Yessera Harar 2016

After successfully completing 2 years of training of 31 destitute young women, in various fields, from Addis Ababa as its Yessera 2014, and Yessera 2015 project, Yessera is now happily resuming its 4 Corners of Ethiopia.

From the east in Kombolcha, Harar, six women are embarking on the self transforming journey of living, learning, dreaming and excelling together in the new and challenging environment of Addis, with hopes of returning to their community skilled and empowered.

Trainees Create Bamboo Products

Two YESSERA trainees attending carpentry training had bamboo product making skills.  They trained eight other students and together they started selling them in order to make a living.

These are the first trial products of Assosa trainees. One day while I was going home, I saw them selling bamboo products nearby their residence.

People were surprised because it was uncommon selling such products.  Because of their professional painting, some asked where are they from? 

I was also surprised, even though they produced under my supervision.  I bought them raw materials and implements.

Initially only two trainees were skilled in this trade, but they trained the others and now ten of them are capable of producing quality furnitures, products for electric lamps, etc. Abdu and Abdulzararik (capenters) produce wonderful beds, chairs, sofas, doors and all household and other products.

All are very good in drawing, read any plan, calculate bill of quantities.  I encourage them to do better by allocating funds for raw materials and study visits.  I believe in  work discipline. I always use to say “if people are given chances to be trained or educated, they can make a diference in the development of the country.”  Thanks to you all we have succeeded.

I hope we will do the same in Bekoji, Assosa, Ebinat, etc with diversity.  

-Solomon Retta  

Charles Sutton Named YESSERA Envoy

From time to time YESSERA has been fortunate to have received the encouragement, support and tangible contributions of significant, professional members of the Diaspora and those at home in Ethiopia.

Mr. Charles Sutton, that legendary musician who delighted generations of Ethiopians, as part of the historically famous Orchestra Ethiopia, YESSERA is pleased to announce, is now its Ambassador.

A voice of renown, formally and forcefully, will broadcast then for YESSERA its message of hope, empowerment, and re-education for Ethiopian youth in its quest to achieve selfsufficiency.

YESSERA’S non-partisan, non-political, innovative, over decade long and far reaching service will be articulated, YESSERA hopes, in that unique, truly global Ato Charles style that will win over many, in his travels and frequent contacts with groups, individuals and media.

YESSERA is indeed happy and proud that someone whose art had greatly impacted an earlier Ethiopian generation now has the opportunity to play a significant role in the dreaming and skill-acquired enterprising and creative contribution of emerging Ethiopian youth.

It is the hope of YESSERA’S Board and its volunteers that its mission and programs will be taken to heart by similarly talented figures so YESSERA itself would be empowered to light up the whole map of Ethiopia with glowing creativity, innovation and cooperative enterprising.

With deep thanks to Mr. Charles Sutton for volunteering to be its Ambassador, YESSERA looks ahead to a successful coming together of minds and resources for the greater good.


Aklilu Gebrewold
YESSERA Executive Director