News & Upcoming Events

Below you will find information on news & upcoming community-focused events. Subscribe to our email list below to stay in the loop! 

October Update

In October,  an Emergency Campaign Fund was initiated due to an unforeseen development. The landlord of one of the three houses, the Girls’ House, who had kindly allowed the children to live on the property rent free, decided to utilize the space for another income generating purpose. Thanks to continued donations here in the US and abroad, 34 children were successfully relocated to a new home! Additionally, the children were happy to receive new shoes that were provided as the pandemic has prohibited the usual pipeline of travel that helped to provide a fairly steady stream of donated clothing. 

Back to School, Ethiopian New Year Celebration, & an Online Shop! Read our September update here.

July 2020 Updates & Changes

Lisa Buoniconto, our Co-Founder and President, wrote a statement on updates and changes for our organization. Please read the whole thing here.

Empower Ethiopia Funds PPE Emergency Prevention/Response campaign!

With limited fundraising capabilities during this Pandemic, we've attempted to keep our requests very project/need specific. In an effort to protect the children and staff at Let Us Change, we initiated an Emergency Prevention/Response campaign in May to raise $3000 to secure equipment and supplies including face masks, gloves, soap, and sanitizer. 

Once again, thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we were able to quickly reach our goal, and will keep you updated on the health and safety of the children in the coming months, as always. You can read more here.

Empower Ethiopia Funds New Water Tanks for Let Us Change Homes! Thank you to our donors!

A Post from Let Us Change on 5/26/20:

"Yesterday was Afrika Day. This day reminds us of the creation of the 'Organisation of African Unity' on May 25, 1963. 🌍This year we are thinking about the theme 'Climate Justice'. Africa countries are affected much harder by the consequences of climate change than Western countries, while their contribution is rather modest. This raises a lot of questions global: How do we divide the cost of climate financing worldwide? And what are the consequences of our own climate policy on African countries? On Afrika Day we will stop here for a while. 

Climate change is also burning current in Ethiopia. The biggest threat is the persistent drought. It leads to failed harvesting, and regularly reduces water supply. Thanks to the support of Empower Ethiopia we were able to place new water tanks in the homes last month. So much that our children always have a spare of clean water."

Afrobeat Dance Weekend!

Dance Dimensions Presents: Afrobeat Dance Class

Saturday, February 29th


Join us for a special Afrobeat Dance Performance at Umana Restaurant & Wine Bar, a "Meeting Place for All"

Saturday, February 29th

Please join us for dinner or a drink (or both!) starting at 5pm. Happy hour specials will run from 5-6pm and Zag will hop on stage at 530pm. 

No advance ticket purchase necessary. Suggested donation - $20.

This event will also support a fellow local organization, Taasa Health Inc., which improves access to healthcare in Central Uganda.

Her Strength Studio Presents: Afrobeat Dance Class

Sunday, March 1st