The Year is almost over! and we have been awfully quiet on the blogosphere. BUT, fear not, we have been hard at work! We have so much planned for 2012!! One we are really excited about is our Partnership with Batdorf and Bronson Coffee Roasters. Together, we are hosting a great night of Ethiopian Coffee and Culture! 5 pm on Feb 25th at 1530 Carroll Dr. NW Ste. 100, Atlanta, GA 30318. save the Date!
The other week we had the awesome opportunity to raise awareness for Action 4 Words at an Ethiopian festival in Atlanta. Some fabulous people came who were excited to talk about A4W and get involved. We are excited to strengthen these connections so that our work in Ethiopia can become a collective effort of motivated people from all walks of life.
Without any expectations of donations, we were thrilled to raise $139! Thanks especially to several generous kids who decided to give.
“The Action 4 Words dinner was one of the best nights of my life. It showed me the power of persistence and a strong will to make dreams, like the amazing dinner, come true.” -Yemi
We thought that we had set a difficult goal for ourselves: Raise $1,500 to supply three primary schools with books. Little did we know that our emerging community of students, professors, families, and friends was about to overwhelm us with donations that would exceed our target. We are so encouraged by all the generous support and want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who attended and prepared the dinner! Especially to Asnaketch Bantiweson, who was the star of the show and cooked nearly all of the delicious dishes.
It was an evening to get to know one another and engage together in the mission of Action 4 Words. However, more than just to meet each other, we hoped to better acquaint ourselves with Ethiopia and its people through an outstanding Ethiopian meal and coffee ceremony. We served Coffee Circle's limu coffee, grown in the Ilketunju area by farmers who send their children to a school that we support. Jason Dominy, from Batdorf and Bronson, also supplied us with two containers of amazing Ethiopian coffee, which everyone loved and for which we cannot thank him enough! During the ceremony, Yemi shared with us about her recent trip to Ethiopia and her inspiration for creating Action 4 Words. As she summarized above, it was an incredible evening and we look forward to many more!
Also, enormous thanks go to:
Asnaketch Bantiweson, who not only cooked, but also decorated. She transformed the Clairmont Penthouse into the classiest venue with floating candles, rose petals, bouquets, you name it! It was mesmerizing.
Tadesse Bantiweson, who documented the night with his fabulous photography skills.
Frezer and Yonathan who were the foot soldiers of the team.
Nafkot, who was amazing by assisting in every way that her ten-year-old self possibly could.
Anna Handley, whom we were so lucky to have, was our photographer. Her pictures still make us “oh so happy!”
Dealenice Barkins, whom we couldn’t possibly not mention when talking about the dinner. She was incredibly helpful by finding the location and helping us prep. We love Del!
Dr. Hadley and his family, who cut their vacation short in order to attend the dinner, proving yet again their great support for Action 4 Words! We cannot thank them enough for that.
From us and the children who now have schoolbooks to read, "enamesegnalen," thank you!
I (Yemi) am in Ethiopia now . I am so excited for all that is to come! :)
We have so much work ahead of us, both in the US and here in Ethiopia, and we cant wait to share it all with you.
The blog shall be active from here on out :))))
All of us here at A4W would like to wish our fellow actor, Hallie Martin, a wonderful B-DAY!!!
We miss you and hope you got home safe!!
Last night was SPECTACULAR! Great food,people,music,and coffee! WOW, we are all so happy!
Did we mention we raised 1500 dollars ?!?!
The Actors would like to thank each and everyone who made the dinner a night to remember.
A full report as well as pictures and videos of this amazing event will be up by next week (i.e. after finals- good luck on your exams!)
PS. Those who couldn't make it to the dinner have demanded some pictures now ;) SO, we have uploaded some pictures on to our Facebook page,enjoy!
The Actors of A4W have all been working hard towards the upcoming Ethiopian Fundraising dinner and its finally here :)
There is going to be over 14 Ethiopian dishes so you wont want to miss it. Incredible Ethiopian coffee from Batdorf & Bronson roasters and Coffee Circle is going to be served!
Did we mention Ethiopian music and dancing (hopefully ;) )?!!
In addition,professors, graduate students ,college students ,and members of the Atlanta community
are going to be in attendance--super!
We are all so excited about this big day and hope to see you there!!
The amount of support Action 4 Words is getting is INCREDIBLE! Thank you so much guys!!
We are all so sooo excited for all that is to come!
Dont forget to RSVP for the upcoming fundraising dinner.It really is going to be an amazing night,I promise.
peace and love,
Website will be done in the next two weeks! promise. Papers and mid-terms are slowing the pace but we shall prevail!!
Yonathan Tadesse just wrote this to Action 4 Words...
1 John 3:17-18
"If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and truth"
Actions not words.