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ECDC is saddened by the loss of a very dear friend of the ECDC community.


Lara Kinne, a longtime ECDC volunteer, passed away suddenly on July 31, 2020, at the age of 34. She is survived by her husband Mark and infant daughter Elena. Our deepest sympathies go out to Lara’s family at this time.

Lara was a volunteer with a heart for refugees and immigrants, helping the newly arrived, the marginalized, and the struggling. She participated in our First Friends program through which volunteers are matched with and mentor a refugee family. Lara gave friendship and support to a local family, helping them apply for jobs, learn English, provided tutoring, and much more. Most of all, Lara provided kindness and concern and a willingness to help them in their new community–a familiar face in an unfamiliar place.

Read more about Lara here:

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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.

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