We have a small but dedicated team of staff who work tirelessly to make sure we are able to help as many children as possible. Their descriptions are below:
Murielle Maupoint‚ Chief Executive
I am privileged to lead the Hope for Children team in enabling some of the most vulnerable children across the world to have the chance of a positive, happy and healthy childhood. Whether visiting our work in Sri Lanka, The Philippines or Uganda, it never ceases to inspire me to witness the courage, determination and aspiration of the children we work with and it is an honour to be part of their lives. I’ve been fortunate to enjoy a hugely varied and satisfying career; from working in the NFP and public sectors through to running my own companies including developing eco-lodges in South America/West Africa, delivering motivational training and leadership coaching services whilst also launching publishing and crowdfunding businesses in the UK. I am passionate about people, entrepreneurship, innovation and social justice and, I believe every one of us can do things we never imagined possible. I believe we each have far more power, courage and passion than we give ourselves credit for and that we can make the world a better place. When things get a bit much, I have been known to break into impromptu renditions of musicals in the office.
Ruth Ogier, Programmes & Partnerships Manager
Ruth joined Hope for Children in May 2013 as our Programme & Partnerships Manager. She is responsible for our programme work in Uganda, Ghana and Kenya. She graduated with a degree in African History and after working in the voluntary sector went on to train as a Youth & Community worker. She has 15 years’ worth of experience working and volunteering with a variety of community development, human rights and international development organisations in London and Africa, including spending 2 ½ years in Nairobi, Kenya.
Arpita De, Programmes & Partnerships Manager
Arpita joined Hope for Children in February 2015 as our Programmes & Partnerships Manager responsible for India, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. After her MSc in Geography, intrigued by international development issues, she did another MSc in Population & Development from the London School of Economics. She has over 12 years’ of experience in advocacy, communications, network co-ordination and programme management in South Asia and the UK. Thanks to her extensive field experience, including working with communities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), she has acquired significant expertise in health, WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), gender and rights issues.
Immaculate Kiisa Wanendeya, Country Director Uganda
My role contributes to the overall strategy, mission, vision and objectives, what I do directly impacts on the overall performance of the organization. My main tasks are; office operational management, Program management, Child safeguarding, Policy Development (in liaison with the UK), Publicity (in liaison with the Communications Team), Fundraising (in liaison with Trust and Grants) and Finance. I love reading, I think I will read anything provided it catches my attention, I love children and so I have a lot of activities I do out of work that primary involves children, and I do love dancing, I have been told i danced in my Mama’s womb as well and I believe the story…am very open minded, sometimes I surprise even myself, I can’t say I dislike something so strongly that it takes my peace, but integrity is very key to me.
Joyce Nakanwagi, Program Coordinator
My role is to coordinate Walk to School activities including; education, food/nutrition support, health, psychotherapy, basic care and family re-integration. I also address child related abuse cases, birth registration, supporting and strengthening family systems. Working with parents involves income generating activities/ economic support, organizing training and supplying information on community-based health care, child protection and rights and HIV/AIDS. I built-up experience working in the field of children and adolescents from different organizations with multifaceted programs. I like travelling, listening to music, reading life inspiration literature, jogging.
Violet Namusisi, Community Facilitator
My role and aim is to use my experience to achieve the vision for the organisation. Formally I was active in identification and linkage of children in the community in need of Hope for Children services. Currently I do home and school visits to follow up on absentees and take sick children to the health facilities depending on their condition. I also help with the family reunification program. Formally I was a community health worker, secretary for environment in Namuwongo community. I love watching TV, praying, going to the beach, listening to music and engaging in debates.
Andrew Epenu, Social Work Coordinator
My role is to build, bridge and strengthen ties with organizations and individuals both within the Government and Non-governmental scope that will facilitate a childhood that provides a solid foundation for all the children we work with in the Namuwongo community. My work involves community visits and constant personal interactions with the children, their teachers, local leaders, the police, parents as well as my colleagues. Initially, I was drawn to Hope for Children to learn from professionals how to cement my skills and ethics when working with children in addition to my passion. Today I realize that the work that Hope for Children is involved in, not only impacts the child, but also involves parents and transforms a community’s attitude towards children, so I am now part of a long term work that will prevent the problem of ‘street children’. I love History, so I take pleasure in documentaries or a good biography. I love to travel and see the world although I find the journey tedious. I love good classical music, too bad if I don’t understand what Pavarotti is saying or the rest of them. I just find that it’s a taste of Heaven, please forgive me if I don’t sound African…. I am as African as they get!
James Kalema, Office Security Personnel and Messenger
My major role is to make sure the office and property are secure and safe both during the day and night, my other role during the day is to insure that the offices are clean and conducive for the other staff to work in. I also enjoy keeping the compound grass and concrete neat and tidy. Other than that I also serve as an office messenger within and outside the office. Before I joined the Hope for Children team I was part of an organization which rented the building and I was working in the security and building maintenance department. Growing up I always wanted to keep animals and I had fun herding cows because when I was out there in the bushes and open fields there was a particular hill that served as our amusement park. We would use logs to slide from the top to bottom which sometimes destroyed the backside of our shorts. Nowadays my children have swings and slides. I also love the gymnasium and keeping fit that’s why am still fit today.
Fundraising & Communications
Edward Fletcher‚ Head of Fundraising & Communications
Ed runs the fundraising team at Hope for Children and is currently building our corporate partnerships through Your Business, Their Lives. He has been heavily involved with Hope for Children since his time at the University of Nottingham, and before taking a lead on our corporate fundraising, he successfully launched Your Uni, Their Lives, our student fundraising initiative, and cemented Hope for Children’s position as one of the charity leaders in the university sector before handing over the reins to Vicky. Similar to his work with universities, he works with corporate partners to create exceptional relationships that focus on Collaboration, Engagement & Connection. Ed has spent time in several of the countries that we work in, including most recently a trip to Delhi to visit our Indian partner CHETNA; this first-hand experience is what continues to drive his infectious passion for Hope for Children.
Vicky Wallace‚ Student Fundraising Co-ordinator
Vicky is Hope for Children’s Student Fundraising Coordinator. In this role, she’s leading the Your Uni Their Lives student fundraising initiative, which sees hundreds of students departing on life-changing treks in aid of Hope for Children – from summiting Kilimanjaro to trekking to Everest Base Camp. In September 2015, she accompanied our students to Tanzania to visit one of our projects before they climbed Kilimanjaro. Visiting the project was a life-changing experience for her, and made all the work she put into student fundraising even more worthwhile. Her experience of the student fundraising sector began in student fundraising organisation Manchester RAG, so she understands very well what the life of a student fundraiser involves. Being a part of RAG led her to intern at Hope for Children over summer, and having enjoyed it so much, she came back for more after graduating! Along with RAG, she was heavily involved in Panto Society whilst at university, taking the starring role of “back end of panto horse” three years running! Nowadays, her hobbies have become sadly more mainstream and mostly involve swimming and crossing the country to visit various cities, which sounds rather glamorous, but in reality all she usually sees of these cities is the university!
Maya Healy, Student Fundraising Assistant
As Student Fundraising Assistant I’m loving working closely with Vicky on the ‘Your Uni, Their Lives’ initiative to help students make the most of their fundraising abilities, and have a great time doing it – all so that Hope can make the most difference to the children and families we work with around the world. After graduating from the University of Sussex I worked as a Teaching Assistant before moving into fundraising with children’s charity Auditory Verbal UK. I’m really pleased to have the chance to continue working to support education (amongst other important things!) with Hope for Children. I’m quite new to Hemel Hempstead, the home of Hope for Children. But being a big fan of things like good books, long walks, and cosy pubs, all of which Hemel has in abundance.
Rose Walker, Grants & Trusts Fundraising Officer
Rose joined Hope for Children in May 2013 as Grants and Trusts Fundraising Officer and is responsible for building relationships with trusts, charitable foundations and government departments to partner with and support our work. With a background in research, monitoring, evaluation and policy development, Rose works closely with Hope for Children’s Programme Managers and international partners to develop robust programmes of work that can demonstrate real impact for the children we want to help and build and share our understanding of ‘what works’. Rose has over 15 years’ experience in the public and charitable sector as a practitioner and consultant working to create safer communities in the UK. Prior to Hope for Children, much of her work focussed on youth engagement and participation, youth offending and youth gang violence in London. Rose has an MSc in Criminal Justice Policy from the London School of Economic and a BSc in Sociology. When not in office Rose likes being outside (wide open spaces make her feel happy) yoga and running.
Migena Kovaci, Finance Manager
Migena first started volunteering with Hope for Children in 2005 after her move to the UK from Albania. In 2006 she joined as full time member of staff as Financial and Database Administrator rapidly progressing into the role of Finance Manager. She holds overall responsibility for the administration and coordination of all the charity’s finances. Migena has 13 years of experience in non profit sector covering areas of financial, office, project management, HR and research. She has studied International Development at Andrews University, USA. She also holds Bachelors degree in agricultural engineering and Masters degree in agricultural management.
Rosa Penetra, Finance Officer & Database Administrator
Rosa joined Hope for children in September 2015, as Finance Officer and Database Administrator. As right hand support to our Finance Manager, Rosa deals with the day to day accounting duties and other ad hoc work, as and when required. She is AAT and CIMA Level 2 qualified, with more than 20 years accountancy experience in both Practice and Corporate settings. Rosa’s idea of relaxation revolves around spending quality time socialising with family members and close friends, hosting a mean New Years Party or two. Other hidden talents include her competitive home baking skills. So stand aside Mary Berry – here comes Rosa!!