Our Ethiopian Staff

We are very privileged to introduce you to our field staff in Ethiopia. 



Ambanesh (shown on the left with a member of the community) was born in Dembia and moved to Gonder so her father could take up job teaching English. She studied at Hebret school, and Fasiledes Secondary School in Gondar, obtained  a certificate in Information Technology. Ambanesh worked  with NACOEJ  (North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry) as the Controller of Food at a daily feeding centre. She now works with the Jewish community’s organisation, HATIKVA, and is Meketa’s Community Support Liaison.    


Gech was born in Gondar.  He went to the  Hebret school, and Fasiledes Secondary School.  He has a certificate in Electricity and IT. His previous positions were as librarian in the NACOEJ Library and a kindergarten teacher for the Jewish Agency. Gech runs the after school club and his roles include teacher, mentor and friend to the children as well as anything else that needs to be done to keep the club running. 


Eschetu was born in Dembia.  He came to Gondar in 1990 to study and learn.  His sister and his mother live in the nearby town Azero.    He is a third year student in midwifery at Gondar University.  He has two more years to go before he is a qualified midwife.   He works at the after school club to pay for his studies.  He teaches computing at the After School Club, and also helps with homework.   

Meet the new members of our staff ....

Imawa was born in Achafir, a village in Gogyan.  She is a third year accounting student in the distance learning programme at Gondar University.  She is married and has a son, 1 ½ years old.  She came to Gondar in 1988, and is waiting to go to Israel.  She spends the majority of her time teaching Temesgen, a special needs little boy that attends the After School Club.




Muluken is our new Project Manager in Godar.  He has a background in management and experience in both local government and the charity sector.  His role with Meketa includes assessing the viability of new business enterprises, visiting microloan beneficiaries and helping them achieve profitability and supporting the training for young adults. 

Yenesew Belachew is our newest After School Club Teacher.  He is from the Gojjam region of Ethiopia; having moved to Gondar with his family in  2010 to register for the Aliyah to Israel.The following year he started a degree in mechanical engineering at Gondar University. In his summer holidays he volunteered to tutor local school children as part of a community scheme. He graduated in the summer of 2016 and started at the club in October, bringing his subject expertise to teaching.   He teaches maths, chemistry and physics to the oldest pupils. 

Latest News 

Most girls in the Gondar Jewish community tend to stay at home and miss school during some of the days of their monthly cycle.   They could fall behind with their schooling and struggle to keep up with the class. We have linked up with the Days4girls project to provide girls with re-usable feminine hygiene kits. Seven kits were sent in time for International Women's Day.

We started a new club in Shewa Dabo – an area further out in Gondar where many of the Jewish families have moved to because the housing is much cheaper.  Click here to find out more about it 

Our programme, LIFT, gives direct support to elderly and infirm members of the community living in poverty.  Learn more about it here.

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