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Belay T. Gebru

Founder and Managing Director

"Uncle Ben" founded Hope for the Fatherless 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. 


Eyrusalem Tadesse

Adoption Program 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.  Her kindness, reliability, and resourcefulness bring great strength to HFTF. Jerry is newly married to Kidus, and they make their home in Addis. 

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Naomi Yohannes

Public Relations & Marketing

Naomi joined the staff of HFTF in early 2023 after having served as an intern in 2020. Her roles include publicity and marketing, hosting teams and volunteers, and planning special events in Ethiopia. 

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Saron Hafte


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Hewan Fekadu

Program Coordinator for Group Homes & Life Training Center

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Ashinafi Kasahun

Leatherworks Program Coordinator

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Konjit Bodja


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