SEM was created in 2006, when a number of Ethiopians and Dutch started to organize activities around the Ethiopian Millennium change on September 12, 2007. The reason is that Ethiopia uses the Julian calender. The result exceeded all expectations. There were anintenational soccer tournament, other sport activities a well visited Millennium meeting, exhibitions, a book about Ethiopia, seminars and much more.
During past years SEM established itself in Holland. Recently, SEM defined policies for the future.One of those is a change of name. The main reason for this is that the millennium change is far behind and some Ethiopians have little affinity with millennium affairs.
Following consultation with a larger group of people, the choice was made for ‘Foundation Ethiopia Tomorrow’. It is a happy name with a view to the future. Moreover, the acronym SEM does not change (at least in Dutch), which has practical advantages.
SEM remains unattached and connecting. It is an independent organisation of Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopia in Holland who promote a positive image of Ethiopia, support development of the country and work towards reconciliation and mutal friendship. SEM advocates gender-equality, human rights and peace in Ethiopia and the other countries in the Horn of Africa.
Soon, SEM will report on the other policies for the future. We ask you now to adopt our new name.