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Tigray is in Crisis.

War and atrocious crimes have had debilitating impacts especially on the women and girls of Tigray. Rape and Sexual violence have been used as a weapon of war to inflict lasting physical and psychological damage on women and girls in Tigray. Their suffering is indescribable.


Health systems have been disrupted and hospitals have been looted of life-sustaining equipment and medications. Starvation is rampant and civilians are left without basic medical care or running ambulances.


Critical life-saving supplies are running dangerously low in some facilities and are completely nonexistent in others. Most media outlets have been shut out of the region, which makes it difficult to increase awareness of these crimes across the globe. 

The Girls and Women of Tigray Need Help.

Our Chef-Owner Tigist Reda launched a nonprofit program that uses her power and passion for culture and cuisine to help support a cause of great importance to her, Health Professionals Network for Tigray (HPN4TIGRAY). The program uses various culinary events across Chicagoland where 100% of proceeds from food and drink go directly to HPN4TIGRAY.

 

100% of proceeds of ticket, vendor, and silent auction sales will go to Health Professionals for Tigray (HPN4Tigray), a humanitarian nonprofit organization established in 2020 in light of the recent humanitarian crisis in Tigray; made up of healthcare and other professionals in the diaspora.

 

Demera’s goal is to raise a minimum of $50,000 for this cause. Through our events and generous donors, we have made progress toward our goal. You can view our current progress on our donation page.

 

Every dollar counts. Every minute of service counts. No amount is too small and all volunteers are gifts. 

How to Sponsor our event

Click on our Sponsorship Packet and Donate Directly using a secure fundraising link. Our Marketing Team will reach out to you to coordinate the promotion of your company brand, signage, or callouts to private citizens.

Current Events.

Our next event is our dinner gala on August 23, 2021, at the Lakewood Room in Chicago’s West Loop. 

About this event

Join us for a sit-down 3-course dinner that will feature a cocktail and mingling hour and a riveting evening filled with creating awareness on inspiring hope, empowerment, and women facing heinous crimes in this region. Live music, the celebration of Ashenda,  a unique traditional Tigraian festival,  the ceremonious and traditional Ethiopian coffee experience, and vendors showcasing the beauty of Ethiopian artifacts will add a memorable event. There will be a silent auction of cultural items.

 

The Lakewood is an unforgettable venue graciously provided by the Paramount Group Chicago.

 

The evening will also feature live music and a keynote from 2019 CNN Hero Freweini Mebrahatu. CNN Heroes is a year-long initiative that honors everyday people for their selfless, creative efforts to help others. Ms. Mebrahatu has impacted the lives of millions of women and girls in Tigray, Afar, and other parts of Ethiopia, through the introduction of a revolutionary line of feminine care products to the region.  Following a riveting panel highlighting experiences from the ongoing crisis in Tigray,  a silent auction of Ethiopian artifacts and collectibles will also take place, with all proceeds supporting HPN4Tigray. 

Prior Events

Promontory Hyde Park Pop Up

 

Managed mostly by volunteers, the popularity of the Promontory Pop Up in Hyde Park raised thousands of dollars for our cause. 

100% of proceeds of ticket, vendor, and silent auction sales will go to Health Professionals for Tigray (HPN4Tigray), a humanitarian nonprofit organization established in 2020 in light of the recent humanitarian crisis in Tigray; made up of healthcare and other professionals in the diaspora.

What is the humanitarian crisis in Tigray?

1,288 cases

of gender-based violence registered by health facilities in Tigray (source: Amnesty International)

376 cases

of rape recorded by Adigrat Hospital recorded from the beginning of the conflict since June 2021 (source: Amnesty International)

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Pregnant women

are unable to receive the care they need to sustain a healthy pregnancy.

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73 new cases

the number of new sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) victims continue to grow by the day in Adwa

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400,000 people

facing famine-like conditions in Tigray, according to the UN.

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63,110 refugees

in Sudan since November 7th, 2020

21% of the 21,000 children

under-5 screened for malnutrition were identified with severe wasting (a form of severe acute malnutrition) in the IDP sites.

Over 22,500 Women

are seeking SGBV care as of April 30th of this year

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More than 5,400

unaccompanied and separated

Children

have been identified, of whom only 7.5% are placed at temporary alternative care.

Learn How HPN4Tigray has Made an Impact.

The Lakewood is an unforgettable venue graciously provided by the Paramount Group Chicago.