We support the children in the place they were born.
We offer the children a warm hug and a family enviroment
Six million children are orphan or vulnerable and live on the streets...
 

Board of Directors

Nikos A. Voutsinos - Chairman
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I was born in Piraeus and I am married with 2 children and 2 grandsons.
I have studied at the French school of Saint Paul, the University of Piraeus (Business Administration), the Cranfield Institute of Technology (Human Resources, Management and Industrial Relations) and the American College (Marketing).
I have worked for more than 40 years as an executive at multinational companies such as Philips, Xerox, Emporiki Bank Group of companies, Kraft Jacobs Suchard. I have served in the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization and for the last 9 years before my retirement as Ceo/General Manager of the Greek Development Investment Company subsidiary of Lokheed, General Electric, Northrop Grumman.
From November 2005 to November 2016 I served as a volunteer at Caritas Athens Refugee Center and from February 2006 until presently, at the Synodal Commission for Justice and Peace of the Catholic Hierarchy of Greece in the European Conference. I am also a member of the PBA of the Delasal and Agios Pavlos schools in Alimos and Piraeus respectively.
Since 1996 I have been a member of Lalibela and in 2007 I was elected as Chairman at the Board of Directors. I'm Biniam's foster father, who is now 24 years old, employed, married and a father of a newborn girl.
I have participated in six mission trips in Ethiopia and one in Eritrea with amazing experiences.
 


Evdokia Kaneti - Vice President 
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I was born in 1949 in Thebes by refugee parents from Izmir. In 1967 I entered the School of Nursing and Health Visitors and the Law School at the University of Athens. In 1971 and 1972, I served as Health Visitor in the Health station of Neapoli Lakonias. From 1973 to 2005, I worked at the National Institute of Rehabilitation as a Nurse, Supervisor and Manager of health services. Since then, I'm retired.
In 1998, I had the good fortune to meet the Organization and its people and since then I have been an active volunteer. From 1999 until today I have traveled 11 times to all our Child Care Centers in Ethiopia. Each trip is a unique experience. I've received great love and gratitude from our children and I have the pleasure and satisfaction of watching these unprotected children growing up, studying, working, having families and making their dreams come true..
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Veronica Paikou - Secretary
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I was born and I live in Athens. I studied at the Law School of the University of Athens and the New York University (Management of Non-Profit Cultural Organizations). I have worked, inter alia, for the Organizing Committee of Olympic Games ATHENS 2004 and the Hellenic Parliament Foundation for Parliamentarianism and Democracy. Since 2015, I am involved professionaly in the Greek refugee crisis.
In 2006 I came to know Lalibela organization and its people, when I undertook the foster care of Merhawit, and traveled to Ethiopia for the first time. Since then I have traveled 7 times. Since 2010, I  offer my services  to the Organization and the children we support, trying to ensure a better future for them, a future they well deserve as all the children in the world.
 

Theodoros Stoufis - Treasurer
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I was born in Athens in 1962. I have studied Greek Philology at the Faculty of Philosophy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. I have been working as a teacher in tutorial education from 1985 until today.
I enrolled in the Organization in 2005 and the children whom I have been supporting since then are at our Centre in Woldia. I have traveled to Ethiopia 4 times up to now visiting some of the Child Care Centers.
 

Kostantinos Varvias - Member
I was born in Athens, I'm an economist-businessman and volunteer. I have studied economics and business administration (MBA) in England.
I'm married, I have two daughters in Greece and, as a foster parent through our Organization, a daughter (Senay) from Ethiopia, who has finished her master's in England and works in Addis Ababa.
My business experience started in Citibank Greece, then I was involved in the travel-tourism industry and for the last 20+ years I have been a Manager at WorldBridge (Paylink) and a  representative of Western Union in Greece. I also participate in other companies.
I first found out about our Organization through my dear friend and founder Kostas Vafiadis. I am a founding member and I have participated as a volunteer in the last 6 annual mission trips to Ethiopia.
I have been a member of the Board of Directors of the Western Union Foundation (U.S.A.) and I find great satisfaction in offering volunteer-consulting services in Non Profit Organizations in which I selectively participate.
 

Vanna Tsiatsi - Member
I was born and I live in Athens but I spent my childhood in Australia. I have two children, Thanasis and Katerina. I have worked as a Secretary in various businesses. I met the Organization through Odile Bailly du Bois - one of the volunteer doctors of the Organization, and since 2011 I have been a member and a foster parent. Unfortunately, I have travelled to Ethiopia only once and there I met my son Wonwosen in Woldia, who is currently a University student. The engagement and the dedication of the Organization to the children is unique and an example to all of us.
 

Maria Arapogianni - Member
I work as a Navy Military Officer and I am married with Mr. Antoni Papantonaki and recently I adopted a boy from the beautiful country of Ethiopia. My engagement with Lalibela Association started at 2001, when I was a member and foster mother of a girl named Helen from our Center in Dessie. From 2001 till now I have travelled three times to Ethiopia mainly focused at the Child Care Center of our boys in Kombolcha and our Child Care Center of our girls at Dessie.
 I am thrilled that significant people from the Lalibela Association approached me and through them and with them, I succeeded as well to contribute as much as I could to help our needy children. And also to love and make Ethiopia now my second country especially because of our son.
 

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