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FADOA operates in four countries: United States, Cameroon, Kenya, and Nigeria.
Our partners in the United States consist of friends, organizations, associations and sympathizers.
In Africa we have partnered with existing non-government, religious and community-based organizations. Our Partners were selected on the basis of the kind of assistance they already provide to AIDS orphans as part of their work programme. Some of our partners have been selected on the basis of their potential and willingness to expand their services to provide assistance to AIDS orphans.
Our Beneficiaries

The intended primary beneficiaries of the Project are AIDS’s orphans living in households or in institutions, orphans attending school and children affected by AIDS.
Kenya Partners 
In Kenya we collaborate with local Charities (FADOKAT) to effective assist Aids Orphans. We have already identified 50 HIV orphaned children in the rural areas and are assisting them with school needs
Cameroon Partners
In Cameroon we are partnering with Charity Mothers in Wum, North West province and shall assist at least 30 orphaned children this year.

Nigerian Partners

The Board 

FADOA was founded by 3 retired staff of the United Nations (Ita Ekanem, Hannah Tiagha and Edward Tiagha) who served in Africa in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. They also served as senior professionals in their home countries before joining the United Nations. Among them, they have more than 75 years of experience working and aiding the less fortunate in Africa and the USA.

The people who work to make the dreams of FADOA a reality, The Board of Directors are as follows:

Board Members
   1.   Moulie Ali Gibril, Board Member
   2.  Micere Githae Mugo, PhD., Board Member
   3.  Don Harris Oben, PhD., Board Member
   4.  Edward Achou Tiagha, PhD., President

Ita I. Ekanem, Ph.D, VP and Treasurer
4106 Wallingford Place, Durham
NC 27707
Phone: 919-493-9028


B. Sc. (Economics) Ife, Nigeria;
Ph. D. (Sociology) Brown USA;


Socio-economic Demographer.

Work Experiences:

Population Team Leader, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, 1997-99.

Chief, Population Planning and Policies Section, United Nations ECA, 1987-96.

Chief, General Demography Section, United Nations ECA, 1978-86.

Senior Lecturer, University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Nigeria, 1971-78.


Senior Research Scientist, Office of Research, Evaluation and Planning, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC 27707, 2001-03.

Consultant (African Union, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia): Evaluation of Third Population and Development Planning Project, October –November, 2001.

Consultant (African Development Bank. Prepared reports - African Regional Harmonization Workshop, Jan.2003; Tenth Roundtable, August 2003; Rome Follow-up Africa Regional Harmonization Workshop, August 2003; Second Africa Regional Harmonization Workshop on Harmonization, Alignment and Results, November 2004.

Consultant, United Nations ECA - Finalizing Africa Regional Review Report for the 10th Anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development, March – May, 2004.

Highly skilled in Teaching and Socio-economic research/Evaluating programs and projects.

Honors and Awards:

Distinguished Graduate School Alumnus, Brown University, Providence, RI, 1996.

Visiting Post-Doctorate Population Council Fellow, Princeton University, NJ, 1975-76.

African American Graduate Student Fellow, Brown University Providence, RI, 1967-71.

Nigerian Federal Government Scholar, University of Ife, Ile Ife, Nigeria, 1964-66.

Select Writings:

Impact, challenges, and response to HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa: A review Note, Paper presented in Session 115, International Union for the scientific study of population (IUSSP) General Conference, Paris, France, July 2005.

"HIV/AIDS and labour force productivity in Africa", Text of an Address delivered on the Occasion of Conferment of DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE SCHOOL ALUMNUS AWARD (Brown University: Providence, R.I. USA), 27th May 1996, Population Studies and Training Centre Working Paper No. 96-02; Distributed by Family Health International (Working Paper, No. 50).

Population and Development Planning: An Integrated Approach (with Arowolo, O. O.), (Third Press Publishers: New Rochelle, 1994), 269 pages.

Estimation of early childhood mortality from children ever born and surviving, Canadian J. of Population Studies, vol.8, 1982, pp.41 48.

The dynamics of city growth: a case study of medium sized towns in Nigeria, Population redistribution in Africa, Kosinski and Clark: Editors, 1981, pp.109 116.

Problems and solutions in estimates and projections of population in English speaking African countries, Population Projections: Problems and Solutions, UN: New York, 1981, pp.178 196.

Prospects for fertility decline in Africa, Prospects of Population: methodology and Assumptions UN: New York, 1979, pp.174 196

Correlates of fertility in Eastern Nigeria, Nigerian Journal of Social and Economic Studies, 1974.

A further note on the relation between economic development and fertility", Demography, 1972.

The 1963 Nigerian census: a critical appraisal (Ethiope Publishing Corporation: Benin- Nigeria, 1972), 217 pages.


Moulie Ali Gibril, Board Member
Mt. Airy, Maryland, U.S.A


B. Sc.;
B.A. Hons 1969 (majors in population and urban geography, University of Durham);
M.Sc. 1975 (Medica Demography, University of London);

Language Proficiency:

English, French, Portuguese and African languages

Work Experiences:

UNFPA/UNECA Technical Advisory Service Specialist – January 2000 to July 2004.

Assist in developing the Population Component of the New Africa Partnership Programme for African Development (NEPAD) .

Provided technical support and backstopping to the three UNFPA Country Support Teams in Africa and to UNFPA funded country programs.

Analyse the results of the survey carried out in all African countries on the implementation of the ICPD Programe of Action, co-ordinate the preparation of the Africa Regional Review Report presented to the Africa Regional Conference on ICPD+10 in 2004

United Nations Population Fund Technical Advisor in Demographic Research and Analysis - January 1993 to January 2002

Assist African countries in Southern Africa in the preparation of their population censuses, the analysis of their census and surveys data, and take part in training of nationals in these areas

Assist in developing UNFPA programmes in Southern African countries and follow-up and evaluate the implementation of UNFPA country programmes.

Regional Demographic Adviser- United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)- April 1987 to December 1992.

Population Training Officer- UNECA-January 1983 to March 1987.

Director of Statistics – Gambia –July 1978 to January 1983



A a poet, playwright, literary critic and Meredith Professor For Teaching Excellence, as well as Chair, Department of African American Studies, Syracuse University. She is a Kenyan by birth, forced to flee Kenya into exile in 1982 at the height of repression against political activists by the Moi dictatorship, eventually becoming a citizen of Zimbabwe.

Dr. Mugo has been in the teaching profession since 1967 and has served in such distinguished positions as: high school headmistress, university department/unit head, first woman faculty dean at the University of Nairobi in 1980, East African Examinations Council’s first Chief Examiner of English and Literature, etc. Prof. Mugo joined the Department of African American Studies, Syracuse University, in 1993 and has served as Director of Graduate Studies as well as Chair of the SU wide Africa Initiative. In the late 1990s she served as the Director of SU DIPA’s Summer Traveling Seminar to Southern Africa. Across SU she has served on: the University Senate, its sub-committees, the Chancellor’s Citation Awards Committee, the Faculty Council, the Honors Program’s Board, the DIPA Program Committee, the Humanities Council and a host of others. She was instrumental to the designing of a graduate program in the Department of African American Studies, which commenced in 2005 fall, offering the M.A. in Pan African Studies

Since joining Syracuse University, Dr. Mugo has received no less than 12 awards for teaching, advising and academic excellence from students’ organizations. Her devotion to teaching and to her students is inspired by the genuine belief that young people can make a huge difference in this world if mobilized and given the opportunity. In 2004, Mugo was named Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence, becoming the first Black person to receive this prestigious award in SU’s history. In Kenya, The East African Standard Century publication of November 2002 cited her in “The Top 100: They Influenced Kenya Most” during the 20th Century list. Mugo’s publications include 6 books, 1 co-authored play, 8 co-edited supplementary readers for Zimbabwean schools and an edited journal, Third World in Perspective. She has many chapters in various books, a monograph, a lot of internationally anthologized poems, numerous reviews, interviews and citations.

During her stay in Syracuse, Dr. Mugo has been involved in a lot of community activism, e.g.: volunteer work in Central New York prisons; volunteer service with refugees, including Board membership on the African International Refugee Foundation (Washington, D.C. based); the IRC of CNY, the “Free Mumia” campaign; anti-war campaigns; debt cancellation mobilization against the World Bank and IMF; Amnesty International work, especially with regard to death row cases; numerous human rights projects, nationally and internationally, especially with regard to women and children, etc. etc. Professor Mugo was a founder of the Pan African Community of Central New York and one of the organization’s first presidents, as well as its current president. She is also the founder of the recently formed and Syracuse community-based, United Women of Africa Organization.

With such extensive, diversified and unique personal as well as professional experience, Professor Mugo finds herself serving on the board of directors of many international organizations and on equally many editorial boards. A committed community activist, Micere Githae Mugo is a passionate advocate for human rights especially as they have historically been denied to Blacks, women, children, the masses and other marginalized groups.


Don Harris Oben, PhD., Board Member
Crown House, P.O. Box 181, Buea
Tel/Fax: 3332 32 83
Cell: 7776 63 00


Ph.D ( 1978); Agricultural Development, Policy and Planning, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. with Course work at the University of California, Davis, California, USA; Ford Foundation Fellow;
M. Sc. (1975) in Agricultural Economics; University of Ibadan; Rockefeller Foundation Fellow;
B..Sc. (June 1970) in Agriculture with Special Honours in Agricultural Economics, University of Ibadan, Nigeria; Cameroon Government Scholar;


Socio-economic Demographer.

Professional Experiences:(More than 30 years of professional experience at the National and International Levels viz:-

(a) At International Level : United Nations

(i) Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) 1982 – 1990; 1996 – 2003: Economic Affairs Officer, Joint ECA/FAO Agriculture Division (1982); Chief, Food and Agricultural Policy and Planning , ECA Agriculture Division (1996); Team Leader, (Agricultural Transition); Food Security and Sustainable Development Division (1998); Team Leader, (Advocacy and Awareness Raising); Food Security and Sustainable Division (2001)

(ii) World Food Council, Rome, Italy, 1990 – 1993; Economic Affairs Officer, Policy development and Analysis

(iii) International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), and University of Ibadan, Nigeria: 1978 -1980: Post Doctoral Fellow/Agricultural Economist , Farming Systems Programme (IITA); and Visiting Lecturer, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Ibadan

(b) At National Level

(i) Teaching and Research: Dschang University Centre: Assistant Professor/Chargé de Cours: 1980-1982

(ii) In Plantation Agriculture: Cameroon Development Corporation (CDC), Bota,Victoria: 1970 – 1973; Field Assistant/Junior Manager in-charge of all operations in an 870 hectare Rubber Plantation with a labour force of 200

Special Skills :

Computer Literate ( Word processing, use of Microsoft Office 2003, Excel 97, E-mail;, Internet, Power Point) and Excellent Communication and report writing and drafting skills.

Areas of Competence:

Agricultural Development, Policy and Planning; Poverty, Food Security and Sustainable Development; Marketing and Distribution of Agricultural Commodities and Inputs; The New Green Revolution and Agricultural Technology and Innovation

Conferences and Meetings:
Organized or attended numerous Conferences of ECA Ministers of Planning, Meetings of Ministers of the World Food Council, other conferences, Expert Group Meetings, seminars and workshops.

Papers and Publications:
Author or co-Author of over 55 Papers, Reports and technical publications on a wide range of developmental issues including, poverty, food security and sustainable development, women and land holdings, A new Green Revolution and agricultural technology, A real estate firm in Philadelphia is urgently looking for a dynamic Office Assistant. The Assistant ultimately work with homeowners facing foreclosure to help them avoid losing their homes. He/she reviews several strategies for avoiding foreclosure with the homeowner and together they arrive at a tailor-made solution.


Hannah Tiagha, PhD., General Secretary
168 Sir Phillip Drive, Davenport
Florida 33837
Phone: 863 216 9918; 863 420 9045


Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and English, 1968; Makerere University, Uganda;
Master of Science in Social Work 1971; Columbia University, New York, USA. ;
Doctor of Social Welfare, 1980; Adelphi University, New York, USA ;


Analysis and formulation of social policies, plans and programmes

Analysis and formulation of policies, plans and programmes on gender and women’s issues

Monitoring and evaluation of social policies and programmes including women/gender issues at national, regional and continental levels

Convening and conducting performance evaluation meetings at national, regional and continental levels

Management of social and women/gender programmes at national, regional and continental levels

Teaching and social-psychological counseling

Profficient in French as a working language

Work Experiences:

(a) At UNECA, ( 1989-2006), worked with African countries :

To guide African governments at the national level to identify their gender and women’s priority issues in preparation for the African position at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995.

To facilitate the formulation of the African position at the continental level, i.e. the Dakar Platform for Action 1994-2004 which was subsequently integrated into the Beijing Platform for Action 1995-2005, the main output of the Beijing Women’s Conference.

To head the Team that worked and trained African countries to develop national plans and programmes of action to implement the Beijing Platform for Action, at the national, regional and continental levels.

In 1993 and 1994, led the Team in UNECA that assisted the African Ministries of Women Affairs to prepare their national evaluations on the implementation of the Nairobi Forward Looking Strategies 1985-1995, the global policy of the United Nations following the Third World Conference on Women since 1985.

Led the Team that assisted African countries to prepare national reports that assessed their achievements, gaps, difficulties encountered and their future priorities in the fight for women’s equality within the framework of the Nairobi Forward Looking Strategies.

In 1995, after the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action, responsible for developing tools for monitoring and evaluation of national action plans for the implementation of the Platform and train African countries on how to use them to prepare their mid-decade

(b) In Cameroon, (1987-1989)

Chief of Service for social defense in the Ministry of Social Affairs in Cameroon, was responsible for formulating the national policy for protecting youth who dropped out of school, orphans and those who lived in the margins of society and reintegrating them back in society with skills to become productive members of society.

Director of Social Welfare in Littoral Province was responsible for planning and implementing general social welfare programmes and services for the entire population in the Littoral Province.

(c) In the US (1971 – 1981)

Taught and did social-psychological counseling as Lecturer and Assistant Professor at the City College of the City University of New York teaching organizational skills and social-psycholigical counselor concurrently


Publications to be provided upon request


Edward Achou Tiagha, PhD., President
168 Sir Phillip Drive, Davenport
Florida 33837
Home Phone: 863-420-9029
Mobile Phone: 863-216-9888


Doctor of Science in Industrial Engineering (DSE) 1982. Columbia University, New York City, U.S.A. ;
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (M.S.E.E.), 1973. New York University, U.S.A.;
Bachelor in Electrical Engineering (B.S.E.E.), 1972. City College of New York, U.S.A.;

Language Skills:

Speak and write English and French well. Speak Aghem and pigin English well.

Summary of Expertise:

Started and Managed an ICT company in Kenya, especially in the development of local content.

Co-author of a book on management titled” Management of Organizations in Africa. (Quorum 1999)

Team Leader on UNIDO’s Industrial Human Resources Development and MSE development for Tanzania (1997) and Yemen (2001/2002).

Evaluated the Structure and Performance of the Small Business Sector in East Africa, in the context of ILO’s income generation capacities of the urban and rural poor in Kenya and Tanzania.

Senior Industrial Officer in a team responsible for Industrialization of Africa in the context of the Second Industrial Development Decade for Africa.

Work Experiences:

1997-2006: Managing Director of Technology and Interactive Learning Ltd. P.O. Box 25180, Nairobi, Kenya.

1990-1996. Senior Industrial Officer in the Industry and Human Settlements Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Addis Ababa Ethiopia.

1983-1990: Dean of Academic Affairs at ENSET, The University of Douala, Cameroon.

1978-1981: Research Engineer, Brookhaven Lab, Upton, Long Island New York.

1972-1978: Staff Engineer, Fairchild Space and Defense Systems, Syosset, L.I. New York, U.S.A.

Publications and Major Works:

An Integrated Industrial Human Resources Development Programme for Yemen: With Special Emphasis on Competitiveness of MSEs in the Agro-Food Processing and Engineering Sub-Sectors. UNIDO May 2002.

The Structure and Performances of Small Business Sector in East Africa: The case of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. ILO, August 2001.

Management of Organizations in Africa, Quorum Publications, jointly with Waiguchu and Mwaura, 1999.

Assessment of Industrial Human Resources Development Requirements in Tanzania with special emphasis on food Processing and Engineering Industries. UNIDO 1997.

Technical Publication on Ways and Means of Developing Appropriate Industrial Technology and Human Resources through cooperative Arrangements Between Universities, R&D Institutions and Universities in African Countries, 1991.


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