Washington DC: Ethiopian Culture Night
6:00 PM18:00

Washington DC: Ethiopian Culture Night

Join us for a night of traditions, coffee, food and fun that will help raise money to contribute towards our new programming in Ethiopia! At this event you will get to experience a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony and take home your own bag of Ethiopian coffee. Enjoy some snacks while you view some of our short documentary films created in collaboration with our local Ethiopian students, even learning some Ethiopian Sign Language!

A suggested donation of $25 / person will be accepted at the door. Material donations (ie: teaching supplies, books, art supplies, games, etc.) will also be collected in the weeks leading up to the event.

If you have any questions about this event or getting involved in our programming, please send an email to visionseducation@gmail.com, and we will follow up with you!

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Return to Resilience
12:00 PM12:00

Return to Resilience

Please join us for refreshments and a dialogue with Dr. Darshan Ambalavanar (Projects Manager, Church of American Ceylon Mission) who is visiting from Sri Lanka to discuss the impacts of the recent Easter bombings, his organization’s ongoing education programs and details of a new women’s leadership initiative in Sri Lanka (for which Visions is collecting donations). 

RSVP: visionseducation@gmail.com

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Benefit Dinner - St. Helena, CA
6:30 PM18:30

Benefit Dinner - St. Helena, CA

Photographer & filmmaker Mimi Giboin will be hosting a 5-course dinner at her home on Saturday, October 20th to benefit Visions' global education programs. Mimi has traveled to all 4 countries where Visions operates (Sri Lanka, India, Ethiopia, & Nicaragua), documenting much of Visions' work through photography and film, including a short documentary film entitled "Voices of Empowerment" released in 2015.

This is a private event, but if you would like to attend, please email us at visionseducation@gmail.com.

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"Chasing Dreams" - A Benefit Concert featuring The Musical Doc
4:00 PM16:00

"Chasing Dreams" - A Benefit Concert featuring The Musical Doc

  • 2140 Mesa Drive Newport Beach, CA (map)
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Please join us as we celebrate 15 years of Visions with a benefit concert featuring The Musical Doc! All proceeds will benefit Visions' education work in Sri Lanka, India, Ethiopia, and Nicaragua.

In addition to the musical performance, we will have various food & drink options (which are included with your ticket) and updates from the Visions team about our work globally & achievements over the past 15 years.

This event will be valet parking only (which is also included with your ticket).


General tickets: $50

VIP tickets: $100 (includes priority seating, extra food & drink tickets, a special Visions thank-you gift, and the added satisfaction of knowing you are helping more kids in need!)


*Event sponsorship opportunities are available -- please contact Meera (mpathmar@gmail.com; 510.393.7246) or Greg (gtbuie@gmail.com; 714.660.3054) to express interest and/or learn more.

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Dr. Branavan & Mrs. Preeti Umakanthan


Hollywood Forever

Dr. C. Pathmarajah

Jeyakumar Family



Carlson & Jayakumar LLP


Gregory Buie & Aaron Williams

Kumar Medical Corporation

Law Offices of Salim Khawaja

Dr. Meera Pathmarajah & Mr. Jey Jeyalingam



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Ethiopia Service Trip 2018
to Aug 7

Ethiopia Service Trip 2018

July 27th - August 7th, 2018

Bahir Dar & Simien Mountains, Ethiopia

Program Fee: $1,500/person*
*Trip program fee is all-inclusive except for airfare, any alcoholic drinks, & personal shopping

For the 7th year running, we are organizing a summer serve to Ethiopia to work with our local friends & colleagues in Bahir Dar on various efforts to help uplift the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community, and you are invited!

Sign language proficiency (either ASL or EthSL) is certainly helpful, but not a requirement (ችግር የለም - no problem!). We always have several local professional interpreters with us, and the environment is always one in which all people are welcome no matter your background or abilities.

While having an educational or professional background in a related field (such as Interpreting, Deaf Education, Early Childhood Education, Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology, Community Development, etc.) is also helpful, everyone is welcome and can contribute in a meaningful way to our ongoing efforts! We will work individually with each volunteer both ahead of time and on the ground to make a plan for you that is both meaningful and productive for you & the local community.

Volunteers of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities are welcome. For any minors, we simply ask that they are either accompanied by a guardian, or that a prior discussion and subsequent necessary arrangements can be made if not accompanied by a guardian.

For more details (including a detailed trip itinerary & volunteer application forms), please visit our "Volunteer" page (www.VisionsGlobalEmpowerment.org/programs/volunteer-program)

We look forward to having you join us in amazing Ethiopia this summer! አመሰግናለሁ (thank you!)

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Nicaragua Service Trip 2018
to Jul 17

Nicaragua Service Trip 2018

July 9th - 17th, 2018

Managua, Matagalpa, Granada, & Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

Program Fee: $1,250/person
*This program fee is all-inclusive except airfare and any personal shopping.

Join us this year on our inaugural service trip to Nicaragua and experience the beauty and richness of this unique country!

On this trip, we will be conducting programs in technology and leadership development for youth from various schools in rural communities in the northern mountainous region of Matagalpa/Jinotega, as well as sharing plans with you about the Vera Angelita School for Girls we are constructing on our own coffee farm (which will ultimately serve 100 girls from low-income local agricultural & migrant families).

Spanish-language proficiency is certainly helpful, but not a requirement, as we will have local interpreters on-hand to assist with service activities. You do not need any special academic or professional background or skills to engage with students in the service activities we have planned -- we'll help prep and train you so that you can take full advantage of your time with the kids.

Volunteers of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities are welcome. For any minors, we simply ask that they are either accompanied by a guardian, or that a prior discussion and subsequent necessary arrangements can be made if not accompanied by a guardian.

For more details (including a detailed trip itinerary & volunteer application forms), please visit:

We look forward to having you join us in incredible Nicaragua this summer! Nos vamos!

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Symposium on Hearing Loss & Deaf Empowerment in Ethiopia
to May 18

Symposium on Hearing Loss & Deaf Empowerment in Ethiopia

Thursday, May 17th & Friday, May 18th

10:00am – 5:00pm (daily)

Visions Office, Newport Beach, CA

Over the past 6 years, Visions has been working with a wide range of local partners in Ethiopia (particularly Bahir Dar and Addis Ababa) in creating services & opportunities for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, generating greater public awareness about deafness & hearing loss, building a coalition of allies, and training & empowering a cadre of professional in fields related to hearing loss & Deaf empowerment (https://www.visionsglobalempowerment.org/deaf-education-empowerment/)

Yet, we are under no illusions that Visions is the only actor in the country working alongside our Ethiopian colleagues and friends toward achieving these goals. We understand that throughout this incredible country there are organizations, institutions, and individuals working hard to develop infrastructure, train professionals, provide services, and altogether improve the quality of services and of overall wellbeing for those affected by hearing loss. We also believe that it would serve all involved well for us to come together to share our work, experiences, and future plans with each other; to identify possible ways to collaborate and strengthen each other’s efforts; and to overall create a more coherent and long-term strategy for our collective engagement.

While cost and distance may prevent us from having this initial symposium in Ethiopia itself alongside our local colleagues and friends, we hope this will be a positive first step toward eventually doing so. As such, we are inviting all those who are committed and interested in making a positive difference in Ethiopia in this regard to attend this symposium.

This event is open to ALL regardless of past experience, professional background, national origin, etc. Aside from those already involved in related efforts in Ethiopia, we extend an extra special welcome to anyone with a professional background in a field related to deafness or hearing loss, including:

*Deaf Educators
*Early Childhood Education Experts
*Speech-Language Pathologists
**Ethiopian Diaspora

Full event details, including symposium location, daily schedule/agenda, list of attendees with bios, and more will be circulated in the coming weeks to all who intend to attend.

This will be a FREE event, but donations are very much welcome in order to help offset the event costs: www.VisionsGlobalEmpowerment.org/donate

For guests visiting from out of town, please contact Greg at gtbuie@gmail.com to notify us of your travel plans. We will be happy to answer any questions and/or make arrangements for you, however possible.

We thank you for your interest in making a difference in the lives of millions of Ethiopians who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing, and look forward to having you with us here in Orange County, California for this inaugural symposium!

Facebook Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/218749535346235/

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Davis: Deaf Education Awareness
6:30 PM18:30

Davis: Deaf Education Awareness

In an effort to increase awareness about the differences between Deaf culture in the United States and Ethiopia, Visions at UC Davis is hosting a special event on May 15th from 6:30 - 8:30pm. The event will incorporate a brief lecture-based portion, as well as an interactive portion during which attendees will have the opportunity to learn basic ASL. Information will also be presented about our summer service trip opportunities (including the annual trip to Ethiopia to work with the Deaf community at our Visions Model Deafness Center in Bahir Dar), for anyone interested in going abroad and volunteering in any of our programs!

You can find more information online here: https://www.facebook.com/events/381967362285966/

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NYC: "An Evening of Mixology, Storytelling, & Networking"
6:00 PM18:00

NYC: "An Evening of Mixology, Storytelling, & Networking"

  • 164 West 25th Street, 10th Floor New York, NY, 10001 United States (map)
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*Additional drink tickets will be $10 each.

Visions & HealthCare Social Network (HCSN) invite you to join us for this special event. Visions Executive Director & Co-Founder Greg Buie will be presenting about Visions international development work in India, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, and Nicaragua and opportunities to get involved (including volunteering abroad this summer!).

And filmmaker Joe Hill, who has produced several documentary films for Visions in Ethiopia and India over the years, as well as for such media outlets as The New York Times & Al Jazeera, will be screening a few of his short films and sharing his experiences as a journalist and documentary filmmaker. Joe is also Co-Founder of Round Room Image (www.roundroomimage.org) and is currently working as an Associate Producer for Vice News on HBO.

To get your advance tickets ($25/each) and secure your spot at this event, please use the PayPal button below:


*All proceeds from this event will benefit Visions’ efforts to serve & empower the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing communities in Ethiopia through the Visions Model Deafness Center in Bahir Dar, NW Ethiopia.

*Thanks to DACK Consulting Solutions Inc. for stepping as the Lead Sponsor of this event for a 3rd year in a row!

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"Her Story Matters"
5:00 PM17:00

"Her Story Matters"

  • Private Residence - Rancho Santa Fe (map)
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Please join us for this social gathering with a purpose. Come learn about the exciting international education work of Visions Global Empowerment (www.VisionsGlobalEmpowerment.org) – a local nonprofit serving communities affected by poverty, conflict, and disability in India, Nicaragua, Ethiopia, and Sri Lanka. Visions believes that educating and empowering women & girls in particular holds the greatest potential for transforming communities for the better.

We will be serving drinks and delicious healthy treats by Zuliya Khawaja (www.naturallyzuzu.com). As this is a private invitation-only event, please email us at visionseducation@gmail.com if you would like to attend.

Visions Executive Director Mr. Greg Buie will be on-hand to share insights into Visions’ efforts to serve communities in need through education, alongside Visions Board members Dr. Mrs. Meera Pathmarajah (Founder), Mrs. Venita Sivamani, Mrs. Tamara Lafarga, & Mrs. Zuliya Khawaja.

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