Growing HOPE in Ethiopia

Since 2010


For close to 10 years, we've been working with orphan and underprivileged children in Ethiopia


From the USA, Romania, and Ethiopia, our team has cross-cultural education experience.

Path Forward

Many of these children have a bleak future, but there is hope and a way forward.

Our History

Our co-founders were instrumental in the expansion of a school project in the Ziway / Adami Tulu area. In 2010, they helped to form Ziway + Adami Tulu Project, recruiting a group of team leaders in the US to raise the funds necessary to expand one of the school sites from 70 to 210 students. They raised over $40,000 to build the new building with four classrooms, new restroom facilities, and a security fence around the Adami Tulu property.

After the project’s completion in August 2011, much of the team traveled to Adami Tulu to put the finishing touches on the building and plan for next steps. The result was a three year plan to build out the school site to a capacity of about 500 students, covering Nursery, Lower Kindergarten, Upper Kindergarten, and first through fourth grades.

In 2011, the team raised $220,000 to expand the other campuses as well. In time for the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year, a four-classroom building was constructed at the Adami Tulu campus, along with a  two-story, eight-classroom building at the Ziway Primary campus.

The current total enrollment is around 1200 students.  Students like the ones graduating from the schools in Ziway + Adami Tulu need employment opportunities and business skills. That’s where Hope Takes Root comes in…


Ziway + Adami Tulu School

What We Did

Helped expand a school for over 1000 children to receive a high-quality education.


Hope Takes Root is an approved ministry of Lifesong for Orphans. Lifesong will process donations and provide additional US administrative support to Hope Takes Root.   They are a 501(c)3 ministry that’s accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) provide all of their services free of charge. 100% of your gift received by Lifesong will go directly to Hope Takes Root’s mission.

After these kids get an education…

They need job skills to build a successful future.

We’re helping build that future right in the heart of African economic growth

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Annual Ethiopian GDP growth from 2004-2014


Our Project Consists of 2 Parts
Part One

The Business

We will hire professional Ethiopian software developers and create a sustainable for-profit business, providing software solutions for Ethiopian businesses. We strive to be on the forefront of the Ethiopian tech sector.

Part Two

The Program

We will hire orphans and under-privileged youth as student workers. They will receive fair pay and on-the-job training in IT, software development, business skills, and life mentorship. At the end of their time in the program, they will have real-life experience and a resume, ensuring they are equipped to be excellent employees.

Our Team

Aaron and Cacey Klein


Aaron and Cacey have been working in Ethiopia for a decade. Their dedication to the education and continuing development of at-risk children and youth led them to start Hope Take Root. Aaron is the CEO of a tech company, and they are 3-time adoptive parents, which gives them the perfect background in orphan care and technology to spearhead our project.

Christian and Marie Burtt

Co-Founders and Project Directors

Christian and Marie worked in orphan care in Eastern Europe for 7 years. They have experience with education children from hard places. With backgrounds in Computer Engineering and Mathematics, their work on the ground in Addis Ababa is what keeps this project moving.