After the breakout of ethnic conflict and mass suffering in Tigray, our organization initiated a campaign to raise funds to help war victims and refugees. We partnered with Save the Children (STC), Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in this endeavor. As the fighting spread to other regions, we expanded the campaign to include other regions in which these NGOs worked. Ultimately, thanks to your extraordinary generosity, we collected almost $50,000 to help the people of Ethiopia.
In late 2023, we received a special request from Save the Children for help in funding the reconstruction of nine damaged schools and two health facilities in Tigray. It is an ambitious project, funded in large part by the estate of Mimi O’Hagan, a philanthropist who spent many years in the province, working on education, health and other projects. We recently met with STC staff in the US and Ethiopia on Zoom. They told us that since the November 2022 peace agreement, conditions have improved, allowing them to move ahead with plans to rehabilitate these schools and health stations. Click here to view a detailed description of the project, its funding, and its budget.
We think this reconstruction project deserves our support. Our fund drive for this project will be for a limited time. In order to meet STC's December 1st target date for donor pledges, a deadline that will enable them to begin reconstruction in early 2024, this fund drive will only run until November 27, 2023.
Please donate by the Nov. 27th deadline, either by credit card or check. Make your credit card donation on our new “Tigray School Reconstruction” page at this link. For donations by mail, please send your email address and your check to:
and write “Tigray School Reconstruction” on the memo line.
While this separate short-term fund drive for STC is in effect, we remain committed to help Ethiopians impacted by internal conflicts in all parts of the country. We are keeping open our existing Ethiopian humanitarian relief campaign that provides funds to all three NGOs for their activities nationwide. MSF and IRC, as well as STC, all advise us that they are still continuing to work to meet the needs of Ethiopians despite the challenging circumstances.
Thank you again for your generous past support. We hope you can join us now in providing additional funds to assist the people of Ethiopia.
-The Ethiopia and Eritrea RPCV Board of Directors