Ethiopians in Worthington, Minnesota Put up over Birr $700, 000.00
In Support of Building the Grand Renaissance Dam
By Tsehaye Debalkew
Sept. 07 2011
Close to four hundred members of the Ethiopian Community of Worthington, Minnesota, in a special expression of support to the on-going construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam/GRD/, staged a fund raising event wherein they readily raised Birr.735,000 in terms of direct purchase of Bonds and committed pledges last Sunday, September 4, 2011.
Ethiopians and Ethiopian-Americans who reside in the remote town of Worthington also celebrated the up-coming Ethiopian New Year by staging a unique fund raising event presenting a model Grand Renaissance Dam netting handsome amount of fund accrued from its purchase in open auction ran during the occasion.
Ambassador Mulie Tarekegn, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Ethiopia in Washington DC. , made a power-point presentation dealing in depth on the benefits that emanate from the purchase of bonds poised to register a variety of ramifications and benefits on both the individual and the national level.
The Ambassador, on the occasion addressed the audience in Worthington, by commending the hilarious and reverberating resolve of the Ethiopian people and government of Ethiopia for boldly initiating the huge project unequalled and unparalleled by continental standards and the ever increasing involvement and enthusiasm of the Ethiopian Diaspora in its mounting determination and its unreserved support towards the GRD.
He underlined that the strong wind that is currently sweeping across the Diaspora Ethiopians clearly demonstrates the significance of their unique and timely participation who he said have understood the importance of the two-pronged benefit that the project entails ultimately for the nation and themselves who in the final analysis stand to reap the fruits of their involvement as a result of the auspicious conditions set in place by the government.
By rightly putting the perspective for the implementation of the GRD plan through the voluntary participation of the Ethiopian people, within and without the country, Ambassador Mulie underscored that the gigantic project is poised to benefit the nation enormously by enabling it to traverse into becoming an industrial hub and a member of the club of middle income countries of the globe in the not too distant future by nipping poverty in the bud thereby elevating the status and image of our beloved nation.
In the final analysis, Ambassador Mulie , called upon the members of the Ethiopian Diaspora community to redouble their effort and stand to be counted by leaving their finger print as the generation that has galvanized and transformed the nation for good.