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Arlington, VA.—Tsehaye Teferra, Ph.D., founder and CEO of the Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc. (ECDC), is being honored by the Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE) with the organization’s Genesis Award at their One World, One Dream banquet, which is being held virtually this year on October 29. The award pays tribute to Dr. Teferra’s work on behalf of African immigrants and refugees.

Dr. Gatluak Thach, President and CEO of NICE, nominated Dr. Teferra for his national role in empowering refugees and African organization leaders across the U.S. Speaking about the Genesis Award, Dr. Gatluak noted “Dr. Teferra is recognized as a leader who has made a long-time, significant impact on the lives of refugees and their being welcomed in the United States, including those in Tennessee. As the leader of ECDC, a national resettlement agency that enables ethnic community-based organizations (ECBOs) like NICE to succeed in their efforts to welcome refugees rebuilding their lives in America, Dr. Teferra plays an extraordinary, backbreaking role in national leadership and advocacy efforts to empower ECBOs like NICE to thrive.”

NICE assists refugees succeed in integrating in Nashville through resettlement and social services, workforce development, health education, and community integration.

ECDC, a national organization headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, works locally through its branch offices and nationally through a network of 10 agencies that are primarily ECBOs, including NICE, to resettle refugees in communities across the country. ECDC has resettled over 58,000 refugees since 1991. Through local and national programs, ECDC helps refugees and immigrants lead lives of dignity, attain self-sufficiency, and integrate successfully into their new communities. ECDC African Community Center branch offices are located in Denver, Colorado, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Silver Spring, Maryland. The Enterprise Development Group (EDG), an ECDC subsidiary, provides financial services, tax assistance, and business loans to refugee, immigrant, and low-income entrepreneurs in the Washington, D.C., metro area and Baltimore suburbs.


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ECDC’s mission is to resettle refugees, promote cultural, educational, and socio-economic development in the refugee and immigrant community in the United States, and to conduct humanitarian and development programs in the Horn of Africa. For more information about ECDC, please visit us at