In August of 2015, the government of Ethiopia officially recognized Adams Thermal Foundation Ethiopia as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). The Foundation maintains an office and administrative staff in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia which supports the schools and "Self-Help" programs in Hosanna and Ottoro. Foundation staff based in Canton, South Dakota USA oversee and manage the operations in Ethiopia.Leader
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Please join us in welcoming our new Project Director, Tsegahun Ayele, to Adams Thermal Foundation Ethiopia (ATFE).
In December of 2020, Tsegahun took over responsibility for the operations of Adams Thermal Academies in Hosanna and Ottoro. Prior to joining ATFE, Tsegahun held various positions with the EECMY School for the Deaf in Hosanna including Unit Leader, Deputy Director, Head of Education and Teacher Training. In addition, Tsegahun served on the Parent / Teacher Committee at Adams Thermal Academy Hosanna for several years prior to becoming Project Director.
Tsegahun is not only a life-long educator, but also a life-long learner having earned Diplomas in Geography, Theology and Special Education. He also earned Bachelor's degrees in Management Development and Special Needs Education as well as Master's Degrees in Leadership and Special Needs Education. Tsegahun is also fluent in six languages including English, sign language and several of the local tribal languages.
Tsegahun was born and raised in Durame, south of Hosanna in the Kembata Tembaro zone. His parents worked and lived with missionaries from the United States, Finland, Sweden and Germany. So Tsegahun was exposed to a variety of cultures early in life. He is married and has four children. Tsegahun enjoys volunteering his time with his local church, helping with the translation of sign language text books and serving as president of the regional paralympics committee for the Hadiya Zone, SNNPR.
According to Tsegahun, joining ATFE is a continuation of his life's work. "Almost all of my experiences are with that of charitable or ministry work," says Tsegahun. "In my personal and working life, I have not been focused on the salary I have been earning, but on the effect, or change in the life of the people whom I am serving," he added.
"We are so grateful to have an educator and trainer with local roots serving our school programs," said Samuel Getachew, Director of Africa Operations for Adams Thermal Foundation in the United States. "We believe that God's timing is perfect and that Tsegahun has joined us during an exciting new chapter in the history of our organization," stated Getachew.
Thank you, Tsegahun, for joining our mission to serve the "poorest of the poor" in Ethiopia!
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It's one of the biggest and most important festivals on the Ethiopian calendar. Timkat or Timket, which is translated "baptism", is an Orthodox Christian occasion to mark the baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan River. It is also known as the Ethiopian celebration of Epiphany which is recognized and celebrated by the Christian church worldwide. Since most of the population is Orthodox Christian, millions of Ethiopians celebrate the occasion of Timkat.
Timkat is on 19th of January and the full event lasts for 3 days. On the 18th of January, preparations begin for Timkat. On this day models of the Ark of the Covenant, called Tabots, are taken from churches and wrapped in cloth and silk. The most senior priest from each church leads a procession to a river or bath, carrying the tabots on their heads.
The tabot symbolizes the tablets on which the 10 commandments were written and presented to Moses by God on Mount Sinai. The priests and some other participants keep vigil over the tabots during the night.
The main Timkat celebrations take place on the second day. Mass services begin in the early hours of the morning on January 19th, continuing until around 7 AM. Local participants wear white clothing and cover their heads with scarves. Following mass, speeches are given by important church figures and the water of the river or bath is blessed. Participants then submerge themselves in the water, renewing the vows they made at their baptism. This key part of the celebration is a reenactment of the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan. After the reenactment, Ethiopians enjoy a special Timkat feast with their families which includes injera, doro wot (spicy chicken stew) and coffee.
The third and final day of Timkat takes place on January 20th when the tabots, which had been carried to the water, are taken back to the churches in a similar procession.