We are a grassroots organization focused on sustainable community development and poverty alleviation in rural Northern Ethiopia. We are dedicated to empowering rural communities of Ethiopia through the education of school aged children, provision of clean and safe water, sustainable living, primary health and sanitation. Learn more about us and our work.
5th Annual Fundraising Dinner
On September 28, 2013 VCDS held it’s annual fundraising dinner in Burnaby, British Columbia. The evening is one way we hope to show our gratitude for the on-going support from our vital Canadian community, and to share recent news, developments and goals for the coming year. As our outreach program increases, this year, we wanted to introduce our community of supporters to the 60
2013 Ethiopian New Year
The Ethiopian New Year falls in September of each year and not January 1, as Ethiopians follow a different calendar made up of 12 months of 30 days, and a 13th month of 5-6 days (accounting for leap years). September 11, 2013 was New Years Day (1 Mäskäräm) in Ethiopia. To celebrate Enkutatash, the first day of the New Year (2006 on the Ethiopian
Welcoming Our 2013 Canadian Visitors
(From Left : Helen Balzer, Lindsay Jangalee, Zerefa Biru, Bisrat Libsekal, Laurie Purdy.) In April 2013, the VCDS Ethiopia team and in-country program was visited by a group of ladies from Relate Church in Surrey BC. Led by Pastor Helen Balzer, who had previously visited the program in 2012, the group included Bisrat Libsekal (VCDS board member), and Lindsay Jangalee (Surrey) and Laurie Purdy