Genet Damtew grew up in Adama, Ethiopia. She has been a community leader and educator in schools and church her entire life, as well as an advocate for women’s education and empowerment. Genet graduated from Addis Ababa Commercial College after marrying Tesfaye Worku, also a community leader and educator. Together, they moved to an underdeveloped neighborhood in Addis Ababa and eventually opened the Addis Ababa School.
Genet currently resides in Adama and is known in the community as the “Model Mom.” It was Genet’s and Tesfaye’s emphasis on education that inspired their daughter Atti to build a community for children through Seeds of Africa.