Leah Llewellyn (M.Phil African Studies)

Videographer + Media Specialist

Leah is a freelance photojournalist, videographer and researcher. Her fields of interest include international politics, social anthropology, public health and the arts. Born in Formby, a small coastal town near Liverpool, England, Leah travelled and worked in Europe, Australia and Asia before settling in London where she developed her media skills in sound, cameras and editing whilst working ‘on the road’ for Sky News. During this time she also completed an undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology and Development Studies at the School for Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

In 2010 Leah visited Ethiopia for the first time to undertake six months of field research into the Ethiopian Social Circus Movement as part of her Research Masters degree at the African Studies Centre, Leiden University, Netherlands. This was the foundation of her thesis on politics and performance in Ethiopia and the catalyst for her journey with ReachAnother beginning in 2015. Founders Dr. Koning and Patricia O’Neil got in touch with Leah after discovering her publication, they were particularly interested in how it highlighted the creative ways public health messages are communicated in Ethiopia. They instantly connected and she has been part of the ReachAnother family ever since.

With ReachAnother, Leah has re-visited Ethiopia several times and contributes to the vital work of the charity. She creates training videos for local doctors, midwives and families, fund-raising films and promotional archive photography for the Foundation. She works with translators to develop scripts in English, Amharic and Dutch and thrives on collaboration with a growing ReachAnother media team.

Leah runs her own production company (Memorabeleah) creating documentary, promotional and archive material for performing artists in the UK and abroad, campaigns and public health films for Manchester City Council and photography and film projects with Manchester community groups, Afrocats and Community Arts North West (CAN). Leah has a new publication about the history of Circus in Ethiopia coming out soon (Oxford University Press).

Leah is driven by an innate sense of social justice and a passion for creative communication. She is inspired by and dedicated to the work she does with ReachAnother and is very proud to be part of this special team. Leah lives in Manchester with her husband Masresha Getahun Wondmu raising their young family.

What are spina bifida and hydrocephalus?

Spina bifida and hydrocephalus are neural tube defects (NTDs), which are birth defects that affect a baby’s spine, spinal cord, or brain.

Normally, a fetus’ neural tube develops into their brain, spinal cord, and spinal column, but if a mother does not have sufficient folic acid in her diet during pregnancy the neural tube does not fully form or close completely.

Spina bifida, “open back,” occurs when the spine has failed to close properly during the first month of pregnancy. Surgery is needed to close the defect immediately after birth to prevent infection and preserve the existing function in the spinal nerves. Approximately 90% of babies born with spina bifida are also impacted by hydrocephalus, “water on the brain.”

Babies born with hydrocephalus suffer a fluid build up in their brain, which causes an enlarged head and, if untreated, will cause brain damage and death. Treatment of hydrocephalus consists of implanting a shunt to drain the excess fluid. When treated in a timely fashion, the overwhelming majority of these babies can go on to lead healthy lives.

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“It was incredible to be able to volunteer in the hospital as a medical student and watch as the life of a child with hydrocephalus was forever changed. But it also gave me the chance to realize that giving a life to one child also means helping that child's mother, father, family and loved ones. It provides the community with hope to know that someone cares and is willing to help.”

Lacey Menkin MD

Orlando, Florida Medical Student

We are committed to

Expanding pediatric neurosurgery capacity to save more lives

Expanding pediatric neurosurgery capacity to save more lives

Expanding pediatric neurosurgery capacity to save more lives

John Moseley, PHD

Board Member

John received his BS, MS and PhD degrees in Physics from Georgia Institute of Technology, and has received multiple awards for his research there, at SRI, and at UO. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the AAAs, is listed in Who's Who in Frontier Science and Technology, in America, and in the World. He has participated at the National and International level in numerous scientific and educational committees and activities. At the local level, he has participated in a number of research, economic development, and arts related initiatives.

Dr. Moseley retired in 2006. He and his wife, Susan, live in Eugene, OR.
John has participated in visits to Ethiopia as a volunteer member of the ReachAnother Foundation team 2015 and 2017.

"My wife Susan and I first became interested in the work in Ethiopia through our friendship with Dick and Patricia. After attending a fund-raising dinner in Bend in 2012, my wife we hosted one in Eugene, and became increasingly involved, so when I was asked to join the Board in 2014 I was more than happy to do so. Participating with the team in Ethiopia in 2015 helped me to realize the effectiveness and potential of this effort, and I have appreciated the opportunity to help ever since."

We’re in it for the babies. For the families.
For Ethiopia. For the world.
We are dedicated to this work, our human family and to one another.
We are united to transform.
We are a catalyst for change.