Hello dear friends and supporters of Roots Ethiopia. While August was National Make a Will Month, it’s not too late to think about estate planning, and in particular, planned giving. Let’s talk about creating a will and how it can make a lasting impact on the lives of children and communities you care so much about in Ethiopia. Continue reading “Planned Giving: Why Your Will Matters and Can Do Great Good in Ethiopia”
Meskel: Ethiopia’s Festival of the True Cross
Meskel, also known as “Finding of the True Cross,” is a colorful and vibrant holiday celebrated in Ethiopia. This ancient festival holds deep religious significance for Christians in Ethiopia. Continue reading “What is Meskel? And how is it celebrated?”
Enkutatash, the Ethiopian New Year, is a vibrant and joyous holiday celebrated on Meskerem 1st in the Ethiopian calendar. Continue reading “What is Enkutatash? And how is it celebrated?”
Join us as we walk through the inspiring story of enset, also known as the “false banana.” Enset is a remarkable plant that plays a vital role in food resilience in rural Ethiopia. Continue reading “Enset: A Plant that Feeds Families During the Hardest Times”
It was several months ago in a bustling 7th grade classroom on Long Island, NY, a group of curious students embarked on an extraordinary journey of kindness and generosity. Continue reading “Jonah’s Hands inspires 15 lbs of Pencils!”
We have a surprise for Jonah’s Hands but shhhhhhhh, don’t tell him! It’s on it’s way to him all the way from Ethiopia! Continue reading “It’s Yellow and It’s A Suprise for Jonah!”
What do you have when you put six Ethiopian Staff Members together with a Board Member who is crazy about data in a room with smartphones and Magna-tiles for two weeks? Continue reading “How do Magna-tiles Help Us Measure Impact?”
Whether they are contributing to fundraising/donor engagement, translation/cultural knowledge, organizational development, or financial expertise, the Roots Ethiopia Board is a critical part of providing the financial resources and fiscal oversight needed to enable the work we all do for rural Ethiopian communities.
We’d like to introduce Kongit Girma, one of two Ethiopian-born members who serve Roots Ethiopia from the USA. (Read to the end if you would like to know more about service on Roots Ethiopia’s incredible Board of Directors!)
Kongit helps the Board to view decisions through a truly Ethiopian-centered “lens”, as well as sharing her wealth of knowledge about elementary education, languages, issues concerning Ethiopian women and children, and cultural nuance. Her enthusiasm for pitching in and helping out…whether she is reviewing a program idea or translating a document…is contagious and inspired. She is also not afraid to ask the tough questions that keep conversations centered on our most important stakeholders, Ethiopian communities, and beneficiaries.
- Kongit, what inspired you to serve as a Board Member for Roots Ethiopia?
“Before I joined Roots Ethiopia, I wanted to give back to my native country and Roots Ethiopia’s mission answered my calling. My background is in education and I was inspired by the work that Roots Ethiopia has done before I joined the Board. I like their direct support to families, students, and schools as well as Roots Ethiopia’s approach in asking what is needed in the communities instead of imposing services the way we—living in the USA—see fit.”
This is part two of “Drinking Coffee The Ethiopian Way” about the importance of coffee in Ethiopia, focusing on the coffee ceremony. Continue reading “Drinking Coffee The Ethiopian Way: Part 2”