Alisa Roadcup, Executive Director 

Alisa believes when you empower a girl, you empower an entire community and generations beyond. She is a human rights activist, organizer, and advocate passionate about creating a safer, more just world for refugee girls and young women.  Alisa joined Heshima Kenya in 2012 as director of advocacy and development, and has also served in the role of director of strategic partnerships from 2013-14.  Before joining Heshima Kenya, Alisa was director of communications and development at The Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago, IL. Her previous roles include director of education at Fresh Start Women's Foundation in Phoenix, Arizona and program associate for Amnesty International USA's Urgent Action Network, serving as coordinator for Amnesty's Stop Violence Against Women Campaign in 3 states. Since 2010, Alisa has advised on campaign strategy and membership mobilization in support of the promotion and protection of women's human rights as a member of Amnesty International USA’s Women Human Rights Coordination Group. From 2011 to 2014 Alisa served in numerous capacities including vice president of the board of directors at Rape Victim Advocates and is currently a member of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs' Young Professionals.

Alisa holds professional certification in Forced Migration Studies from Northwestern University’s Center for Forced Migration Studies, an MA in Comparative Religions and a BA in Humanities. She frequently speaks at conferences and universities about local, national and international women's rights issues.

Alice Eshuchi, Country Director - Kenya 

Alice brings over thirty years of experience supporting and counseling vulnerable populations on issues of sexual and gender-based violence, child protection, women’s empowerment and reproductive health.  Alice has held leadership positions with Medecins Sans Frontieres, Women Fighting AIDS in Kenya and has served as an Adult Education Officer and Teacher with the Ministry of Gender, Culture and Social Services, Kenya.  She is highly trained in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of HIV/AIDS and gender-based programs.  Alice holds a degree in Adult Education and Community Development.



Heshima Kenya's team in Nairobi is led by 46 professionals diverse backgrounds and passionate about meeting the needs of vulnerable girls and young women.

Program Management:

Benedict M. Nganag, Senior Programs Manager

Benedict holds a Master of Arts in Project Planning and Management from The University of Nairobi, Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of Nairobi and an Advanced Certificate of Education. He has worked in the NGO sector for over 21 years, rising from Social Worker to Project Manager. Benedict joined Heshima Kenya in January 2015 and has previously worked with renowned local and international NGOs in his home country Kenya. He has successfully led organizations that he previously worked with to greater heights in strengthening program systems.

Case Management Team:

Meselech Tezera, Lead Caseworker

Osop Abdi, Caseworker


Safe House Program Team:

Caroline Sakwa, Safe House Program Manager 

Caroline Sakwa is the Program Manager for the Heshima Kenya Safe House. Caroline is a trained youth counselor, a trainer for reproductive health issues, HIV/AIDS, financial literacy education and served as a volunteer facilitator with the Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA). Caroline has eight years’ experience working in key leadership positions in a number of NGOs including Carolina for Kibera- Binti Pamoja Center, the Nairobi Youth Counseling Centre, and National Youth HIV/AIDS Theatre Outreach Program (NYATOP). She has also  served on the advisory board for the Nairobi Youth Center and the Kenya Voluntary Development Association (KVDA). Caroline has a BA in Social Sciences and Human Praxis from the Catholic University for East Africa and is in the process of completing her MBA at the University of Nairobi.

Agnes Kipruto, Lead Caseworker

Mary Chege, Caseworker

Ruth Guto, Medical Caseworker 

 Girls’ Empowerment Project Team:

Fatuma Abdullahi, GEP Project Manager

Fatuma oversees all aspects of the Girls’ Empowerment Program, managing and reporting on the education, life-skills, vocational, and income-generating projects. Fatuma brings a great deal of project management experience to the position, having served as Deputy Project Manager and Education Project Officer for Save the Children UK, as well as monitoring food aid distribution with World Food Program, and conducting media training with the BBC in Somaliland. Fatuma is also extensively trained in leadership and team building, HIV/AIDS education, and child protection. She holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Nairobi.

Beatrice Kiragu, Lead Teacher

Paul Ngujiri, Teacher  

 Advocacy and Outreach Team:

Agnes Olusese, Legal and Advocacy Officer

Agnes brings over eight years of experience in the legal sector, with the latter six years spent on study and research projects  on human rights, child protection, access to justice, girls’ and women empowerment and international Humanitarian law. She holds an LL.B from the University of Nairobi, Mdiv and Graduate certificate in International Security Studies from Yale University and Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, Tufts University.


Manal Ali Said, Community Outreach Coordinator 

Manal Said has worked with community outreach in Nairobi with Mubarak for Relief and Development Organization and GIZ where her work focused on facilitating psychosocial support to vulnerable populations including refugees.  With GIZ, Manal facilitated refugee support groups, conducted adult literacy courses, and conducted data collection. Manal holds a degree in Social Work from the University of Nairobi.



Mohammed Tahlil, Community Outreach  Assistant







Maisha Collective:

Lilian N. Maira, Marketing and Production Manager 

Lilian oversees all aspects of Maish production and Marketing, managing and reporting on the collections, designs, sketch rough and detailed drawing. Lilian brings a great deal of design and textile production experience to the Organization, having served as a Fashion Director and Production Manager at different Organizations. Lilian is also extensively trained in leadership and dressmaking. She holds a Diploma in Fashion Design & Garment Making and a Certificate in Clothing and Textile. 


 Finance and Admin Team:

Fidelis Muia, Director of Financial Operations

Fidelis Muia holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA-Finance) from Maseno University, Kenya and a Bcom(Accounting) from the University of the Free State, South Africa. She is also a qualified accountant (CPA-K) and has worked with the NGO sector for over 20 years. Fidelis joined Heshima Kenya in October 2013 and has previously worked with renowned local and international NGOs in her home country of Kenya. Fidelis is in charge of Finance & Administration department of Heshima Kenya. She has successfully led organizations she has previously worked with to greater heights in strengthening financial systems and accountability which earned them growth and donor confidence.

Richard K. Ndambuki, Human Resources and Administration Officer

Richard holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and a Higher National Diploma in Human Resource Management. Richard a has wealth of experience in Human Resource Management after working in different organizations, both NGOs, Government Institutions and in the private sector. He is the Human Resource & Administration Officer. He has successfully led HR functions/ department in his previous Organizations to greater heights in developing and strengthening system.  


Jessica Brown, Director of Grants and Special Projects

Jessica holds a longstanding dedication to positively impact the lives of women and girls, both domestically and abroad. She joined Heshima Kenya in January 2012, serving as the Grants and Advocacy Officer, where she focused on expanding Heshima Kenya's advocacy work and management of the grants portfolio. Previously, Jessica held positions with the Ounce of Prevention Fund and the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation. She also served on the board of the Chicago Chapter of the National Organization for Women (CNOW), and was the CNOW Health Team Leader where she coordinated yearly activities for volunteer staff in order to impact and improve health of women and girls in Chicago. Jessica holds a certificate for completing Northwestern University’s Center for Forced Migration Studies Summer Institute: Settling Resettlement. Her current memberships include the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Young Professionals Network and the Chicago Women in Philanthropy. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Dayton, and a dual Masters Degree from the University of Chicago’s Harris School for Pubic Policy and the School of Social Administration.


Ariana Shockley, Maisha Sales Manager

Ariana Shockley is a sophomore at DePaul University, pursuing a BA in both
International Studies and Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies with a minor in Spanish.
She hopes to use her dual degree to close the gap between the international realm of
politics and the world of peacebuilding in order to help those traumatized by
genocide and civil wars in lesser-developed countries. Not only is she participating
in both international realms (political, grassroots) through her majors, but she is
also the vice president for DePaul’s chapter of Amnesty as well as an alum of the United Nations Intensive 2014 Summer Program. Her passion for travel and pursuing global peace through knowledge of other cultures began at an early, premature age when she traveled abroad as an Ambassador for People to People Student Ambassadors. At the age of 20, she began her work at Heshima Kenya as the Maisha Collective Fall 2014 intern and under the guidance of Flora Lujana had the opportunity to assume the role of Maisha Collective Outreach Manager for the winter season. Her unyielding passion and commitment to the promotion of human rights has led her to Heshima Kenya.


Carly Hopps, Chicago Intern

Carly Hopps is a junior at Columbia College Chicago, pursuing a BA in marketing and communications. She hopes to use her degree to bring about positive change in the non-profit sector and shed light on social justice issues. Raised on the coast of Maine Carly has an affinity for the outdoors and adventure, which led to a love travel. Her passion for women and gender studies, specifically the empowerment of women and girls, has brought her to her internship at Heshima Kenya. 


Zean Dunbar, Chicago Intern

Annie Zean Dunbar is excited to join the Heshima Kenya team as the Development Intern for the 2014-15 academic year. Zean is completing her Master’s in Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago with an emphasis on International Social Welfare. As a Human Rights Fellow for the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, Zean was deployed to Monrovia, Liberia during the summer of 2014 to conduct Ebola outreach to communities impacted by the virus.

Previously, Zean was the Operations Director for JP KidsArts! in Jamaica Plain, Ma and as an after-school teacher at the Pierce School Extended Day in Brookline, Ma. Both after-school enrichment programs offer structured arts classes and activities that enrich children’s lives through exposure to the world’s many cultures. In her spare time, Zean enjoys playing the ukulele and reading science fiction. Zean is dedicated supporting issues of trauma, reconciliation, women's and girl's empowerment, and alternative approaches to education at Heshima Kenya and beyond.


Emily Watterson, Chicago Intern

Emily Watterson is a full-time nanny in Chicago whom hopes to return to

school shortly to continue her studies in English and Communications. She is a

published writer, obsessive reader, and devoted feminist. Emily’s passion for

human rights, specifically rights of women, has been solidified and strengthened

by her involvement with the DePaul Chapter of Amnesty International where she

oversees a portion of social media outreach. Emily assumed the role of Maisha Collective Winter/Spring intern after

numerous hours of volunteering under Flora Lujana and Ariana Shockley’s leadership. She hopes to endlessly wander,

absorbing and experiencing new things, always attempting to change the injustices she sees, and upholding and

protecting the equal and inalienable rights of all people along the way…