Our Team

Sarah Gardner 

Chief Executive 

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Sarah Gardner lived for 12 months in Lawra from February 2012 where she worked as a full time Teacher Support Officer with Ghana Education Service and Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO). Sarah has been the inspiration for ATE – the 3 projects have arisen from her Education Service role and her activities beyond her previous VSO role in Lawra. Sarah currently works 3.5 days a week for ATE, living between Lawra and Ramsbury to act as the primary link between ATE UK and the local support team and community in Lawra.

To read more about her experiences in Ghana. 

Visit Sarah’s blog    |    sarah@ateghana.org

Jessica Cruse

Director of Operations

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Jessica is an skilled and capable manager, with considerable experience in an African context and of guiding international NGO’s through times of change. She is an outstanding relationship builder, and is hugely passionate about her work. With international working experience in Zambia, Kenya, France and Belgium, along with a Bachelors and Masters Degree in International Development and Politics, she is bringing energy and value to ATE whilst moving us to an exciting new phase.

jess@ateghana.org

Leela Shanti

Programs and Development Manager (UK) 

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Leela heads up ATE’s monitoring, evaluation and learning; providing the insight needed to guide our projects, highlight successes and address challenges. Leela receives the information collected by the team in Ghana, which is evaluated and used for reporting about on our impact.
 
Leela first went to live and work in Ghana in 2012, as a Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) Community Advocacy Support Officer. She has a background in equality and diversity in higher education and the health sector in the UK, and has worked in the charity sector supporting families with disabled children across England. She has academic and practical experience of the development sector, and has worked on education development projects in both North and South Ghana.
 

Leela began volunteering for ATE in June 2015, she worked on projects in Lawra for four months before returning to the UK and continuing as a volunteer in the ATE UK Office. In January 2016, Leela took up the position of ATE Fundraising and Operations Officer. Returning from maternity leave in December 2017, Leela now holds the position of Programmes and Development Officer working 3 days per week, supporting the charity in its monitoring and evaluation systems, policy development, grant applications and reporting.

Visit Leela’s Blog    |    leela@ateghana.org 

Kaamil Issahaku

SNAP Project Lead

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Kaamil is a dynamic, young and energetic man from a renowned Muslim family in the Lawra community of Zongo. He has worked at the office of the Lawra District Assembly for the past 10 years as a community information centre manager. Having worked in collaboration with the District Social Welfare and Community Development Office and having been in frequent contact with people living with disabilities, Kaamil was moved to become an advocate for people living with disabilities. When he saw the role of SNAP leader being advertised he decided to apply so that he could contribute to the development of SNAP and ATE’s work, so that ‘together we can put smiles in the faces of the vulnerable in our society’ and grant them their rights free from discrimination.

Tara Colsell-Hawes

Operations and Projects Officer

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Tara is a History graduate from the University of Exeter, where she specialised towards modern African History. Her dissertation examined girlhood and modernity in South Africa in the 1950s-1970s, analysing the cultural pressures which girls were under at that time and the societal norms they were expected to adhere to. Passionate about International Development, and particularly issues of gender, Tara started off as a Research and Projects Intern with ATE, then working on different projects including our ‘Support for Girls Workshops’ during a month trip to Lawra. In July 2019, Tara became ATE’s Operations and Project Support Officer, a varied role which focuses on project work, communications, fundraising and administration!

tara@ateghana.org 

Prosper Albeboure

Hub Manager

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Prosper is responsible for the regular and ongoing monitoring of our EducATE programme at Dowine Junior High Schoo, he also regularly provides support to our monthly SNAP groups too.Prosper also provides valuable support when ATE has visitors to Lawra. Prosper has long since been an active supporter and volunteer for ATE before joining as Project Assistant.

Benon Rexford

Hub Manager

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I am a born native of Ambori. Ambori is a community in Lawra. I have lived a major part of my life in Lawra. For the sake of schooling, I have lived outside of Lawra in Wa for sometime too. Financial Accounting is what I studied in school. But I have a passion for the less privileged. There has being a question in my mind: “In the future, what contribution can I make in the lives of the poor to put a smile on their faces?” Bridging the gap between the poor and the less privileged has being my heartbeat because I have being though that road. So when I heard that ATE Ghana was recruiting a Project Assistant, I knew this was it.

Naawe Nicholas

Hub Manager

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I am a blood native of the land in Lawra. Growing up in Lawra, where I was born, I had both primary and SHS education in Lawra. I hadso had my Secondary Technical Education in Tamale (in the Northen Region), and was admitted into a Bsc. degree in Automotive Technology Education in 2016 from UEW-Kumasi.

As part of the award of the said degree, ‘Special Education’ was studied in partial fulfilment of the program. Therefore, I had a belief that ATE is a good place to work where my potentials can be maximized as a ‘Project Assistant’.
ATE has taken up the right Mantle –  fighting poverty in Lawra – and am ready to support in my capacity.

Gan Ernestina

SNAP Play Scheme Coordinator

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My name is Gan Ernestina, I come from Eremon a small village under Lawra, I am a girl of age twenty-four, I completed Lawra Senior High School in the year 2015. I’m working with ATE as the SNAP Play Scheme Coordinator which I am really excited about. I am very happy for working with disabled children to make them feel part of the society.

 

Gaanu Staar Saa-Eru

Hub Support Assistant

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My name is Gaanu Staar Saa-Eru from Lawra, and I have recently started working for ATE as a Hub Support Assistant. Thanks to ATE for this opportunity, it is very exciting to be a part of this team, it’s a great experience so far having visited some of our cooks and VocATE apprentices. I hope to enjoy the rest of my working days with ATE.

Support Staff

Lamisi Karbo

Catering and Support Assistant

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My name is Lamisi Karbo, from Lawra. I am very grateful to God and to ATE for employing me, I started some years back with Sarah, glory to God I am now fully employed – I earn something now that when my children ask for something I can provide it for them.  

Edina Nuokpier

Inclusion Centre Cleaner

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My name is Edina Nuokpier from Piina originally, but I now live in Lawra. I am not married and I don’t have children but I take care of my old-aged parents. With my parents to take care of, this cleaning job at ATE helps me take care of myself and my parents.

Dibaar Yirle

Inclusion Centre Security Guard

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My name is Dibaar Yirle, from Lawra, and I am married with four children. I am lucky to get this job with ATE – this is where I feed my family from, buy uniforms, books, pens and pencils, and children’s sandals for school.

 

Zenezum Lucy

Cook – Karbo Primary School

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Dery Salamatu

Cook – Karbo Primary School

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Urfaa Mercy

Cook – Karbo Primary School

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Azumah Stella

Cook – Karbo JHS

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Mwini Anawu

Cook – Karbo JHS

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Helen Baleyga

Cook – Karbo JHS

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Kaafaa Felicia

Cook – Dowine JHS

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Kuukaa Anthonette

Cook – Dowine JHS

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Pogvi Jacline

Cook – Dowine JHS

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Konisuur Emelia

Cook – Gombile JHS

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My name is Konisuur Emelia, from Gombile, Kuuyelyir, and I am married with two children. I take my work as a cook seriously because the salary I receive helps my children in sickness, in school, and also enables me to support at home.

Moses Gifty

Cook – Gombile JHS

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My name is Moses Gifty, from Gombile, Sammayir, and I am married with three children. I am pleased to work with ATE because it helps me settle hospital bills, feed my family, and take care of my children in school. It is a privilege to partake in my community’s development in my role as a cook with ATE.

Naasoma Yelbeen

Cook – Gombile JHS

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My name is Naasoma Yelbeen, from Gombile, Janteeyir, and I am widowed with 7 children and 6 grandchildren. My husband was a peasant farmer. He took care of the family’s financial needs through his farming. Now the burden is on my shoulders. I am able to take care of my family needs through my work as a cook with ATE.

 

Songbata Piutoar

Cook – Biro JHS

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My name is Songbata Piutoar, from Dooyir, and I am married with 6 children. I like this job because it helps me help in the family like buying of uniforms, books, and sandals for my kids in school. Through this work I am able to support my husband’s peasant farming too.

Naamwin-ir Songbo

Cook – Biro JHS

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My name is Naamwin-ir Songbo, from Biro, Kuuluoryir, and I am married with 4 children and 7 grandchildren. I like to work as a cook with ATE because I am contributing to community development. It also aids my life and my family financially.

Sogleto Longwuor

Cook – Biro JHS

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My name is Sogleto Longwuor, from Biro, Naayir, and I am married with 8 children and 2 grandchildren. Our children now have food to eat at school. This motivates me. I am also empowered at home to support my husband in taking care of the family.

 

Domminuor Sophia

Cook – Model Girls JHS

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My name is Domminuor Sophia, from Lawra, Zeng-kaa. I am married with 5 children, 3 girls and 2 boys.

Tominebe Christiana

Cook – Model Girls JHS

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My name is Tominebe Christiana, from Lawra, Tuori. I am married with 5 children, 4 girls and 1 boy.

Your Josephine

Cook – Model Girls JHS

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My name is Your Josephine, and I am from Lawra, Yagtuuri. I am married with 4 children, 3 girls and 1 boy.

 

Banghu Ikaa

Cook – Bagri Junction JHS

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My name is Banghu Ikaa, and I am from Lawra, Orbile. I am married with 6 children, 3 girls and 3 boys.

Tieryawa Nonyoone

Cook – Bagri Junction JHS

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My name is Tieryawa Nonyoone, and I am from Lawra, Konwob. I am married with 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls.

 

Sog-Yang Zeg-ir

Cook – Bagri Junction JHS

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My name is Sog-Yang Zeg-ir, and I am from Lawra, Tabier. I am married and have 3 children, 2 girls and 1 boy.

ATE Consultants

 

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ATE has trained 31 bright, young local people to help work with our businesses. We combine our trustees’ knowledge of business, ATE staff’s development experience and the consultants’ local knowledge and ability to interact with the people we work with. Between them they have a range of valuable skills, qualifications and experience which is utilised across the full spectrum of our programmes. We are extremely grateful for their time and dedication to working with ATE to tackle poverty in their own communities across the Upper West.

Trustees

Peter Willetts

Trustee

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Peter is involved in the day-to-day running of ATE. In his working life, he was involved in the operations of businesses so he attends the monthly Operational Management Meetings and gives support in the finance and project areas as well. Peter is a key fundraiser and advocate for ATE.

trustees@ateghana.org

Charles Gardner

Chair of Trustees

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Charles is instrumental in the planning, execution and monitoring of the BizATE Program, where his extensive business background contributes significantly. Regular trips to Ghana are an important part of his role, where Charles facilitates training workshops for ATE’s Small Business Owners and Consultants. 

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Susan Suchopar

Trustee

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Susan is involved in the day-to-day running of ATE where provides support to all activities. She acts as human resources advisor, policy advisor and attends to monthly Operational Management Meetings. Susan is a key fundraiser and advocate for ATE.

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Priyanka Devani

Trustee

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Peter Maple

Trustee

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Peter has had an extensive career as a successful fundraiser, fundraising manager and fundraising director in a variety of charities. He entered academia in 2006 teaching fundraising on the postgraduate programs, as well as researching the nature of philanthropy. This experience and understanding is invaluable to ATE, where Peter’s support and advice on fundraising is vital.

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Andrew Ritchie

Trustee

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Andrews extensive accountancy experience and expertise is vital in his role as ATE’s treasurer. He provides advice on all areas of finances, as well as preparing the annual accounts.

 trustees@ateghana.org

Registered charity number: 1149988