Global Alliance partners World Vision
Global Alliance for the Rights of Ethiopians (GARE), a charity founded by Ethiopian American activist Tamagne Beyene is teaming up with World Vision to financially support more than 2000 people in the Lideta and Addis Ketema sub-cities worth USD 250,000 as part of the COVID-19 response.
“As a Civil Association Organization, Global Alliance for the Rights of Ethiopians has been responding to various humanitarian needs in Ethiopia. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, GARE has raised over USD one million by bringing together the Ethiopian diaspora. Our partnership with World Vision has helped share experience in doing humanitarian work in an effective and sustainable manner,” said Amaha Mekonnen, GARE Ethiopia Support Groups Chair Person, at a launch event in Ledeta Park and speaking on behalf of the celebrity activist.
The donation, worth 8.5 million Birr, is to be distributed in cash/kind, as the local population is hit hard with many facing financial difficulties with a slowed economy. Each targeted individual is to receive about 4,200 Birr in two installments, starting in September and October via a digitalized payment to meet some of the measures the government has taken to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Speaking at the launch event, Labor and Social Affairs Minister, Ergoge Tesfaye (PhD) hailed the new partnership as an “all rounded cooperation.”
“World vision Ethiopia has been responding to COVID-19 since March 2020 with a planned budget of USD 13.6 million to benefit 2.1 million people in 80 districts of the country. In this response, we are coming with gratitude to GARE as we join hands together for the second time for this special project, after the Gedeo-Guji IDP response to support the most vulnerable households in Addis Ababa. We will continue to commit our effort to do our best together with our partners and the government,” said Karmen Till, Acting National Director in a statement.
GARE, which has in the past collaborated with World Vision, to help displaced people in Gedeo, and to Ethiopian migrants in Saudi Arabia and Yemen and is due to donate USD 135,000 to 945 households in Shashemene, who were affected by the most recent civil unrest in cash payments.