Today, HOPE Enterprises operates as an Ethiopian Christian NGO, employing close to 400 people, with continued devotion to serving the marginalized through holistic human development. As one of the first local NGOs in Ethiopia, the organization was registered as a humanitarian association on August 13, 1974. Since then they have successfully grown to operate two feeding programs for people living on the streets of Addis Ababa and Dessie, seven elementary schools, five high schools, numerous vocational training and adult literacy programs throughout Ethiopia, and Hope College of Business, Science & Technology in Addis Ababa.
Our Philosophy: LADDERS of HOPE
HOPE Enterprises believes that no one must be poor—everyone has a great potential store of talents, abilities, and character to be encouraged, developed, and released. Based on this, HOPE has developed a philosophy called Ladders of Hope to help the whole person: the body– through provisions of basic necessities; the mind–through education and skills training; and the heart–through character development and encouragement. The Ladders provide Ethiopians with an upward path to break the cycle of poverty and move its beneficiaries to self-sufficiency.
LADDER 1: Physical Necessities
The starting point is the provision of basic physical necessities such as food, clothing, and medical care. These are essential for the well-being of the recipients and the foundation for awareness building and the subsequent ladders. HOPE seeks to assist not only the beneficiary directly, but also their families and larger community. Feeding centers, community health education, and food/clothing provisions for students are key components of this ladder.
LADDER 2: Awareness Building
Once beneficiaries are assured of basic necessities, they can begin to build awareness of their own self-worth, talents, and skills. This instills a hopeful attitude about the future and a determination to move from a helpless “victim” to a responsible achiever. This provides a foundation for HOPE’s interactions with beneficiaries from basic care to education and training.
LADDER 3: Education
The education ladder provides tangible learning, with a focus acquiring the knowledge and skills that lead to self-sufficiency. Excellence in learning is demonstrated by the consistently superior achievement of HOPE students and graduates over many years. HOPE operates schools from kindergarten through high school, along with practical, skills-based vocational training, and college-level education through Hope College of Business, Science & Technology.
LADDER 4: Value Maturity
Beyond providing the education and skills that enable prosperity, HOPE believes that a mature ethical value system is essential. Character development is emphasized throughout, including personal excellence, ethical conduct, respect, and competence. These values are important not only to individual achievement, but beneficiaries become a role model and give back to their community.
LADDER 5: Responsibility
A HOPE graduate is a responsible citizen who willingly takes accountability for themselves and others. They have the education and skills, as well as the confidence and self-discipline, to take their place in the working world, in their families and communities. They are committed to providing for themselves, as well as helping and giving to others. They have climbed the ladders from poverty to responsible prosperity.
Dr. Lemma Degefa has served as Executive Director of HOPE Enterprises since November 2014. Prior to that he was the chairman of the board of directors. He also has had an extensive career with the Lutheran World Federation, overseeing projects in several East African countries, including the position of Country Director for Ethiopia. And he has conducted capacity building, leadership training, organizational development, and change management training for an Ethiopian management consulting firm. He holds a Ph.D. in management and leadership from Trinity College in Indiana, USA.
Dr. Teketel Forsiddo was installed as President of Hope College of Business, Science and Technology at the start of 2013, succeeding the founding President, Dr. Minas Hiruy. Dr. Teketel served as Ethiopian Minister of Agriculture from 1995 to 1996, and has served as Ethiopian Ambassador to Thailand, India, Yemen, and Russia. He holds a Ph.D. in agriculture from the University of Giessen in Germany.
Our Financial Integrity
Because we know that every donation we receive has the potential to transform a life, we continuously strive to use these gifts in the most responsible manner. We regularly review our processes and programs to improve our efficiency and resource utilization.
Among our larger donors are Woord en Daad (Netherlands), Ethiopia Aid (England, Canada, and Australia), Dorkas Aid (Netherlands), Menlo Church (USA), Venture Christian Church (USA) and Community Presbyterian Church (USA).
While donations from foreigners remain our primary source of revenue, increasingly HOPE is looking domestically to meet our growing program needs. In 2014, over 8% of our revenue came from income generating activities, and we expect this percent to increase in the future. In 2015, HOPE hired staff to begin fundraising activities within Ethiopia.
Our annual budget is close to $2.5 million (USD). Financial statements are audited annually and are available upon request.