OUR TEAM

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Belay T. Gebru

Founder and Managing Director

"Uncle Ben"  founded HFTF in 2012. His own story is one of tremendous tragedy and redemption, both shaping much of his ministry to the fatherless of Ethiopia. Prior to starting HFTF, he served as a child advocate for sponsorship with Compassion International and tour staff for the His Little Feet children's choir. Uncle Ben is the heart of the organization and is gifted in inspiring those around him to champion excellence for the most vulnerable. Belay is married to Koki, and they have two beautiful children. 

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Bethel Zenebe

Chief Financial Officer, Ethiopia

Bethel has been working with HFTF since December 2019. She holds a degree in accounting from Unity University. Previously, she worked as an internal auditor for Ries Engineering. She brings great strengths of strategy and management to our team and is key to HFTF's success.

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Eyerusalem Tegenu

Secretary/Purchaser

Eyerusalem (Jerry T.) has been with HFTF since the beginning! A graduate of Unity University, she has served in a variety of roles within the ministry including secretary, purchaser and driver. Jerry brings great enthusiasm and knowledge to both our administrative and caregiving teams. 

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Lea Wright

Director of International Relations and the LTC

Lea joined HFTF in early 2019. Her own journey as an adoptee led her back to serve in Ethiopia after growing up in the US. Her roles include managing our international donors, hosting teams and volunteers, and planning programs for the HFTF kids in the LTC. Lea is a planner and organizer at heart which she uses to bring our USA and Ethiopia teams together. 

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Solome Workayehu

Director of Marketing and Public Relations

In 2020, Solome first got involved in HFTF as a volunteer mentor for some of our older girls. Today, she still continues in that role while also being part of our administrative staff. Solome is a graduate of the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, where she studied PR and business. Prior to joining our team, she interned in the African Union and worked as a digital marketer for Zelemen Communications. Solome's professionalism and creativity are an amazing asset to the ministry of HFTF. 

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Abebe Shume

House Manager

Abebe joined HFTF as Hope House manager in 2019. He is a graduate of Addis Ababa University. Previously, he worked as a project manager for Compassion International. He is especially passionate about investing on the children's spiritual and psychological needs. Abebe is married to Ethiopia, and they have two biological children. 

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Eyrusalem Tadesse

House Manager

Eyerusalem (Jerry M) is the manager of Faith House. A graduate of Arba Minch University, she wanted to join HFTF because of her own vision to serve and to empower a rising generation of Ethiopian youth. Previously, Jerry was working as a teacher in Gibson Academy. She is able to use the skills she acquired there to better coach the children of Faith House especially in academics. Jerry's kindness, reliability, and resourcefulness bring great strength to HFTF. 

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Paul Galliart

Bookkeeper (USA)

Paul became our USA bookkeeper in 2020. In addition to working part-time for HFTF, he is also on staff for the Navigators. His expertise has helped HFTF reach new levels of organization and efficiency in ministry. Paul lives in Colorado Springs, CO with his family. 

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Sydney Dragovich

Intern (USA)

Sydney is a longtime champion of Hope for the Fatherless. She and her family have been instrumental in fundraising and advocating for the ministry in their home state of Colorado. In 2018, Sydney traveled to Ethiopia for the first time and returned a year later with a team from her high school. She began officially interning with HFTF in 2021 and helps us keep our USA operations running smoothly.