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Displaced Tegaru Relief Fund

$95,195 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 1,138 people in 10 months
Created September 14, 2018
Hello every one!

We are sure all of you are vigilantly watching the most recent and unprecedented wave of political violence in Ethiopia, and the deep wound inflicted thereof amongst fellow citizens.

While the country continues to experience one of its worst population displacements triggered by political malice and ethnic violence, many innocent Tigreans are still trying to come to terms with what the future hold for them. For these Tegaru, what is at stake is not politics. It is their future!

 Semi-official reports estimate that more than 60,000 Tegaru have been evicted by violent ethnic reprisals, mainly from the Amhara and Oromia states. Many have already lost their loved ones, homes and businesses. They have suffered injuries, and experienced unspeakable violence and brutality. The trauma and suffering of these families is unimaginable.

Keeping up with rent, utility costs, food, clothing for multiple children, medical expenses, educational expenses, household supplies, and a myriad of other needs simply outpaces all available efforts and resources.

The Tigray state government has been an excellent primary short-term support resource, but the task of resettling theses families extends far beyond what the regional government can provide.

They need our help to heal, find safety, and rebuild their lives.
We know that many of us are looking for a way to help theses families. So, let’s join together and show them the great compassion that Tigreans are endowed with.

Your donation provides a sense of hope to our fellow Tegaru!

Any amount makes a difference to this families. Thank you for helping.

ኽቡራት ኣሕዋትን ኣሓትን እቲ ሓገዝ ክትልግሱ ከለኹም ሕልፊ እቲ ክትህብዎ ዝደለኹም መጠን ቅርሺ ተወሳኺ ገንዘብ (መቑሹሽ/ቲፕ) ብፍትወትኩም ተዘይኮይኑ  ክትኸፍሉ  ናይ ግድን ኣይኮነን። ኣብ መወዳእታ (other) ዝብል መማረፂ ብምጥዋቕ 0.00 ግበርዎ።


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Contact team Displaced Tegaru Relief FUND
Visit us on facebook
dtrf.team@gmail.com 

Contact organizer on behalf of the team

Assefa Abay--Gud Bahri
lijassefa@gmail.com
Cell: 651-352-1414
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Dear TDRF supporters,
Following is the letter of support from BOLSA - Bureau of Labor and Social Affairs Agency, the primary point of contact for the IDPs. TDRF has been working to identify the beneficiaries and will soon begin delivering the money collected in this campaign. We appreciate your patience and your continued support.
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Press Release

February 27, 2019

Dear Displaced Tegaru Relief Fund/Tegaru Disaster Relief Fund Friends and Supporters:

For the past few months, a group of young Tigrayans professionals have been working hard to mobilize Diaspora Tigrayans across the world to fundraise funds to support internally displaced Tigrayans. We truly appreciate everyone's support and dedication as we continue to properly provide relief to the most vulnerable groups of the displaced persons. We would like you to know that the project requires patience and sacrifices and we urge friends and supporters to continue to be patient with us as we work hard to implement this project and provide relief to displaced Tegaru.

We clearly understand the urgency of the work on hand, and therefore we are working around the clock to ensure the project gets implemented properly. We have tried to update you using the few media platform we have at our disposal. We urge you to visit agiaforum.com and listen to our recent interview.

When you are doing public work, it's not lost upon us the importance of trust and confidence. We take this work seriously, and we go the extra mile to ensure accountability and transparency. Despite some of the unfounded allegations that are being made on Facebook, your donated money is in good hands, and it will go directly to provide relief to displaced Tegaru.

We also value the trust placed upon us by you, and we will continue to honor the promise we made to you. Therefore, we would like to remind you that from the start of the project, we had promised our donors that we would ensure the money raised would be delivered directly to the displaced people. That always has been our strategy. We will continue to honor that promise as we implement the project.

While we understand that the implementation phase of the project is taking us longer than anticipated, we believe we have made some great progress, and we are confident the funds will be distributed properly and transparently, soon. In the meantime, here are the steps we have taken to implement the project:
• Assembled a team of responsible and trusted people in Mekelle that would help with logistics and implementation.
• Opened a bank account in Ethiopia to facilitate financial transactions
• Signed Memorandum of Agreement with Keradion Elderly Support Association to support the relief effort
• Currently working with Tigray Regional Government Bureau of Labor and Social Affairs (BOLSA) to obtain legally registered and most vulnerable displaced Tegaru that can be supported by this project.

We take any allegations seriously. While it is unfortunate and disappointing that people are bent on character assassinations, rest assure that we practice collective leadership, and we emphasize transparency. For instance, any major decision that affects the progress of the project is made democratically, including the removal of individuals from the project committee for violation of the code of conduct that the group finds unacceptable and hinders the progress of the project. We call on the public and former members of the project to refrain from making unfounded allegations. While disagreements are healthy, misstating facts and making innuendos only serve to delay project implementation. Such inappropriate personal behavior goes against the interest of the internally displaced Tegaru who need our financial and moral support at this crucial moment.

We hope this press release has answered any questions you may have regarding the progress of the project. We believe in open communication and highly encourage everyone to approach us with any questions regarding the Displaced Tegaru Relief Fund project. We can be reached via e-mail: dtrf.team@gmail.com or thru our Facebook page @Displaced Tegaru Relief Fund.

Thank you for your constant support and patience.


Sincerely,

Assefa Abay-President
Tegaru Disaster Relief Fund, Inc.
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Update: TDRF has been leading an online fundraising effort to help displaced Tegaru from the diaspora community. The fundraising effort is going well! We invited the team leaders back for an update. Please listen to the interview to appreciate the effort! Feb 2, 2019. [Aiga Forum]

It is a two part video.
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https://www.euronews.com/2019/01/31/ethiopia-3-million-internally-displaced-in-escalating-humanitarian-crisis

With three million internally displaced people, Ethiopia is going through one of the most severe - and under-reported - humanitarian crises in the world.

The topic of refugees and displaced people will head the agenda at the Africa Union summit in Addis Ababa next month.

One of the biggest camps in Ethiopia is Qoloji, which is made up mostly of ethnic Somalis fleeing persecution.

Qoloji contains 80,000 people. The International Organisation for Migration (IOM), financed by EU Humanitarian Aid, has built latrines and showers and is working on hygiene awareness.

In total, there are 600 sites for internally displaced people in Ethiopia.

IOM is continuing to track the number of displaced people, as well as their movements and living conditions.

This data is the first step for assessing their needs and enabling more efficient aid distribution.
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Raised by 1,138 people in 10 months
Created September 14, 2018
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