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Who are Micah Challenge?

  1. We are a global coalition of Christians holding governments to account for their pledge to halve extreme poverty by 2015.

Micah Challenge is served by:

International team

Joel Edwards

Joel is the International Director and has been involved in Micah Challenge since it started in 2000. He travels the globe inspiring the Church to get involved in advocacy with and for the poor as part of their core mission.

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Amanda Jackson

Amanda is head of Advocacy and Campaigns. She previously headed up our Australia campaign. Experienced in communications, church life and the campaigning world she is a real asset to the international team and the national campaigns.
 

Vikki McLachlan

Vikki is a creative jack of all trades.  She is our head of Operations, and administrates the international Board. She has been involved with Micah Challenge since 2004 and has been attempting to organize Joel Edwards since 2002. Vikki recently completed an MSc in Poverty Reduction and Development Management.
 

Felicity Cowling

Felicity works on Campaigns and Digital Communications. After graduating from SOAS in London, Felicity worked with Micah Challenge in the UK as an intern before joining the international team in 2011.

Board of Trustees

Marnix Niemeijer (Chair)

Marnix is the managing Director of Tear, a Christian charity in the Netherlands. He has a deep commitment to alleviating poverty and is heavily involved with the national work of Micha Netherlands.

Tehmina Arora (Board Member)

Tehmina is the General Secretary of the Christian Legal Association, India. She has written over 30 articles on human rights issues, published in leading national dailies and magazines. Tehmina is frequently called upon to address groups at seminars across the country on the rights of religious minorities in India. She worked briefly at the Supreme Court of India as an advocate before joining the Christian Legal Association.

Dr Belinda Bennet (Board Member)

Belinda is the Head of Region, South Asia, Christian Aid, New Delhi.

Paul Cook (Board Member)

Paul is Advocacy and Media Director of Tearfund UK. He coordinates Tearfund's research, lobbying, campaigns and media work on climate change and disasters, water and sanitation, HIV/AIDS and governance and corruption. Paul has a background in grassroots campaigning and human rights advocacy.

Sheryl Haw (Board Member)

Sheryl is the International Director of Micah Network and draws on over 20 years relief, development and advocacy work. Prior to joining Micah Network, Sheryl lectured at All Nations Christian College on Integral Mission and coordinated the development of the HAP International Standard on Accountability and Quality Management.

Canon Grace Kaiso (Board Member)

Revd Grace is a theologian and an ordained minister in the Anglican Church who serves as the General Secretary of the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA). He was trained in Uganda, New Zealand and Canada and has been actively involved in issues of urban ministry with special focus on empowerment of the poor. Rev Grace worked with World Vision International as Project Manager and Facilitator of urban projects for 10 years and played a key role in advocacy for human rights and good governance in Uganda.

Christine MacMillan (Board Member)

Christine is the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA)'s Senior Advisor for Social Justice and brings more than 30 years of experience in addressing social justice issues on three continents. Until recently Christine served as the first Director of the International Social Justice Commission of the Salvation Army.

Ken Morgan (Treasurer)

Ken is chartered accountant and also serves on the Board of Directors for Compassion International. Ken has served on the Board and Council of the Evangelical Alliance in London where he was the Honorary Treasurer, and he was also President of the Spelthorne Chamber of Commerce.

Rolando Perez (Board Member)

Rolando is the Advocacy & Communications Director at Paz y Esperanza, Peru.

Gordon Showell-Rogers (Board Observer)

Gordon is WEA Associate Secretary General whose responsibilities include WEA's relationship with all Regional and National Evangelical Alliances. Showell-Rogers' life experience includes many years in student work (with IFES, and in church-based international student ministry) and 11 years as the General Secretary of the European Evangelical Alliance.

He has been with the WEA since May 2010, and continues to be excited about the vital importance of evangelical unity for effective Christian testimony all over the world.

National Campaigns

We are now active in 46 countries across the globe and implement local mobilization, training and advocacy work.

If we are not active in your country then contact the international team to identify a way forward.

 

 Australia

Coordinator: John Beckett

John.beckett@micahchallenge.org.au
www.micahchallenge.org.au

Population: 21,875, 000
% living on less than $1/day: NO DATA (assumed less than 5%)
Campaign MDG focus: 4 (Child Health); 5 (Maternal Health); 7: climate change; 8 (Global Partnership)

Stories from Australia:

  • Voices for Justice

 Argentina

Coordinator: Graciela de Perez de Celis
perezdecelis@yahoo.com.ar

Population: 40,276,000
% living on less than $1/day: 6.6% (UNDP, 2011)
Campaign MDG focus: MDG 3 Violence against women and girls

 Bangladesh

Coordinator: Nripen Baidya
nripen.baidya@yahoo.com

Population: 162.221 million
% living on less than $1/day: 41.3% (UNDP, 2011)

 Belgium

Coordinator: Cecil Van Maelsaeke
Housed by Tearfund Belgium
cvm@tearfund.be

Population: 10,789,000
% living on less than $1/day: NO DATE (assumed less than 5%)

 Benin

Coordinator: Seraphin Tchenga
tchengas@yahoo.fr

Population: 8,935,000
% living on less than $1/day: 30.9% (UNDP, 2011)

Stories from Benin:

  • Worship at heart of women's campaign to save lives
  • Birth without risk of death

[Seraphin Tchenga, Benin]

 Bolivia

Coordinator: Juan Castillo
desafiomiqueas@gmail.com

Population: 9,863,000
% living on less than $1/day: 23.2 % (2007)

 Botswana

Coordinator: Shabayo Motsamai
smotsamai@gmail.com

Population: 1,950,000
% living on less than $1/day: 28.0%

 Burkina Faso

Coordinator: Joanna Ilboudo
ilboudo.actsbf@gmail.com
roc.burkina@gmail.com

Population: 15,757,000
% living on less than $1/day: 56.5% (UNDP, 2003)

 Burundi

Coordinator: Francois Ndibwami
ndibwamif@yahoo.fr

Population: 8,303,000
% living on less than $1/day: 81.3% (UNDP, 2006)

 Canada

Coordinator: Liz John-West
lizjwest3d@gmail.com
info@micahchallenge.ca
www.micahchallenge.ca

Population: 33,740,000
% living on less than $1/day: NO DATA (assumed less than 5%)

Stories from Canada:

  • Outrun Poverty

 Chad

Coordinator: Adama Yadang
adamayadang@gmail.com

Population: 11,206,000
% living on less than $1/day: 61.9%

 Colombia

Coordinator: Jose Gerardo Martinez
jgmartinez52@hotmail.com

Population: 45,660,000
% living on less than $1/day: 7% (UNDP, 2011)

 Cote D’Ivoire

Coordinator: Sylvie Ettien
excellenceprod@yahoo.fr

Population: 21,075,000
% living on less than $1/day: 14.8%

 Democratic Republic of Congo

Coordinator: Joseph Nkinzo Tchibo
nkinzo@gmail.com

Population: 66,020,000
% living on less than $1/day: 59.2% (UNDP, 2006)

 Ecuador

Coordinator: Alfonso Lopez
ecuador@desafiomiqueas.org

Population: 13,625,000
% living on less than $1/day: 17.7% (UNDP, 2011)
Campaign MDG focus: MDG 3 Violence against women and girls

 France

Coordinator: Coralie Omodei
contact@defimichee.org
www.defimichee.org

Population: 62,616,000
% living on less than $1/day: NO DATA (assumed less than 5%)
Campaign MDG focus: Goal 8: partnership for development

Stories from France:

  • Mission Net
  • Church speaks up for bottom billion as G20 leaders prepare for crucial meeting

 Germany

Coordinator: Alexander Gentsch
Alexander.gentsch@micha-initiative.de
www.micha-initative.de

Population: 81,880,000
% living on less than $1/day: NO DATA (assumed less than 5%)
Campaign MDG focus: 4 (Child Health); 5 (Maternal Health); 8: partnership for development

Stories from Germany:

  • Mission Net
  • Reicht Fasten

 Haiti

Coordinator: Jean-Valery Vital Herne
vvitalherne@gmail.com
vvitalherne@defimicheehaiti.org
www.defimicheehaiti.org

Population: 10,033,000
% living on less than $1/day: 53.9% (UNDP, 2000)
Campaign MDG focus: Goal 8: integrity in leadership in rebuilding Haiti

 Hong Kong

Coordinator: Chung Nim Chan
chung@cedarfund.org

Population: 7, 004, 000
% living on less than $1/day: NO DATA (assumed less than 5%

 India

Coordinator: David Jayakumar
udjayakumar@gmail.com

Population: 1,155,000,000
% living on less than $1/day: 41.6% (UNDP, 2004)
Campaign MDG focus: MDG 3: equality for the girl child

Stories from India:

  • Sad end to India's anti corruption bill
  • Corruption in India. Us verses them

 Ireland

Coordinator: Reuben Coulter
reuben.coulter@tearfund.ie

Population: 4,450,000
% living on less than $1/day: NO DATA (assumed less than 5%)

 Italy

Coordinator: Rino Sciaraffa
rinosciaraffa@hotmail.it

Population: 60,221,000
% living on less than $1/day: NO DATA (assumed less than 5%)

 Kenya

Population: 39,802,000
% living on less than $1/day: 19.7% (UNDP, 2005)
Campaign MDG focus: 1 (Hunger); 7 (Environment)

 Malawi

Coordinator: Charles Gwengwe
charlesgwengwe@africa-online.net
Lloyd Mtalimanja
lloydmtalimanja@yahoo.com

Population: 15,263,000
% living on less than $1/day: 20.8% (UNDP, 2011)

 Mozambique

Coordinator: Jorge Pratas
jorgepratas@mdiportugal.org
jprataspalma@gmail.com

Population: 22,894,000
% living on less than $1/day: 36.2% (UNDP, 2004)

 Malaysia

Coordinator: Joyce Thong
joyce@malaysiancare.org

Population: 27,468,000
% living on less than $1/day: 2% (UNDP, 2004)
Campaign MDG focus: Goal 2: access for all to primary education

 Nepal

Coordinator: Thir KC
thirkc@gmail.com

Population: 29,331,000
% living on less than $1/day: 24.1%

 Netherlands

Coordinator: Jacolien Viveen
jacolienviveen@michanederland.nl

info@michanederland.nl

www.michanederland.nl

Population: 16,531,000

% living on less than $1/day: NO DATA (assumed less than 5%)

 New Zealand

Coordinator: Andrew Urquhart
urquhartfamilynz@hotmail.com
micahnz@gmail.com
www.micahchallenge.org.nz

Population: 4,316,000
% living on less than $1/day: NO DATA (assumed less than 5%)

 Nicaragua

Coordinator: Luz Urania Lopez Erazo
luz.largaespada@gmail.com

Population: 5,743,000
% living on less than $1/day: 45.1% (UNDP, 2011)

 Nigeria

Coordinator: Talitha Pam
tpam@crwrc.net

www.micahchallengenigeria.org

Population: 151,319,500
% living on less than $1/day: 64.4% (UNDP , 2003)
Campaign MDG focus: Goal 7: environment

 Peru

Coordinator: Genaro Diaz Guerrero
gguerrero@desafiomiqueas.org

Population: 29,165,000
% living on less than $1/day: 10.5% (UNDP, 2011)
Campaign MDG focus: MDG 3 Violence against women and girls

 Philippines

Coordinator: Bishop Efraim Tendero
bishopef@pceconline.org

http://www.facebook.com/micahphilippines

Population: 91,983,000
% living on less than $1/day: 22.6% (UNDP, 2006)

 Portugal

Coordinator: Joao Pedro Martins
desafio.miqueias@gmail.com
www.desafiomiqueias.com

Population: 10,632,000
% living on less than $1/day: NO DATA (assumed less than 5%)

 Rwanda

Coordinator: Gahungu Bunini
gbunini@yahoo.fr

Population: 9,998,000
% living on less than $1/day: 60.3% (UNDP, 2011)

 Sierra Leone

Coordinator: Siaka Charles
mcsierraleone@googlemail.com

Population: 5,696,000
% living on less than $1/day: 53.4% (UNDP, 2003)

 South Africa

Coordinator: 

Moss Nthla
teasa@mweb.co.za

Craig Stewart
craig@warehouse.org.za

http://www.micahchallenge.org.za

Population: 49,320,000
% living on less than $1/day: 10.7% (UNDP, 2000)

 Spain

Coordinator: Daniel Pujol
danielpujol@aeesp.net

Population: 45,958,000
% living on less than $1/day: NO DATA (assumed less than 5%)

 Switzerland

Coordinators: 

Switzerland- France
Jean-Daniel Andre
jdandre@bluewin.ch

Switzerland- German
Peter Seeberger
peter.seeberger@stoparmut.ch

Population: 7,731,000
% living on less than $1/day: NO DATA (assumed less than 5%)

Stories about Switzerland:

  • Mission Net

 Tanzania

Coordinator: Godfrey Kassian Kimela
tanzania_eli@yahoo.com

Population: 43,739,000
% living on less than $1/day: 57.8% (UNDP, 2000)

 Uganda

Coordinator: Stephen Mugabi
mugabi@infocom.co.ug

Population: 32,710,000
% living on less than $1/day: 51.5% (UNDP, 2005)

 United Kingdom

info@micahchallenge.org
www.micahchallenge.org

Population: 61,838,000
% living on less than $1/day: NO DATA (assumed less than 5%)

 United States

Coordinator: Jason Fileta
jason.alfonse.fileta@gmail.com

www.micahchallengeusa.org

Population: 307,007,000
% living on less than $1/day: 1% (UNDP, 2008)

Stories about the US:

  • Anti-poverty campaigners urge millions of Christians to remind presidential candidates of promises to the world's poor

 Uruguay

Coordinator: Luis Cesari
claves@adinet.com.uy

Population: 3,345,000
% living on less than $1/day: 2% (UNDP, 2006)

 Zambia

Coordinator: Martin Kapenda
kapendam@yahoo.com
http://mczambia.wordpress.com

Population: 12,935,000
% living on less than $1/day: 63.8% (UNDP, 2011)
Campaign MDG focus: Goal 8: justice in extractive industries

Stories about Zambia:

  • Brave teen orphaned by crocodile attack becomes campaigning hero

 Zimbabwe

Coordinator: Jonathan Chikumbu
jonachik@yahoo.com
Peter Bare
petzbar@yahoo.co.uk

Population: 12,523, 000
% living on less than $1/day: NO DATA
Campaign MDG focus: Goal 4 and 5: Child and maternal health, especially access to pre and post natal care