Geoff Mzembe – Manager, Boarding and Residential Youth
Geoff has been with Determined to Develop since the beginning, starting the project with Matt in 2010. Geoff has been an integral part of all projects from their inception. Currently, Geoff coordinates all boarding and residential sponsorship programs. He is in charge of the residential home for youth on Maji Zuwa’s campus, looking after the boys full time as their parent. Geoff has a degree in Education, with a focus on Social and Development Studies as well as Geography from the University of Livingstonia. In his free time, Geoff likes to watch and play soccer.
Key responsibilities: Principal Lead for Youth Sponsorship Program; Live-in Youth Program
Ponelo Kalonga – Manager, Women’s Empowerment Initiatives
Ponelo is our outreach staff member in charge of all our Women’s Empowerment and girls programs. Originally from the capital city Lilongwe, Ponelo moved to rural Chilumba to pursue her interest in community development. She studied Community Development and holds a certificate in Women’s development studies. In her free time she likes watching soaps and listening to music
Key responsibilities: Principle liaison with the Community, Project Supervisor for Women’s Empowerment, Goat Loan Program, Girl’s Group
Ruth Chidule – Manager, Education & Youth Support
Ruth comes from Blantyre the southern part of Malawi. She is a holder of Bachelor’s degree in social science development studies obtained from the University of Livingstonia. Ruth coordinates youth sponsorship programs and mainly focus on sponsored youths at local community day secondary schools in Chilumba Area. Ruth is a hard worker and would like to bring a positive change to the youth in Chilumba through Determined to Develop.
Key responsibilities: Coordinating Youth Sponsorship Programs for Local Community day Secondary Schools
Ken Mwakalenga – Project Manager, Wasambo High School
Ken has been with Determined to Develop since the beginning, also starting the project with Matt in 2010. Since that time, Ken has been an integral part of all projects. Currently, Ken sprearheads development of the new D2D high school on a part time basis. Ken completed his degree in Education, with a focus on English and Social and Development Studies from the University of Livingstonia. The most social member of the team, Ken is always available to assist on any and all projects for D2D.
Key responsibilities: Principal Lead for New High School Construction & Programming
Hope Kondowe – Finance Officer/Accountant
Hope has a higher diploma in Business management obtained from Lilongwe Technical College. Hope is responsible for carrying out finance and accounting with a focus in transactions. Hope ensures that D2D policies and procedures are adhered to, and that financial transactions and records are in compliance with the approved accounting system.
Key responsibilities: Finance, Accounting and Transactions
John Pendame – Wasambo High School Project Site Supervisor
John is a highly motivated man with Interests in social work and community development Responsible for supervising the high school construction projects. He does monitor and control performance of the employees at the high school site. John also take part in construction budget expenditures. John enjoys interacting with people along with researching and volunteering in community development.
Key responsibilities: Inspections and supervising sub-contractors and staff of Wasambo High School
Juliet provides office based support for our programs, contributing to the development and review of resources in particular. With a masters in public health and international development from the University of Sheffield, Juliet brings her skills and knowledge from the UK to the Determined to Develop team. Most of all Juliet enjoys sharing stories with the D2D sponsored youth and discovering the culture and people of Malawi.
Key responsibilities: Program support, development and evaluation
Whitney graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in Political Science. Throughout her undergraduate career, her main focus was Human Rights Studies, where she developed a passion for women’s rights and female empowerment. She has previously served for a Peruvian nonprofit, where she worked to provide sustainable economic opportunities for women. She plans to return to the United States in 2018 in order to start a Master’s in Public Administration where she intends to spend her life vying for global human equality.
Key responsibilities: Women’s empowerment, donor relations, monitoring & evaluation, strategic initiatives