Alisa Roadcup, Executive Director – US Office
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 Office
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.
STAFF LEADERSHIP - KENYA
Heshima Kenya's team in Nairobi is led by nearly 30 practitioners who are mainly females with diverse backgrounds and passionate about meeting the needs of vulnerable girls and young women.
Case Management Team:
H. Tezera, Lead Caseworker
Osop Abdi, Caseworker
Hamdi 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 Program Team:
Fatuma Abdullahi, GEP Program 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.
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.
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.
Nicole Cunha-Gomes, Communications, Events and Development Intern
Nicole is overseeing the planning of the 2014 Heshima Kenya Fashion Challenge as well as managing communication efforts through social media and online publications. Previously, she has worked with the United World Colleges to create a social media and marketing strategy for the GCC National Committee. She is passionate about safeguarding the rights of vulnerable populations and is currently pursuing a BA in Political Science and a minor in Human Rights at the University of Chicago.