Office Location & postal address:                  Phone: 08 8258-7909 (Tuesday only)
50 Fern Grove Boulevard                                   Email:  worldfamilies@bigpond.com
Salisbury East SA 5109                                      ABN: 33 361 460 443

Office Manager:

Bert Michels                                  Email: wfamanager@bigpond.com

Sponsorship & Finance Officers:

Kerry Walker                                Email: wfasponsorship@bigpond.com                                                  
Robyn Merritt                               Email: wfafinance@bigpond.com

Project Officers


Ethiopia: (BGW)
Morgan Smithmrsrob53@gmail.com

Sandi Petersen
Sandi Petersen

Ethiopia: (Bonga, Liwan, & Lalibela)
Sandi Petersen - rspetersen@optusnet.com.au

Sandi has been involved with Ethiopia since 2003, travelling there on multiple occasions which enables her to have a close connection with the projects. When in Ethiopia she visits the projects and meets with the sponsored children. Sandi has a Master in International Development, in addition to a background in nursing, counselling and youth work and is currently undertaking a Master in Social Work. She is an avid traveller and has spent time in a number of African, Latin American, South-East Asia and South Pacific countries.

Ethiopia: (Bulbula)
Kate Drogemuller - katedrogemuller@bigpond.com

Christine Hoffman

Ethiopia: (Jimma & Bonga Feeding)
Christine Hoffman - ce.dj.hoffman@bigpond.com

I am Project Officer for Jimma DOC and Bonga BFC, BFC-K, BWDP and Bonga Barta Elementary School. The Lady pictured with me is like me –   a Grandmother. Unlike me she is sole carer for her severely disabled grandson, an amazing human being and a wonderful friend.

In 2009/10, a general invitation to visit Ethiopia was sent to WFA interested people. Although 60 years young at the time, I decided to go. That first trip will stay with me forever. Prior to leaving, the trip coordinator, Sandi Petersen, emailed me informing me that one of her supported children was desperately ill with heart problems and asked, “Do you want to do a side trip to Israel?” where “Save A Childs Heart” was found who would operate on the boy. After, we ended up taking him back to Ethiopia with us.

So as you can imagine I was “hooked. This was just the beginning of so many beginnings and I have visited Ethiopia every year since; falling in love with the country and its peoples.

Emma Lewis

Ethiopia: (Bonga Rural)
Emma Lewis - embella@optusnet.com

I have four children and am a High School Counsellor in Adelaide. I have a strong sense of social justice and part of my role at the school is to facilitate a Justice Group. This gives students the platform to raise awareness of important social issues and to make a difference in their community and globally. Prior to this I worked with unaccompanied minors, asylum seekers and refugees. My passion for working with young people came from visiting Ethiopia in 2004. It was evident there was a need for education, health, and wellbeing to be a priority for girls in Bonga, a rural village in Ethiopia, where schooling was not considered important for girls. Children are sponsored through Bonga Rural (BOR) project, where a portion of the child sponsorship goes directly to the child/family for education and health support, with the remaining portion being used for community development projects.

Ethiopia: (Samerro)
Gemma Pilcher - darrenpil@optusnet.com.au

Ethiopia: (Meskele Kirstos Project)
World Families Office worldfamilies@bigpond.com

Ethiopia: (Dekia)
Ethiopia: (Jimma)
Michelle Nethery - michelle.nethery@gmail.com
Dee Hudson

Dee Hudson - bendy98@bigpond.com

Thank you for your interest in Ethiopia.   My name is Dee Hudson and my role with World Families Australia is as a volunteer project coordinator for the Meskele Kristos project.   Married with two adult children, I have been a coordinator for the Meskele Kristos since 2010 and have enjoyed partnering with people around the world to help provide improved sanitation, educational supplies, construction of new buildings and building repairs, clean water and food supplements to this very remote community.  I have traveled extensively around the world, including four times to Ethiopia. Other volunteering roles I have been engaged in, include working with the Indigenous in Australia and in Papua New Guinea.


Jenny Minck
Jenny Minck
Chennai , Minjur
I am a retired person, single, enjoy listening to music when I am at home. Like to have some kind of business interest going. I’m the editor of a monthly social newsletter. I enjoy preparing newsletters for the Minjur Home Project donors, especially when I have a good selection of photographs to add in. Arts and crafts attract me also. Knitting one or two jumpers in winter. Drawing and painting, and have just started mosaics again. Enjoy corresponding with overseas pen friends. I attend WFA Management Committee meetings once every two months as a WFA Volunteer Project Officer looking after the Minjur Home Project in Chennai, India. In 2021 new three year Partnership Agreements will be prepared for confirmation at the WFA AGM in October 2021.



Liz Rankin
Liz on right

Liz Rankin lizrankin@tyndale.sa.edu.au 

I first travelled to Kenya in 2012 with Tyndale Christian School and met and fell in love with Joshua and Miriam (pictured) Mbithi.

Mike and Dani Potter, who first met the Mbithi’s while living in Kenya in 1988, when supporting the establishment of Neema Children’s Home. This led to the Potters taking numerous students, staff and parents to Kenya to meet the Neema family. Neema holds a very special place in the hearts of the Tyndale community with significant funds being raised and projects completed since 2002.

Miriam and I share a professional and personal passion for health and wellbeing, and in partnership we saw the establishment of the Neema Health Centre. The energetic joy of Joshua and the rich love and hugs from Miriam are almost indescribable. Support of Neema Children’s Home has allowed me, and many others, to experience what true joy in the face of adversity actually looks like.



Bruce & Elaine

Elaine and Bruce Smith - bmejsmith@gmail.com


Karan Coombe-Smith - karan.coombesmith@gmail.com

I am a mother, grandmother, crazy plant lady, and recently retired after enjoying four decades working in State Government.  Adopting three children and travelling to Ethiopia twenty-plus years ago gave me an insight into how poverty and poor education completely limited a child's future.  I volunteered to project manage the Sri Lankan project when it was without a Project Officer. I visited Sri Lanka and met with the Sisters of the Good Shepherd and found them to be warm, welcoming and well organised.  The country and the local community around the Sisters has been challenged in recent years with the tsunami, terrorist attacks and Covid.  The project is small compared to the overall need but I know sponsorship makes a huge difference to those individual children and their families. Ph 0403690695


Peter Mann - prmann43@gmail.com