HOPE walks alongside beneficiaries, from kindergarten through vocational training or a university education and on to job placement, to build skills, character, and community. HOPE’s goal for all beneficiaries is to avoid long-term dependency and enable empowered self-sufficiency.

Elementary & Secondary Education

Providing youth and adults with the opportunity to go to school

Education is core to HOPE’s philosophy of transformation. In fact, HOPE has expanded from its original school site in Addis Ababa to now operating 7 elementary schools and 6 high schools in locations throughout Ethiopia, with over 4,000 students enrolled. The selection process for the incoming students is thorough and community-based. The students who are selected are among the most underprivileged in their community. But, once a student is accepted into a HOPE school, we make every effort to ensure the success of that student. HOPE will continue to support and nurture the child until they become a self-sufficient adult through a process called the “Ladders of Hope” – a development strategy that impels a person out of the murky conditions of poverty to a life of prosperity.

HOPE owns and operates 7 elementary and 6 secondary schools

Over 4,000 students enrolled in HOPE schools

95% of 10th grade students graduate

Vocational Training

Empowering youth through vocational and micro enterprise training

HOPE emphasizes both skill-training and entrepreneurship in its vocational training and micro enterprise curriculum. The curriculum also includes life skill training such as personal finance, self care, negotiation skills and the kind of attitudinal changes that are necessary for good relationships in community and work environments. Thousands of young people who have graduated from HOPE Vocational Centers have created businesses for themselves and jobs for many others.

TVET: Technical Vocational Education and Training

HOPE’s three TVET centers are located in Addis Ababa, Dessie and Gambella.

In Addis Ababa the trades offered include:

  • Industrial Electrical Machines and Drives Servicing (Level II, 2 year program)
  • General Metal Fabrication and Assembly (Level II, 2 year program)
  • Furniture Making (Level II, 2 year program)
  • Kitchen Operation (Level I, 1 year program)
  • Apparel Production (Short term, 6 months)

In Dessie the trades offered include:

  • General Metal Fabrication and Assembly (Level III, 2 year program)
  • Industrial Electrical Machines and Drives Servicing (Level III, 2 year program)
  • Accounting (Level III, 2 year program)
  • Secretarial Science and Office Management or customer services(2 year program)

In Gambella the trades offered include:

  • Administering Office and Secretarial Technology (Level IV, 3 years)
  • Masonry (Level III, 2 years)

In addition BEST (Business and Entrepreneurship Skills Training) is offered at all three sites. BEST was initiated and developed in partnership with Woord en Daad. The training is offered for formal and non-formal TVET training programs. Graduates with this training are prepared to open their own businesses.

60% placed in the work force within 3 months

98% placed in the work force within 12 months

Hope College of Business, Science and Technology

Training tomorrow’s leaders at Hope College of Business, Science and Technology

Ethiopia’s first not-for-profit liberal arts university college was established in 2010 with the aim of providing a first class educational establishment for the youth of Ethiopia. It was also established with the purpose of reducing the long-standing “brain drain” in the country resulting from students fleeing abroad looking for the quality education they can’t find at home. It is designed to develop informed, articulate, sensitive and holistic leaders who can make a positive, transformational difference in the development of Ethiopia and the rest of the Horn of Africa. This should be achieved within a community of academic excellence and value maturity, through autonomous thinking, continuous learning processes, reflection, research, experimentation, and concern and service to others.

To learn more visit Hope College of Business, Science and Technology website


Fighting hunger and malnutrition

Meeting the fundamental survival needs of the marginalized is the foundation for bringing hope and the starting point of service to beneficiaries. In providing the hungry with food, HOPE is doing more than providing physical sustenance; it is also communicating to beneficiaries that they matter. They are people with full rights and are in no way less than those with means and/or power.

600 meals/day

served in Dessie’s Street Feeding Program (187,000 meals/year)

1,850 meals/day

served in Addis Ababa’s Street Feeding Program (577,000 meals/year)


HOPE Enterprises students receive 2 meals/day

Thousands of families served during famines

Clean Water & Hygiene

Improving health through clean water and hygiene training

Giving people clean water saves lives and teaching them hygiene keeps them healthy. Water in the streams and ponds in rural areas where HOPE works are often contaminated with animal waste and other pollutants. Where there are no clean water sources, HOPE partners with the local communities to drill wells, but HOPE does not stop there. They continue to educate and train the community about hygiene and well maintenance.