About Us

Our Story

Mathiwos, the third and youngest son of his parents, Mr. Wondu Bekele and Mrs. Amsale Beyene, was born on June 17, 1999, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He was diagnosed with ALL-type Leukemia after he turned two and was under intensive care at Black Lion Hospital, the only cancer treating hospital in Ethiopia, for 26 months. Despite the valiant efforts of his family, physicians, and nurses, Mathiwos lost his battle with cancer in 2003 at the tender age of four. The parents of Mathiwos forming a cancer society are their way to remember their beloved son and his cause, and to express their thanks to God for all the opportunities He gave them to help their son in every way humanly possible, leaving the rest to the will of God.

Although grief stricken, the parents of Mathiwos and founding members made a vow to continue to support other families with children diagnosed with cancer in an effort to spare them from hopelessness a parent feels when he or she is not able to help or save their child.

The Mathiwos Wondu-YeEthiopia Cancer Society (MWECS) was established at the first General Assembly meeting of the founding members held on April 17, 2004. Our Society secured its legal personality through a certificate of registration bearing the number 1382.

 

Our Society began its quest by focusing its initial efforts on pediatric cancer. Our organization was established by the parents of Mathiwos and 13 other founding members. It was established to celebrate the heroic struggles that Mathiwos had made against cancer and to extend helping hands for cancer patients. Initially, Our Society focused on pediatric cancer patients. We are now widening our attention and working on women cancer including cervical and breast cancer. We are also working on major cancer risk factors such as Tobacco. Our society is also one of leading founding members of Consortium of Ethiopian NCD Association/CENCDA/ & Ethiopian Civil society Health Forum/ECSHF/.

Our Society became legally registered as an Ethiopian Resident Charity/ Society under the CSP/2009 proclamation. Our organization has a General Assembly and a Board of Directors, which consists of 845 and 7 members respectively. The General Assembly is the highest decision-making organ within our organizational set–up, whilst the Board of Directors give strategic leadership on strategic issues. Some of the board members are public figures in the country because of their immense contributions in the social and economic sphere. Eleven individuals are currently working on a full-time basis and 8 with a part-timer assisting in technical aspects related to project/ program development.  Our Society has several operational and system manuals to guide its activities.

Our Team

Wondu Bekele

Executive Director

Michael Abiyu

Monitoring & Evaluation Officer

Mahilet Wondifraw

Accountant

Lemma Ayele

Admin. & Finance Manager

Tizita Wondwossen

Project Officer

Alex Youseph

General Service Head

Zelalem Mengistu

Program Manager

Temesgen Sileshi

Project Officer

Melaku Hailu

Volunteers Coordinator

Woineshet Haile

Secretary

Birhan Moges

Psycho-social Center Head

Asrat

Driver