Our Mission

We, the Felege Hiywot Center, serve urban youth of Indianapolis, second generation Ethiopians in Indianapolis, and orphans in Ethiopia. We teach gardening and environmental preservation. We encourage youth to embrace the virtues of community service. We perform this mission as an expression of our Christian faith.

We follow Jesus’ guidance in Matthew 25:40:
Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my Brethren; you did it to me.
As we teach youth and reach out to the community, we practice our faith and demonstrate Christ’s love among those we serve.

Our Programs

Ethiopian Heritage

This is the second largest area of impact, after outdoor gardening, for FHC. The program focuses on second generation Ethiopian youth living in Indianapolis. FHC interacts with parents from cultural backgrounds and social norms much different from those of Indianapolis. The youth, primarily high school students…Learn More


Since 2007, FHC has maintained a large vegetable and flower garden on the Sheldon Street property. This land enables nearby Indianapolis children to learn how seeds grow into plants, how to care for the garden, how to be environmentally responsible while gardening and other skills.Learn More

Ethiopian Orphans

In 2004, FHC staff visited the orphanage of Sebeta to determine whether that site could support individual orphans. They concluded the orphanage was under sound management by nuns of the Eastern Ethiopia Orthodox Church. Thanks to its mission and its proximity to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia…Learn More

Our Sponsors