I was born in Ethiopia, and then moved to Israel, then Eritrea, then to California when I was 11. A lot of us from Ethiopia living here in the United States are first generation immigrants, and English is difficult. The Amharic bilingual language hub gives us an opportunity to learn about health disparities, give a name to our health problems, and understand our illnesses. We may feel powerless to help those back home, we may be struggling ourselves; these resources in our language give us a sense of hope. Even sending a book back home or just raising awareness in church or in our community groups about these resources - it gives us hope. ~Setie Asfaha, Hesperian Volunteer, Amharic bilingual language hub
We are excited to announce the launch of Hesperian’s bilingual Amharic/English language hub, featuring bilingual navigation menus and the full-book PDF download of Helping Children Who Are Deaf in Amharic. Amharic, the official language of Ethiopia, is also spoken in the many countries around the world where Ethiopian immigrants and refugees have settled, including approximately 150,000 first generation immigrants in the United States.
We expect individuals and organizations to access Helping Children Who Are Deaf through this new language hub, and use it to set up and improve early childhood development programs and programs for deaf children and their families in Amharic speaking populations. Access to services increases and outcomes improve when new immigrants are provided with health materials and information in their own languages.
We need to increase the number of digital Amharic resources available in the hub! Help us today by making a donation, giving the gift of health (your gift will be matched through March!), buying Hesperian titles from our online bookstore, and by spreading the news about this important new resource!