About EAVO

About Us

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Our Guiding Philosophy

At East African Village Outreach (EAVO), we draw inspiration from the compassionate example set by Jesus Christ. In alignment with His teachings, we believe in tending to the immediate physical needs of individuals as a precursor to addressing their spiritual well-being. Our approach is rooted in building genuine connections with people in rural villages, emphasizing humanitarian efforts to establish trust and understanding.

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Our Mission

At EAVO, our mission is to empower and uplift undeserved villages in Ethiopia and Kenya. We believe in creating sustainable change by focusing on education, healthcare, clean water, and community development. Through collaborative efforts, we aim to break the cycle of poverty and build a brighter future for generations to come.

Our Vision

At East African Village Outreach (EAVO), our vision is deeply rooted in fostering hope and bringing about transformative change in the lives of those we serve. We envision a future where every rural village we touch becomes a beacon of hope, resilience, and sustainable growth.

What Drives Us

The heart of our organization lies in the belief that every individual, regardless of their circumstances, deserves the opportunity to thrive. Our projects are designed to address immediate needs while fostering long-term growth. We are motivated by the stories of transformation, resilience, and hope that emerge from the communities we serve.

Meet our board members

Dr. Olanna Aberra

Board Chairman

A dedicated physician at Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Olana Aberra resides in the Sacramento region with his wife and children, bringing his medical expertise to the service of East African Village Outreach.

Adele Ohs


Retired Education Consultant, lives with her husband Skip in Sacramento.

Harold (Skip) Ohs


Retired US Air Force officer, lives with his wife Adele.

Jim Reese

co-founder and board member

A retired high school teacher, lives in Sacramento.

Mary Staples

co-founder and board member

lives in Arizona with her husband.

Aberra Damessa

board member

Retired and lives with his wife in the Sacramento region.

Jaime Major

Board member

Lives with her husband and two children in the Sacramento region.

Seifu Ibssa

Exec. Director, Board member & co-founder

Financial systems consultant, lives with his wife and their sons in the Sacramento region.