Fighting Poverty in Ethiopia

Canadian Friends of Fresh & Green Academy
At a school for children who cannot afford to go, they receive food, education and medical care. Their mothers and caregivers are empowered through vocational training  to provide for their families. Come and join our community.  
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Canadian Friends Awarded Grant by ChariTree Foundation

See how ChariTree Foundation is giving our students the chance to green their own environment and learn their role in it.


Making a Difference

Instead of begging, or hiding, our kids are safe in school

Our Family is Growing

Education is free in Ethiopia, so why this school? If children are so poor that they have to beg on the streets, then they do not have time for school. Fresh & Green Academy is there to take these kids in. We are the volunteers who keep 275 children in school, fed and cared for in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Canadian Friends of Fresh and Green Academy is a registered Canadian charity whose primary job is to fundraise since our school receives no government funding. In 2019, we joined the American non-profit that has been running since 2008 to spread the word about this unique school and its founder, Muday Mitiku.

Making a Donation

After you have checked out this website, we ask you to consider making a monthly donation to contribute to the Fresh & Green community. We visit the school several times a year to make sure that donations are used for food, rent, teachers’ salaries, and supplies for the students. Monthly donations give us a sound financial footing on which to support this endeavour, but one-time donations are welcome as they have helped us overcome many a crisis.
What we do

The School Community

Visitors' Tales

We are so fortunate that many of our supporters have had a chance to visit the school in the capital of Ethiopia. Direct flights are available from Toronto, Newark, Washington D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, Dublin, Geneva, Rome and many other cities. See the stories of people who visited and will be supporters for life.

What's Going On

In such a dynamic community as ours, there is always something going on. The kids are even at the school on weekends and during the summer break in July and August. You can share the joy and hardship here as we meet every challenge, celebrate every milestone.

Mothers Cooperative

When the children are admitted to the school on a need-only basis, their mothers or caregiver might be invited into the community if they have no means of support. At the school, they learn a trade in the craft or food industry, something they can use for the rest of their lives to support their family. See how the women of Fresh & Green are empowered to determine their own future.

Join us as a Volunteer?

Canadian Friends of Fresh & Green Academy and our sister non-profit in the U.S. are 100% volunteer-driven. We have no plans to ever pay anybody a salary, because we want the funds we raise to go to the kids and their mothers. If this is the kind of job opportunity you are looking for, we can promise that you, yes You, will be your own reward for the good you have done.
What Drives Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to support Fresh & Green Academy through fundraising and promotion of the endeavours of the Mothers Cooperative. We aim to deliver our services to the school in person when we can, in order to assist its growth and maintenance. We hope to involve many volunteers in our events and trips so that they can share in the success and vision of school founder and director Muday Mitiku

Get Involved

Our organization is comprised 100% of volunteers.  We want the money to go to the school. If you want to see your efforts have an immediate impact, this is the right place to be. Come to an event and talk to us. Research our website. Join us on our next trip to Ethiopia in October/November 2019 and become a part of our community. The Horn of Africa beckons.

Upcoming Events

We're at Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon!

Toronto and Innisfil, ON 17 October 2021 Run, walk 5K, half- or marathon to raise money for our kids. Donate and choose Canadian Friends of Fresh and Green as your charity! Stay tuned to this page for registration information in April 2021.

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Tigst Waasihun

2019-20 Grade KG-3 Age 6 – Female

Yeabsira Besatu

2019-20 Grade KG-2 Age 5 – Male

Tsihon Birhanu

2019-20 Grade KG-2 Age 5 – Female

Mohammed Tadesse

2019-20 Grade 1 Age 8 – Male

Hayat Husen

2019-20 Grade 1 Age 10 – Female

Abraham Balaw

2019-20 Grade KG-3 Age 6 – Male
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