Lidjoch” & friends of Jimma!
Warmest greeting to you
from our beloved city, Jimma & us!
Jimma city, which is close to two centuries old,
was the centre of trade and other major economic activities up until recent
times. However, since mid-1970s, it started losing its vibrant economic
engagements and, subsequently, the socio-economic network and infrastructure
crumbled and poverty became rampant in the city.
It is unfortunate and sad
that Jimma in today’s Ethiopia is one of the least developed and deteriorating
cities, while we all know that Jimma has been one of the richest, harmonious,
beautiful, fast developing and the fourth best cities of the contry.
It is with this background that the community took
its own initiative under the name “Hedassie Jimma”, “renaissance of Jimma” to overcome
some of the major bottlenecks to development and progress of the city and its
environs. It is a public initiative with courage, enthusiasm and full
participation of the communities, which aims at the renaissance of Jimma and
its surroundings. However,
because of the magnitude of the problems, it is recognized that the efforts of
the community alone are not sufficient to tackle them. Therefore, it is
necessary that we ALL “Ye Jimma Lidjoch” and friends of Jimma join hearts,
minds, hands and talent with the Jimma community in order to make this noble
initiative a reality.
Can we further our unity and rebuild our beloved
Can we bring back the Jimma that we knew once?
Can we bring a change?
“YES, we can!”
The Jimma community is
coming together and says in one voice, “enough is enough! Jimma will revive by
the efforts of its children”, “we will rebuild Jimma and will remake it
prosperous and a city of love, harmony and also most attractive for investment
and as commercial centre of the South West Ethiopia”.
In line with the above as
fund raising initiative the Jimma city administration has organized a Telethon
event that will take place on Sunday, July 12, 2009, starting at 1:00PM at
Sheraton Addis in the presence of H.E. Girma Wolde Giorgis, President of the
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. It will be attended by government’s
officials, foreign governments representatives and heads of Non-Governmental
Organizations (NGOs) and respected/important figures of the society,
celebrities, members of the religious, business & academic communities.
The Telethon event will be directly transmitted through the
Ethiopian Television (ETV) and can be accessible via the global satellite TV
networks. It can be also followed through
http://www.ourjimma.com, a web page dedicated to the initiative
Therefore, we call upon ALL
“Ye Jimma Lidjoch” and friends of Jimma to stand up and rebuild Jimma that once
had been the epicentre of progress in Ethiopia. We urge you all to support this
initiative in coordinating fund raising events in your current country of
Once again, we thank you very much and appeal to
you to continue your efforts for the betterment of Jimma in all directions.
Our slogans are:
“Jimma is the city of LOVE”
“We all LOVE Jimma”
“Jimma is our IDENTITY”
“We will support Jimma to REVIVE”
we can make it happen!
Ahmed Aba Gisa , Mayor of Jimma
Aba Jihad Aba
Public Initiative Committee for Fund Raising for Jimma
Dr Wubshet Mamo, Chairman,
Diaspora Initiative for Jimma
“Jimma development ”Ye Jimma lemat”
& Address: Dashen Bank, Ledeta branch, Addis Ababa
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