Thursday, January 11, 2018

Ethiopian Christmas party- annual celebration at ECDC

The Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC), long headquartered along Columbia Pike, holds an annual community-wide event to celebrate the end of the Christmas cycle according to Ethiopian church practice.

Thanks to Dr. Teferra and to his exceptional staff, and to members of the Arlington County Board, particularly new Board Chair Katie Cristol, who made welcoming remarks.

Photography by Lloyd Wolf.

Arlington County Board Chair Katie Cristol with ECDC executive Dr. Tsehaye Teferra

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

ECDC - First Thanksgiving dinner for refugees; a new year

Every year the Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) hosts a dinner for newly-arrived refugees to our area; allowing them to experience their first Thanksgiving in their new country.

Numerous volunteers from religious institutions, civic organizations, and other caring citizens arrange food and entertainment, helping to set up and serve the meals. There were about 200 people celebrating this year, including refugee families, ECDC staff, and volunteers.

This year's refugee families came from Eritrea, Uganda, Afghanistan, El Salvador, Columbia, and other troubled places around the globe.

They were made to feel safe and welcome.

Refuge from the storms, both abroad and in our own nation.

(A shout out to members of Fabrangen, CPDP photographer Lloyd Wolf's spiritual community, who have been working with a newly-arrived Eritrean family. Kol hakavod. Ruth Stromberg, Sue Hoechstetter and Doris Hamburg were among the many who lent a hand at the event).

Thank you to Bridget Weisenreder and the rest of the caring and capable staff and leadership at ECDC for their help and great hearts.

Photography by Lloyd Wolf.