Let me begin my remarks by thanking our brothers for coming up with the idea of fundraising for Awate Foundation and organizing this event in order to make their thoughtful idea see light. At least to my knowledge, Toronto has never contributed a single cent by way of supporting the website during the last few years.  I uphold their efforts to break the ice, and give the supporters of the struggle for justice and democracy an outlet for their strong desire to contribute towards the consolidation of this website and the expansion of its services to other areas of communication that could enable Awate Foundation to reach all Eritreans in and outside the country and solidify its bonds with the people.  This unity of the website with its people is a very important condition that should be protected, as the apple of our eye, and nourished daily.