Meketa means ‘support’ in Amharic. Many of the Jewish families in Gondar gave up their livelihood in distant villages to come to the town and register for emigration to Israel. However, many have waited years for permission to emigrate and in the meantime, they are living in extreme poverty and with little prospect of improvement in their circumstances. You can hear the community speak about themselves and their situation with the BBC. Rabbi Sybil Sheridan has also written about the community; her blog can be found by clicking here. The B'nai Brith International Organisation has also documented the plight of the Ethiopian Jews and you can read their article by clicking here.
Our work involves initiatives to help the community help themselves. Through child sponsorship, we enable families to educate their children and brighten their future. The after school club and summer activities reinforce and supports the education of children that attend state run schools and helps to improve their grades and brighten their prospects for the future.
Our livelihood projects (microloans, the bakery, training and employment, and local craft creation) provide opportunities for adults to learn skills that lead to employment, start their own businesses, or provide income for their families. These initiatives are overseen in Gondar by our field staff.