Project Mercy is an International Emergency Relief and Community Development Ministry established shortly after Marta Gabre-Tsadick, Executive Director, her husband, Demeke Tekle-Wold, and family escaped to the United States from the Communist regime in Ethiopia in the early 1970’s. With the assistance of Pastor Charles and Fran Dickinson, the mission began in 1977.
By providing self-help programs, Project Mercy seeks to reduce the needs for crisis-driven, emergency aid. Through our holistic development plan, Project Mercy strives to make the Yetebon people self-sufficient. We seek to eliminate famines through creating a reliable food supply. We teach valuable trades to give people a means of generating income. Through access quality health care, we treat illnesses and educate the population about healthy lifestyles. By constructing schools, we give children the tools to create a better, more educated life for themselves and their community. Our vision is to create a thriving, independent community that empowers this generation and generations to come.
Beginning in early 2014, Bete F. Demeke took a sabbatical leave from his high-powered international job at IBM to volunteer his time with Project Mercy. Since May 2016, Bete has served as Project Mercy’s President. With over 31 years of experience with IBM in the Information Technology industry – with his last eight years focused upon international market—Bete was responsible for managing a multibillion dollar business.
Most recently, Bete Demeke was headquartered in Shanghai, China. He has lead over 5,000 employees in over 130 countries—across Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. Bete was also a member of IBM’s Growth and Transformation Team (GTT), which is comprised of a select group of senior IBM executives who are deemed change-agents for transformation and growth of the company.
Project Mercy is a not-for-profit relief and development agency providing aid, comfort, and support in the name of Jesus Christ to alleviate human suffering and overcome systemic poverty in Ethiopia and beyond.