At LEP, we envision community transformation through youth teams who learn to appreciate their own worth, experience God's love, and find their voice as servant leaders blazing new paths.
WHAT WE DO
Lighting the Ethiopian Path transitions youth into servant leaders through sports. Each program is unique to the context, informed by personal experience of overcoming obstacles specific to East African life, and based on enduring principles. The idea of sportsmanship is a principle that crosses all borders with the power to dissolve hatred, an excellent foundation for change. Football, because of its prevalence across the globe, has the unique power to engage communities of every background. At LEP, we train local coaches, mentor young leaders, and empower youth with the life skills needed to overcome any obstacle. With the help of their team and community of local mentors, youth choose to take the steps needed to meet their goals, stay in school, resolve conflicts without violence, respect all members of their community, make ethical and empathetic decisions, and find their purpose in life. Local young adult mentors who understand the unique strengths and perspectives of each culture create change in mass through LEP programs.
Founder & Executive Director
Dereje Aleme (currently based in the U.S.)
Staff in Ethiopia