Ethiopian-Canadians in the Greater Vancouver Area to Throw a Fundraising Party in Support of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) Project


Fundraising Event to take place on Saturday August 24, 2013 at 7:00 PM at Axum Ethiopian Restaurant in Vancouver, BC

VANCOUVER, BC – August 6, 2013 — Ethiopian-Canadians residing in the greater Vancouver area will be having a fundraising event on August 24, 2013 for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project through a local organizing committee.

This fundraising event is a continuation of the initial fundraising event that took place on March 24, 2013 at which event more than $80,000 USD was raised. Organizing committee plans to have at least one fundraising event a year towards the fulfillment of the GERD project.

In June 2013, representatives of Ethiopians in Diaspora — including Vancouver’s GERD Support Team’s Communications Director Mr. Kassa Seged — were invited to Addis  Ababa for a Diaspora Policy Talks. The group, which included a handful Ethiopians from every major cities globally (from Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, etc. in Canada; and all other major cities in the USA, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia) had a chance to visit the dam construction site in person. Here are a couple of videos from this visit:

Embedded Video (Amharic)

Embedded Video (Amharic)

Here are the W5’s and details of the fundraising:

  • What: Fundraising event for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Project
  • Who: Organized by Ethio Abay BC
  • Where: Axum Ethiopian Restaurant – 1279 East Hastings, Vancouver, BC (Google Map)
  • When: Saturday August 24, 2013 at 7:00 PM
  • Why: Ethiopia needs our support; and she is calling on all her children globally to join her in realizing this dream project

Reserve your tickets before they are sold out. Admission is $30 CAD, which includes a delicious dinner. 

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Supporting Quotes
“Ethiopians in the Vancouver area have been actively supporting the GERD project for a while now,” says Mr. Kassa Seged, Communications Direct at Ethio Abay BC. “We are doing whatever we can under our power to support the GERD project. This fundraising event is one way to show our support to the more than 5,000 brothers and sisters who are working day and night at the construction site in Western Ethiopia. Supporting this project must not be seen as political action, rather as opportunity to support Ethiopia when she has called on for her children. We all know that the dam will benefit not only Ethiopia, but also neighbouring countries. We believe that this project — which is now 21% completed — will change many lives in Ethiopia.”

“Ethiopians in Vancouver have come together to raise funds for this project voluntarily by sacrificing their time and energy; often away from their families. We invite everyone to participate in this worthy cause. Several activities have been planned for this event — such as: 50/50 draw, auctions, and more. In addition, we will have a donation box in place for anyone interested to make a donation”, says Mrs. Freweyni Tesfay, GERD organizing committee chairperson for Vancouver chapter.

Useful Links:

GERD Guidelines in Amharic:

GERD Bond Purchase Application Form:

Follw us on Twitter:

The Late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi Speech at Groundbreaking on April 2, 2011:

About the GERD Organizing Team Vancouver Chapter
The GERD Organizing Team Vancouver Chapter was formed in 2012 to provide information on the GERD project, and facilitate purchase of bonds to help construct the dam on time.

For more information, please visit:

About GERD Project
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) — initially known as “The Millennium Dam”, and sometimes referred to as “Hidasse Dam” (“Hidasse”, Amharic for Renaissance) — was officially launched with the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi groundbreaking on April 2, 2011. This new gravity dam, which is currently under construction on the Blue Nile River, will generate 6,000 MW of electric power, and is estimated to cost about $5 Billion USD; and will be fully funded by the Ethiopian government and its people. The dam project is located at Guba in the Benishangul-Gumuz Regional Administrative State of Western Ethiopia, just 40 km (25 mi) from the Sudan border, and is expected to be fully completed in 2015. When completed, the dam, with a reservoir capacity of 63 Billion cubic meters, will be the largest hydroelectric power plant in Africa, and the 13th largest in the world.

For more information, please visit the Ethiopian government official website:

For more information, please contact:
GERD Fundraising Organizing Team – Vancouver Chapter

Event Information