Pervasive poverty

Ethiopia remains one of the poorest countries in the world.


Population below poverty line (2014 estimate)


Unemployment (2013 estimate)

57.2% Male & 41.1% Female

Literacy rate. Total population: 49.1% (2015 estimate)

*Sources: CIA World Factbook


Edify began a pilot program in 2015.

We have impacted 58,962 students with a Christ-centered education.



School leaders trained: 245  |  Teachers trained: 382



10 loans disbursed to 10 schools  |  Total loan capital (USD): $359,030



Total Schools Impacted


*Cumulative impact of March 31, 2018


Makonen Getu, 
Vice President of Program Assessment, Chief Transformation Officer and Ethiopia Program Director

Makonen holds a PhD in Economic History with a concentration in Development Studies from the University of Stockholm. He has about 30 years of development experience working as Programme Officer of UNDP in Lesotho, Rural Development Advisor of SIDA and Deputy Country Director of World Vision in Zambia, Africa Regional Manager of World Vision in Australia and Deputy Regional Director of Opportunity International in Zimbabwe, International Program Director of Christian Transformation Resource Center and Vice President of International Business Development, Opportunity International. He has also taught, at both under- and post-graduate levels, in development studies at Stockholm University and The Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, where he currently supervises PhD scholars and is Board of Director. Makonen has published several books, pamphlets, and articles on topics related to development, foreign aid, microfinance, HIV/AIDS, human trafficking, transformation as well as faith and development.

Yonatan Tekie, 
Christian Field Transformation and Training Officer

Yonatan has a Diploma from Bahir Dar Teachers College and a BA in Literature and History from Addis Ababa University. He is also an ordained youth pastor iand served in this capacity until 2002 during which he started a ministry called Youth Impact together, whereby hundreds of young street kids and orphans were cared for and mentored.

In 2005, Yonatan and his wife started a school called Destiny Academy. Before joining Edify, Yonatan served as the General Manager of Destiny Academy.

Between 2005 and 2007, Yonatan served as a Country Representative for an organization called Inter-faith peace building Initiative. He has also been involved in leadership training for government officials, church leaders, business leaders and university students. Moreover, he has had several national and international conference speaking/training engagements. Yonatan has also been frequently invited to speak on TV and Radio.

Dibo Gelgelu, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Dibo joined Edify in March 2017 as the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. Prior to joining Edify he helped start Great Ethiopian Transformers Academy, a school which is now partnering with Edify.

Previously, he has served as a project manager for a non-profit organization supporting children and worked for the government as head of planning. Dibo is also founder of an internet café business, co-founder of an investment group and co-founder of Eden Business Share Company, a Christian owned water bottling company. Dibo completed his degree in Statistics from Jima University and served as a leader for the Evangelical Christian Student’s Fellowship as a student.