Members of the Ethiopian Community Association of Greater Manchester's 'Ethiopian Family Learning Group' project

The Ethiopian Community Association of Greater Manchester recently held an event to bring the community together.

Members of the Ethiopian Family Learning Group came together for an event which included traditional food, singing and dancing. Younger members also wrote and read their poems at the event.

The project is funded by the Trust with money raised through The Health Lottery in the North West.

The Ethiopian Community Association of Greater Manchester provides monthly sessions for children and adults from the local Ethiopian community to meet, take part in activities, visit local places, and celebrate Ethiopian culture, music and dance.

Tam Seifu, who is the Chair of The Ethiopian Community Association of Greater Manchester, said: “It can be difficult and isolating for the older Ethiopian community because there are language barriers, they often don’t know what’s happening in their community or what services are on offer.

“The project offers an opportunity for them to support each other, share experiences and learn about life in the UK.

“Coming together and going out is helping build their confidence, extend their experience and prevent them from being isolated in their houses.

“Many of the children with Ethiopian families were born in Britain so they don’t speak Amharic. We teach them which helps celebrate their culture and develop their skills.

“We didn’t have a Christmas event so this was a nice way to bring everyone together and everyone had a really great time.”

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