WHO WE ARE
Since the Ethiopian famine of 1984 Partners for Change Ethiopia has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of orphan and vulnerable children. We work closely with the poorest people and help them to find carers for orphans and to provide everything a child needs in order to live a healthy, stimulating life with opportunities to grow and flourish. We work with a wide range of partners to achieve this. Why not join us and make the difference to the life of an orphan child and become a part of this incredible African success story.
ABOUT OUR PARTNERSHIP
THE JERUSALEM CHILDREN AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATION (JECCDO) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1985 IN RESPONSE TO THE GROWING NUMBER OF ORPHAN AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN IN THE WAKE OF THE FAMINE AND CIVIL WAR.
Then called the Jerusalem Association Children’s Homes it set up and ran orphanages. Children were very well cared for in a loving environment and provided with educational opportunities.
By the 1990s the children were growing up and the economic and political situation in Ethiopia was becoming more stable. So in 1996 JeCCDO launched a programme to reunify the younger children with their extended families and to reintegrate the older children into the community through training them and giving them the resources to start their chosen business or career.
In 1996 JeCCDO was the first organisation in Ethiopia to launch a new type of approach: integrated community development, designed to enable local people to develop and run their own projects to enable them to look after their orphan and vulnerable children. JeCCDO’s aim is for local community organisations to become independent associations to allow local people to have direct input and control over development activities in the area they live. JeCCDO now has Community Programme Development Offices in five areas in Ethiopia.
John has been a trustee of Partners for Change for over 20 years. An Amharic speaker, expert and author on the Ethiopian Tewahedo Church he visits our projects at least once a year.
Ruth Salmon – Secretary Ruth volunteered for a year with Partners for Change in Ethiopia advising on monitoring and evaluation and helped set up a successful children’s kerb side road training programme.
Robert Stallard - Bob served as Parnters for Change treasurer for many years. A highly experienced finance professional Bob visited Ethiopia taking a boy scout group on a trip and this sparked a keen interest in the country and its people.
Margaret Ingram – Margaret visited our projects in 2008 and was so impressed she joined the board of trustees. Margaret is a highly experienced education professional and brings her knowledge and expertise to our work.
Dom Colin Battell – Colin (pictured left, centre) is the founder of Partners for Change Ethiopia (then St Matthew’s Children’s Fund Ethiopia) As vicar of St Matthew’s Church in Addis Ababa he set up and oversaw the five children’s homes the charity ran until 1997.
Catherine joined as a Partners for Change trustee in 2012 to advise on media and branding. Described by Richard Branson as his ‘brand guru’ Catherine worked as Group Brand Director for Virgin and is now a successful entrepreneur forming Redemption the alcohol-free gastrobars with super-healthy food and drinks.
Will volunteered for a year with Partners for Change in Ethiopia advising on monitoring and evaluation and helped set up a successful children’s kerb side road training programme.
Pete Jones – Director
Pete has been Director of Partners for Change since 2006 and visits the projects in Ethiopia 2 -3 times a year. An experienced professional with a Masters degree in Development Management he is based in our small office in London.
Pictured here ( on the right) with Mulugeta Gebru our Ethiopian partner CEO.
Sarah Parfitt has always been passionate about learning about different cultures and travelling. Sarah loves “connecting people” locally and internationally and has travelled to Ethiopia on three occasions. As a mother who is very interested in international affairs, she is very proud to be a PFC Ethiopia Ambassador. “During my first visit to Ethiopia, I met a boy called Feleke who hadn’t eaten for several days and it broke my heart. Since then, I have met hundreds of Feleke’s in Ethiopia. It reminded me how blessed my family and I are. My sons and I hope to be a tiny ripple in the ocean of change and help the children at Gende Tesfa School.” Along with her son Joshua, Sarah set up the link between her village Cookham in Berkshire and the community of Gende Tesfa in Ethiopia in March 2015. With the help of Holy Trinity School, the churches and friends, they have raised £13,725.35 so far and funded the Breakfast Club, built a sports ground, pit latrines and a water-point in Gende Tesfa. Sarah also co-organised the 30th Anniversary celebrations at the House of Commons in 2014 in the presence of Princess Alexandra and Michael Buerk and a stage presentation for PFC Ethiopia at WOMAD. Sarah has worked as an international broadcast journalist and trainer for more than twenty years, and has been based in London, Sydney, Vienna and Amsterdam. She is co-founder of the Media Hub, a networking group for media professionals (www.themediahubuk.com) and is a marathon fun-runner – she has 14 all over the world.
Joshua Mustard (aged 9)
Joshua is in Year 4 at Holy Trinity School in Cookham and inspired his mumSarah Parfitt to set up a link between Holy Trinity School and Gende Tesfa School. Joshua recently won a competition in the Maidenhead Advertiser and along with his school friends, organised a Swim Disco at the Magnet swimming-pool in Maidenhead. McDonalds very generously sponsored the event and donated a staggering 100 Happy Meals! Joshua raised £1250 and this money has been split between Gende Tesfa School and Holy Trinity School. Last summer, Joshua also did the Blenheim Palace Junior Duathlon to raise funds for PFC Ethiopia. Joshua’s favourite subjects at school are Geography and Creative Computing. Joshua’s hobbies are playing football (he plays for Cookham Dean FC), swimming, tennis, Cubs Drama, singing in the Holy Trinity Church choir, playing the piano and travelling.
Jack Mustard (aged 6)
Jack is in Year 2 at Holy Trinity School and loves singing, dancing, drama, IT and sport. Jack and his classmates recently wrote letters and sent pictures and pencils to their friends at Gende Tesfa School. Chocolate Bear (class mascot) also told Jack and his school all about his adventures in Ethiopia in November. Jack was very sad to hear that the children at Gende Tesfa School didn’t have enough to eat and that they didn’t have any toys. He wants to help his friends at Gende Tesfa School.
Christine has been volunteering with Partners for Change since 2009, shortly after a visit to Ethiopia where she visited some of the projects. Christine manages the database, acknowledges donations and helps with newsletters and reports.
Gary advises Partners for Change on sustainable energy and social enterprise on a pro bono basis. Having first travelled to Ethiopia in 1985 Gary brings his expertise and passion to helping Partners for Change develop social enterprise projects to meet social need and to generate income for the work we do.
Faye lives in Cookham, Berkshire, is a mother of two and also a children’s physiotherapist for which she set up her own practice two years ago. I help children achieve their physical goals whether they have a long term disability or a sports injury. Faye was inspired to help with Partners for Change by her friend Sarah Parfitt and her infectious enthusiasm and drive as an Ambassador for the project. She also loves the link that has been made between her children’s school, Holy Trinity and Gende Tesfa. Ava (9) and Arthur (6) are very animated about the project and have lots of fundraising ideas, some more fantastical than others! It’s important to Faye that both her children learn about the lives of others in different countries and also the difficulties they may have accessing basic things that our children often take for granted, but also knowing that we don’t just give money but that we can help people to develop their own solutions to their struggles.
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Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra
Dr Mulatu Astatke