Who We Are?
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.
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
Leoul Naizgi, Host
UW graduate committed to assisting Amharic-speaking Ethiopian community members throughout the pandemic
Alemayehu Bahta, Host
Business analyst at Seattle Public Schools dedicated to sharing relevant information to improve health outcomes
Henok Gebremedhn, Host
Front-end developer with a strong passion to help out Ethiopian community members
Selam Misgano, Founder
Ethiopian American community engagement professional based in Seattle.
A mother, a neighbor and a leader.