Inaugural East African Cultural Festival - Great Public Event Hosted by the Eritrean Community Center
Girmay Adhanom and Diana Pohle
Saturday, February 11, 2017, was not only a beautiful day full of sunshine after a series of heavy rain in the bay area, it was also a beautiful celebration of East African culture, showcased through traditional cuisine, music, dance, and art. The special event drew an estimated 250 guests who packed the hall of the Mexican Heritage Plaza in East San Jose in what is sure to be a new local tradition. The East African Cultural Festival was largely organized by the Eritrean Community Center (ECC) of Santa Clara County in honor of their ninth anniversary as a community organization. Other participating groups included the local Sudanese, Somali, and Kenyan communities. The City of San Jose Office of Immigrant Affairs, Mudai Restaurant, and the California Arts Council were also gold sponsors of the event.
U.S. Congresswoman and national leader in immigration policy, Zoe Lofgren, addressed the diverse crowd to reinforce her commitment to immigrants and refugees and to recognize the ECC with a Congressional Award as a mark of their contributions to the community. Regga Tekeste, Chair of the ECC, accepted the award on behalf of the ECC. Earlier in the evening, Tekeste presented opening remarks about the ECC and the variety of valued programs and services the ECC community is leading. Raul Peralez, City of San Jose City Councilman for District 3, addressed the crowd to commit his support and advocacy for the East African communities he serves. Peralez was followed by Zulma Maciel from the Office of Immigrant Affairs in the City of San Jose, who acknowledged that the diversity of our community is our strength. She has committed to show up to support immigrants in the community and remains a friend and valued supporter of the ECC community.
Representatives from each East African community shared comments about their countries of origin. Musicians from Sudan and Ethiopia presented magnificent performances of their own in solidarity and friendship. The folkloristic dance of a Tigrigna wedding was breathtaking. Later, the main floor was graced by the Abyssinic dance and Shabbal dance groups and two of the ECC’s youth gave a “Saho” performance that was second to none. The entire evening was emceed by the talent of the stage masters: Journalist Hana Baba and ECC case manager Winta Gebremichael, both of them stunningly garbed in their respective cultural attire.
Community member ushers, also adorned in their white cultural dress, received the invited guests. One of them was Diana Pohle, a mother of six children, four of whom are from Eritrea. She was with her Zuria from the beginning of the event to the end. What a commitment! Another special guest donning traditional cultural attire was Dina Campeau, a tremendous supporter and dear friend of the ECC community.
Participants enjoyed variety delicious Eritrean food generously donated by Mudai Eritrean Restaurant.
Organic coffee was also presented culturally by community ushers to show uniqueness on coffee ceremony in East Africa.
All in all, the event was a success thanks for the cumulative efforts of the community. No doubt, this first event is the start of more good things to come.
Upwardly Global Workshop
Place: Eritrean Community Center
The Plight of Eritrean Refugees and Their Migration Path
Place: Mount Pleasant High School Theater
Presentation By Mohamed Ali
Santa Clara County Departement Of Behavioral Health Services,
African Immigrant Team Lead, Mental Health First Aid Instructor
Place: Eritrean Community Center
Project: Youth Arts ProgrammingSummer 2016
PROJECT: Children’s Art Activities with Eritrean Community Center
DATE: Saturday August 14, 2016-
Sunday August 15, 2016
TIME: 12:00PM- 4:00PM
CLASS SIZE: 15- 20
AGE RANGE: 6-13 with some older teenagers
INSTRUCTOR: Sephora Woldu
Students will receive introductory lessons to visual design and design elements, and will be tasked with creating a new t-shirt design for the Eritrean Community Center of Santa Clara. Under adult supervision, youth participants will be able to create an original t-shirt of their design that they can take home.
PROJECT: Introduction to Computer Programming Course - Learn to build games and coding!
DATES: Sunday, July 31st 2016 @3:00 PM- 6:00 PM
TIME: 3 hours
CLASS SIZE: 15 - 20 (first come, first serve)
AGE RANGE: 7 - 19
We are offering an introductory course to computer programming this summer aimed at kids up to older teenagers. The purpose of the course is to demonstrate the importance of computer programming by providing an introductory foundation for students via building games and small computer programs. For the older students, other advanced examples (solving mathematical problems...etc) may also be demonstrated.
Laptop per student - brought by them OR provided by ECC
Sign up by Sunday, July 24th 2016
We celebrated Mother's day on May 06 at our community center with our members of Eritrean community. Love is a great gift a child can give to a mother, and we should be grateful for the role she plays in our lives. It was a special day for everyone of us particularly to the mother's. Cultural foods and drinks were served along with traditional coffee. We would like to express our appreciation to Tsegay and Senait for the delicious foods they brought. Our DJ Yacob devoted his entire night to entertain us. We had a fantastic night. Thank you.
Special dinner was served at Mudai Restaurant on July 12, 2015 by Eritrean community center. Thank you to everyone of you who commit and devote your precious time to serve our community.
Martyrs Day In Santa Clara County Eritrean Community Center
To all Eritreans and Friends of Eritrea:
ECC will commemorate Eritrean martyrs Memorial Day (20 June) this Sunday 19 June at ECC located at 1998 Homestead Rd #115, Santa Clara, Ca 95050. Candle lighting followed by moment of silence will be held exactly at pm.
We look forward to see you. Come and join us in memory of all who had given their valuable life and yet little they ask from us to keep the freedom march and light shining.
Eternal Glory to Our Martyrs
Eritrean Community Santa Clara County Board Members
BOARD MEETING – 12/21/2010
Meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. at the Eritrean Community Center.
and successfully elected the board members.
Welcoming ceremony to our Eritreans refugee.
Great movie was shown in our community center by Sephora Woldu
In remeberance of Fekadu Lejam
Mr. Gorgio commented the life story of Wedilegam. We lost a great guy who strive to help people at the time of their need
Too many people came to the community to show their respect on his anniversary. We encourage more people to participate and volunteer to reach his dream. A dream that bring our people together and become strong community.
To: Members and Friends of our Community Center:
We are organizing an event on March 19, 2011, for all women( and women only) to join us on health and wellness conference. Please refer to the following announcement.
Health and Wellness Conference
Date: March 19, 2011
Time: 4:00pm to 7:00 pm
Place: 1998 Homestead Road, Suite 115
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Join an expert panel of health professionals to explore health and wellness issues, examine challenges facing women in today’s stressful world, and learn how to care for your health and improve your wellbeing.
Dr. Samia Naeem, DDS
Dr. Sarah Azad, Ob/Gyn
Laila Sabare, Phy.Th,/Ntr
Professional presentation will be followed by
Snacks, and finger foods , tea and coffee are provided.
For additional information, call our member Momina Kelley at 408-209-4718
We look forward to see you.
Selam all and families of the children in our Tigrinya Summer Program, This is to announce that class will start on 16 July, 2011 from 2pm-4pm. at the Eritrean Community Center, Located at 1998 Homestead Rd #115, Santa Clara, Ca 95050.
We are also pleased to announce that 15 children are registered so far and it is counting. As such we are looking for volunteers who are willing to commit for one or two hours to assist in class. This will be a wonderful experience to work with our young generations and contribute in their progress towards learning Tigrinya language. If interested please email back and let us know as soon as possible.
I am so excited to teach our young ones and look forward to meet them.