Ethiopian-Canadians in British Columbia Held a Successful Fundraising Event in Support of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) Project

Ethiopian-Canadians in British Columbia Held a Successful Fundraising Event in Support of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) Project

Ethiopians in BC have now raised a total of $160,000 USD for GERD

VANCOUVER, BC – October 14, 2014 — Ethiopian-Canadians residing in the greater Vancouver and Victoria area held a very successful fundraising event on October 4, 2014 at the Korean Cultural Centre in Vancouver, BC, where a total of $25,000 US Dollars was raised. This fundraising event, as in the previous five events, was organized by Ethio Abay Development Association of BC (EADABC), a non-profit association, run by volunteers, for the benefit of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project.

This latest event was a sixth fundraising event for Ethio Abay Development Association of BC. The first three events were held in 2013, where more than $125,000 US Dollars was raised. The fourth fundraising event was held in February 2014 in support of Ethiopians, who were forcefully deported from Saudi Arabia back to Ethiopia. This humanitarian event raised more than $4,000 USD for The Ethiopian Red Cross.

The fifth event was held in May 2014 in Victoria, BC which raised $4,830 US Dollars for the GERD project.

At this sixth event, participants bid on silent auctions, donated cash to the GERD project, in addition to paying their admission fees. This latest sixth event brings the grand total raised by Ethiopians in British Columbia to date to $160,000 US Dollars.

In addition to the delicious buffet dinner, many activities took place at the event, including cultural music, dance, poetry reading, drama, and more. Organizers called GERD Project Manager, Engineer Simegnew Bekele on the phone from the project site for a live interview, where participants were informed on the status of the project.

Some pictures from the October 4 event are found here:
https://www.flickr.com/gp/ethiocan/n7xpw9/

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“Ethiopians in the Vancouver and Victoria areas worked really hard to make this fundraising event very successful” says Mr. Kassa Seged, Communications Director at Ethio Abay Development Association of BC. “We were very surprised at the huge turnout, where more than 250 people of Ethiopian origin and friends of Ethiopia attended. Dozens of people came all the way from Victoria, Alberta, and Washington state to attend this event. Our honoured guests included two diplomats from the Ethiopian Embassy in Ottawa. I would like to thank everyone who participated at this great event.”

“Ethiopia is marching on to defeat its number one enemy — poverty — once and for all, and one way to achieve this goal is by using our own natural resources”, says Mr. Estifanos Tesfay, Minister Counselor Diaspora Affairs at the Ethiopian Embassy in Ottawa, who was one of the honoured guests of this event . “Once this project is completed and becomes fully operational, not only power shortages become history in the country, but also Ethiopia could earn as much as $ 1 Billions US Dollars a year, by exporting power to neighbouring countries”.

“It was my pleasure seeing Ethiopians of all ages and background at this Vancouver event”, says Mr. Almaw Atnafu, Diaspora Engagement Affairs Counselor at the Ethiopian Embassy in Ottawa, who was one of the honoured guests of this event. “I must say, I was really inspired by the level of commitment and enthusiasm shown by the organizers and attendees of this GERD fundraising event. A day after the event, we were able to stay in Vancouver and conducted a meeting with the organizers, where we had an open discussion and information exchange session in which many great feedbacks were discussed.”

“According to the IMF, Ethiopia’s economy has been growing at the rate of more than 10% a year for the past decade”, says Mr. Biadegeligne Zeleke, Secretary of Ethio Abay Development Association of BC. “Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa, is going through a huge re-development programme; and many mega projects are getting executed in the country — from GERD, to Addis Ababa Light Railway, to Addis Ababa-Djbouti Railway, to Wind Power, and more. We are truly lucky to be part of this historic development, and we should all do our best to support the completion of these projects.”

“A large number of people who came out for the dinner fundraiser had a great time at the Korean Cultural Centre in Vancouver. I want to thank everyone who participated in this fundraising event, and want to reassure you that we will continue to support the GERD project until it is fully completed. We will have at least one fundraising event a year towards the fulfillment of the GERD project. This project will definitely help Ethiopia’s economy in the long term, and we are excited to be part of the new generation that is determined to make this project a reality”, says Mrs. Kidest Zeleke, Chairperson at Ethio Abay Development Association of BC.

Follow Ethio Abay BC on Twitter:
http://www.twitter.com/ethioabaybc/

The Late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi Speech at Groundbreaking on April 2, 2011:
http://www.meleszenawi.com/ethiopian-pm-meles-zenawi-speech-on-launching-gerd-text-and-videos/

About Ethio Abay Development Association of BC
Ethio Abay Development Association of BC (EADABC) is a non-profit association that was formed in 2012 to provide information on the GERD project, and support developmental needs in Ethiopia.

For more information, please visit: https://ethiopiangranddam.wordpress.com/about-gerd/

About GERD Project
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) — initially known as “The Millennium Dam”, and sometimes referred to as “Hidasse Dam” (“Hidasse”, Amharic for Renaissance) — was officially launched with the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi groundbreaking on April 2, 2011. This new gravity dam, which is currently under construction on the Blue Nile River (40% completed as of October 2014, with 9,000 people working 24x7x365), will generate 6,000 MW of electric power, and is estimated to cost about $5 Billion USD; and will be fully funded by the Ethiopian government and its people. The dam project is located at Guba in the Benishangul-Gumuz Regional Administrative State of Western Ethiopia, just 40 km (25 mi) from the Sudan border, and is expected to be fully completed in 2017. When completed, the dam, with a reservoir capacity of 63 Billion cubic meters, will be the largest hydroelectric power plant in Africa, and the 13th largest in the world.

For more information, please visit the Ethiopian government official website: http://www.hidasse.gov.et

For more information, please contact:
Kassa Seged
Ethio Abay Development Association of BC
604-721-7252
ethioabaybc@gmail.com
https://ethiopiangranddam.wordpress.com/

Source: EADABC

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በ በብርቲሽ ኮሎምቢያ ካናዳ የሚገኙ ኢትዮጵያዊያን ለዓባይ ግድብ ግንባታ የሚዉል እጅግ ስኬታማ የሆነ የገንዘብ ማሰባሰቢያ ዝግጅት አደረጉ

በብሪትሽ ኮሎምቢያ የሚኖሩ ኢትዮጵያዊያን ለዓባይ ግድብ ሰራ እስከ አሁን ድረስ በደምሩ $160,000 (አንድ መቶ ሰድሳ ሽህ) የአሜሪካ ዶላር አሰባስበዋል።

ቫንኮቨር፣ ቢሲ ᎗ ኦክቶበር 14/2014 ᎗ በቫንኮቨርና ቪክቶሪያ አካባቢ የሚኖሩ ኢትዮጵያዉያን እንደ አውሮፓውያን አቆጣጠር ኦክቶበር 4/2014 ቫንኮቨር በሚገኘዉ የኮሪያ የባህል ማእከል አዳራሽ በመሰባሰብ በዕለቱ $25,000 (ሃያ አምስት ሽህ) የአሜሪካ ዶላር የተገኘበት እጅግ ስኬታማ የሆነ የገንዘብ ማሰባሰቢያ ዝግጅት አካሂደዋል። የዚህና የሌሎች አምስት ቀደምት ዘግጀቶች አስተባባሪም ኢትዮጵያውያን ለሃገር ልማት የሚያደርጉትን ርብርብ በመደገፍ አስፈላጊ የገንዘብ ዕርዳታ ለማሰባሰብ በበጎ ፈቃደኞች የተቋቋመዉ የኢትዮ ዓባይ በብሪትሽ ኮሎምቢያ የልማት ማህበር ነው።

ይህ በማህበሩ ከተካሄዱት ስድስተኛው ዝግጅት ሲሆን የመጀመሪያዎቹ ሦስት ዝግጅቶች በ 2013 ተካሂደው ወደ $125,000 (አንድ መቶ ሃያ አምስት ሺህ) የአሜሪካ ዶላር ለዓባይ ግድብ ግንባታ አስገኝተዋል ፤ አራተኛዉ የገንዘብ ማሰባሰቢያ ዝግጅት የተደረገው ከሳውዲ አረቢያ በግፍ ተባረው ከስደት የተመለሱ ኢትዮጵያውያንን ለመረዳት ሲሆን በዚህ የበጎ አድራጐት ዝግጅት ማህበሩ ከ $4,000 (አራት ሺህ) የአሜሪካ ዶላር በላይ በማሰባሰብ ለኢትዮጵያ ቀይ መስቀል ማህበር ገቢ አድርጓል

አምስተኛው ዝግጅት የተካሄደው በ ሜይ 2014 በቪክቶሪያ ሲሆን $4,830 (አራት ሽህ ስምንት መቶ ሰላሳ) የአሜሪካ ዶላር ለግድቡ ስራ አስገኝቷል።

በቅርቡ በተደረገው የማህበሩ ሰድስተኛ ዝግጅት ተሳታፊዎች የመግቢያ ዋጋ በመክፈል፣ በቀረቡ ጨረታዎች ላይ በመሳተፍና የገንዘብ እርዳታ በመስጠት ማህበሩ ከተመሰረተ ጀምሮ እስከ አሁን ድረስ ለሃገር ልማት ያሰባሰበውን የገንዘብ ድምር ወደ $160,000 (አንድ መቶ ስድሣ ሺህ) የአሜሪካ ዶላር ከፍ እንዲል አድርገውታል።

በእለቱ ከቀረበው ልዩ የእራት መስተንግዶ በተጨማሪ በማህበሩ አባላት የተዘጋጀ ተውኔት፣ ስነ ግጥም፣ የባህል ሙዚቃና ውዝዋዜም ቀርቧል። የበዓሉ አስተባባሪዎችም ወደ ኢትዮጵያ የቀጥታ የስልክ ጥሪ በማድረግ የታላቁ የዓባይ ገድብ ስራ ዋና ስራ አስኪያጅ የሆኑትን ኢንጂነር ስመኘው በቀለን በዓባይ ግድብ ስራ ላይ ባሉበት በማነጋገር ለተሳታፊዎች ስለ ግድቡ የስራ ሂደት ሰፋ ያለ ማብራሪያ እንዲሰጡ አድርገዋል።

ኦክቶበር 4 በነበረው ዝግጅት ከተነሱ ፎቶዎችን ጥቂቶቹን ቀጥሎ መመልከት የቻላል፥
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ትዊት ለማድረግ ቀጥሎ ባለው አድራሻ ይጠቀሙ፥
.@EthioAbayBC #Ethiopians in #Vancouver held a successful fundraising for #GERD #Grand #Ethiopian #RenaissanceDam – http://bit.ly/1tLbg3R

ደጋፍ ሰጪ ጥቅሶች ፥
“በቫንኮቨርና ቪክቶሪያ አካባቢ ነዋሪ የሆኑ ኢትዮጵያውያን ለዚህ ዝግጅት ስኬታማነት ያላሰለስ ጥረት አድርግዋል” አቶ ካሣ ሰገድ የማህበሩ ህዝብ ግንኙነት ሃላፊ። “ከሁለት መቶ ሃምሣ በላይ ተሳታፊዎች የተገኙበት አሰደናቂ ዝግጅት ነበር ፤ በኦታዋ ከሚገኘው የኢትዮጵያ ኢምባሲ የመጡትን ሁለት የዝግጅቱን የክብር እንግዶች ጨምሮ ሌሎች ከቪክቶሪያ፣ ከአልበርታና ከዋሽንግተን ለመጡ ተሳታፊዎች የላቀ ምስጋና አቀርባለሁ።”

“ኢትዮጵያ የራሷን ሃብት በመጠቀም ቀንደኛ የህዝብ ጠላት የሆነውን ድህነት ላንዴና ለመጨረሻ ጊዜ ለማጥፋት ከፍተኛ ጥረት በማድረግ ላይ ትገኛለች፤ የዓባይ ግድብ ግንባታ ሲጠናቀቅና ስራ ላይ ሲውል ሃገራችን ያለባትን የኤሌክትሪክ ሐይል ፍጆታ ችግር ከመቅረፍ ባሻገር የህንኑ ሐይል ለሌሎች ሃገራት በመሸጥ በአመት ወደ አንድ ቢሊዮን የአሜሪካ ዶላር የሚጠጋ ገቢም ያስገኛል” አቶ እስቲፋኖስ ተስፋይ በኦታዋ የኢትዮጵያ ኢምባሲ የዳያስፖራ ጉዳዮች ሚኒስትር አማካሪና የዕለቱ የከብር እንግዳ።

“ዕድሜ፣ ዘርና ሃይማኖት ሳይወስናቸው ለሃገራቸው ልማት ቆርጠው የተነሱ በርካታ ኢትዮጵያውያን ቫንኮቨር በተደረገው ዝግጅት ላይ በማየቴ የተሰማኝ ደስታ ወሰን የለውም፤ በተለይም የዚህ ዝግጅት አስተባባሪዎች በራስ አነሳሽነት በሙሉ ፍላጎትና ሃገራዊ ፍቅር ተንቀሳቅሰው ለሌሎች ተምሳሌነት ያለው ታላቅ ስራ በመስራት ላይ መሆናቸው እጅግ አስደንቆኛል” አቶ አልማው አጥናፉ በኦታዋ የኢትዮጵያ ኢምባሲ የዳያስፖራ ጉዳዮች አማካሪና የዕለቱ የከብር እንግዳ። “ከዝግጅቱም በኋላ በቫንኮቨር የአንድ ቀን ቆይታ በማድረግ ከበዓሉ አዘጋጆች ጋር ሰፋ ያለ ውይይትና የሃሳብ ልውውጥ አድርገናል።”

“በአይ ኤም ኤፍ ዘገባ መሰረት ባለፉት አስርት ዓመታት የሃገራችን ምጣኔ ሐብት በ አስር ከመቶ እድገት አሳይቷል” የማህበሩ ዋና ሓጸፊ አቶ ቢያድግልኝ ዘለቀ። “የኢትዮጵያ ዋና ከተማ የሆነችው አዲስ አበባ በታላቅ የዕድገት ጉዞ ላይ ትገኛለች፤ በርካታ እጅግ ግዙፍ የሆኑ የልማት ስራዎች በመሰራት ላይ ናቸው፥ ከዓባይ ገድብ እስከ አዲስ አበባ ቀላል ባቡር፣ ቀጥሎም የአዲስ አበባ ጅቡቲ የባቡር ሐዲድ እና የነፋስ ሃይል ማመንጫ ስራ የመሳሰሉትን ጨምሮ። የዚህ ታላቅ የታሪክ ሂደት አካል በመሆናችን በጣም ዕድለኞች ነን፤ ለተጀመሩት የልማት ስራዎች ስኬታማነትም የበኩላችንን ድርሻ መወጣት ይኖርብናል።”

“በዕራት ዝግጅቱ ላይ ለመሳተፍ የመጡ በርካታ ኢትዮጵያውያን አስደሳችና ፍሬያማ ምሽት አሳልፈዋል፤ በዚህ በዓል ላይ ለተሳተፋችሁ ሁሉ ከፍ ያለ ምስጋና እያቀረብኩ የግድቡ ግንባታ እስኪጠናቀቅ ድረስ ስራችን እንደሚቀጥል ላረጋግጥላችሁ እወዳለሁ። የዓባይ ግድብ ግንባታ ስራ እስኪጠናቀቅ ድረስ ማህበሩ ቢያንስ በአመት አንድ ጊዜ ተመሳሳይ የገንዘብ ማሰባሰቢያ ዝግጅት ያደርጋል፤ ይህ ግድብ ወደፊት የሃገራችንን ምጣኔ ሐብት በእጅጉ የሚያሳድግ መሆኑን ገልጽ ሲሆን እኛም የዚህ ሃገርን ለመለወጥ ቆርጦ የተነሳ ታሪካዊ ትውልድ አካል በመሆናችን ከፍተኛ ኩራት ይሰማናል” የማህበሩ ሊቀመንበር ወ/ሮ ቅድስት ዘለቀ

የሚቀጥለውን አድራሻ በመጥቀም ኢትዮ ዓባይን በትዊትር ይከታተሉ ፥
http://www.twitter.com/ethioabaybc/

የቀድሞው ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር አቶ መለስ ዜናዊ ኤፕሪል 2/2011 የመሰረት ድንጋይ ሲያስቀምጡ ያደረጉት ንግግር ፥
http://www.meleszenawi.com/ethiopian-pm-meles-zenawi-speech-on-launching-gerd-text-and-videos/

ስለ ኢትዮ ዓባይ የልማት ማህበር ፥
ኢትዮ ዓባይ የልማት ማህበር በብርቲሽ ኮሎምቢያ ትርፍ አልባ ማህበር ሲሆን ለኢትዮጵያ ልማት ድጋፍ ለመስጠትና ስለ ህዳሴው ግድብ መረጃ ለማስተላለፍ በ2012 የተቋቋመ ነው።

ለተጨማሪ መረጃ የማህበሩን ድህረ ገጽ ይጎብኙ ፥
https://ethiopiangranddam.wordpress.com/about-gerd/

ሰለ ህዳሴው ገድብ ፥
ታላቁ የኢትዮጵያ ህዳሴ ግድብ ወይም በቀድሞ መጠሪያው የሚሌንየም ገድብ፣ አልፎ አልፎም የህዳሴ ግድብ እየተባለ የሚጠራው በይፋ የተጀመረው የቀድሞው ጠቅላይ ሚኒስተር አቶ መለስ ዜናዊ ኤፕሪይል 2/2011 የመሰረት ድንጋይ ባስቀመጡት ወቅት ነው። ይህ በዓባይ ወንዝ ላይ በመገንባት ላይ ያለው ግድብ (እስከ ኦክቶቭር 2014 ድረስ 40 ከመቶ የተጠናቀቀ፣ 9,000 ሰራተኞች 24 X 7 X 365) የሚሰሩበት፣ 6,000 ሜጋ ዋት የኤሌክትሪክ ሃይል ያመነጫል ተበሎ የሚጠበቅ፣ ወጪው ወደ አምስት ቢሊዮን የአሜሪካ ዶላር የሚገመት ሲሆን መሉ በሙሉ የሚሽፈነውም በኢትዮጵያ መንግስትና በኢትዮጵያውያን ነው። ግድቡ የሚገኘው በምዕራብ ኢትዮጵያ ቤኒሻንጉል ጉሙዝ መስተዳድር ከሱዳን ጠረፍ 40 ኪሎ ሜትር ርቃ በምትገኘው ጉባ ላይ ነው፤ ስራው በ 2017 ይጠናቀቃል ተብሎ የሚጠበቅ ሲሆን፣ ሲያልቅ 63 ቢሊዮን ሜትር ኩብ ውሃ የመያዝ አቅም የሚኖረው፣ በዓለም 13ኛዉና በአፍሪካ የመጀመሪያው ትልቅ ግድብ ይሆናል።

ለተጨማሪ መረጃ የኢትዮጵያን መንግስትን ዋና ድህረ ገጽ የጎብኙ፥ http://www.hidasse.gov.et/

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ኢትዮ ዓባይ የልማት ማህበር በብሪትሽ ኮሎምቢያ
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8 Responses

  1. Many blessings to the organizing committee, you have done a marvellous job!!!

    • Thank you so much Almaz, don’t forget you are part of the committee

  2. Great press release. Well written in both Amharic and English.

    Lots of blessings to you all. Let this bring lots of positive Karma in all your lives.

    Yes, we will do our best to help complete this crucial project.

    Gobuzz

  3. We will fight to eliminate poverty in our mother land. I would like to appreciate the organizing committee for their hard work especially in Vancouver to accomplish this kind of successful fundraising event.

  4. We’re responsible for what we’re, and whatever we wish ourselves to be.
    we have the power to make our country’s future brighter.

  5. The successful fundraising event and the remarkable press release by Ethio-Abay Devt Associationbof B .C. on Oct 4, prompted me to have a say in relevance to our reasons why we are zealous in supporting the effort of Ethiopian development in general and GERD in particular .
    Ethiopia, the cradle of mankind and house of ancient civilization, has been long challenged by three arch foes : Foreign aggression,
    Internal conflicts and
    Abject poverty . Unique Patriotism of our foreparents triumphed over the former one but to succum to the later two.
    The battle against the aggressors was dealt by our gallant foreparents while the internal conflicts and the dehumanizing poverty lingered on until our time.The paradigm shift only a couple of decades back awakened the sleeping giant, our beloved country.The visionary Leader Meles Zenawi and his comrsdes finally found homegrown medication for its perpetual ills Those leaders diagnosed the ills meticulouslly and prescribed federalism for its diversity and development for its poverty. The new dawn or era to renaissance, the historic just begun that shaĺl not be missed at all cost. It is only in that perspective that
    we should support the effort: development in general and GERD In particular.
    Our justification s, inter alia, include the following
    1.The ugly divorce preceded by bad marriage with poverty must now , not later, be sealed; the adoptees-ignorance, backwardness, be disowned through development which is the fundamental basis for our federal unity, peace ( security) , democracy & human rights so desired without which all but are unthinkable.

    It is a noble duty as citizens to be at par with the govt in its war against poverty ( =the mother of all evils to common good ) & development is the only prescription for its demise
    2. The fast & furious development agenda consolidates the federal unity of Ethiopia
    GERD is one among many mega projects we have the opportunity to support simply because
    a) It is the renaissance of our historic glorious past That means it proves to Ethiopia’s friends and foes alike that we are great nation that can stand together & do great things on our own .It will add one more millennium title ( prestige) to the earlier consecutve millennia of the Axumite Statues , Lalibela Rock Hewn, Gondar Castle & Harrer Great Wall great wonders.
    b) It is white petroleum ideal for export-income generation.
    c) It is climate resilient enhancing Ethiopia’s Green Economy policy
    This power energy will stop the large use of firewood and boost aforestation which is critical for Ethiopia’s future.
    d) This mega project is not only the largest in Africa but also the most huge one underway in the world now..

    • Great article Abiyou. I am glad you are member of ourTeam!!!

    • I like the way you express. It is well written.

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