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Our International Team

We all work together harmoniously in a team, each one in our respective areas of responsibility. Our board members and all staff and teachers of the school are also an integral part of our team.

Praise and Moses

Since Praise founded the NGO "Youth Achievers International" in 2010, she has been the dynamic, visionary executive director of what is now called "Maisha Africa'. She is also a loving mother for her 40 once-orphaned children as well as for her biological twins.

Moses is leading Maisha Africa together with Praise since January 2016. His studies in administration and experience with Compassion International make him the ideal director of operations for Maisha Africa. He is also a fantastic Daddy for their children.

Isabel and Richard

Isabel and Richard have been missionaries with YWAM for 30+ years. While Richard is working as a paramedic at the moment, he enriches the ministry through his wisdom and advice. Isabel supports indigenous initiatives in Uganda that care for orphaned and vulnerable children and widows. Since mid-2013, Isabel has been leading Maisha Africa together with Praise.

Isabel strengthens the ministry through mentoring, communication, fund-raising and oversees the finances with the help of John and Avasha.

She is originally from Germany and has been based in Tauranga, New Zealand, with her family since 2005, working under YWAM Furnace NZ.

Jewel Anita

Jewel Anita (USA) is our greatly valued consultant. Involved in missions since 1987, she has been trained and worked together with people like Steve Corbett, co-author of the book 'When Helping Hurts".

Through her training and extensive international work-experience for a US-based charity, she enriches the ministry with her enormous knowledge, experience and wisdom in wholistic ccommunity development and conducts trainings in Transformational Development.

Jewel Anita has been on staff with YWAM Furnace NZ in Tauranga, New Zealand, since 2013 and is now directing the ministry Ignite 6:8.

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Both John and Avasha are highly qualified chartered accountants with many years of experience. John grew up in Tahiti, French Polynesia, and Avasha in South Africa.

Both have been living in NZ with their families for several years and volunteer their time and expertise to Maisha Africa. They are both vital for the oversight of the accounting and financial accountability of Maisha Africa. 

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