our global team

in rwanda

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EVODE & Becky USABYAMORO,
co-founders

Evode Usabyamahoro grew up in Rwanda as a street child himself. In 2003 he started an initiative to help kids living on the street by organizing events, and food and clothing donations through local charities and churches. Becky met Evode in 2008 and founded the charity in England in order to support and maintain the Ubaka U Rwanda center. In October 2010, she moved to Rwanda permanently to help Evode run the center. Evode and Becky are there for the children every day and night, fully committed to seeing each child all the way. Happily married, Becky and Evode have two children together, Keza and Caleb. Becky has a BS from Goldsmiths College, University of London in Psychology.


In the united states

Shaun Sullivan
Founder, US Chapter
Board trustee

Shaun founded the US branch of Ubaka U Rwanda and our primary fundraiser, Run the 1. He is also a trustee in the UK. He started volunteering at the home in 2010. He is a firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service on the Arroyo Grande Hotshots. This type of seasonal work has allowed Shaun to continue to return to Rwanda every year for multiple months since 2010. When in Rwanda, Shaun lives at the center, and volunteers to help in any way he can.


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Ali Zikratch,
board trustee

Ali became involved with the cause in 2012. She heard about the center through the fundraiser Shaun was holding, and decided she wanted to help out. Since then, she has continuously been inspired by the movement Shaun has inspired and the wonderful work being done with the boys. Ali has a BS in Business Marketing from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, California and owns an event planning company focused around non-profits. She teamed up with Shaun and helped create Run the 1, our primary fundraiser. She was able to make her way to Africa last February to meet the boys and witness the progress and change we are able to influence.

 

 


Sunish Oturkar,
Board Trustee

Sunish has been supporting Ubaka U Rwanda since Shaun started the US branch. He and Shaun became passionate about making a difference in genocide-ridden regions after being made aware of the atrocities that were happening in Sudan ten years ago, shortly after which Sunish became an anti-genocide leader in the greater Boston area. He visited the center in Kigali in 2013 to meet Evode, Rebecca, and all of the boys, including Clever, who he has been sponsoring since 2011.


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Devon kuntzman,
Board Trustee

Devon first learned about Ubaka U Rwanda, when she met Shaun, in Rwanda, in 2011. On her next trip from the mountainside to Kigali, Shaun introduced Devon to the center and the boys. She has been a supporter ever since! During the 3 years that Devon lived in Rwanda, as the Executive Director of the Imbabazi Foundation, she visited Ubaka U Rwanda often to volunteer, sometimes staying several days at a time..