Who We Are?

Our Mission

Support Amharic speaking Ethiopian immigrants and refugees in our region (focused on King County and Pierce) get connected to the resources and information needed to manage life during the pandemic.

Secondary, we as a community learn advocacy and navigation skills needed to improve our well-being beyond the covid-19 pandemic.

Tesfa means “Hope” in Amharic because we want to give people hope during these difficult times.

Extraordinary Experiences

We provide scientifically accurate, culturally relevant, and timely public health and healthcare information related to COVID-19 in Amharic, one of the top 5 languages spoken in King County. As the pandemic evolves, we will work in real-time to curate, translate, and personalize the public health guidelines to our community.

Tesfa is a grassroots program that is fiscally sponsored by the Southeast Seattle Education Coalition.

Our Core Values

These are the guiding principles that help to define how we operate every week and beyond:

Why Tesfa Program

We focus on COVID-19 issues that intersect with social determinants of health directly impacting the Ethiopian community. We to improve health outcomes for the Ethiopian community by furthering the efforts of health care and public health providers by encouraging healthy behaviors in a culturally competent manner

  • Experience:culturally appropriate
  • Reputation: Empower communities
  • Guide Experience: accessible health info

Selam Misgano, Founder

Ethiopian American community engagement professional based in Seattle.

A mother, a neighbor and a leader.