Country Offices

Canadian Feed The Children's Programs team includes development professionals and technical experts located in Canada and in our countries of operation.

Bolivia

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SHIRLEY ESTEVEZ

Country Director

La Paz, Bolivia

With a Bachelor’s degree in linguistics, Shirley made a career as a translator for INGOs World Vision, Christian Children’s Fund and Plan International in their Bolivia offices prior to taking on more of a programs focus in the role of Communications and Sponsorship Manager for Plan International in La Paz. She joined CFTC in 2011 as Program Officer, responsible for day-to-day management of our local partners and for monitoring the achievement of strategic and programmatic priorities. Shirley has held the role of Country Director since 2015. She has also returned to university to complete a degree in education.

Canada

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SYDNEY RICHARDS, RD

Director Of Indigenous Partnerships & Programs

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Sydney obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the University of Saskatchewan and her accreditation as a Registered Dietitian. Sydney joined CFTC in November of 2021, primarily working with community partners and the Food Forest Project, while bringing additional nutrition expertise to our partnerships.

Prior to CFTC, Sydney worked as a Community Dietitian with multiple First Nation communities, focusing on food security, food sovereignty and general health and wellness. As a member of Peepeekisis Cree Nation, Sydney is passionate about supporting food and land initiatives in Indigenous communities across Canada.

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Brenda Aviles

Interim Director Indigenous Partnerships & Programs

Brenda holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a postgraduate diploma in International Development. Over the last seven years, her professional journey has been dedicated to the non-profit sector, where she’s had the privilege of working on project management with diverse groups. Specifically, for the past three years, Brenda has been involved with the Indigenous community in the GTA and Ottawa, focusing on addressing housing and homelessness issues, alongside initiatives related to food security.

East Africa Regional Office

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YESHITILA ALEMU

Regional Director, EARO

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

With more than 15 years of experience in the international development sector, Yeshitila joined CFTC in 2012 as a Program Officer for the Ethiopia Country Office. Prior to CFTC, he held positions with World Vision Ethiopia and ActionAid International Ethiopia where he provided expertise in the areas of participatory rural development as well as program planning, monitoring and evaluation. Yeshitila holds a BSC in Agricultural Extension and an MSC in Agricultural Economics and Rural Development.

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HANA TADESSE

Accountant

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Hana joins the team with extensive non-profit experience having worked in the sector throughout her career. She has worked for over 18 years as an accountant, senior accountant and acting finance manager at various local NGOs. Hana has a Diploma in Accounting from Unity University College, a BA Degree in Accounting and Finance, a BA Degree in Business Management and Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Alpha University College. Her experience includes working with both small and larger agencies, including Abebe and Family P.L.C., Emmanuel United Church, KMG-Ethiopia and more recently the Justice for All – Prison Fellowship Ethiopia (JFA-PFE).

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WONDIMAGEGN (WONDI) DINKU

Driver

Ethiopia

Wondi is responsible for logistical arrangements in country and driving staff, visitors and donors to project sites.

Ghana

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AUGUSTINE N-YOKUNI

Country Director

Tamale, Ghana

Augustine joined CFTC in 2011 as a Program Officer for the Ghana Country Office and then assumed responsibility as the CFTC Ghana Program Manager. Now, Augustine holds the position of Country Director for CFTC’s team in Ghana. Augustine has over 10 years of development experience in managing food security, education and climate change related programs through local level implementing partners. He has developed and maintained strong relationship with research institutions, universities, INGOs, government agencies and community based organizations in Northern Ghana with the belief that collaborative work is the path to a world where children thrive!

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GRACE BINIYAM

Program Officer

Tamale, Ghana

Grace joined the Ghana team in mid-2016 as Program Officer. Previously, she held a senior position as Program Manager with World Vision. She brings to the role strong skills in planning, budgeting and reporting. Grace is an effective communicator and has a great deal of experience in partnership relations, and is also experienced in various child sponsorship models.

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Emmanuel Aguriba

Finance and Administration Manager

Ghana

Emmanuel holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (CEMBA) from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. With experience in the area of accounting spanning over 12 years, he has worked as a Finance Manager and Internal Auditor for an International NGO for 7 years and as a hotel manager.

Uganda

Our Uganda program part of the East Africa Regional Office managed in Ethiopia.