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An Ethiopian heritage group in N. America formed



Ethiopian Heritage FestivalThe Ethiopian Heritage Society of North America “EHSNA” Board is proud to announce the formation of the Ethiopian Heritage Society of North America a 501(c)(3) organization. EHSNA’s primary mission and vision is to promote, and preserve the rich heritage and traditions of our Ethiopian ancestors. EHSNA seeks to develop a strong link among the new generation of Ethiopians born and raised in the Diaspora, and to introduce our historical and cultural heritage to the Larger Community in our adopted country.

EHSNA plans to execute its stated mission and goal, among other measures, by holding an annual Ethiopian heritage week in Washington DC every summer that will attract Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopia from over the world. Accordingly, EHSNA will host “Ethiopian Heritage Festival” to be celebrated annually on the first week of July. The festival will showcase the historical, cultural, artistic, athletic and culinary treasures, creativity and talent of our community at large. This will be achieved through the sponsorship of lecture series, stage productions, art exhibits, sporting events and the recognition of past and new achievements within the Ethiopian community both in the Diaspora & Ethiopia. EHSNA aims to bring together Ethiopians from all walks of life residing in North America and connect various Ethiopian organizations annually to amplify our rich culture.

EHSNA embraces values and celebrates Ethiopia’s wealth of cultural and philosophical diversities. EHSNA believes our common goals can only be accomplished through working together as individuals and groups. EHSNA encourages amicable, honest and respectful dialogue as the best way of addressing seemingly complex issues facing our society. EHSNA aspires to build open and trusting relationships within our community to advance excellence as a means of building a strong and viable community with a United Voice to become the master of our own destiny and to leave our footprints as we Celebrate and Discover Ethiopia. Furthermore, EHSNA strives to create role models for the new generation of Ethiopian youth.

We are aware our mission and goals are vast, our aspirations are high, and we accept our limitation to execute our stated objectives without the active involvement of our community. Therefore, we request the assistance, expertise, resources and support from members of our community to make this new organization a success. We call upon, and invite all Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopia to join us in making the upcoming Ethiopian Heritage Festival in Washington D.C. a success and reflective of our stated mission and goals.

If you are interested in knowing more about EHSNA, volunteering, or joining us, you are invited to visit our website: Please direct your inquiries through our interactive website.

7 thoughts on “An Ethiopian heritage group in N. America formed

  1. This is a great news. We have to celebrate our culture freely and the festival is way overdue. some states celebrate it as Ethiopian day but we all Ethiopians in North America to participate and make this a one annual destination for Ethiopians.

    Good Job and we will support you and count us we will be part of this organization.

  2. I would like to thank those devoted Ethiopians who worked hard to introduce an organization with vison and mission. In the past twenty six years Ethiopians have been exploited by few crook idividuals who enrich theemselves by the name of Ethiopian Soccer Association in North America.

    Many Ethiopians have been waiting for too long to see the birth of an organization like this one for decades. I hope this organization will live up to the stated objective and bring the majority of Ethiopians who had lost trust on ESFNA and decided to stay away from annual get together event.I am one of Ethiopians who happens to know the rise and fall of ESFNA in the life of diaspora.

    As a young organization we Ethiopians have to do our part by actively participating on the annual and other events that the organization may conduct. As we all know a plant without water will not grow up enough to give its fruit. The same way an organization without mass participation will not yield our common dream. So let us make the first event a sucess story.

  3. It is a fine idea. Are there any contingencies in place to guarantee that it will never be hijacked by the Woyane and its foot soldiers? They seem to be everywhere these days; in bars, restaurants, civic organizations, narrow alleys, in the state department, with lobbyists and even as pimps in Las Vegas.
    They have successfully robbed ESFNA and may have put the safety of hundreds in serious danger. To start with the biographies of the founders and leadership of this organization must be known to the public at large. I and many more others have learned bitter lessons from ESFNA. The saying goes – Trust but verify. Again, it is an excellent idea and assuming that it is an apolitical organization, it must not be reticent about its leadership.

  4. An organization that promote our unity and Cultural heritage in the diaspora is very good start, mostly for the younger Ethiopians. The founders must be vigilant and careful not to be distracted by the chameleon wayene agents and their looted money. They will not hesitate to infiltrate, hijack and use it as a cover up for advancement their divisive, anti-Ethiopia programs or to sabotage and kill it.

    Keep up the good work

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