The ReachAnother Foundation

'ReachAnother Foundation (RAF) is a volunteer-based, non-profit organisation that promotes better access to healthcare services for medically underserved populations in Sub-Saharan Africa. We reach out to those who"fall through the cracks" of governmental programs, public assistance and multinational relief efforts. Our success is measured one family and one community at a time'



ReachAnother presents their Gala fund raising film for 2017 - 'What's in a name?' Narrated by their film maker Leah Llewellyn, this short film tells the story of ReachAnother's life saving work in Ethiopia. In collaboration with Ethiopia's first neurosurgereons, surgery is now available to children with suffering with 'water on the brain' (hydrocephalus) and 'open spines' (spina bifida). This film follows their progress and aims to inspire a brighter future for all children born with neural tube defeats.


One family, one community at a time. ReachAnother Foundation (RAF) is a US-based, non-profit organization committed to promoting better healthcare and special education services for medically underserved communities in Ethiopia. We reach out to families who fall through the cracks of government programs, public assistance and multi-national relief efforts.

I have been working with the ReachAnother Foundation since April 2015. Based in Central Oregon, USA, I document their work in Ethiopia with children suffering from Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida and Autism. 

This film features the 2015 opening of ReachAnother's second school for autistic children in Nazareth, Southern Ethiopia.    

Community Arts North West

'Community Arts North West (CAN) is a Manchester-based arts development organisation working with urban communities across Greater Manchester to create access to cultural production for people that are excluded from or on the fringes of the mainstream. CAN facilitates cultural expression and visibility with the many diverse communities that make up Greater Manchester, working with people from a range of ages, cultural heritages and art form interests including performing, visual and new media arts. We are proud to ally ourselves with the historical struggle of communities to create a better world. Our work brings people, artists and communities together in urban spaces to articulate and share hidden histories, to explore the complex identities and makeup of today’s communities in Britain and to tell it how it is.'


What does it mean to be Congolese and living in Manchester? Lisapo is a journey through the lives of 28 Congolese migrants who share their tales of love, drama, and, of course – the terrible war, which has taken over six million lives in the past ten years. Their stories were the inspiration for the performance created by Community Arts North West and performed at Band on the Wall in June 2014. Extracts of this performance illustrate their stories, and captures moments of their colorful lives in Manchester. Directed by Leah Llewellyn Lisapo: A Living Archive was first screened on the 19 March 2015 at Manchester Central Library Performance Space


Lisapo: The Congolese Tales is a live musical oratory featuring song, spoken word, narration, moving image and community. It tells the powerful story of the Congolese migration to Britain as a result of the destabilisation of their country and consequent civil war. The event took place at Band on the Wall in June 2014 and was developed and produced by Community Arts North West with community members, artists and a dedicated team of volunteers. The project was funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and Manchester City Council. The performance was filmed by Clive Hunte (Busha Productions) with Bedos Mavambu and Alex Nicolaides and edited by Leah Llewellyn

Circus in Ethiopia by Leah Llewellyn

'I was three years old when I saw my first images of Ethiopia. The television was on in the "grown up's room", but as a curious child, I crept in. The BBC was broadcasting an exposé of a devastating famine in northern Ethiopia. Distressed and confused by what I had seen, I attempted to make sense of these horrifying images. Everyday, sometimes three four times a day, for the next two years, I drew the same picture. It was a circle cut in half; the top half was the sky with birds and a huge sun, the lower half was the barren ground where a mother stood holding the hands of her two children, everybody in the picture was crying. Concerned, my parents would ask me what this picture was about; I would reply; "this is Ethiopia".
From philanthropist to journalist, theatre practitioner to politician, mass starvation haunted the imagination and plagued the conscience. 'The face of aid was transformed and the face of hunger was Ethiopian' (Gill 2010: 2). Such distressing images continue to dominate the popular perception of Ethiopia. Circuses in Ethiopia attempt to challenge this stereotype.' Juggling Adendas: Circus in Ethiopia by Leah Llewellyn (Research Masters Thesis 2011: 6)


'Circus Debre Berhan: HIV Road Show' was submitted as part of Leah Llewellyn Research Masters in African Studies at Leiden University. It features Circus Debre Berhan in training and performing to raise awareness about HIV.