Welcome to C-GSCA's Spring/Summer 2015 Newsletter.
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Our Mission:
To collaborate with the people of Gondar to develop sustainable solutions and promote cultural awareness, respect, and understanding

Words from the President

Please join with me in welcoming our special guest and delegate from Gondar, Ethiopia, Ms. Meleshew Tizazu, Professional Development Training Specialist, Gondar College of Teacher Education. Ms. Tizazu is busy observing the Corvallis schools, colleges and  universities, and governmental and community organizations.  I am also delighted in having her prepare a number of  Ethiopian meals for our members and guests.  In addition, I think you will find of interest two newer projects underway with our Water Work Group.

We also look forward to seeing you at the upcoming events at the end of May and in June, listed here in this Spring/Summer Newsletter.

Robel Tadesse

Meleshew Tizazu

Delegate from Gondar, Ethiopia
          On Sunday, April 5, 2015, Meleshew Tizazu,  Professional Development Training Specialist arrived in Corvallis to begin a 2+month educational and cultural exchange with members of the Corvallis-Gondar Sister Cities Association.  Members of C-GSCA's Education Work Group have arranged a variety of experiences for Ms. Tizazu.
          Thanks to members of C-GSCA's Education Work Group for organizing professional development experiences which included visits with teachers and students at Lincoln Elementary and Franklin Elementary and Linus Pauling Middle School in the Corvallis School District (Karen Sundseth) where she observed in classrooms and shared her Ethiopian heritage and perspectives in education.  At Linn Benton Community College (Jerri Wolfe), she observed adult learner, early childhood and parenting training, and second language programs.  She also visited with teacher preparation and professional development specialists at Oregon State University (Kay Segmiller, Director  of Teaching and Learning Center), OSU's International Program, INTO (Mary Hughes), Western Oregon University (Dr. Maria Dantas, Chair, Teacher Education) and Washington State University (Gisela Ernst-Slavit, Associate Dean through Ray Williams).
          Ms. Tizazu was introduced to Corvallis' city mayor, Biff Taber, at a formal proclamation naming May as Sister Cities Month. She learned how Corvallis' public library functions at the center of community engagement.  Having many in-depth discussions with C-GSCA Board of Directors and members towards strengthening our working relationships between Corvallis and Gondar was often part of her day...and we will miss her when she returns to the wonderful city of Gondar.


Tree Planting Initiative

          Since 2006 the Water and Watershed Work Group has worked with the Gondar Ministry of Agriculture to plant trees in the Angereb Watershed to reduce soil erosion and to slow the amount of sediment entering  Angereb Reservoir, the primary source of Gondar's drinking water.  Each year donations are used to purchase seeds for cultivation in Woleka Nursery and eventual transplanting by volunteers into the watershed.  Local women are employed through our funding to raise the seedlings and to prepare them for
          Fundraising for the 2015 planting season began with an event on May 1 at Imagine Coffee organized by the Corvallis High School Z Club.  Over $600 was collected, enough to plant more than 30,000+ trees.  In past years C-GSCA has planted over 230,000 trees annually, and the goal for 2015 is 250,000 trees. Additional donations will be needed to meet this challenge.  
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Partnering with OSU Engineering Students
          The Water and Watershed Work Group has been working with a group of OSU civil engineering students on a class project.  Last fall their professor selected two of our potential Gondar projects (water distribution system at Shembekit Village and the restroom upgrade at T.Y. School) as options for class projects, and 3 “teams” of students selected them.  Their projects have been monitored by Richard Raymond and providing feedback where and when needed.  Their final products will be examined for potential application to the Water work group's current projects in Gondar. 


 Upcoming Corvallis Events

Saturday, May 30:Traditional Ukrainian Bogrash Dinner:
 --6-8:00 pm; Fund-raiser for Corvallis-Uzhorrod Sister Cities Association.  Location: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 4515 SW. West Hills Rd, Corvallis;  For tickets, email:
Sunday, May 31: Parents of Ethiopian Adopted Childen Event
-- 12:00 Noon - 4:00 pm. Children will learn from Ethiopian delegate, Meleshew Tizazu, in the meaning and writing of their names in Amharic; Ethiopian refreshments. Location: Crystal Karnowski residence, 6920 NW. Concord Drive (Up Vineyard Mountain); 541-754-6364.
Thursday, June 29: Corvallis Sister Cities Association's Annual Meeting
--6:30-8:00 pm.  Election of officers for both sister cities and by-law revisions and current programs; refreshments served. Location: Benton County Public Library, Main Conference Hall.
Annual Walk for Water, 2015  cancelled; returning Spring, 2016


Make a difference by helping others.  Serve today by ...

--being a Board of Director  

--helping with water/tree planting initiatives

--contributing your ideas to school improvement projects
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