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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.

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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) —

Zewditu 10-12-13-15

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.

የኢትዮጵያ ማህበራዊ አገልግሎት ኮሚቴ

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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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.

Update: Abuser of the Ethiopian domestic worker in Lebanon identified!

A great news for the depressing story: LBC International, a news media organization has identified the man seen in the video footage that we posted earlier, the man who was abusing the Ethiopian girl.

Here is the full report: LBCI identifies the man who abused the Ethiopian domestic worker.

As the news media states, “This Ethiopian girl may be lucky that pictures of her were taken while being abused, but many other domestic workers are being beaten and abused behind closed doors.”

May the voice of all the voiceless foreign domestic workers in the Middle East be heard like this!

Join us on March 3rd 2012

Let’s break the silence!

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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