St. Mary’s University (SMU) invited more than fifty elderly and disabled people from Lideta Sub-city, Woreda 10 Administration to enjoy a free meal at the Undergraduate Campus, Multi-Purpose Hall, on January 18, 2024. The event was part of the University’s community service initiative, funded by a budget allocated for this purpose. The Undergraduate Program Student Support Services Office and all its Units coordinated the event.

The guests were transported to the venue with the help of the Woreda 10 Administration, which also assisted in identifying the needy beneficiaries. On the other hand, W/t Seblewengel Tarekegn, the owner of the St. Mary’s student cafeteria, has generously contributed to the event by preparing the food and services without charge. 

The event began with a warm welcome and opening remarks by Wondwosen Tamrat (PhD) the President of SMU. He expressed gratitude and respect for the elders, who have served their country and deserve care. He also emphasized that community service is one of the core values of the University, and pledged to continue working on it. He praised the Student Support Services Office for organizing the event and encouraged the University’s community to participate in such noble activities in the future.

Next, Ato Ermias Solomon, the Team Leader of the Community Engagement Voluntary Service Coordinating Office of the Woreda 10 Administration, spoke. He commended SMU for being a leading institution in providing quality education and engaging in exemplary humanitarian work. He also urged SMU to further strengthen its involvement in community services in the coming times.

The program ended with a blessing from the elders, who thanked the University and everyone involved for making the event possible and memorable.