Gudina Tumsa Foundation

Serving the marginalized since 1992

Welcome to our website!

Our vision is to see empowered communities that perceive themselves as capable human beings, equipped to actively engage in all aspects of spiritual and physical human life.


To this end we strive to empower disadvantaged communities to see themselves as whole and capable human beings.

  • The first Karayu students
    The first Karayu students
  • Karayu girls in front of their hostel
    Karayu girls in front of their hostel
  • Karayu kids in Alternative Basic Education
    Karayu kids in Alternative Basic Education
  • Karayu boy serving his family as camel herder
    Karayu boy serving his family as camel herder
  • The first students in Didimtu Kindergarten
    The first students in Didimtu Kindergarten
  • Sheep fattening in Bisan Dimo
    Sheep fattening in Bisan Dimo
  • Bisan Dimo women's cooperative on the opening of their grinding mill
    Bisan Dimo women's cooperative on the opening of their grinding mill
  • Gulelle women receiving training on sewing and embroidery
    Gulelle women receiving training on sewing and embroidery
  • Proud Karayu woman in her fruit garden
    Proud Karayu woman in her fruit garden
  • Promoting agriculture in Fantalle
    Promoting agriculture in Fantalle
  • Honey from Yeka Seden
    Honey from Yeka Seden
  • Water point from deep borehole in Fantalle
    Water point from deep borehole in Fantalle
  • Water trough for Karayu herds
    Water trough for Karayu herds
  • A Karayu girl being treated on the annual medical mission
    A Karayu girl being treated on the annual medical mission
The first Karayu students
The first Karayu students
History
The religious persecution and assassinations of the bygone communist regimes of the world are few of the cruelest forms of injustice and human rights violation to be remembered. One of the numerous victims of such an act of a dictatorial regime, at the beginning of the 4th quarter of our century, was the General Secretary of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY), the Reverend Gudina Tumsa. As one Church historian put it "... he was one of the Church pillars Africa ever produced in the 20th century." The life of this charismatic church leader has captured the interests of several writers—some have written books and papers on him while others have dedicated their books to him. (Read more)

GTF and Karayu

GTF's first encounter with the Karayu pastoralists took place in November 1994 as GTF was assessing various areas to identify the most suitable place where its noble vision could be translated into action. Going to an unknown area to work with an unknown people seems like a response to a divine call. (Read more)