The Team

LAFI’s partners, Tigoung Nonma and HSB, are staffed by a team of highly skilled individuals, most of whom are disabled and experienced in advocating for disability rights and supporting people with disabilities. Please see the short bios below (click on the images) about the people who run Tigoung Nonma and HSB, who tirelessly advocate and implement social and economic change for those living with disability. LAFI has been set up to support them in this goal.

Trustees

The board of trustees that created LAFI is made up of individuals who all have experience working with charitable organisations in Burkina Faso. We are passionate about enabling Burkinabè people with disabilities to fulfil their potentials, in a fully inclusive society that is adapted to their needs.

Meet the UK team below. Please click on the individual images for a short bio.

Dana El-Hilu

Chair and Events Sub-Committee

 

In 2012/2013, I was lucky enough to spend 15 months volunteering with two disabled people’s organisations in Burkina Faso: Handicap Solidaire Burkina (HSB) and Tigoung Nonma (TN). Working with these organisations, I witnessed first-hand the difficulties faced by people with disabilities in Burkina Faso when it came to accessing education, healthcare and employment. I also witnessed HSB and TN’s remarkable achievements in empowering people with disabilities to become self-sufficient and integrate into society. After my incredible experience, I was eager to continue working with disabled people’s organisations in Burkina when I returned to the UK, and I am hoping to be able to accomplish this through LAFI.

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Dana El-Hilu

Dana El-Hilu

Chair and Events Sub-Committee

Melissa Miller

Vice Chair and Fundraising Sub-Committee

 

I fell in love with Burkina when I spent 3 ½ years working with Handicap Solidaire Burkina and Tigoung Nonma as an Organisational Capacity Builder from 2007-2010. During my time in Burkina I worked with colleagues to: create a drop-in centre, establish a play centre for disabled children, develop an advocacy campaign on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and deliver training to a network of 35 DPOs.

I am a passionate advocate of the rights of persons with disabilities and have worked within the disability sector for over 16 years. Prior to my arrival in Burkina I worked as a Project Manager for Barnardo’s where I consulted with local parents and professionals in Waltham Forest to establish a new inclusive children’s centre. In my own time I have visited disability related projects in Turkey, Ecuador, India and Vietnam to learn and share best practice.

I am committed to working towards a society where the rights of people with disabilities are respected.

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Melissa Miller

Melissa Miller

Vice Chair and Fundraising Sub-Committee

Joshua Harris

Treasurer
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Joshua Harris

Joshua Harris

Treasurer

Sarah Wheeler

Marketing and IT

 

Having spent time working with Tigoung Nonma on their marketing strategy I came away with a determination that my involvement wouldn't be limited to the months spent there in 2013. The agreement between Handicap Solidaire Burkina and Tigoung Nonma to partner with the newly formed LAFI was the perfect way to continue to support a mission I have grown to care about greatly. Seeing firsthand the lifeline that HSB and Tigoung Nonma provide for people living with disabilities in Burkina Faso, I recognise the need to secure a sustainable future for their work to continue. LAFI seeks to help them do this to become autonomous - my focus within LAFI will be on marketing, design and web.

I spent two years working in the private sector in marketing and CSR before the transition to start a career in the charity sector - my interests are in developing effective partnerships and private sector engagement.

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Sarah Wheeler

Sarah Wheeler

Marketing and IT

Cat Baker

Fundraising Sub-Committee

 

I volunteered with Handicap Solidaire Burkina and Tigoung Nonma from January to April 2013, an experience which has shaped in me an on-going fascination with the West African region and a determination to support the rights of those marginalised by disability. I am currently studying for a Masters degree in human rights, hoping to then use these skills and knowledge to start a career in the human rights sector. I see this project as a great opportunity to support some of the vitally important work being done by disabled people’s organisations in Burkina Faso and to maintain a commitment to the wonderful people I met there.

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Cat Baker

Cat Baker

Fundraising Sub-Committee

Jonathan Fowle

Events Sub-Committee

 

Hi, I’m Jonny. Along with other trustees I help to organise publicity and  fundraising events for LAFI. I first got interested in fundraising and publicity whilst at Hull University and was the Publicity and Social Secretary for Hull Nightline. Currently I am training to be a primary school teacher at East London University, focusing on special needs and inclusion.

In April 2013, I spent three months in Burkina Faso volunteering at Handicap Solidaire Burkina (HSB) and Tigoung Nonma. These three months were an insight into the world of international development, an area I would like to move into. After these three months I wanted to continue to support the project I volunteered on and this is how I became involved in LAFI!

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Jonathan Fowle

Jonathan Fowle

Events Sub-Committee

Amy Middleton

 

I’m Amy Middleton and I went to Burkina Faso in April 2013. I threw myself into an environment that was completely different to what I was used to, yet I seemed to settle into Burkina in a heartbeat. I went on the initial thought of making a long lasting impact within the community and never thought they would have a long lasting effect on me. I am back in England now and I am excited for what’s to come! We continue to fight for disability rights and inclusion within Burkina. We intend on carrying on our work with Tigoung Nonma, which helps generate a sustainable income for the artisans living with physical disabilities, and Handicap Solidaire Burkina - an NGO which works for the inclusion of disabled people as equals in Burkinabè society.

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Amy Middleton

Amy Middleton

Lucy Cook

Fundraising Sub-Committee

 

In 2013 I spent three months volunteering in Burkina Faso. I spent these three months with the organisations Handicap Solidaire Burkina and Tigoung Nonma. During my time volunteering I met some very inspirational people. I also became aware of how difficult it is for disabled people living in Burkina Faso and the daily struggles they face. My experiences in Burkina Faso are what led me to become involved with LAFI Burkina.

I am currently working as a Health Care Assistant based in North Derbyshire, and from September I will be starting a Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Nursing at Kings College London.

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Lucy Cook

Lucy Cook

Fundraising Sub-Committee

Davinder Kaur

 

My interest in becoming a trustee for Lafi Burkina arose from visiting the country in 2008 – while there I met staff at HSB and saw first-hand the work they carry out to empower disabled people. It was on that trip and through HSB that I met my future Godson whom now lives in London but carries the spirit of Burkina with him and is a reminder that the promotion of disability rights is vital to achieving long-lasting positive change in the country.

My background is based in International Development – I started my career as a volunteer for Jubilee 2000, New Economics Foundation and the World Development Movement. I worked as a Campaigner for ActionAid from 2002-2006 and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament from 2007-2009. I currently work as a Community Officer for the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) where I have been based for five years.

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Davinder Kaur

Davinder Kaur