Canadian Team Members

Beverley and John Bossuyt

John and Beverley Bossuyt

Founders and
Managing Officers

John and Beverley were both born in Southern Manitoba and grew up working along with their families on the family farms. John engaged deeply within the family farm while Beverley ultimately became an elementary school teacher. They married in 1968 and have raised 3 daughters who are now raising families of their own. Now making Alberta as their primary residence John and Beverley have worked among the needy village people in Eastern Africa since 2008.

Oza Charlie

Oza Charlie

Director

I was born in Nigeria in Western Africa. I hold a bachelor degree in Biochemistry and have lived in Calgary since 2000. I am married and the father of two children.I am a minister in the Word of God, Evangelist, Prayer Warrior and Author. I have a heart for the hurting and am on a mission to make the power of prayer relevant in these times. I am the Spiritual Advisor and Intercessor for the vision of HPI.

Oza has been an active member of the Board of Directors of HPI since 2014.

Goodway Ojwie

Goodway Ojwie

Director

Goodway was born and raised on a small farm in Obbo in Eastern Equatoria in South Sudan. The people in that area are members of the Acholi tribe.

He went to Syria in 1998 and stayed there until moving to Canada in 2005. Goodway is married, has three children and has lived in Calgary, Alberta since 2005.

Goodway has been a part of the HPI board since in 2014

Lily Okeny

Lily Okeny

Officer of the Board of Directors

I was born in Obbo (Acholiland) within East Equatoria State, South Sudan. I was one of four girls and three boys born into a hardworking farming-family. I was fortunate to have lived within walking distance of an elementary and high school in Palotaka. Shortly after finishing my schooling I left the area and eventually made my way to Canada in 1996. I am the mother of 5 children; all of whom are now self-sufficient. My mother is living with me and encourages me to help family members who remain in South Sudan and Uganda. I have been part of the HPI Board of Directors for 4 years and wish to be an important part of their vision for South Sudan.

Brian Smith

Brian Smith

Visual Communications Officer

Brian Smith was born in Saskatchewan. He has one daughter and lives in Calgary, Alberta with his wife. He graduated from the Alberta College of Art (and Design) in 1980. He has been a Designer/Illustrator since 1975.

South Sudan Team Members

Oluko Andrew Holt

Oluku Andrew Holt

HPI Team Leader and Spokesperson,
South Sudan

Born in Obbo (Acholiland) in Eastern Equatoria State in South Sudan, Andrew spent his early years there while he attended primary school at the Palotaka Catholic Mission. He was said to be a precocious pupil in his class and he always rose to the top. He attended intermediate school at Apostles of Jesus Seminary, Rejaf—East of Juba City. He went to high school at St. Mary’s Seminary-Nazareth in Wau and continued in Juba Day Senior Secondary School where he completed his high school studies with flying colours in the Sudan School Certificate Examinations in 1987/1988.

Martin Obonyo Hakim

Martin Obonyo Hakim

Martin Obonyo Hakim

Project Officer

Born in Torit, Eastern Equatoria State in South Sudan. Martin Obonyo Hakim holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Al Neelain University in Khartoum-Sudan.

Hellen Achan Martin

Hellen Achan Martin

HPI Financial Officer

Ms. Hellen was born in Torit, Eastern Equatoria State. She attended Buluk Primary School in Juba, intermediate school in Yambio (Western Equatoria) and High School in Omdurman (Northern Sudan).

Ms. Hellen is an accountant by profession with many years of experience. She earned her diploma from Khartoum Institute of Accountancy (KIA) and was employed as an accountant with the Ministry of Finance in Khartoum (Sudan). Hellen currently works as a Senior Inspector of Accounting in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Juba, South Sudan.

Hillary Onaba Paul

Hillary Onaba Paul

HPI Construction and Maintenance Manager

Mr. Hillary was born in Obbo Eastern Equitoria State, South Sudan and began his education in Torit and finished after graduating from Don Boszo Institute in Alexandra, Egypt. Hillary speaks three languages; Arabic, Dutch and English.

He is married and has two children aged four and nine. Hillary is South Sudanese with Dutch citizenship. He lived in the Netherlands for 18 years where he worked 16 years in the field of metal fabrication. Mr. Hillary’s specialty is metal fabrication and was trained to be an industrial welder as well as an underwater welder. He has worked on projects that have included oil tanks ranging in size from 25 to 10,000 litres and on oil pipelines and boats. He is mechanically inclined and will oversee various HPI building projects along with mechanical maintenance of HPI farm equipment in South Sudan.

American Team Members

Teresa Marino

Teresa Marino

Teresa Marino

Team Member, USA

My name is Teresa Alal Marino from South Sudan Eastern Equatorial. I was born in the village Obbo Palotaka Ayaci County. I left South Sudan because of the civil war and went to Kenya refugee’s camp in 1994 with my three sons and a nephew it took us five (5) years before resettlement to United States of America. In Feb11, 1999.

I am the founder of South Sudan Farmers Without Borders (SSFWB) a U.S.A. 501(c)(3) non-profit Organization.

Nyamuon Machar, Public Affairs Officer

Nyamuon Machar

Nyamuon Nguany

HPI Public Relations Director, USA

Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Nyamuon Nguany Machar, also works as the Regional Coordinator for Youth Move Maine, a youth advocacy organization that helps at-risk youth find their voices and advocate for themselves.

Nyamuon uses her personal experience with childhood trauma and the gaps she has seen in her community to drive her work and passion for policy change. More recently Nyamuon has partnered with the State of Maine where she co-created and co-facilitates a cultural competency course offered to service providers and consumers, called “Why I can’t trust you”.

Ongee George Olaa

Ongee George Olaa

Team Member, USA

Ongee Olaa was born in the Palotaka area within East Equatoria of South Sudan. Professionally he is a Medical Clinic Technology graduate from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. He resides in South Dakota with his wife and 3 children. Ongee has a burning desire to assist his village friends by working on a part-time basis with HPI within South Sudan.

Kenya Team Members

Agnes Kariuki

Agnes Kariuki

Agnes Kariuki

Team Member, Kenya

My name is Agnes Kariuki. I was born and raised in Kenya, Africa. Though a Kenyan born, I am also honored to have dual citizenship as a citizen of Canada.

After my elementary and high school education, I trained as an elementary school teacher at Kericho Teachers’ college in Kericho County, Kenya. After a few years of teaching in a number of schools in my country, I was deeply moved when I observed children from very troubled, deprived, and indeed, very disadvantaged families. It always touched my heart when I saw them struggle with even the most basic needs that, at times, would cause them to frequently miss school. Some would come to school hungry, while others were forced to terminate school altogether because their parents could not afford the school fees. From this experience, I deeply felt prompted to do something more than just classroom teaching. I felt a need to gain more skills that would enable me help address the root cause of this state in living standards among our people and for humanity in large.