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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 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. 


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. 

Eyerusalem Tegenu


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, conviction, and knowledge to both our administrative and caregiving teams. 

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's gifts of organization and creativity help to complete our HFTF administrative team. 

Abebe Shume

Social Worker and House Manager

Abebe joined HFTF as our social worker and our 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. 

Hope for the Fatherless 2020



558 Castle Pines Parkway 

Unit B4220 

Castle Pines, CO 80108

+1 720-878-4383


Salite Meheret - Safari Road 

Next to Fresh Corner, 2nd Floor

Addis Ababa

+251 11 822 4429

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