THE TEAM

Staff in both Rwanda and the US operate under their own governing Boards of Directors and managing leaders. The two teams work together in long-term partnership to achieve their shared vision.

RWANDA

Leads the design and execution of programs in their communities.

Partnerships & External Relationships Consultant

Javan Irakiza

Office Security Guard

Elyne Ishimwe

Finance and Administration Manager

George Kabano

Transitional Center Co-Coordinator

Ange Uhorakeye

Transitional Center Cook

Gisele Umumararungu

Family Economic Empowerment Officer

Kellen Mbabazi

Social Worker

Christophe Mbonyingabo

Interim Executive Director

Thacienne Mukantabana

Specialized Caretaker

Louise Mukeshimana

Family Psychologist

Abdul Munyaneza

Transitional Center Co-Coordinator

Felix Ndikumwenayo

Security Guard

Janvier Ngabo

Residential Counselor

Innocent Nkusi

Youth Economic Empowerment Officer

Pacifique Niyitanga

Communication And Logistics Officer

Joseph Ssali

Family Support and Monitoring Coordinator

Alphonse Twahirwa

Security Guard

Francoise Umutoniwase

Family Support and Monitoring Officer

Daniel Ndikubwimana

Security Guard

UNITED STATES

Supports the Rwanda team through fundraising, marketing, and outreach.

Megan Chao

Executive Director / Co-Founder

Ally Shook

Development Director

Megan-Drew Benfield

Administrative Coordinator

BOARD

Each Board of Directors, in Rwanda and the US, volunteer their time and expertise to provide governance, financial oversight, and fundraising support.

Jacques Nsengjyumva

Rwanda Board Chair

Nathan Dowling

Rwanda Board Vice Chair

Amos Furaha

Rwanda Board Treasurer

Aimable Rukundo

Rwanda Board Member

Charlotte Usanase

Rwanda Board Member

Christophe Mbonyingabo

Rwanda Board Member

Nicole Nukunzi

Rwanda Board Secretary

Jean Ngirimana

Rwanda Board Member

Emily Kuhn

US Board Chair

Seng Thor

US Board Treasurer

Philip Keeton

US Board Member

Jane Gunningham

US Board Member

Marissa Ukosakul-Witt

US Board Secretary

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Hope for Life relies on the expertise and support of several local partners who help us fulfill our mission.

JOINT ACTION DEVELOPMENT FORUM

We participate in the Joint Action Development Forum (JADF), a local-government led group of business and public partners dedicated to the betterment of the Kicukiro District, the area of Rwanda where HFL operates in.

KABUGA HEALTH CENTER

The Kabuga Health Clinic provides health care services for children living in the Transitional Center. Through facilitating an understanding of the context of child homelessness, and developing relationships with our staff, these medical practitioners are able to offer medical care with sensitivity and in ways that helps our program participants feel safe.

ERM VOCATIONAL TRAINING

This nearby vocational school provides training in various skills for many HFL youth when traditional school is not the most appropriate option.

HOVDE FOUNDATION

The Hovde Foundation is our long-term partner in owning the property we operate on in Rwanda.

RUSORORO
PRIMARY SCHOOL

The majority of children in our Transitional Program attend this local school, as well as a handful of reintegrated children whose families live in the area.

VIVA CLINIC

Viva Clinic is a local medical clinic that specializes in medical screening, assessment and diagnostics. Upon entrance, all children receive a comprehensive physical exam by a medical professional who provides a certified report with test results.

RESONATE

Resonate is a nonprofit in Kigali that we partner with to provide group training for both older children and caretakers regarding topics such as capacity building, leadership development, and self-confidence.

GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF RWANDA

We partner with the government of Rwanda at many different levels to ensure our programs remain in compliance with governmental policies. We work very closely with village leaders especially in regards to family tracing, program enrollment, and family monitoring.