Friday, May 16, 2014

Summer Camp Registration is Now Open!

EAKC Summer Camp 2014
July 25-27 2014

Registration now open*
New lower prices!

Our EAKC Summer Camp 2014 will take place Friday, July 25 to Sunday, July 27 at the beautiful lakefront campsite, Wesley Woods, in Williams Bay, Wisconsin near Lake Geneva. (click here for a map).
All Ethiopian, Ethiopian American and adoptive Ethiopian families are invited to attend. We look forward to a relaxed and fun camp atmosphere where we can build community. 

Volunteer involvement during the weekend is vital for a fun-filled time. Be sure to click on a volunteer role when registering!

Check out the reduced prices! We know it can get expensive for a family to attend a weekend at camp. To ensure everyone can join us, we have lowered the cost of registration. This year our emphasis is on re-connecting with each other and meeting new friends!
Our fun in the sun weekend highlights include:
  • Plenty of time to enjoy the Recreational Amenities that are part of the all-inclusive prices: boating, tubing, archery, horseshoes, volleyball, playground, lake-front walking path, basketball, swimming beach, fishing, birding, children's crafts and more!
  • Campfires with s'mores and fresh corn!
  • Ethiopian cultural activities: coffee ceremony, buna workshop, Ethiopian dinner, music and dancing, hair braiding, and more!
  • Amharic lessons and games for kids.
  • The joy of community and seeing our children together again!
*registration will close on June 30

Questions?

Contact Nancy: 
nancy@eakc.org
Website: 
webmaster@eakc.org
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Thursday, February 20, 2014

SAVE the DATE: EAKC Heritage Camp 2014.

Hi friends,
Please mark your calendars and plan to join us this summer for the 2014 Ethiopian Heritage Camp scheduled for Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27

We'll be back at Wesley Woods Camp in the Lake Geneva area. Something to look forward to as we wait for better weather. Please contact me regarding volunteer opportunities. 

If you've attended before, you know the success of our camp depends on volunteer help. Please email Nancy at nancy@eakc.org. Thanks!
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118th Anniversary of the Victory of Adwa-Please Join the ECAC


On Saturday, March 1, 2014, Ethiopians and friends of the Ethiopian community will celebrate the 118th Anniversary of the Victory of Adwa at the Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. St Louse, in Chicago at 1:00pm. 

On March 1, 1896, Ethiopian patriotic forces decisively defeated the Italian Colonial Army at Adwa, in Northern Ethiopia. After and before the Battle of Adwa Ethiopia was never colonized by European colonialists. Ethiopia even became the First African Nation to ever win a major battle over a powerful European colonizer.”

 The Battle of Adwa, known as "The Greatest Colonial Battle in Modern Times,” took place near the 3,000-year-old City of Axum, Ethiopia’s ancient capital.  Adwa was a victory of right over wrong, a victory that shines in a free human spirit. The Ethiopian Victory at Adwa instilled pride in the hearts of Blacks throughout the colonized world; it also inspired dreams of liberation from oppressive European colonizers and strengthened the spiritual bond between Ethiopia and the African Diaspora: Blacks of African descent in America and the Caribbean.


The Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago invites all people, particularly youths of Ethiopian and African heritage, to attend this historical anniversary. We encourage Ethiopians to be mindful of their spiritual and historical bond to the ancient land of Ethiopia. 

We hope attendees will learn from the special presentation and discussion with Professor Solomon Addis Getahun and the renowned independent veteran filmmaker Professor Haile Gerima, the maker of SANKOFA, HARVEST and others including TEZA; his films have received international commendations. His brand new documentary film entitled “Children of Adwa: Forty Years Letterdepicting the Mussolini invasion of Ethiopia in 1935 will be screened for the first time.


For more information, please call: (773) 508-0303 ex.115, 122, or 110.
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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Registration still open for day campers until July 8


EAKC CAMP OUT 2013

Wesley Woods Conference Center in Williams Bay, Wisconsin
July 26-28 2013

Registration still open for day campers attending Saturday only at www.eakc.org/reg  
Registration closed for overnight accommodations

The 2013 EAKC Camp Out will take place Friday, July 26 – Sunday, July 28 at the beautiful lakefront camping grounds, Wesley Woods, in Williams Bay, Wisconsin near Lake Geneva.

All Ethiopian, Ethiopian American and adoptive Ethiopian families are invited to attend. Our EAKC Camp Out welcomes families at all stages of the adoption process. We look forward to a relaxed and fun camp atmosphere that will help us build community and get to know each other better.
Highlights include:
• Panel discussion with adoptees and their families to learn about birth land visits first hand.
• Recreational Amenities that are part of the all inclusive prices: boating, tubing, swimming, archery, horseshoes, volleyball, playgrounds, prayer walk, basketball, beach, fishing, children's crafts and more!
• Ethiopian cultural activities: coffee ceremony, Ethiopian dinner, music and dancing, Merkato, hair braiding, and more!
• Tween and teen team building activities.
• Amharic lessons and games for kids.


Questions?
Registration: Contact Tamara (tamara@eakc.org)
General: Contact Nancy (nancy@eakc.org)
Website: Contact Webmaster (webmaster@eakc.org)

Friday, April 5, 2013

Announcing Guest Speaker Jane Kurtz at EAKC Camp Out 2013



Exciting update - author Jane Kurtz to be guest speaker for both adults and children at EAKC Camp Out 2013!




Award-winning children's book author Jane Kurtz spent most of her childhood in Ethiopia. Through some of her 30 published books, she has been able to show the beautiful land of her childhood. In addition, she is giving back through volunteering with Ethiopia Reads, a nonprofit organization devoted to starting children's libraries and providing other reading opportunities in Ethiopia. Jane has two Ethiopian-American grandchildren who both love reading!

How can we give our children the gift of being raised in a reading, writing and story-telling family? Whether we sit and tell stories or read and write together, stories are a powerful way families pass along what we think is important in this world (including the languages we love). Jane Kurtz says her own parents changed her life by being story people. She will show pictures from Ethiopia and around the world, presenting fun ideas of how to share our memories, ideas and passions through stories. After spending most of her childhood in Ethiopia, she found this power with her own children and now works to help her Ethiopian-American grandchildren connect with Ethiopia, with their own dreams, and with the world at large. 

Signed copies of Jane's books will be available. 




Sunday, March 3, 2013

EAKC Camp Out Registration is Now Open!

Announcing the 9th Annual 2013 Ethiopian Heritage Camp

EAKC CAMP OUT 2013

Wesley Woods Conference Center in Williams Bay, Wisconsin
July 26-28 2013

Register at www.eakc.org/reg  

We are pleased to announce the 2013 EAKC Camp Out. The Camp Out will take place Friday, July 26 – Sunday, July 28 at the beautiful lakefront camping grounds, Wesley Woods, in Williams Bay, Wisconsin near Lake Geneva.

All Ethiopian, Ethiopian American and adoptive Ethiopian families are invited to attend. Our EAKC Camp Out welcomes families at all stages of the adoption process. We look forward to a relaxed and fun camp atmosphere that will help us build community and get to know each other better.
Highlights include:
• Panel discussion with adoptees and their families to learn about birth land visits first hand.
• Recreational Amenities that are part of the all inclusive prices: boating, tubing, swimming, archery, horseshoes, volleyball, playgrounds, prayer walk, basketball, beach, fishing, children's crafts and more!
• Ethiopian cultural activities: coffee ceremony, Ethiopian dinner, music and dancing, Merkato, hair braiding, and more!
• Tween and teen team building activities.
• Amharic lessons and games for kids.
Please note that registration closes on June 26 and no refunds available after that date.

Questions?
Registration: Contact Tamara (tamara@eakc.org)
General: Contact Nancy (nancy@eakc.org)
Website: Contact Webmaster (webmaster@eakc.org)

(our blogspot site is currently under renovation, check back for more updates)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Ethiopian Guest Home Recommendation

While traveling in Ethiopia, we highly recommend the Ethiopia Guest Home. This is an ideal and affordable place to stay when visiting Ethiopia for adoption or visiting. www.ethiopiaguesthome.com Look at all the extras that they offer: Complimentary one-hour massage is just the start of the extras at Ethiopia Guest Home. The Extras: Complimentary one-hour massage. Complimentary Ethiopian cell phones preprogrammed with embassy numbers, adoption agency staff, local hospitals, and the ability for friends and family back home to reach them 24/7/for each family at no extra charge. Breakfast and lunch (when families are at EGH during lunch) are included. Dinners are available for just $5 per person…and free for children 5 and under. Full time Nannies on staff to assist with child care needs, to translate for older children…or simply give parents a short nap if needed. Airport pick-up free of charge. High Speed Wireless Internet Access (a precious commodity in Ethiopia) is only $25 per reservation. Bilingual tour guides on staff included in the cost of half day and/or entire day excursions. Personal drivers on staff to customize your experience in-country. Family friendly parlor and common area with child-friendly play area. Beautiful outdoor gardens to enjoy time together as a family. Each room is prearranged according to the unique sleeping needs of the adoptive family. Traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony upon departure. Professionally trained chefs with an emphasis on food safety. Library of family friendly DVDs for relaxing nights. Receptionists on duty 24 hours a day to assist you with any needs…day or night. Guards on duty 24 hours a day…full razor wire…extremely safe environment. All rooms tailored to the needs of each adoptive family. Walking distance from CFI drop-in-center, which we support financially. We are well connected with ministries throughout the city that exist for the cause of the orphan and can arrange visits for you and your family. Simply by staying with us, you are supporting orphan care ministries and organizations throughout Ethiopia. www.ethiopiaguesthome.com