The Division of Community Engagement

Great staff key to success

Solomon Tekelewold, left, Abrham Getachew, Dr. David Zakus and Fikereye Beyene during a staff meeting in our Addis office in May

In a project that makes Ethiopian expertise and personnel its core long term focus, and that rejects the notion that well-intentioned foreigners can possibly understand needs and conditions on the ground better than local people, our Ethiopian staff are the cornerstone of our day-to-day work.

So far, we have three: Ethiopian Project Manager Abrham Getachew, Field Coordinator Solomon Tekelewold and Project Assistant Fikereye Beyene. New staff are being hired this fall in Addis Ababa to coordinate research and other activities and to support the Ethiopian Midwives Association in its vital work.

In Edmonton, meanwhile, the Canadian project manager Janet Summerhayes handles a huge array of logistical, budgetary and reporting responsibilities to assist Project Director David Zakus. Soon, she will be supported by a project assistant who will be introduced on this page - along with Abrham's new Ethiopian colleagues - later this fall.

Canadian Project Manager Janet Summerhayes takes a break from working on this website.

Driver Henock Teka, a former ambulance driver, is a wizard at bypassing congested roads in Addis Ababa.