Bariyizi, Felicien: Country Manager
Kalisa, Patrice: Transport Manager and MaintenanceI was born in 1965. I married Scholastique in 1995, and we have three lovely girls. I attended Primary school and then vocational training. This included vehicle maintenance training at Wicken 4 x 4, in the UK. I started working for Rwanda Aid in 2008. My job involves driving, co-ordinating vehicle use, as well as maintenance of cars, motor bikes and buildings.
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 to Honorette and we have 2 children, Christian and Concordia. We are also fostering a 3rd child, Emmanuel. 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. I invented a Rwandan sporty game known as Boneza Ball in 2011 and officially registered it in 2015. It is developing through clubs, associations and equipment producers. In 2017 I won the Rusizi district young innovator award for invention and social enterprise innovation.
MANIRAFASHA 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 make plans for the different buildings and supervise construction on site. I improved my skills enormously as I was working with different volunteer engineers from the UK in supervising Rwanda Aid projects related to construction. I have continued my studies and I now have an AO degree in Civil Engineering. I am very interested doing my job.
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. I have a Grade III teacher certificate and I taught for two years in Uganda and two years in Rwanda in private schools. I started working at Rwanda Aid in January 2010. My job involves mentoring, sponsorship and sports for Rwanda. I do enjoy my job because I meet different people with different experience including children in schools. I got married in 2016 and I have one daughter. 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.
MUKARUGAMBWA Claudette: Manager of Baho Neza MwanaMy name is Claudette. I am Director of street children Village. I have an A0 Degree in Community Heath and I have trained in how to look after children living in difficult conditions and am a qualified counsellor. I have worked for Rwanda Aid from March 2012, managing the village for street called “ Baho Neza Mwana” (a better life for children). The village looks after children who have left their families to live on the street. We help those children to change their bad behaviors to good. We prepare them to be reintegrated into their community and families. After doing an assessment, we give to the families ongoing support. In my private life, I am married and I have four children (2 boys and 2 girls). One girl is adopted.
NIYONIRINGIYE Marcel, Child Welfare OfficerBefore BAHO NEZA MWANA VILLAGE was built by Rwanda Aid, I was welfare assistant and organized football for the street children and gave them lunch after the sport. Now I still work with them in the village, listening to them and helping to rehabilitate them with their families. I offer their families support and make follow up visits to all children supported by BAHO NEZA MWANA.
Nteziryimana Isaac, Mentor TrainerMy name is Isaac Nteziryimana. I have an A2 Education (TML: Teaching Modern Languages). I started working for Rwanda Aid in January 2016, training teacher to become mentors. My job involves conducting school based in service training (SB-I) and supporting school based mentors (SBM) in their respective schools. I am married with one daughter of one and half years.
Janyis Watson: Operations Manager
I have been visiting Rwanda since 2004 and in that time, I have met some incredibly resourceful, resilient and inspirational people, often living in very challenging situations. My role as Operations Director allows me the opportunity to work both in the UK and as part of our team in Rwanda. It is on the ground in Africa where I witness first-hand how one small charity can contribute to real change for individuals and communities. Rwanda Aid’s work is so varied, that I daily use my experience working in ecology, education and business to find solutions to the surprising challenges we meet.
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.
Emma OgilvieI first learnt about Rwanda Aid as a parent of children at Vinehall School. I began to help the charity by finding sponsors for two of our centres - Baho Neza Mwana and Ngwino Nawe. In 2015 I was lucky enough to accompany David to Rwanda with my daughter, Ellie. I have since visited Rwanda again - both trips were incredibly inspiring and humbling. In 2016 I was excited at being offered the chance to become more involved as a Trustee.
I was formerly a partner in a London based Tea Broking firm which involved many trips to the tea estates in East Africa and where my love of and interest in helping the vulnerable people in this region began.
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.