Raji Daniel Tessema (Bonnie) is the Co-Founder and CEO of Chosen Generation, a nonprofit organization registered and based in Ethiopia. She is a passionate young lady who desires to help young women in her country to become strong and independent.
Prior to Chosen Generation, Raji operated as the country's representative for Making the
Grade: Hope for African Youth.
After graduating from Addis Ababa University with a Law degree, Raji began volunteering at Child Justice Project working to secure rights for children including rights to education, nutrition and a
safe environment. She has participated in counseling parents (mediation), custody
claims and legal advice to single mothers regarding their dealings in the courts. This experience led to her focus on women's empowerment, her ultimate goal.
Raji is also a leader and minister at her local church for over 500 youth and young
adults. She has spent time with a missionary team from Miami in outreach, medical campaigns, and donation programs in various Ethiopian communities such as Arbaminch, Hawassa and Addis Ababa.
Tsedale is the Founder and General Manager of New Bright Community Development Center. She founded the organization with a vision of to see a confident, visionary, economically empowered and self-reliant society in Ethiopia. The organization focuses on transforming the lives of unprivileged children and youth through education and skill enhancement, creating a safe environment and protecting them from unhealthy practices. Her journey working with her local community began 10 years ago as a social worker with a strong desire to contribute to poverty reduction. She received her MA from Addis Ababa University.
My name is Aschalew Tesfaye, and I was born and raised in Sodo City, Wolaita Zone. I graduated from Arbaminch University with Hydraulic Engineering, and I currently work as a consultant and supervising engineer at Gununo Hamus City Municipality. Throughout my career, I have been involved in various consulting and supervisory roles, including projects related to schools, offices, roads, water drainage systems, water distribution systems, and design. Despite my professional pursuits, my childhood dream has always been to help those in need. To fulfill this aspiration, I have engaged in charity work with organizations like Making the Grade Hope for African Youth and Chosen Generation. As a part of these initiatives, I have delivered materials provided by MTGs to street children, and I have also provided support to visually impaired students by monitoring their progress and encouraging their studies. Additionally, I have been actively involved in the construction of a shower house that aims to benefit visually impaired students. This project not only intends to provide them with a much-needed facility but also seeks to generate income for these students. With the blessings and guidance of God, I dream of expanding and improving upon this work in the future, allowing me to make a greater positive impact on the lives of others.
Robel has Masters degree in Business Administration specializing in marketing from Liverpool University,UK and a Bachelor's degree in Business Education from Addis Ababa University.
For the past thirteen years he has engaged in training, consultancy, and teaching subsequently assuming the position of Dean at Unity University. He is founder and manages a consultancy firm and restaurant as well as acted as a trainer at the Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce.
Currently, Robel is a managing partner and general manager at Greater Business Consultancy, PLC and managing partner of Robel and Tadious- a whole sale and retail company.
Hanna has a Bachelor's of Science in Economics from Addis Ababa University as well as a Master's in Business Administration from Lincoln University. She is an ambitious and driven professional with a passion for empowering youth in Africa and a comprehensive knowledge of data collection, economic and political analysis, risk assessment and market analysis.
Hanna spent time volunteering with a non profit to advance mental health support in Ethiopia. Her efforts included raising awareness by educating the public about mental illness using various marketing and communication tactics both print and digital. In this effort she also assisted in providing community-tailored training for families suffering from mental health issues.
Hanna works as a Junior Consultant to the African Union Commission (AUC) to support
and enhance the Conflict Prevention and Early Warning Division’s (CPEWD)
collaboration with CSOs and establishment of a network of Youth Organizations on
Peace and Security with the Youth 4 Peace Program. She has taken part in assisting in
the development of a continental framework on Youth, Peace and Security ad
developing communication strategies for different companies and many more.
Yonas is a graduate from Addis Ababa University and has a Master's Degree in Marketing Management. works as an awards manager for US portfolio awards at Save the Children
Managing at US Portfolio Awards, Yonas is responsible for overseeing that all US Portfolio Awards are compliant to SCI and donor requirements. He manages staffing, budgeting, and donor communications. He also coordinates and facilitates award audits, reviews trends, identifies gaps, and has developed and maintained a system to effectively and efficiently track organize donors so as to meet SCI compliance requirements.
He supervises the portfolio's with larger companies such as USAID, UNHCR, BPRM, Gates Foundation as well as other individual donor grants consisteng of up to 60% of the overall organization budget at SCI.
Yonas has extensive and long-standing experience working at local and international NGO’s in
administrative and finance.
Berite is a passionate woman who focuses her ambitions to creating awareness of major
human rights issues. She is a Law School graduate from Addis Ababa University.
As a result of her work as a human rights defender and activist Berite was awarded a scholarship from the highly reputable International Law Firm, DLA Piper, to study LLM at Addis Ababa University.
Early on she began to volunteer in multiple offices in Ethiopia like EWLA (Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association) as a legal aid provider. She additionally found herself volunteering at the Addis Ababa University-run Human Rights Center where she worked as a legal aid provider for victims of human rights violations. There she would serve women, children and refugees.
Her life's work is defending those most affected by gross human rights violations. But, Berite is extremely concerned about literacy in her country. She uses her clout in the activism community to run a book donation project. Hundreds of people share her project on social media
and she receives hundreds of books to donate to schools in Adola.
Thitina, a 24-year-old residing in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, achieved a bachelor's degree in nursing with distinction in March 2022. Currently, she is in her senior year pursuing an MPH (Master of Public Health). Thitina is committed to making a positive impact on healthcare in her
community. Tihitina is our Admin Coordinator and Cashier in Addis Ababa.
Frehiwot, a highly skilled and detail-oriented accountant with years of experience, holds a
bachelor's degree in accounting and finance. Her career includes roles as an auditor, handling
diverse clients, and serving as an accountant in both the private sector and a local NGO. Beyond
her professional life, Frehiwot enjoys quality time with family and friends, hiking, and