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Mulugeta Gebru

Founder & Executive Director, Jerusalem Children and Community Development Organization (JeCCDO)

Mulugeta Gebru is the Executive Director of JeCCDO in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. JeCCDO was started in 1985 with the intention of working in childcare, having six orphanages accommodating 1000 children with a starting budget of USD 100,000 and 35 Employees.

Today, JeCCDO is involved in development work focusing on children, women and youth in different parts of the country, with a budget amounting to USD 3 million per year and 300 employees. JeCCDO funds 12 NGOs directly and supports 21 CBOs with capacity development. JeCCDO also serves as the secretariat of the OVC Network, which is comprised of 140 Ethiopian organizations. As Executive Director of JeCCDO, Mr. Gebru’s role is to raise funds, establish relationships with stakeholders, and develop strategic plans and policy. He reports for the Board of Directors on overall coordination and management practices and, above all, accountability to the community they are serving.

Mr. Gebru has been involved as a board member of several NGOs and has served as a parent committee member in five schools. A native of Ethiopia, Mr. Gebru holds a degree in Business Management and an Advanced Diploma in Development Studies. He is married with four children.