Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Renowned agronomist speaks at Ethiopia fundraiser

Ottawa Citizen

In September 1994, renowned Ethiopian scientist Melaku Worede was invited to give a talk to a packed house at the Addis Café on Wellington Street, owned and managed by his compatriot, Solomon Dawit.

Worede was awarded the 1989 Right Livelihood Award (the alternative Nobel Prize) for bringing to light the role that farmers in Ethiopia and elsewhere have played for millennia in developing the thousands of food crop varieties that the rest of humanity depends on to this very day.
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Enebla! Let’s Eat! SDF / USC Canada Fundraising Dinner!

 Saturday, April 27th! Don't miss out on delicious

 Ethiopian food, music, special guest Dr. Melaku Worede,

 a silent auction, and much more! Get your tickets fast!
Saturday, March 23, 2013

Youth Project in Southern Wollo

Dear friends and SDF supporters:

As you may recall, in August 2012 SDF initiated a youth project in Southern Wollo in partnership with USC Canada.  The key objectives of this initiative are to strengthen the livelihoods of the rural youth; to enhance their role in local socio-economic and environmental development; and, to contribute towards addressing environmental degradation, outward migration of youth from rural area as well as to create an opportunity for self-employment within their community.

The key activates that the Foundation is currently engaged includes technical training and providing tools and resources for the young farmers in Kalu and Woreilu districts.  The young farmers who are organized in these two districts are currently engaged in growing and marketing tree seedlings as well as vegetables.  The other activity is to provide support for school nature clubs to enhance the curriculum in the area of environmental education with an aim of raising awareness among school youth about local agro-biodiversity resources and its contribution to sustainable development..

This past January, I had the opportunity to visit the youth in Kalu district.  It was very encouraging to hear directly from the youth on how your contribution through SDF is already making a big difference in the lives of these young farmers.  They shared with me their great appreciation to the supporters of the Foundation.  They were touched most particularly by the fact that there are people who live far away and outside Ethiopia that cared about them and their community.  They shared with me their personal stories and their collective accomplishment to date.  They highlighted how this kind of support has already created a positive momentum and outlook among the participant youth and the community.  Thanks to this initiative, they now see how they can help themselves and contribute positively to their community.  I hope one day you will all have an opportunity to visit these projects and see it for yourself.  It is very encouraging and motivating to see how our collective effort has contributed to changing the hope and the lives of young people in these communities.  Attached please find a mid-term report prepared by USC.  It highlights in more detail the key activities and what has been achieved to date through this initiative.

Thanks to your continuous generosity and inspiration these and many youth will continue to achieve their dreams and have hope and aspiration to live and work in their own community.  This initiative also has a much wider impact on the environment and the socio-economic development of the community.

I also would like to take this opportunity to invite you to a special dinner event organized by SDF in partnership with USC.  On Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 6-11 p.m. at Sandy Hill Community Centre, there will be a dinner with a guest speaker Dr. Melaku Worede.  The ticked is $25 includes Ethiopian dinner, a presentation by a world renowned agronomist from Etiopia Dr. Worede, music, dance and inspiring auctions etc.  I hope you will not miss it.  The proceed from this event will go to SDF in  particular towards this innovative and inspiring youth initiative.  For tickets, please call USC Canada at 613-234-6827. or SDF at 613-884-7487.  If you would like to support the event but will not be able to attend, we would also be happy to receive your contribution by contacting USC or SDF at the number mentioned above.  For more information regarding Dr  Melaku Worede and the event, please see the attached poster and the link to an article in Ottawa Citizen.

Bersabel Ephrem
Sunday, December 18, 2011

Thank You

Dear Friends and SDF Supporters:

SDFIt has been two years since we have lost a good friend, a loving father and a committed husband. Even though, he departed physically from this earth, I know Solomon continues to live in the hearts and minds of many of us. Thanks to all of you, his dreams have been kept alive through the work of the Solomon Dawit Foundation (SDF).

On behalf of the Board members of SDF, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you what we have accomplished together under the Solomon Dawit Foundation. Building on your generous contribution, the Foundation carried out two fundraising activities, one in May 2010 and the second one in May 2011. As a result, we have been able to raise around $15,000 Canadian.
To date, we have been able to support the following two projects:

With your support, we will continue to advance the mission and objectives of the Solomon Dawit Foundation. I thank you again for your generous support. I will keep you abreast of any new development as we continue to advance our collective mission.

Bersabel Ephrem

Saturday, December 10, 2011

How SDF is making an impact

Since SDF’s inception in 2010, our members have been working tirelessly to identify projects that are aligned with our funding priorities. As we close the year 2011, we are pleased to announce that we have impacted the lives of Ethiopians by implementing these two projects.

Construction of Washrooms for the Badessa School

Working with the Badessa Community and the Badessa Catholic Mission, the SDF supported the construction of 10-room cost-effective washroom facilities for the students of Badessa Secondary and Primary School.





The Badessa Secondary and Primary school, which was founded in 1960, is the only school in this district that provides service to a total of 23 community associations. Most of the students are from economically disadvantaged families. The school did not have appropriate and sufficient washrooms for its 3000-plus students. This situation posed major public health risks, led to poor sanitation and contributed to a high degree of absenteeism. The objective of this particular project was to construct washrooms to meet the hygienic needs of the students, reduce public health risks and create a positive learning environment for all students.

Providing help to destitute elders

ElderlyAs you are aware, currently in Ethiopia, there are countless of elderly people with no family and/or government support. This problem is evident from the increasing number of homeless elderly people who sleep on the streets of many cities. In August 2011, SDF signed an agreement with Finot Rotary Club of Addis Ababa to provide a monthly allowance of $100.00 birr to twenty elders who have no other support and are not able to generate income for themselves. SDF, in partnership with Finot Rotary Club, is currently providing assistance to 18 elderly in Cherkos, Addis Abeba.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Foundation Updates

It was a year ago since you have opened up your hearts and wallets to turn SDF’s first fundraising event into a remarkable success. Over that last year, we have been working to establish the structure of SDF, one of the initial crucial steps towards becoming a registered charity organization. In addition, SDF is actively studying various projects in the agricultural, environmental, humanitarian and educational sectors.

Projects under consideration in the agricultural and environmental sectors include seedling production, home gardening/vegetable production, poultry production and bee keeping.These activities, all designed to empower and enable the youth, are planned to be undertaken in partnership with strong local organizations like the Ethio-Organic Seed Action (EOSA), a local NGO that promotes integrated conservation, use and management of agro-biodiversity.

In the humanitarian sector, one of the initiatives being studied is the ‘Helping the Elderly’ initiative, which aims to provide a regular financial allowance to a group of elders who have otherwise no one to support them. Several initiatives are being studied in the educational sector. Two examples are the ‘Scholarships for Outstanding Girls’ initiative, which aims to provide quality education to girls with excellent academic records, and the ‘Enable our Remote High-Schools’ initiative, which provides logistical support for high-schools in remote areas.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Addis Cafe

Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Ottawa Run event completed successfully

The first Solomon Dawit Foundation (SDF) fundraising event—held on May 30, 2010—was a huge success!!  The event took the form of SDF participation in the Ottawa Race, and the Foundation is taking steps to make its participation in the Race an annual fundraising venture.

This SDF fundraiser attracted several people from all walks of life. There were the young and the old, women and men, students and professionals, people living in Canada and the US. The nature of people’s participation varied. Some volunteered to help organize the event. Some ran. Others walked. Still others made donations.

Organizers were gratified by the number of people lining Ottawa streets wearing the T-shirts the Foundation prepared specially for the event. Many who could not make it to the event in person showed their support for the Foundation by sponsoring runners or walkers or by buying T-shirts.

Even nature was generous, lending a hand for the success of the endeavour. It was such a sunny, breezy day that it beckoned participants on to the event.

With such participation, no wonder the effort raised more than $9,000. In addition, participants have also collectively paid more than $1,000 from their own pockets to register for the run. The $9,000-plus was raised through donations for the sponsorship and through the sale of the T-shirts.

The event has been captured in a series of pictures, and we will soon post them on the website. T-shirts are still available at $20 each. You may contact Kidist Tadesse at 613-884-7487 or Rahel Hailemariam at 613-733-6457 to obtain more information or to arrange purchase.

At the end of the run, the celebration continued—and SDF members and supporters considered future action—at a barbecue organized by family and friends of Solomon Dawit.

The large turnout, coupled with the amount of money raised, is a testament to the legacy of Solomon Dawit.

Those lofty ideals of respect for humanity keep ringing in the minds of those whom he served in life and left behind after his passing. This in turn attests to the fact that Solomon’s ceaseless efforts to plant seeds of love and respect in the life of every human being he touched have begun to bear fruit. It is up to us left behind to maintain that gracious legacy.

We thank all of you who partook in the event in any way and those who have pledged to continue to support the Foundation on a regular basis. For further information, please visit the website at http://solomondawitfoundation.org/.