Meet Our Team Tiah Aloysius Gumah (Executive Director) Tiah Gumah Aloysius recently joined Literacy Bridge Ghana (LBG) as its new Executive Director. He has worked both locally and internationally in development and conflict context with over 12 years of experience in program development and quality management across several fields; livelihoods, food security, climate change, health, WASH, disaster management, organizational development, women empowerment, blood donation and governance. Tiah until he took up his new role in LBG, had previously worked with SEND Foundation of West Africa in Sierra Leone, Population Services International (PSI) in South Sudan, British Red Cross (BRC) in Sierra Leone and Swiss Red Cross (SRC) in South Sudan. In addition, Tiah holds Bachelor and Master of Philosophy degrees in Integrated Development Studies and Development Management respectively. Furthermore, Tiah possess skills and competencies in business development, partnership development, strategic planning and management, project cycle management, participatory development approaches, research, advocacy, diplomacy and results based management. Tiah in his current role will lead LBG strategic direction to position it as a sustainable organization that is attractive to potential partners and capable of delivering on its vision Augustina Kpedekuu (Field Coordinator) Augustina Kpedekuu was born on 7th August, 1989 to Mr. and Mrs. Kpedekuu Wakyere of Jirapa Tamparizie in the Jirapa municipality of the upper west region. I’m the last born of six children of my parents, I started my basic education in Konzokalaa D/A primary school in the Jirapa municipality in 1999. I sat for my basic education certificate examination in the year 2007 and gained admission the same year to Jirapa Senior High School where I studied Home Economics (2007-2011). In 2013, I had the opportunity to work with Literacy Bridge Ghana (LBG) as a volunteer before I was engaged as a staff (field coordinator) in 2014. While working with LBG as a field coordinator, I enrolled into a three-year distance learning program in Diploma in Basic Education with Jackson College of Education Winneba in February, 2015. In November, 2017, I completed my program with Jackson College of Education with a Diploma in Basic Education. Fidelis Awonodomo Da-uri, (Senior Content Manager) Fidelis Awonodomo Da-uri, Literacy Bridge Ghana Content Manager and Head of the Jirapa Field Office with 6 years of experience in developing and implementing SBCC programs. Fidelis has technical expertise in formative research, social marketing, is a Social and Behavioral Change Communications specialist, communication strategy development, campaign materials development and design. He has worked on Child and Maternal Health, Integrated Soil Fertility Management, Climate Change Adaptation, Gender and Rural Development, Sustainable Agriculture, Child Protection, WASH, Nutrition and Climate Chang programs across Ghana with partners such as UNICEF, CARE International, MEDA, TUTRIDEP, Winrock International, Ghana’s Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Ministry of Health, Ghana Education Service, District Assemblies, etc. Fidelis before joining Literacy Bridge Ghana volunteered for the first ever Talking Book pilot program in Jirapa between 2008 to 2011. And later joined as a full time staff. Fred K. Braimah (Program Officer) Fred K. Braimah joined Literacy Bridge Ghana in August, 2013 as a Field Coordinator whilst serving as a National Service personnel. He rose to the position of Senior Field Coordinator and later became Field Manager. In September 2016, he was made Program officer for Literacy Bridge GHANA/TUDRIDEP Talknig Book program on Enhancing Integrated soil fertility Management systems for Sisaala East, Sisaala West, Dafiima-Bussie-Issah and Wa East districts. Fred currently works as a Program Officer for Literacy Bridge Ghana/UNICEF Talking Book program on job reassignment after the TUDRIDEP program has folded up. Fred holds a BA Hons in Social and Development Administration from University for Development Studies, Ghana and is also an MSC candidate at the University for Development Studies studying MSc Development Management. Fred has worked mostly as a community based person, working to implement programs in the field. His passion for field work towards bringing development to the rural people is what makes him happy mostly and that has helped propel Literacy Bridge Ghana to where it is today. At his free time, Fred likes discussing politics and other social issues. He also like reading and riding bicycle and motorbike. Kenneth Kpankpari (Field Coordinator) Kenneth Kpankpari by name. Hail from Ping in the Jirapa municipality,upper west region.HND holder in Agricultural engineering, knowledge in NGO project and operations management. Join Literacy Bridge Ghana in 2014 as a field coordinator and a technical support to the IT department in Talking Book repairs. Michael Dakura (ICT Officer) Michael Dakura has been working with Literacy Bridge on the Talking Book project since 2015. Prior to Michael’s Pioneering role with Literacy Bridge Ghana in the implementation of the Talking Book program in Ghana, he had done community research and data collection in rural communities in Northern Ghana focusing on Socio-economic and Health Issues given locally available Resources and community needs. He also worked as a Data Officer at Sinapi Aba Savings and Loans, a Systems/Network Administrator at St. Joseph Knowledge Centre- one of the first ICT Centres in the Upper West Region. Michael is pursuing a Bachelor of science in Management studies from the University of Cape coast, Holds a Higher Nation Diploma in Accounting from Sunyani Polytechnic and Advance Diploma in Computing from IPMC Ghana. Michael now works as the IT Officer for Literacy Bridge Ghana. Tang Simon (Business Development Officer) Tang Simon joined Literacy Bridge Ghana in February, 2016 as the Programme Officer for the MEDA GROW program. He was the point person between LBG and MEDA on the said program. He has expertise in Content creation and management, design and implementation of surveys, community mobilization and animation. Simon is currently the Business Development Manager and is passionate about social behavior change communication strategies. Simon holds a BA in Integrated Development Studies from the University for Development Studies. Simon started his working career as a Cultural Officer with the National Commission on Culture, Upper East and was the officer in-charge for the implementation of the live drama phase of UNICEF’s Communication for Development (C4D) from 2012 – 2016 when he joined LBG. In his spare time, Simon loves to cook, photography and relaxes with movies and video games. Toffic Dapilaah (M&E Officer) Toffic Dapilaah joined Literacy Bridge Ghana in November, 2013 as a field Coordinator and that was the start of the partnership with UNICEF. He rose to the position of Field Manager in February, 2016 and in February, 2018 he was re-assigned as an M&E officer for Literacy Bridge Ghana. Toffic holds a BA in Business Management from Zenith University College, Ghana and is also an MSC candidate at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Project Management. Toffic is also a candidate of the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) cohort 6 sponsored by the US government. Toffic has worked mostly as a community based person, working to implement the program on the field. His passion for field work towards bringing development to the rural people is what makes him happy mostly and that has helped propel Literacy Bridge Ghana to where it is today. Toffic strongly believes there will come a day where LBG will become one of the leading organizations championing behavioral change in Africa in some few years. Outside of office, Toffic like spending time with friends. playing football and travelling to see new places and tourist sites. Bartholomew Gbieo (Finance & Administrative Officer) Bartholomew has worked with Kus Micro-aid Centre as Manager (Accounts Clerk). He has the passion of working with rural women groups and listening to their plight. Barth successfully developed a strategic plan of which annual returns was good for the organization. Barth holds Diploma in Accounting from Wa Polytechnic. He joined Literacy Bridge Ghana as Field Coordinator from 2014 to 2017. In 2017, due to his hard work and dedication, Barth was promoted to the position of Jnr Accountant of which he successfully used and implemented the Organization standard and system. Barth passion to develop his Capacity in his field of study and the organization is not left here, he has also enrolled into a Bachelor in Commerce (Accountancy option) in the University of Cape Coast Distance, Wa Centre. Barth is fluent in English, Dagaare and Twi. Barth hobbies are Listening to news and watching movie. Dorcas Sarpoma (Finance Officer) Dorcas, a young self-motivated Accountant, who is a team player with excellent communication acumen, contributing innovative ideas and exceptional service and has become a detail-oriented and organized professional with extensive experience in accounting systems and possessing a strong analytical and problem solving skills with the ability to make well thought-out decisions. Dorcas, in April 2016 worked with the Ga West Municipal Assembly in Ghana where she joined the team to mobilize revenue from all angles of the municipality to assist in the sensitization of the municipality with respect to revenue mobilization. She worked with National Health Insurance Scheme in Ghana, where she joined the finance and operation team in making health insurance accessible to everyone thereby improving lives during 2017-2018. She holds Bachelor’s Degree in Bachelor of Commerce and specialized in Accounting from the University for Development Studies. Knowing her potentials, capabilities, and quest for knowledge, she is currently upgrading her level of knowledge with the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana. Dorcas is proficient with English language, Twi, Ga, Hausa and still building up on her French. She enjoys reading, listening to music, and adventure. Eastern T. Khana-Khali (Program Manager) Eastern is an experienced Project Management and community Development Professional with about 10 years’ experience of successfully leading projects implementation. He has experience of managing multidisciplinary projects in diverse sectors including agriculture, Health/Nutrition, WASH and Education. He worked under the United States Millennium Development Award Project where he built the capacity of Farmer –Based Organizations in Good Agricultural Practices (GAPS) and financial Management Practices. He later coordinated a Food Security and Environment Facility Project under Presbyterian Agricultural Services with Funding from CIDA where he improved the yield and incomes of small holder farmers in Northern Ghana. He also worked as a consultant under the USAID Financing Ghana Agricultural Project. Prior to joining Literacy Bridge Ghana, Eastern worked as the District Coordinator under the USAID- SPRING Ghana Project led by John Snow Incorporation where he led a team and collaboration with the District Health Authority and several decentralized Government of Ghana agencies to implement a multidisciplinary Health/Nutrition Project that led to improvement in Health Care delivery Services and reduction in anaemia cases in Bongo District of the Upper East region. He was credited for being a savvy in partnership engagements and also a top report writer. Eastern holds a Bsc Degree in Agriculture from University for Development Studies and Executive Masters of Business Administration from University of Science and Technology, Ghana including a professional certificate in teacher Education. Eastern enjoys travelling and engaging in research and development activities that better the lives of the core poor. Imoro Abdulai (Program Coordinator) Abdulai has spent the last 7 years of his career life working on projects and programs within the Non-Governmental sector. He has a fine balance of academic qualification and work experience which distinguishes him as administrative office manager and project management practitioner. He has coordinated delivery of projects in education, governance in health, and responsiveness and accountability. His expertise is in project cycle management, concept note development and documentation, and consortium management. Prior to joining the LBG team as Program Coordinator, Abdulai worked with School for Life – an education NGO in various capacities. He started his career in School for Life as a Project Coordinator for SfL/Tzedek Education Quality Initiative Project which was implemented in 8 Districts within Northern Region of Ghana with a pilot extension benefiting 5 more districts. He worked with education stakeholder groups to ensure the project contributed to improved education quality in the beneficiary districts. He also multi-tasked as District Coordinator for Sagnarigu District under the Ghana Complementary Basic Education Programme for one literacy cycle whilst maintaining his official designation as Project Coordinator. Before his exit from School for Life, Abdulai served as Curriculum Development and Replication Officer and contributed to program documentation and literacy content development as well as M&E. He led a 4-member team to Denmark under a GV/SfL Teacher Exchange Programme in 2016. Abdulai also worked with West Africa AIDS Foundation as Project Coordinator under a STAR Ghana funded project and led a consortium of 3 NGOs to deliver a health sector anti-corruption project in 14 districts across 6 regions in Ghana. Abdulai holds MSc. in Strategic Planning and Management and B.Ed in Management from University for Development Studies and University of Cape Coast respectively. He has a passion for project management and likes reading books in project management. He also loves to use internet to support his career and personal development.