2008 HEALTH AWARD
Hiwot Integrated Development Organization
Tibebe Maco has devoted most of her life to helping orphans and the poorest and most vulnerable citizens in Ethiopia. A strong advocate for children’s rights to receive health care, education, food, and shelter, Sister Maco often spends her own salary to purchase food for others. Because of her initiative, more than 10,000 orphans and impoverished children now have health care, education, nutrition, psychological support and vocational training.
Further, as director of Hiwot Integrated Development Organization, Sister Maco spends most of her time treating sick children, including those afflicted with AIDS. It is no surprise the community views her as their angel. Tibebe Maco received a 2008 World of Children Health Award.