This accounting was sent to us by Desiye Melku.  (Please read other pages for background.)

Assistance for internal displaced person

Hello all Harambee families

The internally displaced persons  who have been obligated to flee or leave their homes, places of habitual residence as a result if political, ethnic cleansing , war between TPLF and Federal government of Ethiopia.

We are distributed Harambee fund for displacements here in Lalibela today. We distributed face mask for protecting them from COVID-19 transmission, body and clothes soaps and cash. We used our judgment to distribute the help for 412 family leaders displaced those who are live in community shelters, and those who are still living on the streets. 

 We are distributed by stretching the fund (those who has 1-3 family members $18, 4-5 family members $20 and ≥6 family members $27.5 received respectively). We have provided the support to beneficiaries on the campus of 4 schools in their local.

We have observed the victims’ homes burned, two cars burned, mothers and fathers killed, their children killed, and so on. One women husband, her husband’s brother and a housemaid were injured and they are in Felege Hiwot hospital, Bahirdar, are receiving their medical treatment on bedside at this time. She comes to lalibela with her two children (10 years old girl and 13 age boy). She is keeping crying and so sad. There are many untold able tragedy for all displaced. We have met with a man who is injured by gun and now he is attending his medical treatment in Lalibela hospital.  I want to travel Bahirdar Thursday on to see the three people admitted in Felege-hiwot hospital.

Priests, old people and all the entire displaced beneficiaries were pray for Harambee families. They all expressed there are so happy for unexpected help and expressed their deepest gratitude! Now Ethiopia are on fasting time and during this time they are promised to keeping praying for Harambee family to be protect from the current global COVID crises.


We have fruitful discussion with our beneficiaries about their future. Based on our discussion their comments were

  1. Many of displaced want to back to their places of habitual residence because the areas were assured them the security is safe. So they want to use the help for transportation maybe this week. They are very happy to get the help.
  2. About 25 critical people those are living on the street are telling us, they have got pieces of Land from the local Kebele to build 5×4 resident room. But they couldn’t to afford to build their room. They seek help.
  3. Some of people among the displaced raised ideas that they are preferring to organizing themselves to do projects like beekeeping, mill and other business  for their sustainable food security

We made no promises and clues except listen carefully to their thoughts.

It was heartbreaking to see our brothers and sisters in distress because of the above-mentioned problems.

However, it was a great pleasure to help these needy brothers and sisters through your help.

When we did this today, there were tears in the eyes of our helpless brothers and sisters, and we were saddened when they were upset.

Finally, we were very happy when we give this mask, soap, and money.

With this help, according to our culture and religion, stood up and offered prayers to the Harambee family who supported them, as well as to us.

Finally, they expressed their gratitude and greetings to you.

We parted in prayer and good wishes and prayers for Harambee families and donors. We are very happy to have this support.


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It's almost Mother's Day, coincidental with a show of Teacher Appreciation at school year's end.  Who needs more STUFF?  Give a gift that every mother will cherish, a gift like no other, a gift that will help change the world.  Same for teachers.  No hand lotion or potted plant ever gave a poor child a future!  

Our alternative gift cards are especially meaningful in this time of global pandemic and civil war in Ethiopia.  We're especially focusing on our work in Lalibela, Ethiopia, because the economy there has totally collapsed.  They are in dire need of food & help to keep their children in school.  In addition, thousands of refugees from nearby war-torn Tigray have come to Lalibela.  They have lost everything, including loved ones and all their land.  We're sending money for food just to sustain them until they can get back on their feet.  No other service organization besides Harambee has a presence in the area.  And...100% of your donation gets where it's needed most.  A donation of $20 gets you a beautiful handmade gift card to give to mom, someone you want to acknowledge on Mother's day, or a teacher.  See photos of the card insides & outsides.  Contact  us & we'll get your order in the mail pronto.  Pay at the yellow donate button on the right, or send a check.  Bless you for your compassion towards those who, only by accident, have been dealt a very tough hand in life.

AND...there's more!  The war refugees don't really want a handout.  They need a hand UP to support themselves.  So...we're also offering Mother's Day cards and Teacher Appreciation cards to fund a poultry project.  This will provide eggs for the children, a source of perfect nutrition, and chickens to sell for income.  And of course there will be lots more baby chix, ensuring sustainability.  See below for pictures of these cards.  And...thank you.  Moms & teachers will thank you, too.  Whoever got chickens in Africa as a gift?!  Wahoo, whatta world!

Please click on PHOTOS above to see the card insides & outsides.

Today I received the following update from our tireless & trusted helper in Lalibela, Ethiopia, Desiye Melku.  Thank you to all who have helped these unfortunate good people.  You have literally saved lives & preserved much normalcy for children who are just as dear as ours here!

Blessings to all!!
Greetings to you from Lalibela, Ethiopia!
Hope everything is going well with you there?
Well done, here I would like to convey some updates about the situations here and the students, COVID impact and Displaces.
1st – About the students who are attending in lalibela – Thanks to your endless generosity, attentively follow up and special encouragements, you enables them to attend their study without a fears of economical shortages, and discontinuing. At this time, they already completed for this academic year. Due Ethiopia calendar students completed school first of July and starting again in late August. And most of them are now school break. However, they are at home for a month, they are seeking your helps as usual because, they don’t have any means of income or no body is willing to assist others this time in the town, since the Tourism industry blockings affected the entire communities directly and indirectly.

Most our students are also from Displaced family.  Likewise, there are no any kinds of job opportunity to work and earn money for the people. Double burden of the COVID and instabilities in the country worsting the situation for tourism dependent community. Now a days, Many of the other students even come to us often to get supports and to be including. When their requests became too worse, there are some probabilities of stretching your help in small ways and fairly,  which it should be given to the regular students.
2nd – About the displaced persons – As it’s obviously known, we was able to assist the IPDs (internally displaced persons) who were critically affected economical, difficult for surviving for the time being. Some of them who were come from the area masses of conflicts called ATAYE and surroundings are back to their village as the government resolving the problem. Now a day, the displaced persons are coming from SEKOTA and TIGRAY because the very active instability occurrence are there currently.  There are still displaces  in the town at the camp; they seek our help even this time, but we already informed them as we are not in the positions of supporting them. They need food, and sanitation materials. It is very worsting to manage as the problems are critical regarding displaces. The young girls and boys are in the camp. We are visiting them sometimes and they are tellings that they need to work, i mention above the tourism is total paralysis, the town economic sector is blocked.
3rd – About the COVID – 19 vaccinations – the vaccinations were  distributed for the peoples separately, that it’s giving for health professionals and very oldest persons since there are shortages of vaccinations. It is not accessible for the time being.
4th – About the college students – Three of them are studying attentively.  They are still attending their study in Bahir Dar. One of the Pharmacy Student named (Tringo ), she is going to be graduate August on.
All of them will never forget praying and giving thanks to the almighty God for your blessed life and longevity. Your kindnesses  perceptibly incredible and incomparable.
It’s easy to pretend what would be those persons fate, unless you became able to assist them in such ways. Without your special support, these extremely  students and displaced person’s suffering would be too worse. Your support is tremendously appreciated.
These are the current updates regarding with those peoples and the situations of Lalibela.
Best wishes