HBH BOARD MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Aida Meskel
What year did you join the HBH Board?
What motivated you to become a part of the HBH Board?
Tanzania is a place near and dear to my heart. My family's roots are from the neighboring country, Ethiopia. My parents have accomplished so much in terms of helping people up, and if I could take a fraction of what I have learned from them to do good in this world, maybe I, too, could change the world in some incremental way. Africa has an abundance of gifts. Harnessing that for its future starts with giving its children a strong foundation to learn, grow, and develop. House of Blue Hope provides that in a sustainable way that respects Tanzania's culture.
How has joining HBH as a Board Member impacted your life?
So far I've met some amazing people virtually in a pandemic, reconnected with an old friend to do some good, and been moved to tears of joy on my first retreat. With that, I expect nothing but great things in the future.
Tell us about your professional background, and how it helps you contribute as an HBH Board Member?
My professional background is in public health and I currently work in creating access to medicines and strengthening health systems in Emerging Markets. However, my community service work as a co-founder and Chair for a youth org based in NYC focused on the personal and professional development of the Ethiopian Diaspora youth and young professionals has given me equally helpful insights. Both, hopefully, will help me contribute to meaningful initiatives that help promote wellness and development for HBH.
What impact do you hope to have on the HBH kids, and our organization as a whole?
I hope to be able to help keep the kids healthy through the pandemic and beyond, help them dream big, and help provide them with the tools to achieve their wildest dreams.