Norma Van Horn
Integrated Community Development (ICD) Program Director
My responsibilities include working closely with the Addis Ababa country office to manage and coordinate the organization's Integrated Community Development (ICD) Programs, which are multi-year, community-wide programs developing clean water, education, health, and micro-finance simultaneously. I have been at A Glimmer of Hope - my dream job - since mid-2008.
For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by Africa. The sunsets, the animals, the music, the culture and the primal roots of humanity captured me from a very early age. In 2004, my husband and I celebrated our second anniversary with a two week safari in Africa which was everything I had hoped it would be and more. What I wasn't prepared for was the poverty. My career as a technology product manager and graduate student had taken me all over the world - Asia, Russia, Eastern and Western Europe - but nothing prepares you for Africa. We returned compelled to do something about the extreme poverty we had seen and started a small business for the sole purpose of raising money for microfinance organizations. Shortly after that we started a family and I chose to be a stay-at-home mom for one precious, irreplaceable year.
Giving that up to join A Glimmer of Hope was a tough decision but it is incredibly meaningful to know that my efforts are helping to make a constructive difference in the lives of remote, rural Ethiopians every day and I count my lucky stars that I am able to do this work.
You must be the change you want to see in the world.Mohandas K. Gandhi