Mikhael Missakabo is a founding member of Pamoja. Originally from Katanga in the DRC, he has been living in Canada for over twenty years. Besides writing for AfricaFiles, Mikhael teaches math as well as sciences at George Brown College. He is also a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto.
Christine Larouche, volunteer President of Pamoja. Christine is a founding member of Pamoja and is very committed to achieving a fully sustainable health, education and agricultural infrastructure in the villages of Katebi in the Katanga province of the DR Congo. She is presently completing a certificate in International Development with the University of British Columbia.
Carol Soloman is a teacher who has worked with Pamoja since it’s founding in 2005. She is particularly interested in healthcare issues and in the establishment of a primary school to service the rural communities who are our partners in Katanga.
Energy Manyimo is a Human Resources Management consultant currently doing research in the field of disability and education in Africa. He is a founder member of Pamoja Tujenge and was its secretary for 2 years. Energy is passionate about empowering rural communities in Africa in a way that will alleviate poverty and remove the negative impact left behind by colonialism. As a graduate student he also holds tutorials with African Studies undergraduate students at the University of Toronto and has recently published a co-authored book Spirituality, Education and Society: An integrated Approach where he was on the editorial team.
JW Haddad, Member, is a professor in the School of Business Management at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology in North York, Ontario, Canada. She joined the Board in 2011 and developed the business plan for project Katebi 2012.
Darnace Torou, a Social Studies teacher at the Toronto French School, has extensive professional and volunteer credentials. He has worked as outreach coordinator for Africans in Partnership Against AIDS, as a counselor at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Chad to the United Nations. Darnace has been serving as Chair of the Board of Directors of Rwandan Women and Young Adult Networking Centre since 2002 and Treasurer of African Training and Employment Centre (since 2004).
Nancy Ruth Jackson is a charter member of the Pamoja board who handles our quarterly newsletter. Retired after many years as a freelance illustrator for the publishing and advertising industries, she now works as a scientific glassblower.
Martha Muraglia is proud to be part of the Pamoja project even though she lives in Florida. She is a retired ESOL teacher, and now she is giving talks on the benefits of plant-based nutrition. So to be involved with this program promoting health, education and infrastructure in the villages of Katebi in DR Congo is really important and exciting to her.
Merlin Charles has been an active member of Pamoja from its inception, and is now a chapter board member of Pamoja. She is committed to Pamoja’s mission and vision. As a community college instructor, along with her on-going involvement in the Teacher Education Program at OISE/UT, Merlin is interested in holistic education, the promotion of social justice and change in education.
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