Build Love Restore
About Us

Founded in 2008, BLR is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving Ethiopia's Elderly. Through our Faith in God and our Love for the people, we can build hope and bring meaningful life back to the elderly.

Our Work
BLR targets the destitute homeless men and women of Ethiopia over the age of 65 and those who are caring for grandchildren whose parents have died of HIV/AIDS. Many of these elderly persons have health disabilities which render them incapable of maintaining a productive lifestyle. We provide both community support and housing to meet the essential needs of this group and allow them to live a dignified and meaningful life.

Phase I: Community Placement
BLR links at-risk elderly with community members who are available to provide food, shelter, and medical care. These elderly are often on the verge of becoming homeless because they do not have an independent source of income and depend largely on their children to provide for them. We link these elderly with families who are able to provide for them and ensure that they receive adequate care.

For only $1.00 a day and elderly person can be given food, shelter, and other necessities for an entire month. Donate Now!

Phase II: BLR Shelter
BLR is working to build a permanent shelter for the elderly homeless in Ethiopia. We seek to provide a place where the elderly can receive the food, medical attention, love and support that they need to live dignified and meaningful lives. Donate Now!

Our Mission
Our mission is to: BUILD, LOVE and RESTORE hope; preserve historic, religious, and traditional values, legacy and wisdom acquired through life experience, and to advocate for the dignity and respect of Ethiopia’s elderly.

Our Vision
Our vision is to maintain virtuous quality of life of elderly women and men of Ethiopia by providing the basic necessities, such as food, shelter, and medical care, while nurturing the body, mind, and soul.

Our Core Values
BLR ’s mission, vision and objectives are based on the following core values and beliefs:

  • Love is the cord that binds the weak to the strong and can bring unity
  • Sacrificial giving can restore life, love, and hope

Our Beliefs
There is one, eternal God, Creator and Lord of the universe who, in the unity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, both governs all things according to God’s will and is accomplishing God’s purpose in the world.

All human beings are created in God’s own likeness. God’s love desires all to come to repentance and to be reconciled rather than condemned.

Salvation from guilt, penalty and all other consequences of sin has been achieved solely through the work of Jesus Christ – His perfect obedience, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection and exaltation as Lord.

In this mission we all are called: to make Christ known; to proclaim God’s truth and the gospel of God’s grace; to make disciples among all nations; to exhibit God’s character through compassionate care for the needy; the quest for righteousness, justice and peace, and the care of God’s creation.

Their challenges are our opportunities.

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Our Founder

Ethiopia. She immigrated to the United States in 1989 and has been working to better communities both here and at home. She has a heart for the immigrant population and has founded several organizations to support Ethiopian immigrants, including:
  • The Ethiopian Community Mutual Association (ECMA) 1993, Washington

    ECMA is a fully functioning community center devoted to providing services to the Ethiopian population as well as the community at large.  Many immigrant and refugee Ethiopians have been assisted through ECMA in the areas of housing, immigration services, medical assistance and counseling services.
  • Besrat Radio Program
    2004 Denver, Colorado

    The Besrat Radio has served the Ethiopian community through teachings and various other programs.  The program has helped many immigrants feel a sense of belonging here in America and made them feel more at home. Her listeners are grateful for renewed hope and have encouraged Mamay by their testimonies of answered prayer and new beginnings.
  • EEC Faith Works Employment and Training Program
    2005 Denver, Colorado

    Faith Works Employment and Training program was one of the first faith based programs to be launched in the Ethiopian faith community. The Faith Works program has successfully addressed the critical needs of the community.  Reconciliation and rebuilding of marriages and families, employment opportunities, counseling, and mentoring are some of the highlights of the holistic approach Mamay developed within the faith-based system.  

In addition, Mamay also is a social worker, with a degree from Western Washington University in Bellingham. She makes a living as Economic Development Supervisor and has extensive experience in workforce development. Mamay’s heart for God and the Ethiopian people led her to start BLR to help the elderly in Ethiopia.

Our Board of Directors-USA 

  • Mamay Worku
    President and Founder of BLR Inc.
    Board Chair
    Denver, Colorado     
  • Bradford A Johnson - Florida 
  • Fessessework Guale - Denver, Colorado
  • Henok L Wodaj -  NC, Charlotte 
  • Kristine Ann Clark - Denver, Colorado 
  • Binyam Aynalem - Denver, Colorado 
  • Yodit Befekadu - Denver, Colorado 

Advisory Board- Ethiopia 

  • Kidist Belayneh 
  • Dr. Yoseph Mamo 
  • Hibret Channyalew
  • Fantaye Mohammed 
  • Abenet Bekele
  • Mekdes Asmare 
  • Tsion Abate


  • Dr. Lishan Kassa (MD) - Founder of Family Builders - Washington, DC

Serving Ethiopia's Elderly: Helping One Elder at a time!
BLR Elder Care | 720-275-0349 | [email protected]
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