An update from the International Rescue Committee. see more
From Althea Kitchens of the International Rescue Committee:
Thank you for your continued support!
As for updates, the IRC continues to work in Ethiopia. Previously, the IRC had programming in all four camps in the region ( My’Ayni, Adi Harush, Hitsats and Shimelba). But now as Shimelba and Hitsatshave closed down due to damage during the fighting, IRC only operates in My Ayni and Adi Harush and Shire town. Thus, the IRC is supporting approx. 60,000 refugees in two camps in the area and Internally Displaced People in Shire town and other areas within Tigray with clean water and sanitation, protection, reproductive healthcare and education. All parties must ensure life-saving aid can continue uninterrupted.
Last month the IRC posted an article about the need to heighten support for women and girls who are adversely affected during times of conflict and natural disaster: https://www.rescue.org/press-release/tigray-six-months-women-still-bear-brunt-conflict-warns-irc
You served Ethiopia in the past. It’s time today to serve Ethiopia once more! see more
You served Ethiopia in the past. It’s time today to serve Ethiopia once more!
Do you remember your first days in Ethiopia as a volunteer?
The smell of eucalyptus? The taste of berbere? The beauty and friendliness of the people?
That normalcy has been shattered in the northern province of Tigray when armed conflict between the Ethiopian government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front broke out in November 2020.
Bombs and military actions haven’t resolved it.
Instead, ordinary citizens have become the victims of the conflict, leading to ethnic violence including murder, rape, hunger, starvation, and massive refugee displacement.
Sadly, the fighting is still ongoing.
The people of Tigray need our help!
In light of this immense suffering, E&ERPCVs is launching a special fundraising campaign for humanitarian relief in Tigray.
In all our current and previous efforts to raise funds for Peace Corps Legacy Program projects, E&ERPCVs, as a 501(c)(3) organization, has partnered with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to implement educational and healthcare projects in Ethiopia and/or Eritrea.
In the case of the Tigray, we have had direct contact with three internationally respected charitable organizations that currently have staff working on the ground there: Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres, International Rescue Committee, and Save the Children. We are monitoring the situation closely and just as we have done with other Ethiopia-based NGOs, we look forward to working with these organizations to direct the funds where they are most critically needed. Though they have operations worldwide, all three have assured us that any funds we give them will be earmarked for Tigray relief.
To kick off our drive, the Board of E&ERPCVs is pledging to donate $1,000. We hope you can join us in this endeavor.
How to Help
You can donate either on our donor page with a credit card, or by sending a check to:
Your check should be made out to Ethiopia and Eritrea RPCVs, Inc. and should include "Tigray Relief" on the memo line. Also please include your home and email addresses with your donation so that we may quickly acknowledge your gift.
We thank you for your support.
The organizations we have been able to assist have provided us with letters of thanks. see more
To date, we have been able to pay a total of $21,000 to aid organizations working in Tigray. The organizations we have been able to help due to your generous financial assistance have provided these letters of thanks:
However, the crisis in Tigray is ongoing. If you are able, please don't hesitate to go to our Tigray campaign and donate again (or for the first time). Anything you can contribute is appreciated.