Press Statement | June 18, 2024

Arlington, Va. – This week, ECDC proudly joins the global community in commemorating World Refugee Day, which is dedicated to recognizing the resilience and courage of refugees worldwide. This year’s theme, Hope away from Home, resonates deeply with our mission to provide refugees and displaced persons with the support and resources they need to rebuild their lives.

For 41 years, ECDC has been at the forefront of refugee resettlement efforts, contributing to the hope and resilience of countless individuals forced to flee their homes due to conflict, persecution, and natural disasters. Our comprehensive programs, including Reception and Placement, Matching Grant, Preferred Communities, and Community Sponsorship, are designed to offer refugees a pathway to stability and self-sufficiency.

Hope away from Home is more than just a theme; it is a call to action. It underscores the importance of creating supportive communities where refugees can find solace, rebuild their lives, and contribute to their new communities. Through our work, we have witnessed the transformative power of hope, which are made possible by the generosity and compassion of our partners, donors, and supporters.

Tsehaye Teferra, President and CEO of ECDC, said, “On this World Refugee Day, we celebrate the strength and resilience of refugees around the world. Our mission is to provide them with the essentials for survival and the tools and opportunities to thrive. Hope away from Home reflects our commitment to fostering a sense of belonging and the possibilities for every refugee we serve.”

“We are excited to open ECDC’s 8th branch office in Houston, while we are celebrating World Refugee Day. And this new step marks our continued commitment,” he added.


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About ECDC:

The Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc. (ECDC), headquartered in Arlington, Va., is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) non-profit, community-based organization (CBO) established in 1983 to respond to the needs of a growing Ethiopian community in the U.S. ECDC quickly became a multicultural, multiservice provider with local, national, and international reach. For 41 years, ECDC has been helping refugees and immigrants re-establish their lives as productive, self-sufficient members of their new communities.

As one of 10 national Resettlement Agencies authorized by the U.S. Department of State to resettle refugees, ECDC has resettled 81,641 newcomers since 1991. Our 24 affiliates and branch offices are located in 18 states across the U.S. ECDC has 18 affiliated organizations, 8 branch offices, and 2 community partners.

ECDC staff attending ECDC’s Annual Fundraising Dinner, themed “Celebrating Our Diversity: Welcoming Newcomers.” It was a celebration of cultural contributions of immigrants and refugees to the American Society. The dinner attracted 460 attendants, and featured cultural diversity in music, dance and food and inspiring speeches.