We are hosting our annual Cultural Exchange Family Day Event October 29th, 2017. Our hope is to bring families together while showcasing Ethiopian Culture/Values. We hope to bring people of all walks of life together to enjoy Ethiopian Rituals and Celebrations while also understanding ESAC’s initiatives. Volunteers for our U.N. NGO/non-profit organization is welcomed!!! Please join, attached is the flier for this event!
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First, We would like to welcome and thank you for reaching this section of our page. We are people whose dreams and aspirations to have a Family center for all to see people come together in peace for mutual benefit and understanding. This is something we are very passionate about, as I love and strive to help and see people living together in peace.
For several years, ESAC has hosted Cultural Exchange and Family Day events which catered to focus on our friends and Ethiopian Adoptive Families. This means a great deal to us, for it is imperative that these children reconnect to their origin, not only to them but of mankind, as Ethiopia is regarded as the cradle of civilization. Such an event is essential as this prevents the children from losing that sense of who they are. It also allows the parents to know more about Ethiopia, her language, history, and culture.
We envision a future where the awareness of Ethiopian culture is fully present for people of all ages. I would be able to not only teach but share the language and culture, as we have in possession many self-teaching Amharic books available of which I am the author. We would be able to not only keep classes but show historical and cultural footage of the land as well. Please bear in mind this center will most definitely be for the public.
Thank you so much in advance helping the effort.
Donations can be sent on our website or on our GoFundMe Page:
If you are sending check, it can be sent to: ESAC P.O. Box 91 Bronx, NY 10741
ESAC wishes all Mothers, a very happy and peaceful Mothers’ Day. Peace to the World!!
New York, NY (March 20th, 2016) — As International Women’s Day is commemorated in the month March, ESAC held its event recognizing this hallmark. ESAC held its International Women’s Day event at 310 E 42nd street on 1st and 2nd ave. Authentic Ethiopian food and coffee was served for free as a courtesy of the event and the attendees. ESAC began the event with serving refreshments and lunch to all, then shortly began a panel discussion with the invited guest speakers. The guest speakers were Mrs. Pearl Barkley, Mrs. Mariam Makompack, Mrs…. who came together in the name of bringing awareness to women issues of around the world (from their prospective and experience). The founder of ESAC proceeded the event with huge emphasis on the issue of young Ethiopian who are fleeing at alarming rates to Middle Eastern countries who get abused and enslaved, even threatening their lives (in many cases, has happened). Generally, the problem has so many angles but mostly the issue of these young women fleeing from their native country of Ethiopia is to find a better opportunity and helping their family. ESAC founder stressed that the organizationNew York, NY (March 20th, 2016) — As International Women’s Day is commemorated in the month March, ESAC held its event recognizing this hallmark. ESAC held its International Women’s Day event at 310 E 42nd street on 1st and 2nd ave. Authentic Ethiopian food and coffee was served for free as a courtesy of the event and the attendees. ESAC began the event with serving refreshments and lunch to all, then shortly began a panel discussion with the invited guest speakers. The guest speakers were Mrs. Pearl Barkley, Mrs. Mariam Makompack, Mrs…. who came together in the name of bringing awareness to women issues of around the world (from their prospective and experience). The founder of ESAC proceeded the event with huge emphasis on the issue of young Ethiopian who are fleeing at alarming rates to Middle Eastern countries who get abused and enslaved, even threatening their lives (in many cases, has happened). Generally, the problem has so many angles but mostly the issue of these young women fleeing from their native country of Ethiopia is to find a better opportunity and helping their family. ESAC founder stressed that the organization needs to move to action and that it is more than just a discussion, to become a member of ESAC and support the mission of the organization toward action to solve the problem. ESAC chairperson also mentioned that to not only discuss women issues but to find a solution that everyone can commit to. We hope all attendees sign up to become a member and we welcome volunteers to help end the abuse against Ethiopian Women Domestic Workers in the Middle East!
Photos from the event:
New York, NY (October 12, 2014) — ETHIOPIAN SOCIAL ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE hosted its annual cultural and family day celebration.
The 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:
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).
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.
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.
Native American Performers
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