Our story begins when Pat adopted Tesfaye and his two younger siblings from Ethiopia. Encouraged by Pat, the children kept close to their heritage. Thankful for their blessings in America, they decided they wanted to do more. Pat and Tesfaye were inspired to create Pay It Forward Ethiopia Inc. To supplement the nonprofit’s funding, they opened Taste of Ethiopia Food Truck.
They created a three-tier plan that strives to empower youth and families to alleviate hunger and diminish illiteracy among the most vulnerable families and orphans in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Their philosophy is to go beyond the traditional mentality and shift the missional status quo in Ethiopia from orphan-care to orphan prevention.