These community leaders, volunteering their time and effort, work as PeacePal's international program directors. These dedicated individuals build community and bridges of peace with local youth eager to connect with peers abroad.
We were introduced to Jean-Bosco Akanto by returned Peace Corps volunteer and PeacePal board member, Ismail Kassam, in spring 2007. Kanté was our very first letter writing group and remains one of the biggest today. In addition to his work for PeacePal, this dynamic community leader runs a garden to help provide income for orphans in the area. Akanto oversaw summer 2011 Stamp Out Malaria bed net distribution in Togo.
Dodji was referred to PeacePal by the Gambian program director Samuel Bah in 2009. In addition to volunteering with PeacePal, Dodji works as crane operator on the docks of Lomé, Togo.
Francis Abbey was introduced to PeacePal in 2008, through a mutual Ghanaian friend. Francis is also an accomplished drummer and drum instructor. The S. Sowah Boye Academy is the main school participating in the Accra program.
Ashfaq Fateh contacted PeacePal in 2008 when he was principal of St. Peter's School in Toba Tek Singh. Ashfaq is a very involved community leader and organizer for a number of causes including Muslim-Christian harmony, women's rights, and peaceful Indian-Pakistani relations.
Migmar Lama attended Sri Mangal Dvip Boarding School in Kathmandu where he still helps facilitate the PeacePal letter writing program. Like other students at the school, Migmar is originally from a village of Tibetans living in the Nepal Himalayas. He also currently works with the Tsadra Foundation, translating Tibetan Buddhist texts into English.
Kunchok Lama is a student at Sri Mangal Dvip Boarding School in Kathmandu where he helps facilitate the PeacePal letter writing program.
John Alfred Ejura applied to become a PeacePal in summer 2009 and ended up forming a PeacePal program in Uganda. Additionally, John Alfred works with an orphanage in a village near Lira
James Ndecky began working with PeacePal in 2010 and is a teacher at the primary location of our program in Gambia, St. Peter's School in Banjul.
In early fall 2008, Samuel Bah was introduced to PeacePal by former Senegal program director, Hilaire Nakigane. Outside of his work for PeacePal, Samuel is a news reporter for Gambian national TV.
In summer 2010, PeacePal was introduced to Valentin Sathoud by his brother Jonas Sathoud, a Congolese refugee living in the U.S. Valentin and his son, Iras (photo), facilitate student correspondence in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire.
Astou Mbeguere was born in Dakar, Senegal in 1983. She works as an English teacher in private and public schools and is also a graduate student at Dakar Universty studying British civilization and literature.
Amadou Lamine Ndour was born in 1956 in Dakar, Senegal. He holds a baccalaureate degree and has studied economic sciences for two years. He is the head master of Xam Xamle School and is a member of an association for the promotion of education.
Jonathan Munyany is the Director of Daos Children's Center, an organization which provides immediate and long term care for Kenya's abandoned orphans in the Mombasa region. PeacePal began working with Jonathan in summer 2011.
Evalyne Kirui is a human resources director and proud kindergarten teacher at Daos Children's Centre. She enjoys organizing staff development workshops and teaching 2-5 year old children arithmetic, reading, environmental studies, and Kiswahili.
PeacePal first met Hilaire Nakigane through family members living in the U.S. in 2008. Hilaire was an English and Music teacher in Dakar when he started the PeacePal program there. Hilaire continues to volunteer his time with PeacePal assisting with French translation.
— Eleanor Roosevelt