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
Ms. Eshuchi 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. She has held leadership positions with Medecins Sans Frontieres- Worked as an HIV and AIDS Development Advisor in Hanoi, Vietnam under Voluntary Service Overseas, a consultant for ACTION AID grantees on Home Based Care for persons infected and affected with HIV. Alice 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 and AIDS Programs, Child Protection programs, 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 46 professionals diverse backgrounds and passionate about meeting the needs of vulnerable girls and young women.
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
Mezelech joined Heshima Kenya in January, 2008. Having worked with the refugees for over ten years, she understands the need of assisting the unaccompanied and separated refugee children and youth. Before joining Heshima Kenya she was working with the Refugee Support Center. She belief in honesty and respect.Mezelech holds a Diploma in Counseling Psychology.
Child Protection Team:
Ruby Gowi, Child Protection Coordinator
Ruby has the ability to organize her thoughts logically, clearly and concisely both orally and written. She has the ability to boldly meet new challenges and solve problems effectively. She has experience in conducting trainings, facilitations and capacity building.Throughout her working life, Ruby has specialized in Child Protection and BIA and BID. Before joining Heshima Kenya, she was working the BID Coordinator with HIAS.Ruby holds a Bachelor degree of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology and Sociology and a Master Degree in Child Development. She is currently the BID Coordinator in the Child Protection Program.
Duncan Oginda Ogendi, Child Protection Coordinator
Duncan is a highly self-motivated and ambitious person with special attention to children and youth. He possesses great interpersonal skills and communication skills, very dynamic and always prepared to face challenges. He is very knowledgeable and skilled in Guidance and Counseling, HIV Treatment and Care, Project Planning and Management, Team Building and Life Skills Training.
Duncan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Guidance and Counseling and a Post-graduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management and he is a member of Kenya Counselors & Psychology Association (KCPA). He is currently a Psychosocial Counsellor in the Child Protection Program.
Loise N. Giteru, Psychosocial Counsellor
Having worked with the Community Aid International as a Project Officer, Loise understands the need of the girl child. She holds a diploma in Psychology counseling, a Community Development Diploma and is finalizing her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Peace, Conflict and Resolution. Loise is a highly motivated, energetic, and enthusiastic lady who is totally committed to achieving the collective objectives of an organization. Her job experience ranges from project management, economic empowerment, capacity building, to administration counseling. She is currently a Psychosocial Counsellor in the Child Protection Program.
Nancy Mwikali Mitau, Social Worker
Nancy is a hard working, reliable, passionate and goal oriented lady. She is also a fast learner, disciplined, patient, flexible and a great team player. She has great reporting writing skills and research skills and also presentation and communication skills. Nancy holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and a minor in Community Development, as well as a Certificate in Comprehensive HIV Testing, Care and Treatment and a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology. She has worked with different organizations raising from a Volunteer to a Social Worker. She is passionate about conducting Best Interest Assessment (BIA) and Best Interest Determination (BID) having worked with the youth refugee throughout her work life. She is currently a Social Worker in the Child Protection Program.
Morine Sang Chepkemboi, Social Worker
Morine believes in working in a competitive, challenging and dynamic organization. She is bringing all round experience to Heshima Kenya after having gained exposer from several organizations. She enjoys identifying vulnerable children in the society, conducting assessments and referring them for services on a case to case basis. Throughout her work experience she has worked with humanitarian organizations dealing with children. Morine holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Social Work. She is currently a Social Worker in the Child Protection Program.
Susan Njoki Wambi, Social Worker
Susan worked at Mully Children’s Family Home which is a non-profit organization rescuing and offering holistic rehabilitative care to orphans and Vulnerable Children in Kenya before joining Heshima Kenya. She has developed individual therapy and psychosocial and mental status assessments, as well as general counseling of all children in need of trauma counseling for Gender Based Violence.
Susan holds a Diploma in Community Health & Epidemiology and a Certificate in Nursing. She has also completed trainings and gained skills in the field of Social Work. She is objective and ready to learn. She is currently a Social Worker in the Child Protection Program.
Maureen Masibo Wakoli, Social Worker
Maureen has years of experience in the field of protection, human rights, gender
based violence programming and counseling. She has experience and skills in project
design and implementation, community mobilization, training and facilitation, resource
mobilization and case management. Maureen holds Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology.
She has done other trainings such as clinical management of rape at WHO, Managing
Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies at UNFPA, GBV and Child Protection at UNHCR.
She is currently a Social Worker in the Child Protection Program.
Maureen A. Lugalia, Social Worker
Maureen is a seasoned Social Worker and Counselor with a high level of professionalism and an effective
approach to understanding community issues and situations. She has worked with different Organizations as a
Social worker. Maureen holder Bachelor's Degree in Social Work and Social Administration. She is currently a
Social Worker in the Child Protection Program.
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
Agnes joined Heshima Kenya in October 2009. She brought a wealth of experience from different Organizations that she worked with before. She is currently the Safe House Lead Caseworker.
Mary Chege, Caseworker
Mary joined Heshima Kenya in June 2010. She brought a wealth of experience to HK having worked in different organizations in various positions. Before joining HK, Mary was working as a private consultant and a trainer. She holds a certificate in social work from Kenya Institute of Administration and she is currently the Safe House Caseworker.
Ruth Guto, Medical Caseworker
Ruth joined Heshima Kenya on August 2012 having worked with different organizations in different capacities, rising from Nurse volunteer in KEMRI/CDC to a Nursing Officer in Carolina for Kibere .
Ruth holds a Diploma in Nursing Sciences from Kampala International University. She is currently the Safe House medical Caseworker.
Girls’ Empowerment Project Team:
Osop Abdi, GEP Project Manager
Osop oversees all aspects of the Girls’ Empowerment Program, managing and reporting on the education, life-skills, vocational, and income-generating projects. She joined Heshima Kenya on 1st January 2008
Beatrice W. Kiragu, Lead Teacher
Beatrice joined Heshima Kenya on 2nd May 2012. She is a trained teacher in Adult Education. She holds a diploma in community development and social work. Before joining Heshima Kenya, she worked in a private formal school in Nairobi for one year. She also worked with adolescent girls in Kibera slums (Nairobi) as a social Worker. Upon joining Heshima Kenya, the girls empowerment project was an informal basic education and she has seen it grow from an informal to formal by liaising with the ministry of education.
Paul Ngunjiri, Teacher
Paul is a trained Adult Education teacher, and holds an EAT teaching certificate as well as a diploma in Adult and community Education.He has over 25 years of working experience in teaching and training adults. He has worked with the Department of Adult Education as a teacher and a supervisor of adult literacy programs in Kibera slums in Nairobi Kenya.Paul is a writer and has written basic reading books for adult students and a member of the Kenya Adult Educator journal Editorial Board. Paul has worked with local NGO’s on education and community development at positions of Program officer. He joined Heshima Kenya in 2013 and as a team has overseen the implementation of the alternative Basic Adult Education syllabus.
Jonathan Mutuvi, Teacher
Jonathan is a trained teacher qualified to teach anywhere in Kenya. He holds a certificate in primary Teacher Education, in addition to other qualifications. He also poses a certificate in Leadership and governance among others.He has been teaching since 2012 up to date. Before joining Heshima Kenya, he was teaching in the formal education sector.
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
Mohammed joined Heshima Kenya as a consultant in September 2012. Over this period of working with HK, He has specialized and gained experience and exposure in mobilization and sensitization of the community. He is currently the Assistant Outreach Officer.
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.
Hamdi Abdi, Maisha Coordinator
Hamdi joined Heshima Kenya in January, 2009. She holds a Certificate in Business Administration and is currently pursuing a certificate in fashion design. Before joining Heshima Kenya, Hamdi worked with RSC as an interpreter and at UNHCR as a Social Worker. Over the years she has developed a strong passion for the Maisha Collective where she is overseeing all the production activities.
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.
Simon Njoroge Mwaniki, Finance Assistant for Child Protection Program
Simon is a young energetic and work oriented person who believes that making a savings for any project money can make an Organization grow and survive, and that professional principal, accountability and transparency are the only keys to both individual and Organizational success. Having worked as a Project Accountant, he is experienced in all money matters. Simon holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration majoring in Economics and Sociology and he is a CPA (K) finalist. He is currently the Finance Assistant in the Child Protection Program.
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.
Megan Singh Sidhu, Manager of Philanthropic Initiatives
Megan has been an activist since her first action at the age of 8 years old. Since that time she has been a passionate advocate for women and children’s rights through her work with organizations such as Free the Children and Women for Women International. Megan originally joined Heshima Kenya in 2012 as the summer Communications Intern where she became truly inspired by the impacts of the organization. After completing her her BA from Pitzer College in Anthropology and her self-designed major of Ethics and Engagement in Developing Countries, Megan served as an Educational Programming Coordinator for Free the Children where supported and collaborated with educators and students to increase service learning opportunities within their schools. In 2015, she returned to Heshima Kenya as the Manager of Philanthropic Initiatives.
Flora Lujana, Maisha Sales Manager
Flora Lujana is passionate about women’s rights and refugee rights because of her experiences growing up as a refugee in Kenya. Flora was born in South Sudan and fled to Kenya when she was very young. She attended the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales, UK and came to Lake Forest College as a Davis Scholar to complete Bachelors in Economics and International Relations. She also completed an Economic Policy seminar at the American University in Washington DC. Flora believes in the power of educating the girl child to end poverty worldwide. She also believes that if we each make a positive difference in our corner of the world we will achieve peace, economic development, and justice for all.
Flora joined Heshima Kenya in 2013. Prior to that, Flora interned at CARE USA Chicago office working on partnerships in global health. Throughout her life, she has advocated for refugees especially women and children. She frequently speaks at colleges, high schools, middle schools, and churches and has spoken at the Illinois Holocaust Museum, the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington Virginia, and several other venues. She continues to advocate for refugee girls and women of Heshima Kenya through promoting the Maisha Collective and through speaking engagements.
Emily Levi-D'Ancona, Chicago Intern
Emily Levi-D'Ancona is from Oak Park, IL, and majors in International Studies, with a
focus on development, at Kenyon College in Ohio. She loves music, running, and team
sports, and she is currently the president of the Women's Rugby Club at Kenyon. An ardent
feminist, Emily is especially interested in efforts to empower and improve the lives of women
both locally and globally, and she is extremely excited to join the Heshima Kenya team as a
Maisha Collective intern for the summer. After graduation, she hopes to work and live abroad
for non-profit organizations similar to Heshima Kenya.
Madison Gee, Chicago Intern
Madison Gee grew up in River Forest, IL, and is currently a student at Tulane University
majoring in Public Relations. She is excited to gain more insight regarding the non-profit
world as a Communications Intern at Heshima Kenya, and is eager to be involved in social
change, particularly for the empowerment of women. Madison serves on the Education
Chair for the Tulane chapter for UNICEF, raising awareness throughout campus on global
issues through interactive events, screenings, and information sessions. She enjoys
traveling and hopes to study abroad in Spain to improve her spanish in the future.
Emily Snider, Chicago Intern
Emily Snider is a senior at DePaul University in the International Studies program. She is
passionate about human rights, and is ecstatic to join the Heshima Kenya team as a
Development Intern for Summer 2015. In the past, Emily has worked with refugees at
Heartland Alliance Refugee & Immigrant Care Services and interpreted for a french
speaking immigrant at Sarah's Circle, among other things. She hopes to continue the global
quest for social justice through empowerment and education in her future career. Her
favorite hobbies include trying new foods, speaking french, obsessing over television
series, and traveling-she has been to 14 countries in her life thus far! Emily dreams of the day when intercultural
understanding and respect are commonplace. She looks forward to learning more about the non-profit sector, and
is excited to see Heshima Kenya's impact on refugees grow.
Beauclarine Thomas, Chicago Intern
Beauclarine Thomas is from Minneapolis, MN, and is a student at DePaul University
majoring in International Studies and African and Black Diaspora studies with a focus in
Post-Colonial studies. Beauclarine is passionate about social justice, international human
rights, and public policy. Highly involved with DePaul's Community Service Association
and several activist groups on campus, Beauclarine hopes to gain more knowledge
about the non-profit world. She loves Heshima Kenya's focus on sustainability and
empowerment. After graduation, Beauclarine would like to live and work abroad with a
Christine Veit, Chicago Intern
Christine Veit is from Palatine, IL, and currently lives in Chicago where she studies at
DePaul University. She majors in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. She has studied
abroad in Mexico, where she volunteered with underprivileged women and children in a
poor community. She loves to practice and teach yoga, be with nature, read and get
involved. Christine is a life long learner and hopes to develop skills needed to work in a
non-profit program, which benefits the lives of others. Future goals include holistic
medicine, learning more about the mind and gaining valuable skills along the way.