Dear Eritrean Community of Santa Clara:

First of all, I would like to express how extremely grateful I am for your constant hard work and determination. It makes me feel so proud that you continue to bring hope and encouragement to all of us as we move forward in helping young Eritrean victims, in the Bay Area and around the world. Congratulations to everyone for all of your success!

As I previously shared with you in the beginning of the year, I have been working hard for months on a project that is very close to my heart. I am deeply committed to helping 20 young refugee Eritrean women and their young children who are now living in Ethiopia. These women, like so many, are victims of human trafficking. Sadly, we are losing our young future as they continue to escape Eritrea and spread out in neighboring countries - often dying, humiliated, and treated as second-class persons.

Lambadina Foundation will bring some much needed hope by providing these women and their children with shelter, food, conventional job skills, training, as well as a higher education.

As an Eritrean Community here in the Bay Area, we have some definite challenges ahead of us. We still have a very long way to go. Even though this is just a tiny step in the right direction, there is hope for change. My dear Eritrean community and American friends, I have the confidence that we can make a difference by expressing a stern voice on their behalf and helping to restore their dignity.

I am asking you to please join us by both supporting and sponsoring our efforts. I invite you to reach out and come to our 4th annual community fundraising event to financially assist our 20 selected Eritrean refugee women and their children, all living in Ethiopia. With the help of generous donations, Lambadina Foundation is lighting the way out for human trafficking victims.

Please see our formal invitation attached regarding the Benefit Fashion Show & Fair to be held on Sunday, December 4th in downtown Menlo Park. We would be honored for you to attend. For more information, please go online to

With much appreciation,

Showa Sahle
Founder, Lambadina Foundation

As the Founder and President of Student Outreach for refugees, Asylees and Immigrants (SORAI) at the University of San Francisco, it gives me great pleasure to invite you all to this amazing event.

Description of the event:

The graduate student organization - Student Outreach for Refugees, Asylees and Immigrants (SORAI) will have the honor to host two great humanitarian individuals; Father Florenzo Rigoni and Father Mussie Zerai that work with current migrants and refugees from different parts of the world. The event is titled; Global Migration Crisis: Voices from Leading International Humanitarian. This event will be held Friday November 18th from 5:00pm to 7:30pm, at Harney Room 232. Light refreshments will be served!

 By bringing these two leading international humanitarians to USF, SORAI hopes to increase awareness of the current global migration crisis that affects about 65 million people. In all, we hope their voices help inspire USF staff, students and faculty as well as Bay Area community members to help find and/or create a solution to the current migration crisis.

Meron Semedar

Founder and President of SORAI

Greetings to All!

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to become a part of the 7th Annual Silicon Valley African Film Festival (SVAFF) presented by the Oriki Theater. The festival will kick off on Friday, October 14 at the Community School of Music & Arts, in Mountain View. The festival continues until Sunday 16th October.

The SVAFF director, Chike Nwoffiah is a good supporter and partner of the Eritrean Community Center, and we are proud that ECC is one of the sponsors of this event.

For more information about the event, please visit at 

Warmest Regards,

ECC Executive Team

Eritrean Community Center- Santa Clara
1998 Homestead Rd, Suite 115
Santa Clara, CA 95050

Upwardly Global Workshop
 Friday, August 19, 2016 
 7:30PM - 9:30PM
 Hosted by Lex Duey 
 Job Services Program for Professional  Immigrants
 Place: Eritrean Community Center

Project: Youth Arts Programming
Summer 2016
Apparel Design/Silkscreening
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.

Social security benefits seminar by Yakob Endrias

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

Student’s name
Student’s age

Sign up by Sunday, July 24th 2016

Please join us for a free workshop on current legal immigration issues given by The African Advocacy Network (AAN) at the Eritrean Community Center on Saturday June 25th at 1 pm.

  Tigrigna version

African Diaspora Network Members Are Invited to Volunteer at President Obama’s Global Entrepreneurial Summit at Stanford University June 22-24.

The African Diaspora Network is a member of the GES Roundtable.  As a result, we have been asked to recruit volunteers for the summit.  We encourage our members who wish to learn, grow, and network with entrepreneurs, innovators, and business leaders while giving back their time to our community to consider this opportunity. 
President Obama’s Global Entrepreneurial Summit is an extraordinary event where 700 entrepreneurs from around the world and hundreds of investors and tech leaders come together to exchange ideas and learn from one another. 

If you are interested to volunteer, there is a form that you need to complete. Please contact Colandra Rollins as soon as possible and she will provide all of the details. 

Thank you!
ADN Team

Dear All,
We are pleased to announce that a representative from "Upwardly Global", will be coming to our center to tell us about their services, on Friday June 17th.  
Upwardly Global, is a national organization that partners with employers to benefit and support unemployed and underemployed professional immigrants (including doctors, engineers, accountants, etc.) to secure employment in their profession.  The Eritrean Community Center welcomes the opportunity to partner with Upwardly Global for a shared purpose that would benefit skilled immigrants within our community.
Please spread the word among your friends and families who may be interested to attend the seminar.
Date: Friday June 17th
Time: 7:30 PM
Place: Eritrean Community Center
Kind Regards,
ECC Team

Event is open to the public. Food and drinks will be served too. 
Date: Monday May 23rd 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: University of San Francisco McLaren hall 252
In 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco.

You are invited to celebrate mother's day with us on May 06, 2016 at our community center. Foods and drinks will be served along with traditional coffee. 
The program starts at 7:30 PM. Our DJ Yacob promised to spend his precious time to entertain us. Please be on time.

Friday April 15th, 2016 @ 7:30 PM 
 “Global Yogurt Traditions” By Cheryl Sternman Rule.
Cheryl Sternman Rule is an award-winning food writer, cookbook author, and yogurt expert. A yogurt expert and former Eritrea Peace Corps Volunteer , Cheryl Sternman Rule will talk about global yogurt traditions and share a few small tastes from her cookbook Yogurt Culture. Be ready to share stories of how rug’o features in Eritrean cuisine and to learn how other countries across the globe enjoy this healthful, versatile food as well. Cheryl will bring her two cookbooks for attendees to browse and will be happy to answer any questions about her work as an author and writer.
Please see the attached bios of our guests for more information.We look forward to seeing you all at the events.  Please forward to family and friends who might be interested. 
ECC Team

Friday April 1st, 2016 @ 7:30PM
Dentistry and its impact in our oral health" By Dr. Mussie Sibhatu, D.D.S.  
Dr. Mussie T. Sibhatu is a dentistry and prosthodontics doctor practicing in Oakland, California.  Dr. Mussie Sibhatu, D.D.S. received his Doctorate degree from the prestigious dental school, University of Michigan School of Dentistry. While in dental school he was awarded for his outstanding achievement in the field of Prosthodontics from the American College of Prosthodontics. He then continued at the University of Michigan for his three-year Prosthodontic specialty training, graduating with Specialty Certification in Prosthodontics and a Master's of Science in Biomaterial Science.

Haregu Gaime, Vice-Chair of the San Francisco Immigrants Rights Commission, is originally from Eritrea, was nurtured and raised in San Francisco and the Greater Bay Area.  Educated by the excellent academic institutions found in the Bay Area, Gaime graduated with degrees in African American Studies and History from the University of California, Berkeley and earned her J.D. at the University of San Francisco School of Law. During her studies, she traveled to Eritrea and attended the University of Asmara while volunteering for a year and half. Furthering her global experience, in 2005 she spent time in South Africa conducting comparative research on the institutionalizing of laws and the effects it has on people. Her research compared the effects of Jim Crow laws in the U.S. to those of the apartheid in South Africa, and underscored the impact that laws can have in altering perceptions of right and wrong behaviors. In 2009, Gaime opened her own law practice (, specializing in immigration law and asylum work and serving immigrants in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. She is a tireless and passionate advocate for civil and immigrant rights and works to bridge language and generational gaps in the community.  Haregu is Member of the California Bar Association, Member of the Charles Huston Bar Association, Vice-Chair of the San Francisco Immigrants Rights Commission, Member of the Black Woman Lawyers Association and Member of the Queens Bench.  

Talking Topics: 
1. Citizenship 
(a) Qualifications  (55/15 or 50/20) Own language or 65/15 
(b) Family--Children and Wife(c) Reporting Birth in Foreign country (at the embassy) 

2. Applying for Green Card 
a. Under asylum 
b. under spouse. work or adjustment of status 
3. Asylum 
(a) eligibility 
(b) Requirements 
(c) Translator 

4. Family Reunification 
(a) I130 spouse, children,or parents (adopted children)   
(b) Filing Instructions for Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative 
(c) Immediate relative adjustment of status v. 

5.  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, in relationship to Immigration cases as well as the personal well being of the Individual.

Dear members and Friends of the Eritrean Community Center,
Please join us for a seminar presentation on “Issues of Aging" presented on Friday 22nd starting 7:30 pm.  
Our presenter will be Diana Pohle, Ph.D.  Diana is the Founder and Certified Senior Advisor of "Assisted Living Locators Silicon valley".  Diana and her husband David are also great supporters of our community center.  Please see the attached flyer for more details.
Dealing with assisted living can be intimidating subject for many families and seniors.  However, we can make the right decisions if we are informed and know ahead of time what to do and not to do.  It is not too early for most of us to know the issues with assisted living conditions.  Please bring along your family members and friends to this important seminar.  We also would like to advise you be on time as we will start the program on schedule.
Seminar Agenda:
Issues of Aging Presentation