COVID-19 Project

In the process of planning our 2020 programming for Felege Elders Development Association (FEDA), we were hit by the global coronavirus outbreak.

Instead of allowing the pandemic to halt our initiatives, we decided to shift our focus and realign our mission with the current events. With a population of over 110 million people and an already under-resourced health care system, The Distant Relatives Project considered the Ethiopian health care community a vulnerable population.

In May of 2020, The Distant Relatives Project (DRP) launched a campaign to supply personal protective equipment (PPE) to our health care professionals in Ethiopia. In just two months, we raised over $7,100 and distributed over 4500 medical face shields and 100 biohazard safety suits to over 30 different medical care sites in Ethiopia.

We effectively helped to protect health care professionals working on the frontline and reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in Ethiopia.

Felege Elderly Development Association

In January of 2019, The Distant Relatives Project (DRP) made a decision to expand its impact and carry out its services in Ethiopia, a country with a lack of infrastructure and basic services, such as safe drinking water, education and healthcare!

The Felege Elderly Development Association (FEDA) is a nursery home and shelter for the elderly and their immediate family members located in kebele 11, also known as Adama. The facility is managed by one nurse, who is also the director, Sister Meron Tekele. After having our chief of health care visit to assess the needs and core services of their program, the DRP decided that FEDA’s work is aligned with the vision of our organization.

FEDA is not only home to over 60 senior residents and 15 HIV orphans but a provider to over 240 families in the surrounding community.

In September of 2019, the DRP traveled to Ethiopia as a mission trip to perform a facility optimization project on the shelter and to donate over 20,000 medical, cleaning and school supplies, including the list below:

  • 5,114 disposable personal/feminine cleansing wipes
  • 3,948 pain medication tablets
  • 3,471 pairs of exam gloves
  • 3,294 adult diapers (65 days worth for the patients on-site)
  • 2,575 face masks
  • 1,637 pencils
  • 1,024 alcohol pads
  • 767 pens
  • 692 disinfectant wipes
  • 460 bandaids
  • 388 antibacterial hand/sanitizer wipes
  • 217 bookbags
  • 100 liquid/gel hand sanitizer bottles
  • 80 eraser tips
  • 46 bottles of detail
  • 30 pairs of heavy duty/surgical gloves
  • 30 wound care kits
  • 10 bottles of multi-clean
  • 4 reusable/washable bed pads
  • 2 pairs of compression socks
  • 2 blood pressure monitors

The facility optimization portion of the project included us purchasing and installing a plumbing system, two showers, two toilets, a four-range stove, two sinks and a washer and dryer unit.


After committing to a long-term partnership with FEDA, the DRP family was deeply saddened when our annual trip to the facility was canceled the past two years, due to the global coronavirus outbreak. We’re now planning our return trip and need your help in raising $20,000 to purchase and donate beds for the residents and the medical, cleaning and school supplies necessary for FEDA to continue decreasing homelessness, improving healthcare and making education a right for all!

To learn more about the project or donate to the cause, click the DONATE button below or email Messai at!