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ERIC RAJAH

ERIC RAJAH

Executive Director and Co-founder

Eric Rajah co-founded A Better World in 1990 with his friend Brian Leavitt. Since then, he has held the role of Executive Director. Eric is passionate about helping and inspiring people both around the world and at home. He’s traveled with over 2,800 volunteers to project sites in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Bolivia, and Afghanistan. Eric loves enabling and encouraging young people to follow their dreams of helping others as well.

BRIAN LEAVITT

BRIAN LEAVITT

Project Director and Co-founder

In 1990, Brian Leavitt started A Better World with his friend Eric. Since then, he has traveled many times to East Africa to assess projects and project sites. Meeting with community leaders, teachers, and medical professionals, Brian ensures that each community we serve is working toward their development priorities. Brian is currently retired and working as a volunteer with ABW; he lives in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada.

Dr. AZALEA LEHNDORFF

Dr. AZALEA LEHNDORFF

Member, Board of Directors

Afghanistan Project Manager

Azalea Lehndorff has been an advocate for education for all since she was a young girl. Graduating from the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine in 2018, she strives to impact lives through both education and healthcare. Starting the 100 Classrooms Project in 2009, Azalea raised over $1 million to build a total of 101 classrooms for students in Afghanistan—the project was completed in 2018.

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RICK WIEBE

RICK WIEBE

Kenya Project Manager

Rick Wiebe is a long-time businessman and humanitarian volunteer. Owner of Carpet One Floor & Home in Red Deer, AB, Rick has extensive business knowledge and strategic planning expertise. A Project Manager with A Better World, Rick connects these skills with international humanitarian development. He and his wife Sharon also provide pre-marriage counselling. They have 3 kids and 4 grandchildren.

RON SYDENHAM

RON SYDENHAM

Chair, Board of Directors

Ron is a retired head pastor of College Heights Church in Lacombe, AB. He has volunteered for ABW since 1998, first as the head of the
Steering Committee, now as the Board Chair. He has traveled with ABW several times to East Africa and Belize, as well as to Haiti and Louisiana for relief efforts.

Ted Talks

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Eric has presented two TEDx Talks over the last few years, one at TEDxRedDeer and one at TEDxLaSierra. Azalea Lehndorff, ABW Board Member and Afghanistan Project Manager, has also delivered a TEDx Talk at TEDxLaSierra.