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With USAID Support, Kefeta Organized a “Youth for Peace Festival”

State Minister of Women and Social Affairs Muna Ahmed officially opens the Youth for Peace Festival, Hawassa, December 31, 2022 (courtesy of U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa

U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa

Hawassa  – USAID-supported Integrated Youth Activity, Kefeta, organized a “Youth for Peace Festival” at the Sidama Cultural Hall in Hawassa on December 31, 2022, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Women and Social Affairs (MoWSA), regional bureaus in Sidama, and the Hawassa City Administration.  Fifteen hundred (1,500) young people from Hawassa, Bishoftu, Adama, Shashemene, and Dilla participated in a variety of activities, including a 3K “Youth for Peace City Run,” peace fora and dialogues, a music concert, sports and games, talent shows, and a market. 

The “Youth for Peace Festival,” is part of the $60 million (3.1 billion Birr) USAID/Kefeta activity, launched in March 2022 to lift-up millions of vulnerable youth across Ethiopia. The five-year initiative will help youth in 18 cities across Ethiopia find meaningful jobs and ensure better access to essential services. 

Kefeta organized the festival with USAID support to empower Ethiopian youth to champion positive change and to become agents of peace and stability in their own communities.  The festival promoted intercultural understanding and created a platform for increased private sector engagement and civil society support for youth development.  State Minister of the Ministry of Women and Social Affairs Muna Ahmed officially opened the festival and she called for all actors to contribute to the social and economic development of the next generation.

During the festival, Kefeta handed the Tula 01 Youth Center in Tula sub-city, Hawassa, which is a venue Kefeta remodeled to be a gathering place for local youth to engage in creativity and innovation.  With funding from USAID, Kefeta is remodeling more than 50 such youth service outlets in selected youth centers, health centers, higher learning institutions, and industrial parks to expand access to essential services, including banking and healthcare.

In the coming months, Kefeta is planning similar events in other cities around Ethiopia.  The festivals will engage young people in meaningful dialogue, arts and culture, sports, and games to inspire them to contribute to positive change in their communities.  Activities such as the Hawassa Youth Festival will engage young voices and empower the next generation to take part in Ethiopia’s resilience and peace-building processes. 

To learn more about the U.S.-Ethiopia partnership visit: U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia and follow U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa | Facebook and Twitter. 


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  1. Another example of Good Ole USA’s generous hands helping the needy in the old country. Ask those two bullies in Moscow and Beijing to top that. One of them has been preoccupied killing and maiming children and the elderly en masse in Ukraine and the other one is busy harassing a burgeoning democracy with bootlegged fighter jets and war ships. The one from Moscow is doing a brisk business selling and shipping tools of death to the old country while the other one has his go-getters illegally hauling away tons of nuggets of gold, silver and platinum along with laundering foreign currencies out of that gem of the colored. Thieves! Thieves!! Thieves!!! Boy, do I have untreatable disdain for commies and their by-products!!!!!

    • First of all the real the enemy is within Ittu. Political Oromuma is the cancer on Ethiopia.

      Second nato expansionists and provoking Russia into a war where the west WILL LOSE and which they will fight to the last Ukrainian is sad. The Stephan Bandera inspired nazi Ukrainian brigades who control the armed forces and the actor Zelensky will be destroyed.

      Third USAID a cut out for the US intelligence services to wield soft power when necessary is always and has been a threat wherever they go.

      But first let’s remove the internal problem. The political Oromuma.


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