Wonfel (ወንፈል) is a popular Amhara cultural practice that represents community participation with the goal of accomplishing a challenging task. Wonfel  represents act of giving back to the community. 

The Ethiopian diaspora is equipped with knowledge, skills, work ethics and financial capability. Therefore, Wonfel would strive to mobilize and engage the Ethiopian diaspora to give back to its roots and support them in their fight against poverty.


Wonfel is a US based nonprofit organization with 501(C)(3) status registered in California in 2018. It is established to respond to the growing socio-economic needs of millions of Ethiopians; and its core focus areas are education and health. According to regional reports, educational coverage and quality is inadequate in many areas in Ethiopia. For example elementary school enrollment is very low and the drop-out rate is alarming. Among those enrolled in elementary school, only 20% complete secondary school and only 5% manage to continue to post-secondary level education. Wonfel believes improving the quality of education through various interventions.




1. Shipping 20,000 University and high school books in collaboration with ADA 


2. Scholarship program to 10 universities in Amhara region


3.Supporting outstanding students that require preparation for international scholarship


Current projects


1. Support STEM education (Science Tech Engineering and Math), and provide online IT training


2.Building boarding schools in Gondar and Bahir Dar that would serve as a model for quality education, reduce drop-out rate and create opportunity for thousands. Wonfel hence initiated this noble project in collaboration with the Amhara regional government and other non-governmental organizations. To raise funding for this project Wonfel is hosting the 1st Wonfel Run for a Better Future 5K/1K Walk /Run Race on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 10200 Sligo Creek Pkwy, in Silver Spring, MD 20901 from 8 am to 12 noon. For this noble occasion the two Olympic heroes Deratu Tulu and Haile Gebresellassie will be present as guest of honor. We anticipate thousands to take part in this event and hoping to raise $100,000.  On the same evening there will be fundraising dinner program and other influential and business owners are invited.

Vision, Mission and values


Wonfel envisions an enlightened, innovative, healthy and prosperous society.


Empowering the people of Ethiopia through provision of key socio-economic services.


Core Values