2021 was a terrible year for Ethiopia. The country that we love was torn apart by fighting, atrocities, mass refugee movements, and famine. At the outset of the war, the EEPRCVs Board of Directors issued a statement calling for a peaceful settlement of the conflict, but we decided to do more. So, in April, we launched a fund-raising campaign in partnership with three NGOs working in Tigray and other regions: Medecins Sans Frontiers, the International Rescue Committee, and Save the Children. They have provided and continue to provide significant humanitarian assistance to all war victims.
Your response was truly extraordinary, demonstrating your commitment to Peace Corps values and enduring connection to Ethiopia. Your generosity has helped these NGOs maintain their life saving efforts in Ethiopia. By the year’s end, you contributed over $31,000 to our fund. And we disbursed $30,000 in equal shares to MSF, IRC, and STC.
Recently these organizations recognized our support in year-end letters that convey their appreciation for your significant donations. Please take a moment to read them; they are not boiler plate form letters. They are genuine expressions of thanks to all of you.
The Board also thanks you and extends to everyone our best wishes for a new year of peace and health. May it also be a better year for Ethiopia as well.
Because we wish to continue our aid campaign, the board decided to expand our original emphasis on Tigray to a broader nationwide effort. This will give the three NGOs the flexibility to use our funds where they can in the most practicable manner. As always, any funds we raise will be earmarked for these organizations’ Ethiopia programs.
We greatly appreciate your donations thus far. But because the conflict shows no signs of abating and instead is expanding, we must continue to do what we can to help alleviate the situation. Please make another contribution, if you can.
You may donate in one of two ways:
Send a check to:
Make the check payable to Ethiopia & Eritrea RPCVs, Inc. and write “Ethiopia/Tigray” on the memo line. Also, please include with your check both your home address and your email address.
Or, you may donate by credit card by clicking on the donate button for Tigray.
E&E RPCVs, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization.
Thank you again.
EERPCVs Board of Directors
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