We are delighted to welcome our newest staff member, Jonathan Hall. Jonathan starts today as our Community Fundraiser and Relationship Manager working 7 hours a week to help develop and strengthen relationships in our local community. However, Jonathan has long since been an active supporter and advocate of ATE as well as a frequent visitor to Lawra. Most recently visiting this January to develop and deliver a six week series of Art Clubs for disabled children accessing our SNAP workshops. And we are excited to have Jonathan return this May to carry out important monitoring and evaluation of our school feeding programme, EducATE.

See below to read about Jonathan’s first days in his busy new role!

Two days of bright sunshine heralded the first days of April in Ramsbury. The first was a sunny Sunday that saw walkers from the villages of Ramsbury and Aldbourne join forces to kickstart the 2800 mile ATE challenge as we all walked the three miles between our villages. The day was a great success and collectively we walked 250 miles and raised £470 for the essential work that ATE undertakes in Lawra.

The sun shone on the following Monday, which was the day I started my new job at ATE covering for maternity leave for both Sarah and Leela. I feel very fortunate to join this energetic and committed team, and we all bring differing skills and abilities that I believe will help ATE to grow to fulfil its ambitions in bringing about real change in Lawra.

My first challenge will be begin tomorrow when I shall attempt to engage with 170 Primary School children in the village of Aldbourne. Sarah and I will tell them about how life is for children in Lawra, and listen to their ideas about how they might very generously go about fundraising for ATE as they help us to achieve our 2800 mile challenge.

To find out more about The 2800 Mile Challenge and how you can be involved visit the webpage http://ateghana.org/the-2800-mile-challenge/ or contact us at admin@ateghana.org