Celebrities for charities

It is rare for Ethiopians to see their celebrities going beyond their comfort zone to help needy people by mobilizing resources using their fame. This is changing now. The Likes of Liya Kebede, Chachi Tadesse and Anna Getaneh, pictured above in that order with children, are some of the celebrities known for their active role in charity. It is rare for Ethiopians to see their celebrities going beyond their comfort zone to help needy people by mobilizing resources using their fame. This is changing now. The Likes of Liya Kebede, Chachi Tadesse and Anna Getaneh, pictured above in that order with children, are some of the celebrities known for their active role in charity.

Last Easter, when Christian Ethiopians were celebrating the feast, Yoseph Gebre, a young musician who now hosts a show called ‘Jossy in the House’ on EBS television, stunned his audiences. On his show, he moved many audience members –by facilitating the delivery of a furnished house to the orphaned children of Manalemosh Dibo, a beloved traditional music singer who died in 2009

This good deed, among others, has given Yoseph the admiration of many. 

Celebrities, such as artists, athletes, politicians, and activists, are in a unique position to influence others and make a difference in people’s life. Their capabilities in mobilizing resources and catching their fans’ attention to act and bring about change to some social and economic challenges are enormous. Passionate fans, especially young people, usually try to emulate their idols, not only in appearance and style, but their beliefs and actions as well. 

Bob Geldof, the Irish musician, singer-songwriter, activist, and occasional actor, has been a prime example of the reach celebrities have in influencing change. Bob’s brainchild, the Live Aid Concert, which was a large concert staged simultaneously at Wembley Stadium in London and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, helped to support the 1984 famine victims in Ethiopia. By using his fame he was not only able to organize one of the biggest, most ambitious concerts ever staged, he was also able to change the intensity of individual contributions after even the concert started. It was known later that USD300 per second have been poured to the fund raising program watched by 1.4 billion people after he spoke to the audience.

Concerning the philanthropic acts of Ethiopian celebrities, there is not much of which to speak, but there are some efforts being made to raise awareness on certain issues. Chachi Tadese, a musician, model and fashion designer, focuses on street children; international Super model, Liya Kebede, on the health and well-being of mothers and new born children; artist Sileshi Demissie (aka Gash Abera Molla) on environmental protection; and former super model Anna Getaneh founded the Ethiopian Children Fund Project, which provides education, boarding, vocational training, a clinic and agricultural program for vulnerable children. 

When Chachi first got back to Ethiopia after a long stay in the United States, she was distract in the plight of street children she saw. Since 1993, she has prepared several music concerts to raise funds for the cause and has been able to establish a children’s home called Hohet Tesfa, which literally means “a gate of hope,” in collaboration with the Christian Relief and Development Association (CRDA). 

Liya Kebede, though her fame as a world-renowned super model, has committed herself to raising awareness to the issues of maternal and newborn health.  She established the Liya Kebede Foundation, a philanthropic organization which seeks to reduce maternal and newborn child mortality in the developing world. Her endeavours have a global reach and have garnered her much praise and media attention, especially when she took on the role of Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health with the World Health Organization. 

Sileshi Demissie has been involved with efforts to beautify Addis Ababa and protecting the environment throughout Ethiopia. The Gash Abera Molla Project, for clean and healthy environment has inspired many at government, organization and individual level. His cleaning initiatives have been duplicated in many towns and cities across the country, including efforts to plant trees. 

For celebrities, it’s much easier to make an impact through philanthropy, since they already have the public’s attention, which can help create awareness and inspire action. Yet, even in doing good deeds, some celebrities receive criticism for their work, especially those who may not believe in the cause he or she may be pursuing or saying it’s being done solely for the purposes of getting attention.

Yoseph, however, says his philanthropic endeavours are more than just attention-seeking; they’re part of who he is as a person, he said. 

“Helping the public in any way I can is my principle in life . . . and the [faith] people entrust in me has helped me a lot, he concluded”


2nd Year . July 2014 . No.16


109 comments

  • TyrellLep

    buy viagra norway
    buy viagra pills
    average price viagra uk
    can buy viagra dublin
    viagra 50mg and 100mg

    TyrellLep Friday, 29 September 2017 11:04 Comment Link
  • Pamedaycle

    car loans bad credit
    quick installment loans
    what is a payday loan
    [url=https://installmentsvfacr.com/]installments loans[/url] ’

    Pamedaycle Thursday, 28 September 2017 14:01 Comment Link
  • Julie

    https://easycarup.com/ - auto insurance no fault
    elephant auto insurance quot
    auto insurance com

    Julie Thursday, 28 September 2017 07:39 Comment Link
  • John

    https://loanswayer.com - 2000 dollar loan
    90 day loans
    bad credit payday loan

    John Thursday, 28 September 2017 02:09 Comment Link
  • Williamseasp

    forum viagra online bestellen
    order viagra without rx online
    venta viagra online sin receta
    buy viagra online australia
    viagra generico ultrafarma

    Williamseasp Tuesday, 26 September 2017 23:55 Comment Link
  • Michaelhow

    online generic viagra india
    buy viagra uk quick delivery
    buy viagra europe
    viagra sale ottawa
    compra viagra online argentina

    Michaelhow Tuesday, 26 September 2017 17:23 Comment Link
  • MichaelPex

    order sildenafil online uk
    cheap viagra vipps
    want buy some viagra
    how to buy viagra in ireland
    cheap viagra kamagra

    MichaelPex Monday, 25 September 2017 19:28 Comment Link
  • Ffvgantarp

    does cialis work on women
    cialis online
    cialis soft
    [url=http://veucialis.com/]cialis online[/url] ’

    Ffvgantarp Sunday, 24 September 2017 18:12 Comment Link
  • Rolandlom

    generic cialis sale
    online cialis
    buy cialis australia
    cialis buy
    cialis liquid for sale

    Rolandlom Saturday, 23 September 2017 09:36 Comment Link
  • Raymondfut

    canadian viagra pharmacies
    Northwest Pharmacy In Canada

    viagra.com/canada
    Canadian Pharmacies Online

    www.canadadrugsonline.com

    Raymondfut Friday, 22 September 2017 05:36 Comment Link

Leave a comment

Make sure you enter the (*) required information where indicated.Basic HTML code is allowed.

Latest News

Ethiopia to Host the 4th International Coffee Conference

Ethiopia to Host the 4th International Coffee Conference

Ethiopia is set to host the 4th International Coffee Conference from March 6 – 8, 2016 in Addis Ababa at the United Nations Conference Center. Previous conferences were held  in England in 2001, Brazil in 2005 and Guatemala in 2010. Read more

Tweets


ሰበር ዜና ብሄራዊ ባንክ ከነገ ጀምሮ የብር ምንዛሪ ተመንን በ15% እንዲገሽብ ውሳኔ አስተላለፈ፡፡ በተጨማሪም የገንዘብ ማስቀመጫ ወለድን ከ5% ወደ 7% ከፍ እንዲል ውሳኔ... https://t.co/fab8ZVRMVa

Breaking News National Bank of Ethiopia will depreciate the exchange rate of birr against a basket of foreign... https://t.co/1JPgVHEv1E
Follow EBR News on Twitter

Most Popular

  • 1
  • 2
Prev Next

The White-Box of Ethiopian Agriculture

The agricultural sector remains our Achilles heel, nonetheless, we remain convinced that agricultural-based development remains the only source of hope ...

Read more

For Whoever Has, to Him Shall be Given …

As the Ethiopian government seeks to transform the economy into one that’s rooted in manufacturing, the simplicity for local investors to access finance...

Read more

Commentary

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
Prev Next

Shooting in the Dark: The Anomalies of Headhunting

The war for ‘heads’ – also known as talent – has been raging for many years and the manner headhunters ‘poach’ people is getting tougher ...

Read more

Understanding Chinese Investment in Ethiopia A Critical Evaluation of the World Bank’s “Chinese FDI in Ethiopia” Survey

The World Bank country office in Ethiopia, apparently in response to the request by the government of Ethiopia, has conducted a survey of...

Read more

Mitigating Growing Income Inequality: What Needs to Be Done

Rising income and wealth inequality in many countries around the world has been a long-term trend for three decades or more. But the atte...

Read more

View Point

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
Prev Next

Delivering Life Insurance: The Untapped Market in Ethiopia

Modern insurance transaction in Ethiopia was started by an Egyptian Bank in 1905. According to Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce there were 19, 33 and 40 insuran...

Read more

Headache When a Key Personnel leaves a Company in the Financial Sector

The financial sector in Ethiopia has undergone considerable changes in recent decades. The dramatic rise of new market players into the sector has vividly al...

Read more

Women and the World Economy

In many countries, public debate about gender equality focuses mainly on women’s access to top positions and high-powered career opportunities. But the “glas...

Read more