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Abebech Gobena sitting on the chair with the kids at her back (left), and Abebech Gobena looks emotional while wearing eyeglasses and a sleeve (right)

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Abebech Gobena (Amharic: አበበች ጎበና; Afan Oromo: Abbabachi Goobanaa) (born 1938) is an Ethiopian humanitarian, and the founder and general manager of AGOHELMA, one of the oldest orphanages in Ethiopia. She is often called the Mother Teresa of Africa.


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Abebech Gobena talking and holding a microphone while wearing a white sleeve and eyeglasses

Gobena was born in a small rural village called Shebel in 1938. Her father was killed during the second Ethio-Italian war, so she was raised by her grandparents until the age of nine. At the age of 10, she was married without her consent, but she ran away to the capital, Addis Ababa. There, she managed to get basic education and later worked as a quality controller at a coffee and grain company.

Abebech Gobena has been interviewed at "" while wearing a hat and a coat

She went to Gishen Mariam, Wollo Province, for pilgrimage in 1973. At the time, the area was severely stricken by famine. In a feeding center, Gobena saw a child next to her dead mother. She distributed the only thing she had to other victims, a loaf of bread and five liters of holy water, and brought the child along with another orphan to her home in Addis Ababa. In one year, she brought 21 children to her home.

Abebech Gobena sitting on a chair while wearing a long sleeve and eyeglasses

Today, AGOHELMA, the association she founded, provides various services in addition to the orphanage itself, including formal and non-formal education, HIV/AIDS prevention activities, habitat improvement and infrastructure development, empowerment of women, among others. Additionally, it provides institutional care for 150 orphans. Since its establishment, over 12,000 needy children have been supported by the association with over 1.5 million people having benefited either directly or indirectly from the association in different regions of the country.

Abebech Gobena standing with a man holding a flag


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