Oct 29

Hearts of Lijoch Special Event

Embassy of Ethiopia in Washington, D.C


The Ethiopia Children’s Cardiac Clinic in partnership with Save a Child’s Heart of Israel based in the US is hosting an event in Washington DC at the Embassy of Ethiopia on October 2019 ( which was initially planned for July 25th, 2019) to bring awareness about the tens of thousands of children in Ethiopia, who are suffering from congenital or rheumatic heart disease, and are in urgent need of open-heart surgery. The objectives of the fundraiser and awareness event is to provide 100 surgeries for children who are currently unable to afford the required cardiac surgery, promote the doctors on the front line saving children, and to share the Government of Ethiopia commitment to tackle the lack of quality standard healthcare services.

In one year, the Ethiopian Ministry of Health aims to provide supplies and medications however; the government procurement of these supplies will take approximately a year. The Ethiopia Emergency Children’s Cardiac Surgical Supply (EECCSS) Fund is a special fund designated to purchase consumable supplies and medications. The Ethiopian Ministry of Health has committed to building several cardiac centers and are currently under construction and development around the country with medical teams that are in training and preparing to operate in these centers.

For sponsorship and further information about the event, contact Rahel Getachew at rahel@abrabrand.com or by telephone (703) 894-8945. For information about SACH and partnerships, contact Brianna Fowler at brianna@saveachildsheartus.org

Silent auction: where we will have products from various designers such as Zaaf and artists such as Solomon Asfaw. All proceeds will be directed to the funds.


Dr. Yayu, who is the keynote speaker of our event, is one of the doctors who has been trained by Save a Child’s Heart of Israel and has practiced in Australia. This is a joint effort between the Children’s Heart Fund, the Ethiopian Ministry of Health, St. Paul’s Hospital, Save A Child’s Heart of Israel, the Ethio-American Doctors Fund, the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation and Mending Kids.

Ambassador Fitsum Arega, a guest and speaker, is the current Ethiopian Ambassador to the United States. He was the Director-General of the Ethiopian Investment Commission and the Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia.

Wayna, the Grammy Nominated singer who will grace us with her presence and entertainment. Wayna is an Ethiopian born American who has worked as a writer for the Clinton White House before releasing three solo albums, garnering three Billboard-charting singles and a Grammy nomination. Check out her music here!

Gera host and producer of the Gera show and founder of Diaspora TV will be our MC for the evening