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Halifax student runs fundraiser to help those suffering from food crisis in Ethiopia

Posted by Metro News on January 12, 2016 in News, Students, Outreach, Undergraduate

Amina Abawajy is a current Bachelor of Informatics student, a member of the Women in Technology Society (WiTS), and a student representitive on the Culture of Respect Committee in Computer Science (CoRE-CS).

Full story by Rebecca Dingwell can be read on the Metro News.

When Amina Abawajy read about the drought and resulting famine in Ethiopia, she wanted to do something about it.

“There was no awareness about this issue,” Abawajy said Saturday.

According to the United Nations, Ethiopia is currently experiencing its worst drought in decades.

With the support of her family, Abawajy started a GoFundMe page called Not 15 Million in October.

“This campaign started with the goal of doing something before the number (of people requiring food aid) reaches 15 million,” she explained.

Most recently, it’s been estimated 10.2 million people are in need of food aid, according to the Government of Ethiopia.

Abawajy is a Dalhousie University student who was born and raised in Halifax, but both her parents are from Ethiopia. Abawajy’s mother, Sueda Ali, said she is proud of the work her daughter is doing.

“(Amina is) doing something for her mother and father’s country,” said Ali. “I just feel very happy and I wish everything will be successfully accomplished.”

The campaign has spread the word through social media and small fundraisers. They’ve raised almost $2,000 online from people across Canada.

Full story by Rebecca Dingwell can be read on the Metro News.