OUR STAFF

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Jean Claude Luhere, MD, MS. Sr.  Health Project Manager of Helping Hand for Survivors

Originally from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Dr. Luhere holds an undergraduate degree in Biomedical from the Evangelic University of Africa and a doctorate degree from the University of Lubumbashi, DRC (2002). He is a Certified Medical Doctor in DRC, Zambia and Malawi and has worked and lived there as a physician.Additionally, Dr. Luhere acquires a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, DC (2014). His thesis was based on the factors that lead to persistent malnutrition among children under five years old in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

 Dr. Jean Clause worked as Project Specialist and Community Educator Nutrition & Dietetics, at the Centers of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) of the University of the District of Columbia after his graduation. He implemented nutritional supplementary education on feeding programs. He also worked as Health and Nutrition Project Manager for Samaritan’s Purse International Relief in Democratic Republic of Congo managing and coordinating all the health and nutrition projects in the country.

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Kashoro Nyenyezi, MPA, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Helping Hand for Survivors

Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kashoro holds an undergraduate degree in International Studies and Diplomacy from the State University of New York at Oneonta, NY (2005), and a graduate degree in Public Administration from Strayer University at Washington, DC Campus (2011). As a result of her work with sexually abused women and their children in the DRC, she entered George Mason University in 2015, to pursue a PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and Gender Studies.  Kashoro’s previous research (thesis) focused on a study of HIV epidemic among Congolese women in the eastern region of the DRC from 1996 to 2011.  She witnessed and learned how gender-based violence used in conflict in the DRC destroyed lives of many Congolese women and girls.  Therefore, she felt a strong conviction to give back to these women and their unwanted children through education and protection programs leading to promotion of self-confidence and survival skills.

 

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Stani Bodenbender, MA, Executive Secretary

Born in Czechoslovakia, Stani is a graduate student at Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, majoring in Security and Intelligence.  She holds a graduate degree in Diplomacy from the University of Economics, Prague and an undergraduate     degree in International Studies from the University of North Florida.  Prior to moving back to the Czech Republic in 2009, she has worked as a refugee resettlement manager and human trafficking project coordinator in Jacksonville, FL.  In the Czech Republic, she spent a few years in higher education before working for the US Embassy in Prague in military training and foreign military sales.

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Jody Greenlee, HHS Senior Advisor

Jody Greenlee worked as a Pediatric nurse in Lexington, KY since 1978, and retired from hospital practice in 1998.
She joined Children of the Americas as board member in 2000, and has traveled with this nonprofit to rural Guatemala for the last twenty years. The primary focus of Children of the Americas is to medically serve women and children of Guatemala by providing donated medical and surgical care.
Jody served as Board President for Children of the Americas from 2001-2009 and stepped down as board Vice President in 2018.

Jody started a nonprofit in June of 2009 for purpose of identifying and assisting single mothers of rural Guatemala with critical needs and economic development. Finding Freedom Through Friendship, Inc. currently assists 42 single mothers with food, housing and education fees for their children. Jody and the board expanded the program into Egypt in the Spring of 2017.

Jody has a six year history of serving as Board Chair for Lexington Medical Alliance Scholarship Chair; past history of executive committee of local high school PTSA board. She currently serves on the Executive Board of her neighborhood association. She serves as board member for CenterCourt COA board since fall of 2012, and Board President since 2015.

Jody is primarily interested in networking with other NP’s in Guatemala and Egypt to better serve our clients.

Specialties: Delivery of humanitarian services to citizens of Guatemala and Egypt. Management of traveling medical teams going to rural Guatemala. Networking donated care to surgical patients within Guatemala. Administration of nonprofits, information management and networking of resources in Guatemala.

 

 

Sarah Kingsley, Volunteer Coordinator

Sarah has recently returned home to Lexington after being away studying and working in Florida and North Carolina for the past 18 years!

Sarah began her career as an Americorps VISTA working with a women’s group in a refugee resettlement program.  Since then, she has worked in a variety of non profits in case management, job development and volunteer coordination.

She is glad to be back home in Kentucky and working locally to assist women and children in the Congo.

Sarah holds a Bachelors Degree in Human Development and a Master’s Degree in Social Work.

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ANDRE KAMBALE KIKWAYA,  Country Coordinator of Helping Hand for Survivors, Democratic Republic of Congo

Mr. Andre holds a bachelor’s degree in Rural Economics from the Catholic University of Bukavu (UCB) and a master’s degree in planification and monitoring Projects from MDS CANADA. For more than 12 years he worked as a Finance Manager in charge of operations in different International organizations.

Mr. Andre acquires a certificate in data analysis, dashboard reporting and finance modeling as well as trainings in SOUTH AFRICA. He specializes donors contract management and in human rehabilitation from traumatized societies with organizations such as Oxfam, Alert
International, Woman for woman, Tear fund, Harvest Plus, CIAT and more in different sectors including Agriculture, Wash and protection, Health and Micro Finance in Democratic Republic of Congo and in the Republic of Rwanda.

Monsengwo NTANGAMYAMPI Paques, Lawyer HHS

Mr. Paques acquires a degree in law from the Catholic University of Bukavu (Private and Judiciary law). He studied humanitarian studies at Nyantende Institute and in Bukavu where he obtained his diplomat in literacy. Me. Paques specializes in humanitarian and academic studies. He works as a profession lawyer in Bukavu where he assists and defends the causes of the most marginalized people as well as those striving to fight for justice.

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Ntibonera Mugisho Julien, Information Technology Region Manager of Helping Hand for Survivors

Mr. Julien holds a bachelor’s degree in computer Science (Bsc) from Catholic University of Eastern Africa in Kenya/Nairobi; He is interested in networking Cyber Security holding CISCO/CCNA certificates from Kenyatta University (K.U) , web programming development, with several successful adventures including electrical management projects  because he holds a Diploma in Electrical Engineering since 2012.

Julien is interested in Networking  (Cisco Certified Network Associate Routing & Switching (CCNA). He established some web programming and management of Networking Services for several Organisations.

Helping Hand for Survivors (HHS) will benefit from his long experience in communication  to  spread information of  the organization’s achievements worldwide using new technology.

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Amini B. Cathy, Nutritionist and Health Program Manager

Amini is a Nutritionist and graduated from the High Institute of Medical and Technics (ISTM) in Bukavu since 2008. Amini has been a nutritionist since then and now a head of the Department of Nutrition at Helping Hand for Survivors since 2012. She also manages the health of children with malnutrition under 5 years old as well as overseeing the Department of WASH. Amini’s interest is meeting health care professionals and other nutritionists like her, to better serve those who are in need.

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Neema K. Mubalama, Education and Cross-Culture Program Manager

Neema graduated from the University of Management in Bukavu, South-Kivu 2012. Neema brings great experience in organizational management for more than 7 years taking charge of emergency management in the organization such as ASOV and oversaw supervision and follow-up of the programs of all schools in the organization TSBF. She is now the head of the Department of Education at Helping Hand for Survivors as well as making sure all the beneficiaries are following instructions on caring for their sick children.

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Sandra N. Bulonza, Women Empowerment Project Manager.

Sandra graduated in social organization of the High Institute of Rural Development, (ISDR) since 2011. She is an expert in social service support with several years of experience in different organizations such as CIALCA, Kotecha and now in charge of the Women Empowerment Department, supporting rural women as the Director of Mother Leaders in the community at Helping Hand for survivors.

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Rafiiki Kafuko Elizabeth, finance manager HHS

Elizabeth graduated in financial management from Evangelical University in Africa (UEA). Elizabeth completed internships at the Commercial Bank of Congo (BCDC) and the CAHI Savings and Credit Cooperative (COOPEC CAHI), in Bukavu where she proved her management skills. She has been trained in financial education at the Savings and Credit Cooperative (CAHI).

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