Abyssinian Fund Newsletter December 2011

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  Issue 2  |  December 2011
Dear Rev.,  

November was a busy month for us at The Abyssinian Fund! We made incredible strides in our mission to reduce poverty in Ethiopia. I am proud of our accomplishments. I am also honored for being recognized at the Hidden Heroes Award ceremony. I spent 10 days in Chaffee Jenette, Ethiopia and connected with the coffee farmers participating in training. There has been a lot of growth this past month and it’s due to the support of all our donors and volunteers. I am excited to share with you the experience from The Hidden Heroes Awards and my trip to Ethiopia. Enjoy.

“Bet you didn’t know”
In Chaffee Jenette and around Ethiopia, farmers use the “dry method” to process their coffee. The natural climate and scarce rainfall in Ethiopia help to produce coffee that is heavy in body, sweet, smooth, and complex.
News from Ethiopia

Thanksgiving in Ethiopia

For Reverend Richards, Thanksgiving was celebrated a bit differently this year. By Thursday morning on November 24, he was halfway to Chaffee Jenette, Ethiopia!

His trip to Ethiopia during the holidays is a testament to his dedication to The Abyssinian Fund and the farmers we are helping each day. He met with some of the men, women and children in the community, sat in on training sessions and was out in the coffee fields to experience the process.

Coffee farmers during training session


School children in the classroom



Female coffee farmers in the fields
Women and children of the village

This trip was beneficial in many ways. It allowed Reverend Richards to reconnect with the coffee farmers who are being helped by The Abyssinian Fund. By reassessing their needs we continue to execute projects here at our offices in Harlem, NY that will best serve their needs in Ethiopia. 

“Bet you didn’t know”
There are two main types of coffee beans: Arabica and Robusta.
70% of the world consumes Arabica coffee beans.
In Chaffee Jenette, farmers produce only Arabica beans.

Recognition for Giving Back

2011 Hidden Heroes

On November 20, at The Schomburg Center for Black Culture and Research, The Andrew Goodman Foundation hosted the third annual Hidden Heroes Awards ceremony. It was a packed event filled with philanthropists, supporters, volunteers and even some familiar famous faces. Reverend Richards accepted the award for his “…outstanding achievement in promoting human dignity and civil rights.” Reverend Richards was pleased to be recognized alongside this year’s other nominated change-makers, Deborah Bial, President and Founder of Posse Foundation, Yusuf Burgess ofGreen Tech High Charter School and Susan Retik, President and Co-Founder of Beyond the 11th

Reverend Richards with David Dinkins
Reverend Richards with David Dinkins

David Dinkins, Harry Belafonte 
and David Goodman


We are so grateful for the abundance of friends who came to show their support. We were able to promote the The Abyssinian Fund’s mission and attract even more supporters of our cause. 

If you are interested in hosting a friendraiser please email us at info@abyfund.org.

Peace and Blessings,

Rev. Richards

The Abyssinian Fund
1825 Park Avenue, Suite 702
New York, NY 10035


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