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United States Office

Determined to Develop 143 Woodstock Drive Avon Lake, OH 44012
US Phone: 1-440-364-2929

Malawi, Africa Headquarters

Determined to Develop PO Box 135 Chilumba, Malawi
Malawi Phone: +265 (0) 99 515 0023
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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



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


Juliet Brabben
Juliet Brabben – Volunteer Program Officer

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 Strause
Whitney Strauss – University of Dayton Human Rights, Applied Project Officer

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


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