About TDRF.

Our Beginnings

Tigray Disaster Relief Fund is an international charitable 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.  The organization was founded in 2018 by a group of young professional diaspora Tigrayans in response to an increase in Tigrayan displacement from various parts of Ethiopia.

We got to work in 2018, providing immediate relief and support to families being uprooted because of ethnic conflict and political violence across different Ethiopian regions.

To be effective, TDRF mobilized efforts to collaborate with stakeholders on the ground in Tigray, while partnering with various organizations, such as the Bureau of Labor and Social Affairs of Tigray (BOLSA) and Keradion Elders Support Association.

Unfortunately, our work has only become more urgent since November 4, 2020.

The people of Tigray have been subjected to every imaginable weapon of war, including rape, famine, looting, and damage. The massive loss of life and grim picture of starving and brutalized residents slowly pouring out of Tigray have devastated TDRF. It's past time for us to step up our efforts. But we can't do it by ourselves. We require strengthened partnerships, as well as other concerned individuals from other walks of life and donors.


TDRF works to provide urgent humanitarian relief and development assistance to communities across Tigray.


TDRF seeks to improve the quality-of-life through health, education and economic relief initiatives for communities across Tigray.

ህይወት ነድሕን፤ ወለዶ ንህነፅ!​

Saving Lives. Inspiring Generations.

Our Team

The talented individuals who make up Tigray Disaster Relief Funds’ compassionate team bring unique expertise and experiences to the organization. Though everyone serves a different role, each person is committed to helping alleviate human suffering to millions of people in Tigray.

Board of Directors

At Tigray Disaster Relief Fund, we are committed to our mission. In order to help us fulfill that mission, we have assembled a team of committed professionals that represent excellence and integrity in their field and are driven by a passion to do good for their community.

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Kokob Gebru Kidanu
Board Member
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Muzey Desta
Board Member

Executive Team

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Heaven Fekadu
Executive Secretary
Neftalem T. Negussie
Neftalem T. Negussie
Co-Director of Information Technology
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Nesredin Mahmud
Co-Director of Information Technology
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Simret Habtezgi
Executive Director
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Million Zenebe
Director of Marketing
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Samrawit Assefa
Co-Director of Program Development
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Segen Yainshet
Co-Director of Program Development
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Daniel Tikabo
In Country Director
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Goitom Tegegn
Director of Communications and Personal Relations (PR)


The problems facing the people of Tigray are real, multi-faceted, and daunting.
One of our most profound reasons for optimism is that we know we are not
working alone.

Disaster relief takes sustainable and effective partnerships.  Therefore,
TDRF has established partnership with like-minded organizations
serving the communities. TDRF’s partners, including corporations
and organizations. They are crucial to our work of responding to disasters,
and implementing life-changing community initiatives throughout Tigray.

Where We Work

The work of TRDF is touching the lives of thousands of people in Tigray. Due to the war in Tigray, millions have forcibly been internally and externally displaced from their homes since November 2020 and we are immensely working to reach those displaced by the war.

To accomplish its mission, TRDF partners with local government agencies and non-profit organizations that are committed to help people in need by implementing solutions to solve the challenges they face.