Rwanda SCA team

DSC_0133_smallRev. Erisa Mutabazi, Country Director: I am most enthused by seeing rural poor people making small but steady steps out of poverty and hopelessness through holistic development.

Having worked in rural development in Rwanda for over 15 years, Erisa is passionate about the effectiveness of savings and credit associations. Before joining HOPE in January 2012, he worked as a program manager with World Vision and a field operations manager for World Relief. Paired with two master’s degrees–M.A. in Theology and Leadership and M.B.A. in Project Management–Erisa’s leadership is backed by experience and knowledge. When he’s not behind the director’s desk, Erisa is either pastoring his local congregation or spending time with his wife, Mary, four kids and five adopted kids.

 

Andy head-shotAndy Williams, Program Manager:  I believe deeply in our approach of collaborating with local partners (churches or Christian ministries) in ministries that are holistic – spiritual, physical, economic and social.

Andy comes to Rwanda with nearly 20 years of non-profit and ministry experience. Most recently he lived in the Dominican Republic for four years serving as Latin America Regional Director for HOPE. With a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Furman University and Master’s degrees in Biblical studies and theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Harvard, Andy brings energy and expertise to our team. When he’s not engaging in the world of microenterprise development, Andy is spending time with his awesome wife, Marie (who also works for HOPE in support of micro-lending in Rwanda) and their three darling children, reading, traveling, or playing sports, harmonica and Legos.

 

DSC_0088_smallDiane Uwamahoro, Quality & Compliance Manager: I wanted to serve the Lord while abiding in Christian values and contribute to the life-changing effort of HOPE to invest in the dreams of the poor in Rwanda.

Diane joined the HOPE team in 2013 after serving CARE International and World Vision in various projects and capacities. After years of experience in monitoring & evaluation and project management, Diane has been a crucial team player, keeping our program running smoothly. Diane has a Bachelor’s of Geography from National University of Rwanda and a master’s from Xiamen University in China. When she’s not hard at work, Diane enjoys singing, watching movies and speaking Chinese with her husband, Vuguziga Thadee, and adorable twin daughters, Iga Xiao Laura and Iga Xiao Loren.

 

DSC_0081_smallCelestin Habumuremyi, Lead Trainer: I chose to work with HOPE International because it deals with the poor, and I like helping vulnerable people.

Celestin came to us in January 2014 with years of teaching experience under his belt. A former Youth for Christ trainer and primary and secondary school teacher, his skills are backed by a Professional Teaching Certificate and a Bachelor’s of Education from the National University of Rwanda. He is also currently pursuing a master’s degree in development studies from Kabale University in Uganda. When he’s not hard at work for HOPE, Celestin is studying, spending time with church friends or enjoying the company of his wife, Marie Christina, and three little ones, Christella, Christian and Daniella.

 

DSC_0135_smallIsaie Ndayizeye, Spiritual Integration Coordinator: I like to see the church transforming the community. As a disciple maker, I am touched to see this program helping the church to accomplish the commission assigned by Jesus Christ: making disciples.

Isaie came to us in 2011 as a Field Coordinator for the ADEPR Gikongoro program. After three very successful years, HOPE invited him to join our staff in Kigali as the Spiritual Integration Coordinator. Prior to working for HOPE, he was a primary and secondary school teacher with an education degree from the National University of Rwanda. In July 2014, HOPE celebrated with Isaie his ordination as an ADEPR pastor. When he’s not too hard at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Rachel, and their two children, reading the Bible, playing keyboard, composing Gospel songs and cracking jokes.

                

DSC_0987_smallLydia Gahongayire, Administration & Finance Officer: I am happy to be working with HOPE International so I can contribute to helping poor people escape from poverty financially and spiritually.

Lydia joined our team in June 2014 after working at Hillside Guest House, where she served as their Finance and Assistant Manager, and CARE International. She has a bachelor’s in business administration (accounting) from the Independent Institute of Lay Adventists of Kigali (INILAK) and attended King David Academy and International Academy for secondary school. The youngest of eight, Lydia enjoys praying, singing, reading her Bible and other books, watching movies and listening to music.

 

DSC_0138_smallJoanne Lu, Field Communications Fellow: My personal experience seeing the never-ending cycle of aid has propelled me to seek a more sustainable approach to poverty alleviation.

Joanne brings her passion for international development and background in journalism and marketing to help share our mission and client stories with a wider audience. She has a B.A. in Communications from Thomas Edison State College and an M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Columbia International University. If she’s not furiously typing on her Mac, you’ll likely find her playing violin or piano, photographing her travels, studying a language (Spanish, Chinese, French or Kinyarwanda) or missing her cats, Gunnar and Moonshine.

 

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Clare Mutabazi, Intern and Translator: Working with HOPE is a dream come true, and I am looking forward to be able to change not just someone but many people’s lives.

The second of Erisa’s four children, Clare stepped up as our office translator in June 2014. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Public Health at Mt. Kenya University. Even as a student, she already has an impressive range of experience as a special needs instructor and a trained interpreter with the UNHCR for a refugee resettlement program. When she’s not rattling off two languages at once, Clare enjoys reading, learning new things, adventure, traveling, movies and singing.

 

DSC_0178_smallBoniface Musoni, Driver: HOPE loves people well–that’s why I love working for HOPE and because I appreciate our partnership with churches.

The longest-serving member of our team, Musoni has been serving HOPE since 2008. Always just a joke away, he’ll fool you into thinking he knows all of Rwanda on a first-name basis.

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