Improving the quality of life of Children in East Africa

Board of Directors

Bob Hansen Ph.D

 


“Dr. Bob” is the President of the Board of Directors for Humanity for Children and has been involved with HFC since 2007 when he was recruited by Kathryn Morgan, HFC’s Executive Director. Bob and his daughter Callie spent his sabbatical leave in 2007 in East Africa where they monitored health projects in Kenya and Uganda and identified new project sites in Rwanda and Tanzania. He has a doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri with an emphasis on community health. After thirteen years of service to Mizzou, he moved to Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri to be a psychologist and professor. Presently, he is easing into retirement after almost 30 years of teaching and administrative work at Westminster. He has served as the Executive Director of the Emerson Center for Leadership & Service, Executive Director of Counseling & Health Services, Interim Vice President/Dean of Students, and a professor teaching in Organizational Leadership, Psychology and the Westminster Seminar Program. He has served on a number leadership boards within the areas of poverty alleviation, leadership and experiential education, and he has been involved in outdoor education for over forty years. Bob has been the primary leader of HFC's summer project teams that have traveled to Rwanda and Tanzania. Bob’s current projects focus on maternal and newborn health in remote areas of East Africa. He and his wife, Linda, have two children and four grandchildren.

Margaret Wanjiku Ngunjiri

A graduate of the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies and a native Kenyan living in Nairobi, Margaret Wanjiku Ngunjiri serves as the Public Sector Specialist for the Millennium Development (MDG) Center. Since 2006, she has supported national and sub-national governments in the Eastern and Southern African Region in scaling up MDG initiatives and public investments. Ms. Wanjiku has assisted decentralized governments in the region in preparing poverty reduction plans and improving dialogue with governments, developmental partners, and the private sector. From 2003-2006, she served as the Advisor on Governance and Gender to the Netherlands Development Organization, SNV Kenya, advising partner organizations on governance and gender issues. In this role she led a team studying linkages between natural resource based conflict, gender violence and HIV/AIDS in the North Rift Valley region as well as working with the North Rift Women’s Organization Network, Rural Women Peace Link, and Youth Organizations Network. From 1999-2003, she coordinated programs aimed at education, gender, and political processes as the Program Manager of the Collaborative Centre for Gender and Development. She chairs the Board of the Foundation of Women’s Right in Kenya (FWRK), is a member of the Board of the Collaborative Centre for Gender and Development (CCGD) and member of Association of Women’s Rights in Development and League of Kenyan Women Voters. She is currently a doctoral student at the University of Nairobi. Ms. Wanjiku brings knowledge of the governmental regulations and community development from her experience in East and Southern Africa.


Pam is the Talent and Inclusion Manager at Dot Foods, Inc. She is responsible for attracting and retaining top talent. Pam leads the Diversity initiative and the Diversity Leadership Group (DLG) at Dot, where she is currently focusing on diverse salaried recruiting and companywide inclusion
Most recently, Pam worked at Health Literacy Missouri where she led sales and relationship-building efforts through the creation of successful partnerships, programs and initiatives. Prior, Pam served as an assistant director of telemedicine at the University of Missouri, School of Medicine. She distinguished herself with her ability to build long-lasting, loyal relationships with partners while working to develop unique programs to meet market demand.
In June, 2013, Pam traveled with the Humanity for Children team to Rwanda. There she met with Humanity for Children local employees and residents, she viewed HFC’s current projects, and participated in spreading the word about HFC on the local radio station in Kibungo. As a serial entrepreneur who is always in interested in developing solutions for overlooked opportunities this one experience comes to mind. A group of women in the village of Mvumba formed a women’s association, which is called Twihangire Umurimo. Translated this means “Let’s be entrepreneurial women.” The purpose is to organize activities around the production and selling of handmade Rwandan baskets. Thirty-one women from various religious denominations and family structures were involved. The Mvumba women’s association has shown us that true innovation and entrepreneurship can develop anywhere there’s intrinsic motivation, creativity, and encouragement. As we continue to come full circle, we are learning that it really does take a global village to improve the life of a child.
Pam earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration at Columbia College and a master’s in business administration, with a focus on human resources at William Woods University. She also holds a master’s degree in jurisprudence in health law from School of Law, Loyola University Chicago.

Reverend Ernest Mahoro

More commonly referred to by the HFC family as “The Angel of Kibungo", Ernest Mahoro has been involved with HFC since 2007 when he successfully brought our organization to Ngoma District of Rwanda. Ernest serves as an Anglican priest in the Kibungo Diocese and he is the President of the Mt. Gisaka Rotary Club which HFC helped to establish in Ngoma District. In the Kibungo area, he is best known for his generosity, wisdom, leadership, and entrepreneurial spirit. During his life of service, Ernest has built schools, new churches, preschools, and health clinics, and he has facilitated community change through working with those affected by the change. Over the past few years, Ernest helped his wife, Claire, begin a counseling center in Kibungo for women and couples -- they have done this with the support of long-time HFC friend, Nancy McCue. Ernest came to the U.S. a few years ago and completed graduate school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He and his family have been wonderful hosts to our HFC project teams and the student interns who have stayed in Kibungo for the summer. Ernest’s last name – Mahoro – is perfect for all that he does…it means “peace”.