Ethiopian Community Mutual Association
Computer Literacy Program
This grant will enable program support and lease of software to provide after-school tutoring and academic enrichment for children in K-12. The objective of this program is to help create an educated and responsible generation by means of afterschool tutoring. The project will work with parents and will also support an Amharic language class by means of compter-aided education.
Berhanu Ayele, Executive Director
The Ethiopian Community Mutual Association (ECMA) was started in 1983 to provide social, economic, and emotional support to Ethiopian refugees and immigrants in the greater Seattle area. ECMA provides case management and advocacy, employment referral, counseling, child care, housing, health information, education and training, cultural activities, translation services, and emergency intervention.
In 2000, ECMA received a grant from the Technology Matching Fund to establish a computer training center for its members and the surrounding community. Last year, more than 200 people graduated from the basic computer skills classes held in the lab and more than 600 people visited the lab for personal work during open hours.