Cameroon Regional Office Staff
Alim Ousmanou, Cameroon Country Representative
Alim is based in Maroua, Cameroon and coordinates operations of EFA International in Cameroon. Alim’s professional background is in tourism and small business development. He has an Undergraduate Degree in Tourism from the University of N’gaoundéré, Cameroon. In addition to being a founding member of AJEPS, EFA’s first HIV+ youth support group, he has worked as a consultant for ACTEN and a Logistical Aide for CARE International. Alim is committed to the development of his community, country, and colleagues. In relation to his work with EFA, he is interested in linking tourism with community development in Cameroon. Alim is also the Director of Tsanaga Tours Agency, a professional tourism agency in Maroua. He has worked for the Cameroon Safari Agency and in the commercial business sector.
Amada Tchake, Programs and Operations Manager
Amada has over 20 years experience in development work, helping disadvantaged communities build capacity and improve their quality of life. Amada has worked for CARE International in Cameroon for in many capacities. He has experience managing income generation activities, health and wellness programs, establishing women’s groups, and water and sanitation. In addition, he has extensive experience in financial and personnel management. Amada joined EFA International to continue and expand his efforts to mobilize and empower youth in distress. His work involves training youth members on various health topics such as generalities of HIV and the importance of living positively, and mentors groups as they lead their own community interventions and activities. He lives in Maroua with his wife and five children.
Madame Gambo, Administrative Assistant
Sadja Ousmanou née Gambo attended primary and secondary school in Mokolo and Maroua, receiving a CEP Certificate in Primary Education from 1997 to 2003. She then pursued courses in Business Accounting at CETIC Maroua from 2003 to 2006 and courses in computers and new communication technologies with the Maroua GIC INFO MIB from May 2006 to December 2007. She completed an internship with Tsanaga Tours in December 2007 and January 2008. She began interning with EFA International from February 2008, and has been employed full time in the regional office since January 2010.
Gena Barnabee, Peace Corps Volunteer
Gena currently serves in the Peace Corps as a Health NGO Development volunteer in Maroua, Cameroon. She is also a student in the Peace Corps Masters International program at the University of Washington, where she is pursuing a Master in Public Administration concentrated in NGO Development, Program Development and Monitoring and Evaluation. As a Technical Advisor for EFA International, she hopes to increase the capacity of EFA, its associations, and their members to improve the lives of those infected with or affected by HIV and to educate communities about HIV and other important health issues. Gena received her Bachelor in Journalism Arts from the University of Georgia and has over five years of experience working in both the business and non-profit sectors.