United States Ambassador Mike Raynor accompanied Gelila Assefa Puck, Founder and Chair of the Dream for Future Africa Foundation (DfFA) and her husband Mr. Wolfgang Puck for a visit at Organization for Women in Self Employment (WISE) to get first-hand information about the activities of WISE and look for further areas of support. Ambassador Mike and the guests had a chance to learn about the works of WISE and also visit the women beneficiaries they trained and supported.

 

Gelila Assefa Puck, Founder and Chair of the Dream for Future Africa Foundation (DfFA), announced the Foundation’s intent to support the work of WISE, specifically technical training to young women and interventions aimed at improving the lives of women living with HIV/AIDS. Gelila’s husband, Mr. Wolfgang Puck, and their two sons accompanied her in the ceremony. The event took place at WISE Women’s Academy on 2 January, 2018 where guests were welcomed by staff and targeted women, who have made poverty history. The Director of WISE and her staff explained the works of WISE and the guests observed products of the women at the Display Room.

 

Organization for Women in Self Employment (WISE) is an Ethiopian residents’ charity in operation since 1998. WISE has been working with poor self-employed women and girls in their efforts to achieve self-reliance and improve the quality of their lives. The major focus areas have been the economic and social empowerment of women and girls.

 

Gelila is a renowned international fashion designer and award winning and an award-winning international philanthropist who was born and schooled in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. For more than a decade, Ms. Puck has been active in supporting women’s global initiatives and the advancement of orphaned children in Africa. Dream for Future Africa Foundation was founded by Gelila Assefa Puck in 2010 and is dedicated to providing opportunity and equity for those most in need in Africa. Husband Wolfgang Puck is a celebrity chef and restaurateur.

 

For more than a decade, Ms. Puck has been active in supporting women’s global initiatives and the advancement of orphaned children in Africa. Ms. Puck’s commitment to her East African heritage and to the communities of her Ethiopian homeland was the subject of a major feature on CNN International, viewed by millions.

 

SOURCES: US Embassy, Addis Ababa

www.wise.org.et

www.dffaf.org