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.