Build Relationships. Break Poverty. | Interview with Ethiopia’s Country Director

“Build Relationships. Break Poverty.” is a podcast that challenges the Western perception of international poverty by elevating the voices of local leaders and processing how we can help to alleviate poverty without harming those living in vulnerable communities.



This month’s episode features HopeChest’s Country Director of Ethiopia, Mickey Taye. Mickey is the newest Country Director to join the HopeChest team, but he’s already rocking the position with strength, insight, and passion for his work.

In this personal interview, Mickey shares about his background in child advocacy, the opportunities and challenges that Ethiopia’s youth are facing, and personal stories of children’s lives being rewritten into stories of hope.






Sitting in the interviewer’s seat is Rick Wright, Vice President of Marketing and Donor Relations. Rick supports and partners with the President and CEO and HopeChest board members on all major fundraising initiatives. He is also responsible for donor acquisition and retention and oversees the strategic marketing direction of the organization. In a past life, Rick was a spokesman for major Christian radio interviews, performed live on-site radio voice for inner-city ministry initiatives, and did voice over for radio television spots.



 Mickey Taye joined HopeChest as Ethiopia Country Director after serving for the last five years as Project Director for another nonprofit in Ethiopia, where he facilitated the implementation and evaluation of their child sponsorship and family empowerment project. His extensive experience includes a bachelor’s in education with a minor in biology, a Master of Arts degree in leadership, and is finalizing his thesis for a second Master of Arts in counseling and psychology. We are excited to have him on the HopeChest team!



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