Mary Joy Ethiopia

• In 1992, the charity idea is incepted by the initiation of Sr. Zebider Zewdie and accompanied by other fellows in response of addressing the vulnerability of women at Asko Area in Addis Ababa by then the suburb of the city. The initiatives turned in to action by providing supports for women during delivery in the private clinic of the founder simply philanthropist motivation.

• As the time goes on the demand of the community was increasing, which used to become over the capacity of an individual effort that paved the way for the establishment of Mary Joy, and its programmatic and geographic expansions.

• 1994 Mary Joy Ethiopia is established as non-profit, non-governmental organization

• 2010 the organization is re-registered as Mary Joy Development Association and with the new Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Charities and Societies Proclamation page # 4521 as Ethiopian resident Charity with Reg. no. 0060 under the Federal Charity and Society Agency

• 2021 the organization is reregistered as Mary Joy Ethiopia with the new Proclamation No. 1113/2019 with the new Agency of Civil Society Organization with the same registration number


Mary Joy strives to be a sustainable organization that brings about lasting improvement in the lives of its target groups


Mary Joy Ethiopia charity that works to empower vulnerable and underserved community groups through integrated development programs

Our Core Values

We at MJE believe in the following values and associated behaviors which guide us and are embedded in our decisions, actions and relationship on a daily basis:

  • Integrity: We carry out all our work with the greatest responsibility and accountability
  • Commitment: We make a difference in the lives of our target communities through relevant, proactive and value-added programming
  • Transparency and accountability: We work transparent in our dealings with the government, the public, donors, partners, beneficiaries, and other interested parties as well as accountable for our actions and decisions,
  • Empowerment: We seek to do more than provide a quick fix for an individual situation; strive to fix larger systemic problems and empower client base to live a better life
  • Teamwork: we are supportive of each other’s efforts, loyal to one another, and care for each other both personally and professionally.
  • Respect: We treat all people with dignity, non-discriminatory and respect

Our Core Strategies :

  • Private-Public-Partnership (3P)
  • Awareness creation and sensitization
  • Resource mobilization
  • Promotion and support the organization program with ICT
  • Capacity building (internal and external)
  • Strengthening and diversify IGA schemes
  • Marketing, promotion and branding
  • Program integration:

Together we can improve lives of the poor!

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