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.

Daniel Ledama

Executive Director

Elyne Ishimwe

Finance and Administration Manager

Pacifique Niyitanga

Communication And Logistics Officer

Amanda Good

Partnerships & External Relationships Consultant

Javan Irakiza

Office Security Guard

Alphonse Twahirwa

Security Guard

Daniel Ndikubwimana

Security Guard

Felix Ndikumwenayo

Security Guard

Joseph Ssali

Family Support and Monitoring Coordinator

Louise Mukeshimana

Family Psychologist

Gisele Umumararungu

Family Economic Empowerment Officer

Innocent Nkusi

Youth Economic Empowerment Officer

Francoise Umutoniwase

Family Support and Monitoring Officer

George Kabano

Transitional Center Co-Coordinator

Kellen Mbabazi

Social Worker

Thacienne Mukantabana

Specialized Caretaker

Janvier Ngabo

Residential Counselor

Ange Uhorakeye

Transitional Center Cook

UNITED STATES

Supports the organization’s mission by focusing on fundraising, marketing, outreach, and program support as requested.

Megan Chao

Executive Director / Co-Founder

Kody Allen-Sambrano

Development Director

Megan-Drew Benfield

Communications Coordinator

Gina Werdel

Administrative Coordinator

David Ibarra

Volunteer Graphic Designer

BOARD

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

Jacques Nsenjyumva

Rwanda Board Chair

Nathan Dowling

Rwanda Board Vice Chair

Amos Furaha

Rwanda Board Treasurer

Nicole Nukunzi

Rwanda Board Secretary

Aimable Rukundo

Rwanda Board Member

Charlotte Usanase

Rwanda Board Member

Christophe Mbonyingabo

Rwanda Board Member

Jean Ngirimana

Rwanda Board Member

Emily Kuhn

US Board Chair

Tim Sneath

US Board Treasurer

Marissa Ukosakul-Witt

US Board Secretary

Seng Thor

US Board Member

Philip Keeton

US Board Member

Judith Bamporiki

US Board Member

Alessandra Durham

US Board Member

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

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

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.

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.

HOVDE FOUNDATION

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

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.

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.

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.

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