Washington Post (11.29.12)
Abezash Tamerat, an Ethiopian-American artist, initially established the nonprofit group Artists for Charity in 2002 to help save a rape crisis center that was about to lose funding. After visiting Ethiopia and seeing the needs of HIV-positive orphans—including her own cousin—in 2005, the organization opened a children’s home in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. On December 1, World AIDS Day, Artists for Charity will host its sixth annual Holiday Benefit and Art Auction to raise money for the children’s home. The event takes place at 7 p.m. at the District Architecture Center, 421 Seventh St. NW, Washington D.C., and will include artwork by local and international artists, live entertainment by Ethiopian-born American rhythm and blues singer Wayna, and traditional Ethiopian food and drink. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 on the day of the event. The children’s home provides housing, meals, medical treatment, and counseling to HIV-positive orphans, and the children are enrolled in school. Arts for Charity is funded by donations from individuals and organizations and operated by volunteers in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.