ETHIOPIA

THE NEED

Pervasive poverty

Ethiopia remains one of the poorest countries in the world.

29.6%

Population below poverty line (2014 estimate)

7.3%

Unemployment (2013 estimate)

57.2% Male & 41.1% Female

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

*Sources: CIA World Factbook

THE IMPACT

Edify began operations in 2015.

We have impacted 88,587 students with a Christ-centered education.

Training

School leaders trained: 460  |  Teachers trained: 654

Loans

22 loans disbursed to 20 schools  |  Total loan capital (USD): $619,781

194

Total Schools Impacted

 

*Cumulative impact as of March 31, 2019

EDIFY TEAM IN ETHIOPIA

Yonatan Tekie,
Ethiopia Country Director

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.

Mihiret Tefera,
Christian Transformation and Training Officer

Mihiret joined Edify in October 2018. She coordinates Christian transformation activities with Edify partner schools in Ethiopia.

While at University, she was a facilitator of the evangelism team, mobilizing her peers to share the Gospel with their friends. She also led the University campus fellowship for three years. Mihiret finished several trainings for the Intranet Students of Compassion and different youth groups at churches and facilitated manuscript Bible studies with students from different countries.

Mihiret earned a BSc in civil engineering from Ethiopia Bahir Dar University in 2018. She graduated from the leadership certificate program from Compassion by completing the second level award in holistic development.