Wegene Ethiopian Foundation


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Family Sponsorship

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WEF has a grass-root approach of supporting hardworking destitute families with children by providing assistance in their own homes and surroundings without uprooting them from their already existing network of community support. WEF uses an innovative integrated approach whereby designated local caretakers are assigned to each family. WEF aims to address the underlying issues of poverty, diseases, prostitution, begging, and the growing number of orphanages by implementing preventative interventions that focus on rebuilding the family structure.  Read More...

Wegene Knowledge Center

The Wegene Knowledge Center was opened in April 2016. WEF is seeking funds to fully furnish this Knowledge Center. Currently the Knowledge Center provides a library, computers, copiers, and printers to provide adequate resources to further the sponsored children’s educational opportunities. Multiple tutors aid struggling students from elementary school to high school in their preparation of the national exam. The center also provides college and job preparation services for university-bound students, unemployed and impoverished adults.  Read more...

Gabi Drive


This coming Holiday Season, you can help put a smile on the face of a Wegene child by sponsoring a Gabi/Blanket. Wegene Kids’ Club is currently collecting donations to buy 100 Gabi/blanket to our Wegene children back in Ethiopia. For most of our sponsored children, this will be the very first time they will own their own new Gabi or blanket in their whole life. Most of our families live in homes that lack sufficient heat and protection against cold.  Read more...



White House Highlights Nini Legesse

white-house-logoWhite House Highlights Nini Legesse as a “Champion of Change” and Trailblazer in American Diaspora Communities.  Read More.


cfcnewWegene has now registered in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Wegene’s assigned CFC No. is 16021.


What people say

Nolawi Taddesse
Wegene is one of the best non-profit around the Washington DC area. This is truly a great organization that needs so much assistance to be able to continue doing what it does best - help the helpless.
Amsale Kebede
Wegene is the absolute best non-profit agency I have ever been associated with! Co-Founder Nini, the board and their dedicated, selfless volunteers whose sole purpose is to improve the lives of disadvantaged families and children in need are real jewels of our community.
Rebecca Tadesse
I looked for years for a volunteer opportunity that made me feel good, but never felt fulfilled. Until I started volunteering for Wegene. Knowing that I am part of an incredible organization that does amazing things for so many children, gave me exactly what I needed. I believed so strongly in this organization that my entire family including my husband and children have become involved.
Yewebdar Tadesse
When I went to Ethiopia for vacation a few times in the past five years, I had multiple chances to visit some of the sponsored families at their homes and to visit the new Wegene Learning Center where the children get tutored. I was happy to see how grateful the parents and children were, and how much love, respect, and dignity the Wegene team treated them.
Issayas Yona
It is very refreshing to see this mostly volunteer run organization commit their all, and that 100% of its funds to go directly to the families it sponsors. I am very impressed with what Wegene has been accomplishing for the last many years . The organization provides much needed resources to children and families with such care and concern that you just rarely see these days.