year, ESAC brings the first Cultural Exchange Family Day for adopted Ethiopian children and their families.

 New York, New York –

ETHIOPIAN SOCIAL ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE hosts a family day for those adoptive families who would like to learn more and about Ethiopian history and culture. ESAC will hold an event on Sunday, October 28, 2012, at 310 E. 42nd Street in New York City. 

ESAC provides a bridge for adoptive families to connect with Ethiopian community.  Its goal is to make an impact in the local Ethiopian community and make a real difference in the lives of children and their families. 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.

 This interest is increasing and we are asking that you join us to share in the celebration of Ethiopian New Year. ESAC works to create awareness and to help families to connect with Ethiopian roots.   

“Let me say ‘culture is a bridge towards understanding’. Knowing each other provides us with greater opportunities for peace. Not only that, we all have a place in this world,” said Zewditu Fesseha, the Founder of ESAC. “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. This family and cultural exchange day will bring us together.” 

ESAC will present Ethiopian music, food,dress and history.

 

Make donations here

Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee here (hereinafter ESAC) is organized under the non-profit public benefit corporation law for welfare and educational purposes. The community in need of social assistance and other concerns, the ESAC is formed as a non-profit organization. Our mission is to (in the next 5 years) bring rights to domestic workers in the Middle East. Within that goal, the source of the problem to solve is to plan to educate the youth to better understand this circumstance. Please help us and donate to eradicate inhumane conditions of women.

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Resolution in Support of Foreign Domestic Workers in the Middle East

WHEREAS, it is known large number of Ethiopian women travel to the Middle East to work as domestic workers, and often most of them are abused, denied their salaries, held in captivity, raped, and tortured by their employers; and,

WHEREAS, it is also known that majority of the governments in the Middle East exclude foreign domestic workers from legal employment protection; and,

WHEREAS, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and the International Labor Organization have to put more pressure on the Middle Eastern governments; and,

WHEREAS, the abuse of domestic workers is a human rights issue, which needs an in-depth understanding and a strategic solution within and beyond the Ethiopian community; and,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee has inaugurated its first public meeting on March 03, 2012, to create an advocacy task force to lobby governments and responsible parties on the plight of foreign domestic workers, particularly Ethiopian women, in the Middle East.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee calls on the governments of the Middle Eastern countries where the abuses occur, the Ethiopian government and governments of others countries that send domestic workers to the Middle East, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, and the International Labor Organization to find practical and sustainable solutions to ensure that the human as well as civil rights of domestic workers are fully protected.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee expresses its interest in collaborating with governmental and civil organizations that are already advocating for foreign domestic workers and are actively involved in alleviating the problem.

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, the Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee believes that women’s basic human and civil rights must be ensured, and reaches out to all concerned individuals to join the movement in raising awareness for the foreign domestic workers and in demanding that the abuse they face must be abolished.

For Immediate Release

Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee (ESAC)

First event held in celebration of Women’s History Month, advocating and creating awareness about the abuse of Ethiopian women in the Middle East

New York, NY (March 22, 2012) — The Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee held its first event on March 3rd, 2012, celebrating the Women’s History month by advocating for domestic workers in the Middle East.

The event featured a panel discussion that brought together activists from different walks of life, including Ammiebelle Omoshalewa, a life member of the NAACP and the National Council of Negro Women, Ms. Ghennet Girma, Director of International Ethiopian Women Organization, and Ms. Tsehai Wodajo, Director of Real (Resources for Enrichment of African Lives) of Minnesota. The chairperson and founder of ESAC, Ms. Zewditu Fesseha and the moderator, Tigist Selam, led the discussion highlighting the urgency of the issue with continued abuse of Ethiopian domestic workers in the Middle East.

The panelists presented various discussion points from economical and political issues, which they explained are driving the women to seek employment in these countries. They also discussed the lack of legal and cultural framework in the Middle East countries, leading employers to freely abuse the domestic workers. Ms. Omoshalew related the ongoing abuse to the days of civil rights movement in the United States, and charged the audience to fight on. Ms. Ghennet emphasized on solving the problem from its root in Ethiopia, while addressing the brutal treatment of domestic workers. In conclusion, Ms. Zewditu Fesseha emphaised that the challenge is very high but everyone could do it! She also suggested that everyone work together in order to achieve the goal. Ms. Zewditu Fesseha also asked that people use their professionally, technically, financial, to help the organization in everyway. She says, “Enough talking, action is needed!”

The audience on its part condemned the abuse of domestic workers, and discussed possible solutions to address the problem. Some of the points addressed include, the women living in New York City that have escaped the brutal experience in the Middle East and are seeking help, the political challenge in addressing the migration of domestic workers both in Ethiopian and host countries, and the lack of legal basis to fight for the right of domestic workers in the host countries. The audience was divided among the five borough of NYC, and during a working dinner, took on the challenge of exploring the abuse of domestic workers in five different states in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Kuwait.

The Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee is a non-profit organization. It is organized under the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation law for welfare and educational purposes. The Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee vision is to support the youth and women’s rights, health, education and culture.

Press Release

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

New York, New York (January 29, 2012) – ETHIOPIAN SOCIAL ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE will host its first Women’s History Month event on March 3, 2012. 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 the victims and or their families. On March 3, 2012 this inaugural event will take place at 828 2nd Avenue 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.

In keeping with the theme for Women’s History Month 2012, “Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment” ESAC plans to host the start of a conversation which aims to mark the importance 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.

The Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee is a non-profit organization. It is organized under the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation law for welfare and educational purposes. The Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee vision is to support women’s rights, health, education and culture. In order to improve their awareness on the issues mentioned, ESAC provides basic educational seminars for these topics.

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