Rachel standing with three Ethiopian Program Coordinators

A Day in the Life of 3 Program Coordinators in Ethiopia | Part One

Have you ever wondered what Children’s HopeChest’s in-country staff believe to be the most rewarding aspect of their work? What about what they find most challenging in their work?

In HopeChest’s multi-episode “day in the life” podcast series, all of these questions are answered, and more! (Don’t miss the first two episodes featuring three Uganda CarePoint Project Coordinators, which you can read more about here and here.)

Fikre, Yared, and Alex smiling in a group
Fikre, Yared, and Alex (from left to right)

This last winter Rachel Andrews, VP of Community Partnerships, traveled to Uganda and Ethiopia. During her time in Ethiopia, she sat down with Fikre, Yared, and Alex — three of HopeChest Ethiopia’s six Program Coordinators. Combined, these men have nearly 25 years experience leading community development and advocating for some of Ethiopia’s most vulnerable children.

In this engaging episode, they discuss what their daily work looks like, the most rewarding and challenging aspects of their jobs, and how Ethiopia is changing under the leadership of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. We hope you enjoy listening to the stories and wisdom of these three remarkable leaders in Ethiopia.

“As a nation, we are experiencing freedom… As a nonprofit, we can work in children advocacy. Before, we couldn’t do that.” Alex



Sitting in the interviewer’s seat is Rachel Andrews, who has been working with HopeChest for 20 years. As VP of Community Partnerships, Rachel leads the team responsible for managing all aspects of community partnerships, both locally and internationally. She also travels frequently to our overseas offices and CarePoints around the globe for ongoing relationship building.



Portrait of Fikre smiling


Fikre has been working with Children’s HopeChest Ethiopia for over 10 years. His tenderness, intentionality, and encouragement are valuable resources to HopeChest’s head office and the thousands of children he advocates for at HopeChest Ethiopia’s CarePoints.


Yared has been working with Children’s HopeChest Ethiopia for four and a half years. He provides great insight to HopeChest’s head office and is driven, focused, and intentional.



Alex has been working with Children’s HopeChest Ethiopia for nearly 10 years. He has five children, and has a big heart which leads him to feel like a father to the 4,000+ children served at CarePoints in Ethiopia. He is a constant learner and a deep thinker and contributes to HopeChest’s success on a daily basis.



“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.



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