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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 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.!

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! 

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

 

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:

ESAC attendees

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.

Update: Ethiopian Woman Beaten on Camera Kills Herself: Vigil for Alem Dechassa

Members of ESAC are shocked and devastated by this sad news!!! As our chairwoman Ms. Zewditu has urged, all concerned individuals (Ethiopians and non Ethiopians) who live around NYC and beyond please join us to fight this fight against the abuse of domestic workers in the Middle East. It is inhuman to savagely abuse domestic workers and it must be stopped. May Alem Dechassa rest in peace!!!

Tadias Magazine
News Update

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

New York (TADIAS) – The Ethiopian domestic worker that was violently mistreated outside the Ethiopian embassy in Beirut, as shown in a viral video last weekend, has committed suicide, Ethiopia’s Consul General confirmed to local media in Lebanon.

Alem Dechasa, 33, hanged herself using her bed sheets Wednesday morning, the Daily Star newspaper reported.

“My body is shaking and my heart is broken” said Ms. Zewditu Fessehaa, Chairwoman of the Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee in New York City, whose organization has been mobilizing efforts to assist the victim. “It’s depressing, it’s very sad and it’s unfair. She added: “As a mother I want to appeal to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia to do something. Our daughters are being treated like dogs and there is nothing we can do about it.”

Ethiopian General Consul Asaminew Debelie Bonssa spoke to the Daily Star following a visit to the hospital where she killed herself. According to the newspaper, the Ethiopian consulate official said he saw Alem Dechasa Saturday and she appeared fine. The diplomat also said doctors told him they checked on her at 5 a.m. this morning and when they returned at 6 a.m. she was dead. Bonssa said he was ‘deeply shocked’ by the news.”

In New York, the ESAC chairwoman called for a collective response. “I want to appeal to everyone. We need to pull together to stop this madness,” Ms. Fessehaa said. “The cruelty directed against domestic workers is a human rights issue.” She added: “It needs an in-depth understanding, and an innovative solution within and beyond the Ethiopian community. We need people from every profession to assist us to make sure that our sister did not die in vain.”

Meanwhile, a vigil to mourn Alem Dechasa’s death is scheduled in front of the Lebanon embassy on Thursday, at 11 AM in Washington D.C.

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