World Vision Ethiopia announced the appointment of its new National Director, Ms. Margaret Schuler. Ms. Schuler, who is not new to Ethiopia, has worked for over 16 years in and with Ethiopia, working for Save the Children, CARE International and World Vision USA to address the needs of children, families and communities in Ethiopia. Ms. Schuler most recently came to Ethiopia from her post as Associate Vice President for Child Protection and HIV/AIDS with Save the Children in Washington, DC. She took up her new role in country July 1, 2012.
World Vision East Africa Regional Leader Dr. Charles Owubah said that Margaret is chosen to be National Director for World Vision Ethiopia based on her rich experience in senior leadership positions and the organisation hopes to take World Vision’s work and leadership in Ethiopia to a new level under Ms. Schuler’s leadership.
Ambassador Negash Kibert, Director General of International Non-governmental Organizations with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, made remarks at an event where Ms. Schuler was introduced to partners on July 3, 2012, stating, "We are major beneficiaries of World Vision's development efforts over the past 37 years and, therefore, the Ethiopian government will continue to cooperate and support World Vision Ethiopia."
World Vision operates in Addis Ababa-the capital and seven regional states of the country in 68 area development programs throughout Ethiopia, with a multi-sectoral focus on livelihoods, food security and Natural Resource Management; health and nutrition; HIV and AIDS; WASH and basic education. Its programs focus on improving child wellbeing, strengthening gender development and partnership with communities, local organizations and government agencies to ensure long term sustainability of its interventions.