Bariyizi Felicien: Country ManagerI completed my academic studies in Education at the National University of Rwanda at Butare in 2005. From 2006, I worked for the local government, taking charge of Social Affairs in Nkombo Island. The 2008 earthquake catastrophe caused a lot of trouble and destruction at Nkombo Island, one of the poorest sectors with only a few modern infrastructures. After the earthquake, I was impressed to see David Chaplin, a first Muzungu (English man) who came to support. He particularly showed empathy and a very kind attention to support the vulnerable people at the island.With the support of Rwanda Aid, a lot was achieved in Nkombo Sector, where I worked for five years. I applied for the post of country manager in March 2012. From that time up to today, I am enthusiastic to contribute to add more value to the quality of work and widen the access to RA services. My dream is to see the RA Vision emerging successfully and strategically in the community care and capacity building projects for the best of vulnerable families. I and my wife Nyirantama are happy to learn and build upon the RA trustees’ strong commitment and upon opportunities available within Rwanda Aid as an international Charity. We congratulate all Rwanda Aid partners and Rwanda Government authorities at the local and central level for their strong political will, good faith and cooperation, working in conjunction to meet the goals of the vision 2020 of Rwanda and creating a bright future that our beneficiaries really deserve.
Kalisa Patrick: Transport Manager
I was born in 1965 and married in 1995, and we have three lovely girls. I studied in Primary and then Vocational training.
From 1983 to 1993 I worked as a welder, and then as a driver for private organizations. I met David Chaplin when I worked with E.A.R (Anglican Church in Cyangugu Diocese), where I was the driver for the bishop. When Rwanda Aid started working as NGO the diocese allowed me to continue my job working with Rwanda Aid. All things are going well and I am enjoying my work.
Ngirinshuti Jonas: Enterprise ManagerAfter achieving my secondary studies in 2007 with A2 degree in electronics and telecommunications, I had an ambition of using whatever energy, skills and talents learnt from historical living conditions as my contribution to support the Rwandan community. I am married and we have 2 children, Christian and Concordia. I have served in different places – as a teacher in Cyibumba primary school, in Helpage Rwanda / HIMO in environment protection, and as accountant of health insurance.
Isaie: Construction ManagerI was born in 1988 and after finishing my secondary studies at ETO Gatumba in 2008, I got a job as a Supervisor in the company of Catholic Church (SDEID). In April 2011 I started working with Rwanda Aid as Construction Manager. I got much achievement in skills improvement as I was working with different volunteer engineers from the UK in supervising Rwanda Aid projects related to Construction. I am very interested doing my job and I am carrying on with my engineering studies in Democratic Republic of Congo. In August 2014 I will complete my civil engineering training with A0 degree.
Mukakamali Honnorette: Deputy ManagerI achieved my Secondary studies in 2007 in Accountancy at Jill Barham Secondary school. In 2008 I started working as Cashier at Mont Cyangugu Dispensary, when it was run by Rwanda Aid. After this, I became a Cashier and Administration assistant at Rwanda Aid office. I am now working as Deputy Manager. I am proud of my job and I am doing all my best to carry out my duties well to get Rwanda Aid performing well. I am achieving my university studies in RDC in Administration and projects management. I am married to Jonas Ngirinsuiti and we have one son.
Omoit Alex: Education ManagerI was born in 1982 and, after doing my Grade III teacher certificate, I taught for two years in Uganda and two years in Rwanda in private schools. As the Education Officer, you are a teacher at the same time as the administrator. The years I have been doing this job I have gained more experience in working with the Head teachers, Teachers and students in schools. With gratitude from me, I thank the entire staff, UK Managers and the Trustees of this wonderful organization for all they do for the country and accepting me into the team in improving the Education system. I can see there is a big difference and more to be done.
Claudette: Manager of Baho Neza MwanaI am married with two children, Arnaud and Cléa Anaél. We also look after another child, Zahabu Arnelle. I completed my secondary studies in 1993 and became a teacher in primary school. I then worked with the international organization in charge of refugee repatriation and reintegration, and with the statistic institution in Rwanda. I spent eight years working with GARUKA Centre of the Rogationists fathers, which is looking after the children on street. I met Rwanda Aid at this center. For two years I have been the director of Baho Neza Mwana Village, where we are looking after and bringing hope for the children from the street. In 2013 I completed my university studies in Community Health option. I am happy for the work of looking after vulnerable children. I thank Rwanda Aid administration for they do not hesitate to work with us in finding better ways to change and develop the life of street children by supporting and reintegrating them.
Karen Mundy : CEOMy journey with Rwanda Aid started in August 2013 when I moved to Bweyeye Sector, a remote part of south-west Rwanda, with my husband John to pilot the teacher training programme. We lived and worked for a year with no electricity and running water, but with the most beautiful views and wonderful people. My year in Bweyeye gave me a passion for Rwanda, and I feel incredibly privileged to be returning as CEO.Having been a teacher of Geography in secondary schools for the past 7 years, working for Rwanda Aid is a fantastic opportunity that enables me to carry out what I specialised in at University: sustainable development. For my dissertation I spent 5 weeks living in a Peruvian slum in Lima, researching poverty, gender roles and education. I have remained passionate about overseas development issues since, travelling extensively to fuel my fascination. Despite having been successful in the classroom, I certainly feel that with Rwanda Aid I have landed my ‘dream job’.
David Chaplin: Founder
After 25 years as Headmaster at Vinehall I was offered the opportunity of spending six months in Rwanda. That was in 2003, and the six month adventure has turned into a second career and a lifetime commitment. Why? I have found that meeting the problems and suffering first hand makes you really want to help, as does the courage and gentle, stoical cheerfulness of the people, many of whom I feel privileged to count as my friends. Perhaps more than anything I am motivated by the incredible generous support of my family, friends and donors.
David Hughes: Company Secretary & Executive Manager
Stephanie Piper: Executive Manager (Education)
Eight years ago the school where I was Head was asked to do some fundraising for Rwanda Aid. The pupils and parents took the charity to their hearts and I became involved. New school buildings with washing facilities and electricity have greatly enhanced the teaching in a number of our schools. Rwandan schools need funds but they also need teaching expertise and a greater knowledge of their teaching language, English. Residential teacher training courses run by self-funded UK teachers, enable us to support the schools in a practical and useful way as well as providing the opportunity for UK schools and their pupils to share and to learn. These are then followed up by regular support visits from our in country education manager.
Sally Chaplin: Crafts
I am the wife of David and I manage the eShop and local craft fairs for Rwanda Aid Craft. Having been to Rwanda and seen what a difference it makes to the people who make the beautiful banana leaf cards, the beads and the basketwork, I feel that I have a mission to sell as much as I can for them! By buying goods from these small co-operatives, Rwanda Aid helps them work towards financial independence, raises their self-esteem and gives them the opportunity to buy the essentials in life. Thank you for supporting these amazing people.
Andy Mattock: Website Design and Maintenance
I have been a graphic designer for over 12 years and although I have a varied client list, I am more commonly involved in work for charities. Work includes both design for print and digital design, including website creation. I am the Creative Director at origin8 creative.
Clare Linden: Chair
I have been involved with Rwanda Aid since the start and have been truly inspired by it's impact to date and determination of the Rwandan team to take the work forward.
I have been involved with Rwanda since I was a schoolboy at Vinehall, filling boxes with old clothes and books to be sent out to Cyangugu. After spending 6 weeks in Rwanda with David in 2007, I joined the board of Trustees in 2010. I work as a Private Client lawyer in London.
My first visit to Rwanda was in January 1996, and I visited once or twice a year up to 2009. I am one of the founding Trustees of Rwanda Aid.
I am a practicing criminal barrister in London with a strong interest in Human Rights issues both at home and internationally. I have previously worked on a voluntary basis for Amnesty International Philippines. Having already visited David in Rwanda prior to the launch of Rwanda Aid and fallen in love with this amazing country and its people, I leapt at his invitation to become involved.
I am a Sussex farmer with training in Sustainable Agriculture and Arboriculture. I have been visiting Rwanda almost annually since 1999 to give support with project management – particularly the Community Tree Nurseries and the Organic Farming Training.
Deborah Clayton-HatfieldI was introduced to Rwanda Aid in 2006 and have been very fortunate to have since visited Rwanda twice where I found the Rwanda Aid projects completely inspirational. I am a former corporate lawyer and am now very interested in international aid and development.