Our Team

Sarah Gardner 

Chief Executive 

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Sarah is Founder and Chief Executive of Action Through Enterprise. With a background as a primary school teacher, Sarah’s great passion is enabling young people to access education and creating opportunities for brighter futures. Living in West Berkshire with her 3 year old daughter, Sarah is a dedicated leader of a 34 staff team and ATE’s 3 transformational development programmes. In her spare time, she is an enthusiastic trustee for Hungerford Youth and Community, a keen gardener, and is enjoying cowriting her memoir ‘To Lawra with Love’.

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Gabriel Maanibe

Director of Operations

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Gabriel Maanibe heads ATE’s operations. With considerable working experience in community development, the nonprofit and NGO sectors and also with both local and international experience, and a native of Lawra, he brings onboard the right type of leadership for the team in Lawra. Before joining ATE in this new role, Gabriel completed a master’s degree in Public Affairs and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management. He has worked in the nonprofit sector both in the United States and Ghana. His career forming years in development practice, started at ATE in 2012 where he volunteered in various capacities and had the opportunity to learn some international best practices through the ATE’s training as part of the BIzATE small business development program. Gabriel attained a Senior Consultant status at ATE due to the enormous experience he gained while volunteering in conducting feasibility studies, data collection, field monitoring, and small business training.

Gabriel says “In this role, I am shooting for greater achievements together with my team here in Lawra and in close collaboration with our UK team. This position has put me in a position where I would be able to utilize my experience effectively in designing programs that will fit in well with the needs of our beneficiaries. I am committed to advancing the overall mission of this organization as we move forward.”

Leela Shanti

Programmes & Development Manager

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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.

leela@ateghana.org 

Prosper Albeboure

Teams and Projects Lead, 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

Admin and MEL Lead, 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.

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 

Esther Bekah

SNAP Coordinator

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My name is Esther Bekah. I come from Lawra Newtown. I completed Eremon Senior High School and am now a married woman with 2 children. I live with my husband and the two children who attend school. My husband is a farmer and I was just a housewife until I joined ATE. ATE fights poverty in Lawra Municipality and that makes me happy. I am excited to work with the organisation to share ideas and work to help the disabled children of Lawra.

 

Sylvester Karbo

Hub Manager

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I am Sylvester Karbo. A young ambitious and service oriented person who has developed a matured approach of any task I undertake or situation am presented with. I am a native of Lawra. I studied Languages and translation. I have work with NGO’s and local sector with over seven years experience, and developed a career in community development and project management.

I am a self- motivated, reliable team leader, and I am driven by passion to make a positive impact in the lives of people around me. I was moved by the work of ATE to reduce poverty in the lives of people in Lawra. I feel it’s a great opportunity to contribute to such a worthy course.

Charity Kyekpo

Hub Support Assistant

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I am Charity Kyekpo. I am a native of Eremon-Danko. But currently a resident in Lawra. I offered Home Economics. I am now undergoing Educational training with the University of Cape Coast distance centre at Lawra. I am a single mother and I’m pursuing a Diploma in Basic Education. I will like to thank ATE for their work in Lawra especially, fighting poverty. I have tasted poverty and have experienced it’s negative effects. As a member of the team now, I know my experience will be of benefit to my work here as I also look forward to growing in the job and getting new skills.

 

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.

Emma O’Grady

Senior Volunteer

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Emma works as a volunteer for ATE, working part time on funding applications, project design and project monitoring, evaluation and learning.

Growing up in Nigeria until she was 15 years old and then the Middle East, Emma has developed a passion for international development and a desire to make a difference to the lives of those who live in poverty.  With a BSc in Geography & Anthropology and a Master’s in Applied Population Research, Emma has worked as an intern for USAID and UNFPA and then as East & West Africa Programmes Coordinator for Marie Stopes International.  Moving to Wiltshire in her late twenties to start a family and support a commercial family business during her 30s and 40s, Emma is thrilled to be back working in international development and using her skills in project & programme management and design.  Her particular interests include Women & Girl’s Sexual and Reproductive Health, Education, Gender equality and sustainable development.

Katya Hardcastle

Campaigns and Events Intern

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Katya is currently studying for her undergraduate degree in International Development and Sociology at the University of Sussex in Brighton. She is passionate about community based development and has previously interned for Mitrataa a charity in Kathmandu focussing on girls education and empowerment through business. She is also involved in national refugee rights campaigning and fundraising through the Student Action for Refugees network.
 

Roman Malin-Hiscock

Campaign and Events Intern

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Roman is an MSc Prosperity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship student at UCL’s Institute for GlobalProsperity. His dissertation project will explore whether community wealth building – a localeconomic development strategy – presents opportunities for food system innovation andtransformation. The project will be carried out alongside senior staff from The Felix Project, London’s largest food rescue and redistribution charity. Roman’s spare time is filled with running his own vintage clothing business, Brother London, which allows him to be entrepreneurial and creative on a daily basis. While at university, the opportunity to gain experience in the third sector has fed Roman’s passion for community empowerment, sustainable innovation, and long-term systemic change.

 

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.

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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.

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Jennifer Congrave

Trustee

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Dr Nick Maurice

Trustee

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Nick Maurice has considerable experience of working in West Africa firstly as a VSO volunteer inTogo in 1961 and then through setting up in 1982 a partnership between the community of Gunjurin The Gambia and Marlborough in Wiltshire where he was a GP for 25 years. He has worked withdevelopment partners in The Gambia over the past 38 years.

Following a four month assignment to Oxfam’s emergency team in Cambodia in 1980 as anutritionist he became a trustee of Oxfam for nine years and was awarded OBE for services to Oxfamin 2001.

In 2016 he conducted an evaluation of ATE’s BizATE programme in Lawra.

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