About

OUR VISION

A future of Ethiopia where every child can
complete school and every adult able to find a quality job

OUR MISSION

To offer scholarships that allow students in
Gondar Ethiopia to finish the last two years of high school

WHO WE ARE

Gondar Development and Cooperation Organization (GDCO)

GDCO Was established as a 501C-NGO on October 2nd, 1991 in Washington, D.C.

• The Scholarship Program established in 1996 was initiated by a special committee

• To facilitate its operation, the organization started cooperation with its sister organization, Gondar Relief and Rehabilitation Development Association (GRRDA), Addis Ababa

• GDCO started its scholarship program with 76 students who were supported by donation from individuals residing in the U.S

WHERE WE WORK

Ethiopia is one of the largest countries and the second most populous in Africa. It is a hub of numerous ethnic group and home to the three major faiths of the global community: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Mutual tolerance and peaceful coexistence among its 105 million people is a hallmark of this ancient nation.

GDCO was founded by a group of Ethiopians who felt strongly that they need to contribute their share to the socioeconomic development of the people of Ethiopia with a special focus on the youth population.

Given the enormity of the challenges in Ethiopia’s development, the founders chose to focus on the Gondar sub-region. With a population estimated at more than 6 million, Gondar was formerly known as Begemider and Siemen.

Gondar city known as the Camelot of Ethiopia is in northwest part of Ethiopia. Founded by Emperor Fasilides in 1636 the City of Gondar served as Ethiopia’s capital from 1632 to 1855. Gondar is reputed to be one of the cradles of Ethiopian civilization. Its famous land-marks include the following:

1. Debre Birhan Selassie: 17th-18th century wall paintings.

2. Fasilides Castle. Built in 1640 as the home of King Fasilides.

3. Mentwab’s Palace (Kusquam).

4. Fasilides Bath, where Ethiopia’s famous annual Timket ceremony is celebrated.

5. The town of Gorgora on the northern shore of Lake Tana about 70 km from Gondar, with numerous ancient relics.

6. The Church of Debre Sina, built in the 17th century and adorned with biblical paintings.

PARTNER (GRRDA)

Our sister organization GRRDA (Golam), is a registered local NGO in Ethiopia and it

is authorized to finalize program agreements with the Ethiopian Government, administer the distribution of funds sent by GDCO and negotiate with Customs Office the release of

goods and educational materials sent from abroad to schools in the region, Our affiliate organization, GRRDA- Gondar ensures that schools select successful candidates according to the criteria set by GDCO, and the selection is made by a committee made up of school directors, teachers, parent’s representatives, and students.

Education (Scholarship) Committee

Dr. Genet Desta

Mr. Zewdu Belai

Mrs. Sare Takele

Mr. Yohannes Mersha

Mr. Eyasu Damtew

Mr. Wubu Ingdayehu

Mr. Walelegne Mantegbot

Dr. Asnakew Tsega

Mr. Mulugeta Negussie

Mr. Haile Akalu

Chairperson

Secretary

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Seattle, WA

Management Board (Board of Directors)

There are two types of membership to the board. Fifty per cent will be representatives from each member organization, and the other fifty percent will be nominated by the GA based on their professional merit and their commitment to the fulfillment of GDCO’s objectives. The Board oversees the performance of the Executive Committee, strengthens the membership of GDCO, and lobbies governmental and non-governmental institutions both in Ethiopia and elsewhere for support and resources.

Current Board of Directors

Dr. Mulatu Wubneh

Ms. Amsal Woreta

Professor Adugnaw Worku

Mr. Eyasu Damtew

Mr. Aderajew Hailu

Audit Committee

Mr. Mehari Belay

Lisane Gondar
Editorial Committee

Dr. Mulatu Wobneh

Dr. Alemante G/Selassie

Dr. Adugnaw Worku

Chairman

Managing Director

Member

Secretary & Treasurer

Accountant


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Editor-in-Chief

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Some of Our Scholarship Winners

A Song From Gonder by Mehari Degefaw