Nationally Registered Charities
Help one Ethiopian person and they will give back to their community. Please donate to registered Ethiopian charities run by marvellous, ethical local volunteers. 265 Australian dollars that I raised in 2021 bought school books for 91 Ethiopian children. The November War begun in 2020 has made the work of these 2 charities even more important.
Here are 2 nationally registered Ethiopian charitable organisations:
- Sharing Love Charitable Organization (SLCO) – helps prisoners and their families in Ethiopia.
- Generation Pillar Organization (GPO) – fights poverty all over Ethiopia.
SLCO and GPO aim to help all Ethiopians that need their services. They promote gender equity. Donations directly benefit the disadvantaged – money is not wasted on administration. Coordinators and operators work voluntarily. They run cost effective projects.
Sharing Love Charitable Organization
SLCO is fully registered in Ethiopia – certificate #4911. It helps prisoners and their families. SLCO builds responsible citizens and generates healthy psyches. This reduces crime.
“This was a great season thanks to your dedication and patience.”Hossan Towan Prison Admin. Head, 28 February 2021
Sharing Love Charitable Organization is a network of Ethiopian volunteers. It was the initiative of Mr. Temesgen Tadesse Abo. He began supporting prisoners and their families in 2012. Kebede Ergudo Erbelo, an academic, has coordinated volunteers since 2014. Jump to report on Ethiopian prison conditions.
See a television interview with Temesgen. The program is “Good morning Ethiopia” April 27, 2021. https://www.facebook.com/100050792130576/videos/296854585350944/
- Mobile: +251 930 176 860
- Mobile: +251 930 176 517
- Phone +1303 564 2357 for global contact
- Post: 62353 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Create productive citizens and help reduce crime through loving support of prisoners.
Improve the lives of prisoners and their families.
SLCO calls for donations to help prisoners and their families. Donations are direct to the Ethiopian bank accounts listed here.
- Commercial Bank of Ethiopia – 1000332573307
- Oromiya International Bank –130006830001
- Dashen Bank – 0039103035011
- Birhan International Bank – 2500220091177
- Account name for all: Sharing Love Charitable Organization
Please contact Temesgen Tadesse Abo to express your interest in donating to SLCO. Mobile phone: +251 930 176 860; email: email@example.com
You can make a Western Union money transfer – to the main branch of Commercial Bank of Ethiopia. Provide the charity with the Western Union transaction security code. https://www.westernunion.com/et/en/home.html
Beginnings of SLCO
A Prison Visit
In 2012, Temesgen visited a friend’s sister in Hawassa Prison. He noticed others who needed help and wondered, ‘Who else was visiting pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers?’ And what about youth and children whose parents were incarcerated? Immediately, he began supporting women and children in prison and in their daily lives.
At first, Temesgen T. Abo used his own funds to supply clothing, body lotion, hygiene & sanitary products; flour, oil, syrup, pasta and rice; books for libraries; and—for children whose parents were imprisoned—exercise books, pens and pencils.
Consulting Prisoners & Networking
The prison’s principal gave Temesgen T. Abo information about supporting prisoners. Temesgen consulted prisoners about their needs. Principals helped him establish support networks for other prisons in Dilla, Hlaba, Durame, Hossanea and Wolaita Sodo. They supplied some materials. SLCO rented cars for distribution.
From 2014, academic Kebede Ergudo Erbelo donated his services as coordinator of volunteers. Later, Kebede joined Ethiopian diaspora. In 2019, he loaned SLCO the money to buy a small car for transporting supplies. Today, SLCO supports prisoners and their children who attend schools. It addresses problems in the following prisons: Hawassa, Dilla, Halaba, Durame, Hossaina, Wolaito Sodo, Butajira, Worabe, Wolkite, Debra Berhan, and Adama. SLCO plans to reach out to people in all prisons in Ethiopia.
- specialised support and counselling to prisoners with disabilities, depression and anxiety
- preventative health and hygiene materials
- literacy, numeracy and vocational education
- supply of necessities to prisoners
- supply of exercise books, pens, pencils, and school uniforms to children whose parents are imprisoned
- resources and facilities for religious purposes
- training in disease prevention & health maintenance
Training for correctional staff who support specific groups of prisoners. These include those who are female, under 18 or senior. Others have language barriers, physical or mental disabilities or special learning needs.
Interviews With Pastor Temesgen
- Hawassa prison service: https://www.facebook.com/SharingLoveCharitableOrganization2020/videos/1108743792957610/
- Providing PPE to prisoners to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- https://www.facebook.com/temesgen.tadese.7777019/posts/304422711260798 (Amharic)
- https://www.facebook.com/temesgen.tadese.7777019/posts/304118531291216 (English)
Prison Conditions in Ethiopia: Research Findings
Research studies based on Ethiopian prison contexts identified problems and challenges. Sharing Love Charitable Organization is dedicated to addressing them. Read the findings:
Generation Pillar Organization
Generation Pillar Organization (GPO) is a registered Ethiopian charity – Local Organization Registry Number 3996, 9 July 2019 with the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopian Agency for Civil Society Organizations
Fight poverty, removing its burden from the shoulders of current and future generations while sustaining the environment.
Ensure that current and future Ethiopian generations have holistic development that is directed toward physical, mental, economic, social, ethical and environmental well-being.
Summary of GPO Mission
Provide services and support to people who are disadvantaged. These include orphans, children from low-income families, youth, job seekers, women, homeless elders, people living with HIV/AIDS.
Generation Pillar Organization is an initiative of Pastor Yohannis Rebu. It was created in 2018 by Ethiopian indigenous people. Jump to GPO board members. In September 2021, GPO supported 500 school children with educational needs. It gave girls sanitary products so that they could attend, and provided transport for 50 university students. In 2022, GPO is helping some of the hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians displaced due to war.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cell phone numbers:
- +251 913 060 454
- +251 919 913 614
- +251 946 750 086
Donations to GPO
Donations may be made directly to the following bank accounts:
- Commercial Bank of Ethiopia: 1000278477952
- Oromiya International Bank: 923747
- Account name for both banks: Generation Pillar Organization
Please contact Pastor Yohannis: email: email@example.com; mobile phone: +251 913 060 454
- Western Union money transfer – to the main branch of Commercial Bank of Ethiopia. https://www.westernunion.com/et/en/home.html
- Provide Pastor Yohannis with the Western Union transaction security code.
Services are for all poor Ethiopians throughout Ethiopia.
- Building shelters for homeless elders
- Development of food security for all
- Water supply construction in rural areas
- Training for disadvantaged people – formal, workplace, literacy. An overarching goal for all projects is to create a positive mindset in trainees. This means that they believe in the future & care about the environment. Their daily lives improve. They develop physically, mentally, socially, economically and ethically.
- Training for service providers that aligns with GPO’s vision and mission. This is for civil servants and government employees. It ensures governance that builds supportive communities and is environmentally sustainable. Communities manage the environment, sustaining it for the benefit of existing and future generations.
- Small business development support – micro-finance to women; optimise & encourage existing skills
- Establishment of free public libraries – membership open to all
- Building free schools and hospitals in Addis Ababa. Free education & health care services are for people with low incomes.
- Family planning – education, consultations & products for all people
- HIV/AIDS prevention – education & products for all people
- Landcare – development of plantations & reforestation
- Conservation of natural resources
- Coffee production – a traditional Ethiopian product
Who Does GPO Support?
“Their desperate plight is heart breaking.”Pastor Yohannis, founder of Generation Pillar Organization
- Orphans & poor children – food security, educational materials, clothing, health care & sanitation
- School students – GPO sponsors 19 boys & 14 girls.; age: 8–19; grade: 1–11. GPO has given them all school uniforms.
- Unemployed youth – training & job creation
- School graduates – training & job creation
- College & university graduates – job creation
- Women surviving from day to day, including widows – training, job creation & small-business support. Includes micro-finance. GPO builds shelters for women who are alone in the world.
- Elders & homeless elders – shelter, food, health care, sanitation & clothing
- People living with HIV/AIDS – medical help, counselling, food & clothing
Where Does GPO Work?
All areas. In many places, university students have no transport. Volunteers drive them to campus. GPO sponsors school children all over Ethiopia. This includes Sedi Chana District. It builds traditional mud houses; for example, in Gawo Kebe Woreda at Bejoko Kobecha Kebele.
GPO Annual Plan 2021 Summary
- Chairperson: Waraksa Kumera Beyene (engineer)
- Executive Director: Yohannis Namomsa Rebu (pastor)
- Nebiyu Tolina Kusa (accountant)
- Milkias Bulcha is vice-chairman of the board (lawyer)
- Tarafe Haile (diplomat)
- Addimsu Tarafe
These are smart and self-sufficient supporters of the helpless: yerada lij!
Photos © Sharing Love Charitable Organization & Generation Pillar Organization. Please do not download them.
Featured image: Pelicans Over Lake Tana © Mesfin Tadesse 2020