TESFA HOPE ​campaign


Tesfa means Hope in Amharic, the language of Ethiopia.

Our campaign of action, fundraising and events brings hope to communities across the country.

Emergency relief - long term support - building civil society

Akima's story
Building community for internally
displaced persons
Epsudink's story
Education and long term support for vulnerable children 
We have pioneered many innovative approaches
where we work with community groups and others
to build up and strengthen civil society


Akima's Story 


Our home was in the east of the country, near Jijiga.


There’s me, my daughter who is 8 and my son son who is 4. I’m on my own since

my husband left but we were happy and settled in our home with my mother

living near.


Then life changed.


Tensions grew and gangs of youths have been attacking our homes and stealing all we have - some of my friends were killed. I was terrified that my children would be the next to die – so we took what we could carry and have come here to Bishoftu.


It’s hard for us. We have a room, but no blankets so we are cold at night.


I used to travel back home to Jijjiga, to some local goods from the area which I could re-sell in the market here, but there are new regulations and so these get confiscated on the road.


We get some rice and oil from the government but it is not enough. The children are

bored and hungry. My mother has now come to join us – so that’s one more mouth

to feed.

But there are good things too. Sadu my daughter has made a friend from a local

family. They play together every day and share all they have.

With JeCCDO's support we now have a new house, clean water and help with education and medicine.  Life is looking better.  


What we are doing......

Internally displaced persons are refugees within their own country.

This is a growing problem in Ethiopia with almost 2 million people driven from their homes.  Trouble hotspots are the northern region of Tigray and the eastern border with Somalia where the conflicts over the border spill over into Ethiopia.

People like Akima are forced to flee and come to safer places.  Here the government provides land for accommodation and growing food.  We provide basic necessities like food and clean water.  Our aim is to enable and empower new communities.  




Watch a video of Bishan Guracha Camp.  There are 6000 people living in this camp.  We will support 150 families in desperate need.


Building simple but solid homes       Installing tanks for clean water           Emergency food distribution


All donations are being doubled thanks to a supporter who has offered matched funding for the first £10,000 donated.  So for each £1 you give - we receive £2.25 (including gift aid).

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Epsudink's Story 


Epsudink and her brother Miki were orphaned when their mother died. 

Adanech, their aunt whose husband had died and who already had two children

of her own, welcomed Epsudink and Miki into her family.


Adanech was house-sitting and threatened with eviction. There was little money

and often she could only afford to give the children bread and water. 

Epsudink had just started at school and had learnt to write her name,

but Miki was traumatised by his experiences and could not speak or communicate.

Life was hard but Adanech says:"I will look after these children until I die".

Our community co-ordinator visited them regularly.  We helped the aunt set up a small business with training and a grant.

                                            One year later we saw big changes.  Adanech had been

                                            helped to set up a small shop to gain a regular  income.

                                            Both children are at school. Miki talks and

                                            Epsudink is proud of her reading.    

Jeccdo Dire Dawa Adanech Mamo johnetteir

Why Breakfast Clubs?

We supported a school at Genda Tesfa, which means Village of Hope.  The school and community committee set up a Breakfast Club to help the poorest children out of poverty. 

t went so well that we are now are working with two more schools

to set up Breakfast Clubs.  These enable the poorest children

to go to school by providing a good meal at the start of the day;

and the school uniform, books and education materials. 

Then in November 2021 we funded a second breakfast club at Biruh Tesfa School at Debre Birhan.  This will support thirty of the poorest children with a breakfast at the start of the school day,  school materials, and also support and a loan to the family to set up a small buiness to give lasting secuirty.


We want to continue this with more breakfast clubs.  







Working with others for the benefit of all

We are first and foremost a children's charity.  Our purpose is to see all children in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa live a fullfilled and creative life.  Which is why we support children to go to school and their parents and guardians to build a regular and reliable income.  This is the purpose of the Breakfast Clubs.


We believe that each community  however poor and marginalised - has the determination and resources to care for their children.  We work with and trust local leaders in Community Based Organisations to design and manage development strategies for all members.  This is our aim in supporting new communities being formed of Internally displaced Persons. 

We are also committed to work with others to build a strong civil society for the benefit of all.  We support government initiatives; work with other development agencies; and provide training and investment for local people.


This has led us to set up new and innovative programmes. 

These include

Support for girls at school, addressing problems of early marriage and gender based violence;

Training programmes in conflict resolution in areas with high levels of violence

Providing election observers from local communities.

A social safety net pilot scheme for the most vulnerable.


Read the newsletter from JeCCDO, our partners, to find out more about the work we do together..