Crossroaders in the Field



Melanie Anderson (Ghana)
Melanie Anderson

As a recent graduate of UNBC with a BA in environmental studies I focused mostly on food systems and my work on post secondary food insecurity is published through MIT. I will be using my business and agricultural background to work with Pro-Link and women farmers in the Volta region for the next 12 months. Local food, climate action and social justice are my favourites.

Tanya Lécuyer (Bolivia)
Tanya Lécuyer

Equipped with a Masters in International Development Management and Humanitarian Relief from Université Laval, I am getting ready to leave for La Paz, Bolivia, for four months with Crossroads International. During that time, I will work with Pro-Rural, an association dedicated to rural development, whose objectives are connected to food security, poverty reduction and gender equality.


Carly Friesen (Ghana)
Carly Friesen

As a long time advocate for the rights of women and girls, I am excited to finally be working directly to promote women’s rights and improve women’s lives. During my 10 month placement, I will be working in Ghana with one of Crossroads partner organisations, NEWIG - Network of Women in Growth.

Mia Choinière (Togo)
Mia Choinière

I will be in Lomé, Togo, from September 2016 to March 2017 as a monitoring advisor for La Coulombe, a Crossroads International partner working for the empowerment of young women and men. My work consists of supporting La Coulombe in the evaluation of their programming results.

Djibril Dioum (Senegal)
Djibril Dioum

Crossroads International’s mission to create a more equitable world is aligned with my vision of the fight against poverty. I believe there is no question that gender equality is a catalyst for growth, because by empowering women we enable them to drive this growth. When women are empowered, we see an improvement in their everyday lives; it enables them to guarantee an education for their children, and to combat poverty and child labour.

Kancoun Camara (Swaziland)
Kancoun Camara

Parisian by birth, Malian by heritage and now a Montrealer, I am the result of multiculturalism. I have lived in several countries, including France, Malta, Spain and Canada.

Khadim Mboup Cheikhal (Senegal)
Cheikhal Khadim Mboup

A sociologist by training, I also have a degree in project management and international cooperation from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. I capitalize on almost 10 years of rich experience in the field of development focused on prospecting, formulating, executing and evaluating projects and programs, including experiences in Senegal, Mali, Morocco et Mauritania.

Papa Mangone Basal (Senegal)
Papa Mangone Basal

I’m a university graduate in sociology and international public administration. I have a wealth of experience stretching back more than 15 years in the field of development, planning, and the monitoring and evaluation of national and international projects and programs. I’ve carried significant responsibilities in this regard, including mission analysis, guidance, and I’ve provided counsel and advice for governments, NGOs, and community and civil society organizations.  

Rocío Valencia (Burkina Faso)
Cheikhal Khadim Mboup

After graduating from Concordia with an Art History degree and volunteering with the Quebec sans frontières program and interning with Global Affair Canada’s International Youth Internship Program in Bolivia, I am pleased to join Crossroads International for a six-month communications mandate with L’Association d’Appui et d’Éveil Pugsada (A.D.E.P.) in Ouagadougou to help them build capacity and implement a communications plan that answers the organization’s needs.

Jessica Opoku-Amoah (Ghana)
volunteer jessica opoku

I am a native of Toronto and  of Ghanaian descent. My mandate with Crossroads is a Network Coordinator, where my goal is to retain existing members and bring in new comers through providing support and accountability to the organization. The beauty about this mandate is the possibility to work with WiLDAF network members across Ghana. I am very delighted about this position  because of the advocacy  role on gender equality.  I am a business major at York University and  I have volunteered my time to gender equality for over a decade and now I have the possibility to do it in Ghana. Through my degree, I was able to develop my passion in promoting economic empowerment and find alternative methods to plan for success. My expectation from this mandate is to be of service to the women in Ghana through my knowledge and skills





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