ChildFund welcomed Charlie Danzoll as the new national director for ChildFund Ethiopia earlier this year. Previously, Charlie was program and partnership development coordinator for east and southern Africa.
In that regional role, Charlie was instrumental in the development of the Vibrant Program Pipeline tool now used in all the Africa national offices. He assisted several national offices with their grants acquisition strategies and worked closely with the business development unit at ChildFund’s headquarters in Richmond, Va.
Prior to joining ChildFund, Charlie worked for both Save the Children and CARE, where he served in a number of positions including project manager in Rwanda, country coordinator in North Korea and director of global operations improvement.
What do you enjoy most about working for ChildFund?
I have enjoyed working with ChildFund for many different personal and professional reasons. I enjoy the professional, collaborative, supportive and friendly working environment and the excitement around the new strategy.
Professionally, ChildFund’s dynamic and transformative strategy and life-stage approach to development fits with my personal vision for contributing to the fight against global poverty. Children and youth are our future.
In moving around and meeting new people for your job, what place is the most memorable and why?
I have worked in the field of international development for more than 20 years. During that time I have lived and worked in many countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
In each place that I have visited or lived, I have found each to be memorable in both wonderful and not-so-wonderful ways.
Be it in post-genocide Rwanda, drought and hunger of southern Africa, flooding in Haiti or famine in North Korea, I have been overwhelmed at the resilience and strength of humanity when confronted with such adversity, poverty and oppression.
I am humbled by the strength and perseverance of the communities, families and children that we serve.
How do you relax? Do you have any hobbies?
The best way for me to relax is to be with my wife and family. We have an 8-year-old boy and twin 3-year-olds—a boy and a girl—so our time is busy with assorted kid activities.
As for hobbies, I do enjoy playing sports, hiking and camping. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy my hobbies in Ethiopia. Now, I need to find the time!