A Hand To Serve - ASC Ethiopia Special Seattle Event

African Services Committee couldn’t have felt more welcome during a recent trip to the Pacific Northwest. Wet weather didn’t dampen the spirits of all the new and old friends of ASC that turned out to Seattle’s Yesler’s Community Center on Oct. 22 to help raise critical financial support for ASC Ethiopia's Pediatric and Family HIV Program. The fun-filled family event featured delicious Ethiopian white honey for sale from ASC Ethiopia's honey project, as well as some spectacular artwork and photography for auction. 

African Services Committee founder and co-executive director Asfaha Hadera spoke to an audience young and old about the grassroots work ASC has been doing for more than a decade in Ethiopia.  

ASC has worked on the frontlines of the global AIDS epidemic since 2003; operating five clinics in Ethiopia, and through advocacy and policy work in the U.S. and abroad.

ASC Ethiopia's five clinics are providing more than 20,000 children, women, and men with HIV and TB testing and treatment each year, nutrition for more than 7,000, reproductive health for over 6,000, new shoes for nearly17,000, and income-generating support for nearly 100 families. The clinics are a one-stop shop for families living with HIV/ TB to get back on their feet, through our attention to needs for diagnosis, free treatment access, nutrition and reproductive health support, family planning and school and income-generating subsidies. 

Our Ethiopia clinics are located in Hawassa, Ziway, Addis Ababa, Kombolcha, Mekele and are providing comprehensive HIV/ TB prevention, testing, care and support services for vulnerable children and families, many of whom have been orphaned by AIDS or come from families living on less than $1 a day. 4.6% of children and 4.2% of women tested at ASC are HIV+. These children have no access to health care and most are not enrolled in school, because they are too poor or too sick. Donations directly help these children, allowing African Services to continue treatment, provide crucial nutritional supplements (such as vitamins and milk), purchase new testing kits, or extend support to even more children in need. 

ASC is grateful for all those in Seattle who helped make the event such a success, including Zenash Hadera and family for tireless on-the-ground outreach and event planning, Assaye Abunie at Multimedia Resources & Training Institute (MMRTI) for some outstanding video outreach as well as for lending ASC audio and video equipment; all the generous folks at the spectacular restaurant Mojito Seattle; and the helpful staff at Yesler Community Center.

Ethio Youth Media TV host Belen Mesele had a conversation with Asfaha Hadera, which appeared on Seattle Cable channel 77 TV on Nov. 9, 2014. Click here to view the video (Note: video is in Amharic).

Also, click here to watch ASC Founder and Co-Executive Director Asfaha Hadera discuss the upcoming event on a local Seattle television.