Bring Back Hope

Bring Back Hope, is a nonprofit collaborative endeavor between the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver (JFGV), and UBC Branch for International Surgical Care, that treats the people of Ethiopia suffering from heart disease, cancer, scoliosis and tuberculosis of the spine.
In the course of 27 years, Dr. Rick Hode, Medical Director for the Joint Distribution Committee, in partnership with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, has treated people suffering from heart disease, cancer, scoliosis and tuberculosis of the spine.

Dr. Hodes left behind his comfortable Long Island life for, quite literally, the streets of Addis Ababa where he daily saves the lives of just about anyone who turns up on the doorstep where he provides care through the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Mother Teresa Mission.
Many of his patients are stricken with a spine disease that creates massive, life threatening humps on their backs. Working with a limited budget, and often digging into his own pockets, Dr. Hodes provides the medical care himself or, when not possible, arranges for complex overseas surgeries for his patients abroad. And as if that’s not enough, Dr. Hodes has fostered and adopted over 20 children.

above excerpted from HUFFPOST, ‘Dr. Rick Hodes is Making the Crooked Straight’, 5/25/2011, Susan Cohn Rockefeller


​Back to Hope Founder, ​Gary Segal, first met Dr. Hodes on a trip to Ethiopia in 2007.

Getting to know Rick and his life of devotion in such a close and personal way by first hand witnessing the dramatic impact his life-saving work has on severe spine patients — inspired Gary to found and launch the “Bring Back Hope” initiative for Ethiopia.

Left, is Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, acclaimed orthopedic surgeon, and the President and Founder of the Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS). Dr. Boachie and Dr. Hodes together form a life-saving partnership.

For more on how it started.

Ephrem’s story

Back to Hope accepts donations in the form of marketable artwork. Please contact the organization for details.

More donation information.

Sponsoring Artist:

​Fikru Gebre Mariam