Photos: Wegene Ethiopian Foundation Gala

Wegene Foundation (WEF) 15th anniversary gala on October 17th, 2015. (Photos: Tsedey Aragie/Tadias)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Monday, October 19th, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — Wegene Ethiopian Foundation (WEF) celebrated its 15th anniversary this past weekend at a gala held in Falls Church, Virginia.

The U.S.-based non-profit, which was founded in 2000 by a group of friends in the Washington, D.C. area, provides economic assistance to impoverished households in Ethiopia. The organization also runs a kids club that raises funds through “bake sales, movie nights, crafting, and various other activities in order to create awareness and reach out to Ethiopian American youth.”

“One of Wegene’s unique features is that it is 100% volunteer-based,” says Nini Legesse, the founder, who was one of the fourteen community leaders representing the East African Diaspora that were honored at the White House as “Champions of Change” in 2012. At the ceremony a statement from the White House noted that the work of Wegene and other honorees helped “to mobilize networks across borders to address global challenges.”

Below are photos from Wegene Foundation’s 15th anniversary celebration:

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