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Our Sponsors

We owe a great debt and thanks to our wonderful sponsors:


Nosissa vzw
Nosissa support the boys shelter, education support and several training programmes.

Dertiende Ster

Dertiende Ster vzw
Dertiende Ster support our two girls shelters, our training courses for young adults and the upcoming mobile school programme.

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Beletu sponsor the medical support programme and HIV/AIDS awareness and health and hygiene training.

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Project T.E.N.
Project T.E.N. provides enthusiastic volunteers to support a variety of Yenege Tesfa's work, including the agriculture, plastic neighborhood, shelter, education, and training programs.

Dertiende Ster

... without them and your donations, none of this would be possible. Thank you.

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Who We Are

Yenege Tesfa was born in 2001 out of the philosophy that homeless and parentless children deserve a better life. We registered as a local NGO in 2004 and are now providing three homes for 50 children and are delivering many community activies.

We are proud of the amazing changes and developments we see in our children but are determined to do more.

Our five year goals are to:

  1. Provide homes for at least 400 children

  2. Make education accessible to 100% of children in Gondar

  3. Offer free healthcare to all children unable to afford medical assistance

  4. Tackle the causes of child homelessness through social education and vocational training

Our Team

Yenege Tesfa would not have achieved so much without the generosity and voluntary support from so many people.

Nigisti - Founder & Manager


Nigisti is our founder and the full-time manager of Yenege Tesfa. Having moved to Gondar with family in 2001, she instantly felt a passion to help the local children and has been dedicated to their cause ever since. We are all very grateful for her constant love, support and drive to give all the local children a brighter future.

Mobile: +251 (0)918 774 745


Hibiste Mekonnen – Project Manager

Hibiste Mekonnen

Hibiste joined the Yenege Tesfa team in 2011 and she brings with her rich experience. She has an M.A. in Developmental Anthropology and has 7 years of experience with HIV/AIDS prevention and care programs with the Italian organization CVM.

As Project Manager, Hibiste oversees the operation of all Yenege Tesfa's projects.

Fenta - Shelter Coordinator


Fenta has been with us since the beginning. She used to work in children's education and now applies her experience to helping us improve the shelters and the wellbeing of our wonderful kids. She knows a thing or two about looking after children; being a proud mother and grandmother to a clan of her own.

Mobile: +251 (0)918 199 556

Eshetie – Training Coordinator


As Training Coordinator, Eshetie is responsible for planning and giving training about life skills, psychosocial issues, hygiene and health, and HIV awareness. The training is aimed for both children and their guardians and it includes children living on the street. Eshetie has plenty of experience in training and management as well as a degree in Management from Addis Ababa University.

Alemayu Mulu – Project T.E.N. Coordinator

Alemayu Mulu

Alemayu (Alex) coordinates the collaboration between Yenege Tesfa and Project T.E.N., including work with the plastic house dwellers in Gondar, agricultural work and organizing various trainings.

He comes with ample experience in facilitating trainings and workshops at the grassroot community level and is trained in crop protection and production. Before joining the team he received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Gondar.

Nega Kassaw – Mobile School Teacher

Nega Kassaw

Nega joined Yenege Tesfa as a Street Educator (teacher) of the Mobile School program. Before this, he worked for three years as a teacher in Belesa and for three more years as a youth radio program producer at the Gondar Educational Media Center. Nega has a diploma from Gondar Teachers College.

Nega can be found on the streets of Gondar, surrounded by excited street children whoare eager to learn.

Abraham Eyasu – Mobile School Teacher

Abraham Eyasu

Abraham, one of the two Mobile School street educators (teachers) has dedicated many years to education all over Ethiopia. He has a B.A. in Geography and Environmental Education from Addis Ababa University and an M.A. in Curriculum Studies from Bahir Dar University. He taught geography in a high school in Wolita and worked on planning and implementing education projects in West Belesa.

He is now back in Gondar, dedicated to educating his native city's street children.

Libanos - Accountant


Libanos is Yenega Tesfa's accountant. She moved to Gondar from Tigray at the age of 21, studied accounting at the University of Gondar and has stayed in the city since.

Elsa - Cashier


Elsa joined the team in 2012 and works as a cashier, in charge of all the money and bills of Yenege Tesfa. She was born and raised in Gondar, and spent two years studying accounting at the Africa Beza University College in Addis Ababa.

Our Board

All of our activites are monitored by our board. They provide advice and experience in local government and NGO management. We meet twice a year with all the staff in a General Assembly hosted by Ato Menker, who is like a godfather to our organisation. We are very grateful to him and our board for their continuing support: Hibiste Mekonnen (Chairman), Dawit Derebew, Getachaw Meskelekal, Joseph Alemeye.

Latest Reports

A transparent overview of our spending and evaluation of our programmes:

Children in Gondar

Gondar is a popular tourist destination in north-west Ethiopia. Its famous castle and Royal Enclosure are part of a UNESCO World Heritage site.

There are over 800 street children locally. Rapid population growth, high unemployment, and HIV/AIDS, all contribute to the many social problems that drive children onto the street.

The prospect for street children is grim; drug abuse, crime and prostitution are the common threats, as well as stigmatization by society.

More than ever there is a need to give these children a hope for tomorrow; the belief behind the foundation of Yenege Tesfa. With your help we can give more of these vulnerable children a bright future.

You can help; support our 'Home for Tomorrow' appeal.

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Office & Visitors Address
Kebele 03, Gondar
How to find us
+251 (0)918 77 47 45

Postal Address
PO Box 1015
Gondar- Ethiopia

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