Reverend Nicholas S. Richards, President of Abyssinian Fund, Will Appear on NBC's New York Nightly News with Chuck Scarborough on February 28 at 7 PM

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NBC will highlight Reverend Richards for helping to reduce poverty and build communities in Ethiopia. The Abyssinian Fund partners with coffee farmers to provide training and resources to help better their lives.

As a father, training has motivated me to improve the quality of my coffee, increase the yield and make more money. Whatever enhancements I make on this coffee plant has a direct effect on my family and will help me send my children to school.

Reverend Richards, the Assistant Minister at The Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, founded The Abyssinian Fund after visiting the rural village, Chaffee Jenette and learning of the extreme poverty in which the community is living. Chaffee Jenette has a population of 5,000, 100% of which relies solely on farming and agriculture for the main source of income.

Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee and is home to more than 20 million male and female coffee farmers. The Abyssinian Fund provides farming and business training to the farmers who support their families with an annual salary of $500. From the training, farmers learn to produce high-quality coffee beans, gain access to buyers who pay premium prices for the coffee and then they reinvest their earnings into their community.

By increasing the yield of high-quality beans, a farmer has the ability to send his children to school, to afford modernized health care and to provide clean water for his family. "As a father, training has motivated me to improve the quality of my coffee, increase the yield and make more money. Whatever enhancements I make on this coffee plant has a direct effect on my family and will help me send my children to school," said Amed Mumed, a farmer who participated in the training.

Women spend most the day preparing the daily meals after making the three-hour trip by foot to retrieve water. When children are finished at school they assist with household and farming chores. Everyone else spends time harvesting the crops and insuring a prosperous yield. The family and community work hard using their resources, knowledge of coffee, and fertile land to improve their quality of life.

Reverend Richards will sit down with Emmy-award winning anchor Chuck Scarborough as he sheds light on life in Chaffee Jenette, sharing images and stories. He contributes to Black history by inspiring all people to help Ethiopians help themselves and their community.

For more information about The Abyssinian Fund please visit abyfund.org. The show will appear on channel 161 on Time Warner systems.

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