Canadian Team Members

Beverley and John Bossuyt

John and Beverley Bossuyt

Founders and Members of the Board of Directors

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

Member of the Board of Directors

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

Member of the Board of Directors

Goodway was born and raised on a small farm in Obbo in Eastern Equatoria in South Sudan and the people in that area are of the Acholi tribe.
He went to Syria in 1998 and stayed until moving to Canada in 2005. Goodway is married and 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

Lilly Okeny

Member of the Board of Directors

I was born in Obbo, a small village just to the west of Palotaka, in East Equatoria, 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.
His thirty-five plus years of experience and skill was developed through a wide variety of advertising and visual communication projects for clients ranging from small private companies to provincial and federal government departments. Smith served as Art Director and Creative Director for a number of advertising agencies and graphic design firms and his 15-years-plus experience in the energy sector came from subcontracting.
Brian has worked closely with writers, photographers and printers and Smith’s motivation is to assure that projects are completed with quality, on time and within budget.
With his voice-trained abilities he has narrated a number of promotional and broadcast presentations. Currently, Brian is the graphic designer and a cantor for the Messianic congregation that he attends.

American Team Members

Teresa Marino

Teresa Marino

Manager of Farming Operations, South Sudan

My name is Teresa Alal Marino from Eastern Equatoria of South Sudan. I was born in the village Obbo Palotaka, Ayaci County. I left South Sudan because of the civil war and went to a Kenyan refugee camp in 1994 with my three sons and a nephew. It took us five (5) years before resettlement in the United States of America, February 11, 1999.

I am the founder of South Sudan Farmers Without Borders (SSFWB) a U.S.A. 501(c)(3) non-profit Organization.
As a people who have faced war for almost 30 years, they need new farming skills to move beyond the current primitive farming methods and embrace the vision that HPI is introducing to her people in the Palotaka region. Improving their farming practices will ensure their food security and empower them to be economically independent.

I have come to know John Bossuyt and Humanity’s Promise Int’l and wish to become fully engaged with them to develop an agricultural based economy for my people in South Sudan.

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”.

Nyamuon is also a board member of Spring Harbor, an inpatient mental health facility working to provide the most beneficial support to those struggling with mental illness. This year Nyamuon is honored with receiving the Pearl Johnson Award from NARPA, the National association for Rights Protection and Advocacy.
She often creatively uses her platform to raise awareness on the hardships going on back home and calls for an end to tribal conflict and tensions.

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.

South Sudan Team Members

Oluku Andre Holt

Oluku Andre Holt

HPI Logistics and Compliance Officer, South Sudan

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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.

I joined the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, (CUEA), where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Anthropology. I was later offered a scholarship by Loyola University, Chicago in the United States in the year 2000 and undertook my Master’s program in Pastoral Counselling.

The reason I chose this area of study was that after having taught young children from diverse family backgrounds, and indeed very deprived families; and having achieved my university education, I had come to identify more with the area of family counselling as my passion and calling. This is where I saw myself down the road; helping the deprived, the displaced and traumatized of our society, through a holistic approach to counselling. Pastoral Counselling seemed to be the program for me, as it merged both psychology and spirituality thus addressing the social, physiological, psychological, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the challenged in our society. I saw myself empowering and alleviating their livelihoods with skills that would enable them reclaim their dignity and self-worth and thus, be able to alleviate their own livelihoods.

While Loyola University offered me very vital skills in the field of counselling, I felt that I needed to be more enlightened in the area of working with diverse cultures through a family systems approach to family counselling. Therefore, after graduating from Loyola, I enrolled in a two-year family therapy certificate program at the Multicultural Family Institute in Highland Park, New Jersey.

After graduating from this program, I was offered a job as a family counselor by an agency called Interfaith Works Center for New Americans, a refugee resettlement program in Central New York at Syracuse. I was the only family counselor in the entire agency for six years. I served clients from different war torn countries of our world, namely from Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Sudan, Congo DRC, Somalia and many others. By working with these extraordinary survivors, and after attending to them through a holistic approach to their basic needs, to the trauma issues caused by the atrocities they had to endure, their social physiological, psychological, emotional needs and their spiritual needs, I was amazed to learn about their resiliency, inner strength and capacity to pick up their broken pieces as they courageously set forth to new beginnings.

However, most of them worried about their relatives who they left back home in their war torn countries. While some, like those in Congo, may have escaped to the forests, they were not sure whether they could still be a live or whether they had died. This was a constant stressor to many due to a lack of closure. This would always touch my heart deeply. In the year 2010, while I attended to one client with this disturbing stressor, I felt that I had to raise the bar of my counselling to a higher level by helping two of her families get out of the Congo forest. They later got resettled to the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, where I am able to empower their children with education.

I believe the hope for the future of refugee families and the disadvantaged of our society lies in empowering the youth and their families by addressing their holistic healing, empowering them with education and calling forth in them their God given talents and gifts so they can help turn our broken world around for a better tomorrow.