Abebech Gobena is a prominent Ethiopian Philanthropist. She was the founder of Abebech Gobena Children’s Care and Development Association. She has changed the lives of over 1.5 million orphaned Ethiopian children over a span of four decades. It is the oldest orphanage in Ethiopia. Her foundation fulfills the needs of vulnerable and orphaned children to equip them with skills, knowledge and assertiveness in the society.
A devout Christian, she happened to see two orphaned children during one of her religious pilgrimages to the Ethiopian Church in the 1980s and she brought them with her. That is how she started her relentless and lifetime dedication for supporting Orphaned children. She devoted her life to caring for children. She was an inspiration to many and was appreciated and acknowledged for her selfless commitment towards the vulnerable. Becuase of that, many call her the Mother Teresa of Ethiopia.
She had been a recipient of many awards, local and international, including an honoris causa in Humanity from Jimma University.
Ethiopians in the country and abroad are mourning her death.