Self-Help International: We fight hunger and poverty by helping ourselves.
Nora joined Self-Help as Executive Director in January 2014 after earning a Master’s in International Peace Studies from Trinity College Dublin. Originally from Clive, Iowa, she earned a BA in Political Science and International Studies from Iowa State University and is a recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumni Award, Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award, and a member of the USA Today All-USA College Academic Team. Nora’s previous work focused on food security and youth development with the World Food Prize Foundation in Des Moines, Iowa, promoting public health and community development at the Office for Institutional HIV Prevention in Stellenbosch, South Africa, and administering international exchange programs between universities in the USA and Africa in Washington, DC. Nora served as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar in Dublin, Ireland, where her research focused on the impact of tourism on economic development in post-conflict areas. She is a member of the Cedar Valley New Generations Rotary Club and volunteers as a coach and judge for the Iowa State Bar Association’s Mock Trial program.
Susan joined Self-Help in 2015. She recently completed her MA in International Development from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, and worked as a volunteer for a year in Bolivia in 2014. A seasoned national and international traveler, she understands that the needs are great and that the work is important, and she is delighted to join SHI staff and volunteers fighting hunger. In her free time, Susan volunteers for local hunger organizations and as a youth leader for the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa. She is a voracious reader who enjoys spending time with family, and she sings in a local rock’n roll cover band just for fun!
Megan joined Self-Help as the Director of Development in August 2018. Originally from Albuquerque, NM, Megan received bachelor’s degrees in both International Studies and Journalism Studies from the University of Denver, with minors in History and Hebrew. During her undergraduate studies, she spent 7 months studying and working in Istanbul, Turkey though DU’s Cherrington Global Scholars program. Initially interested in international journalism, she did a summer internship with the Jerusalem Post in Israel and reported on the Syrian refugees being treated in hospitals in northern Israel. Megan eventually realized her passion for development work, and started seeking positions with nonprofit organizations. Her nonprofit experience includes a 6-month marketing internship with a Colorado nonprofit called WorldDenver, as well as a summer position with the Aspen Institute at their Aspen campus. Most recently, Megan was a Peace Corps volunteer in Mongolia where she worked on English education and youth development programs in a small community in eastern Mongolia.
Benjamin joined the SHI team in 1998 to develop his engineering skills after receiving his Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture Engineering at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana, and has continued to take on greater leadership positions within the organization ever since. Benjamin earned a Masters’ degree in Human Resource Development from University of Cape Coast, focusing on the support of humanity through provision of services to the poor and marginalized. Helping the disadvantaged has always been of upmost importance to Benjamin, and he finds his work at SHI to be very fulfilling in regard to service. He is also an active member of the United Methodist Church of Ghana and enjoys daydreaming and watching movies in his free time.
Victoria earned her Bachelor’s at the University of Cape Coast and is currently pursuing a Master’s in International Development and Planning at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana. Victoria is driven to help women through all forms of empowerment, and believes that through empowerment of women and girls, the mission of SHI can be fulfilled. She has worked closely with the micro-credit program since 2008, and helped develop and launch the teen girls clubs in September 2016. Victoria was awarded the Merry Fredrick Leadership Award in August 2017 for her dedication to the mission of Self-Help International. In her free time, Victoria enjoys dancing and laughing.
Extending help to people who need it most is where Elizabeth finds fulfillment. With a Bachelor’s of Science in Agribusiness Management from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana, Lizzie has been able to assist SHI in its mission of alleviating hunger by helping people help themselves in rural Ghana. Her favorite past time is reading.
Nancy joined the Self-Help International school feeding program team in 2014 after completing a diploma, and is continuing to work toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Agribusiness from Presbyterian University College. Nancy has found her work at Self-Help International to be a great fit with her passions for helping people whether it’s feeding young children, improving the lives of teens, or empowering women in her current role. Outside of work, Nancy is involved in Plant A Smile Foundation, Agriculture Students Union, and Methodist Youth Fellowship. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her son, Kofi.
With a passion for nutrition, Jesse has found an ideal position for himself as Self-Help International’s nutrition officer with the school feeding program and targeted maternal-child malnutrition interventions. Not only is he able to share his vast knowledge of nutrition with communities, but he’s also able to serve others, which of great importance to him. Jesse is a graduate of the University for Development Studies in Tamale, Ghana with an emphasis in nutrition. He is a member of many organizations including the Ghana Nutrition Association and PENSA (Pentecost Students Association). In his free time, Jesse enjoys researching and reading.
Patience joined the Self-Help team in February 2018. She is looking forward to bringing her background in nutrition to improve the health of adolescent teen girls and support them in their academic endeavors.
Zakaria joined the Self-Help team in February 2018.
After graduating from the University of Cape Coast with a B.S. in Psychology, Bernard’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to Self-Help’s Fran Mueller and Virginia Lageschulte Training Center where he learned about mushroom production, and went on to be named the Best Mushroom Farmer in Sekyere Kumawu District during the 2014 National Farmer’s Day. Bernard joined Self-Help’s training staff in February 2018 and is eager to continue training other young people and supporting them to create opportunities for self-employment in rural communities.
Prior to joining the Self-Help training center team in February 2018, Emmanuel served as the 4-H Ghana Ashanti Region coordinator where he worked with 1,500 4-H clubs across five districts in the region. Prior to that, he put his B.S. in Natural Resource Management from KNUST to use working in the fisheries and poultry industries. He looks forward to continuing to work with and empower youth in agriculture.
Dominic loves working with agriculture and teaching new practices to improve the lives of farmers in rural Ghana. He enjoys football and listening to the games while he works in the fields and test plots. Dominic is never found without a smile and his radio!