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.
Roy Warden – Treasurer
An experienced finance professional Roy brings a wealth of skills to ensure Partners for Change Ethiopia’s finances are managed effectively and responsibly.
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.
EXECUTIVE STAFF GROUP
Partners for Change is supported by a network of staff, volunteers and supporters. The Executive Group meets monthly to plan and carry out our activities. This enables us to benefit from a wide range of skills and talents, while avoiding the costs and bureaucracy of a large office.
John Binns is Co-ordinator
Roy Warden is Finance Director
Pete Jones is the consultant
Pete was Director of Partners for Change 2006 – 2018 visiting the projects in Ethiopia 2 -3 times a year. An experienced professional with a Masters degree in Development Management he continues to work on trust and corporate fundraising and strategy on a part time consultancy basis.
Pictured here (on the right) with Mulugeta Gebru our Ethiopian partner CEO and Helina Abraham, JeCCDO’s Social Enterprise Coordinator.
Gary Battell is Social Enterprise Adviser
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.
The office in Addis Ababa is staffed by the Executive Director, Mulugeta Gebru, and his team. These support and resource over 100 community projects around Ethiopia. The UK executive team keep in regular contact with JeCCDO staff in Addis, which maintinas our strong collaboration.
Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra
Dr Mulatu Astatke
We work closely with other agencies which share our ideals and aims.
The Centre for Global Equality brings together agencies in the Cambridge area working for development. We work with them in building partnerships especially in research and community development.