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Who We Are
GrowthAid is a not-for-profit non-governmental organization which exists to provide development support and direct services to organizations and communities to improve the situation of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and contribute towards the elimination of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). We support systems strengthening and capacity development initiatives, development planning and management, action research, modelling, learning and knowledge management, monitoring and evaluation. We partner with organizations to provide sustainable water and sanitation facilities in poor communities.
Our vision is of a world where everyone has adequate safe water and sanitation on a sustained basis, and where no one dies from preventable diseases.
Our mission is to contribute in transforming the lives of the poor and marginalized. We do this by collaborating with like-minded organizations to provide and/or build capacities for poverty-reduction initiatives, most especially the delivery of safe water and sanitation and eliminate preventable diseases.
Our Core Values and Principles
At GrowthAid, we serve poor and marginalized communities with transparency, accountability, respect and integrity. We strive to demonstrate these values in everything we do and with every individual or organization we work with.
We believe in:
- The power of helping people and communities to take charge of their own growth and transformation and that this is the most sustainable way of eliminating poverty.
- Water, sanitation, prevention and management of NTDs and that these require solutions that are holistic, inclusive, and participatory. At GrowthAid, we are committed to delivering these services for the benefit of today’s generation and those yet unborn.
- Adherence to standards and best practices. We hold ourselves to the highest national and international standards and best practices in everything we do. We believe that donors, our partners, collaborators and users of our services have the right to have services that meet national standards as the minimum.
Formed first in 2002, GrowthAid was run by a three-member Board of Directors (BoD) but this has since changed in 2017 after the organization was re-registered. GrowthAid is currently run by a five-member Board of Directors who determine and guide the policy direction of the organization. The members of the BoD are individuals who have excelled in their professional lives and have demonstrated high and exemplary leadership in their service to humanity.
The Executive Team
The day-to-day running of GrowthAid is done by an executive team led by the Executive Director. He is assisted by three senior members who head the finance, operations and business development departments.
Dr. Joe Lambongang
Dr. Joe Lambongang has over 27 years’ experience in development planning and management, strategic leadership, managing change, and systems strengthening. He is the Founder and Executive Director of GrowthAid. Prior to assuming the position of Executive Director, Dr. Lambongang was the Chair of the Board of Directors since its inception. He also worked with WaterAid for over eleven years.
Dr. Lambongang is a versatile and multi-talented empowering leader with a passion for the sustainable delivery of water, sanitation and hygiene services and the prevention of needless deaths due largely to poverty. He is a “missionary” who is committed to saving lives by contributing to initiatives that reduce poverty, empower institutions and individuals, and in providing other services which benefit the vulnerable in society.
Rachael Dede Annan
Head of Operations
Rachael Annan is a mid – level career woman with over 10 years of professional advanced experience in the field of Development Policy and Planning, Programme Management, Contract Administration, Teaching and Research. Prior to assuming the position of Head of Operations, Rachael worked as a Consultant with the World Bank and was part of the Bank’s Urban Task Team working on the Greater Accra Resilient and Integrated Development (GARID) Project to identify and implement integrated solutions to enhance the city’s resilience to climate change and disaster risks. She also has over 3 years Managerial and Supervisory experience working with People’s Dialogue on Human Settlements and has undertaken several private consultancies in research and development. Being versatile, she has worked with both, local and international NGOs, Oil and Gas (West African Gas Pipeline Company) and academia.
She is an alumni of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi and holds a Masters in Development Policy and Planning. She is married with two adorable children.
Mena Akua Akyere Frimpong
Finance and Support Service Manager
Mena Akua Akyere Frimpong is an account and finance professional with over eight (8) years practice in the account and finance field. She has 8 years of accounting and finance experience in the manufacturing sector as a Company Treasurer for a period of two (2) years and a Finance Officer for six (6) years. Mena Akyere has also worked on short-term basis in various sectors, occupying varied positions as an Accountant, Finance and Administration Manager and as Customer Service and Business Manager in the Oil sector, Hospitality and Consultancy respectively for two and a half (2 1/2) years. She has an in-depth understanding of good organizational practices and procedures and the development of various internal and external communication manuals which aid in the overall success of the organization.
At GrowthAid, Mena Akyere serves as the Finance and Support Services Manager, a member of the Senior Management Team handling all the finance and accounting activities on behalf of the organization.