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Here's a little bit about us

Tigray Development Association (TDA) is a member-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in August 1989 in Washington DC. Our primary objective is to contribute to the improvement of the livelihood of the people of Tigray through human resource development and the enhancement of health services.

Tigray Development Association in North America (TDANA) is  A TDA member chapter organization in North America. Born on August 12, 1989, at Howard University in Washington, D.C., It was established as a not-for-profit, membership-based organization with a very clear vision of making Tigray prosperous; mainly through the development of quality Education, Health, Agriculture, and Technology.


The vision of the organization was enthusiastically adopted by the Tigrayans in the diaspora as a worthy cause for supporting Tigray. During its birthday at Howard University, nineteen (19) founding board members and five (5) executives were elected at the conclusion of the conference to lead the organization. Soon after the first year of its official birthday, an international diaspora Tigrayan Scholars First Symposium was organized in 1990, at Howard University, in Washington, D.C.


On this first TDANA Anniversary, among many time-consuming but essential activities, about Ten scholarly written papers by diaspora Tigrayan intellectuals, were presented under various relevant subjects for the total development of Tigray and thoroughly discussed during the symposium. These scholarly written papers were then prepared professionally as a "Booklet" and delivered to Mekelle TDA Headquarters and Addis Ababa TDA offices.


In April 1993, Araya Zerihun, a member of the executive committee of TDANA moved to Tigray to become the chairman of TDA International(TDAI), also known as simply (TDA), and served the war-ravaged "country" for about ten years with great distinction. Among the numerous TDAI achievements over the years, the establishment of "Kalamino high school for the gifted" and the "Mekelle Institute of Technology (MIT)" are the most notable and outstanding achievements.


To work on need-based development projects/program in the areas of education, health, skill training, & resource deployment.


To make Tigray a prosperous and enriching place for all residents to live, work, and thrive.


Community engagement | Gender sensitivity | Transparency and accountability | Fight against poverty


Support Our Efforts

Together we can make a significant impact and change the lives of Tigrayans who are struggling to survive. 

TDA currently has over 1.5 million members ranging from students to civil servants, urban and rural communities, and business communities. And we're always looking for more help.


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