Evode Usabyamahoro grew up in Rwanda as a street child himself. In 2003 he started an initiative to help boys living on the street by organising events, and food and clothing donations through local charities and churches. However, until he met Rebecca, there were no facilities to house the boys. Since July 2008, Evode has been running the Ubaka U Rwanda centre that now provides a home, education and support for the boys.
Rebecca Shrubshole met Evode in 2008 and founded the charity in England in order to support and maintain the Ubaka U Rwanda Centre. In October 2010 she moved to Rwanda permanently to help Evode run the centre. Rebecca has a BSc from Goldsmiths college, University of London in Psychology.
Lucy Rowboryis the main contact in the UK. She is responsible for the treasury and donation administration at Ubaka U Rwanda. She coordinates the child sponsorship programme from the UK; Now working in publishing, she has a BSc in Biomedical Sciences from Durham University, and an MSc from Imperial College. She currently lives in Leicester.
Shaun Sullivan is Ubaka U Rwanda’s Trustee from the U.S. He is vital in building and maintaining relationships with our supporters in the United States. 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.
Marita Sinden is responsible for the website design and maintenance and on line communication at Ubaka U Rwanda. Now working in E-commerce she has a degree in European Studies and Spanish from Durham University and an MSc in Information Technology and E-Business from Greenwich University.
Doug Kirke-Smith is the Chair of Ubaka U Rwanda Trustees. An ACA Chartered Accountant by profession he specialised his career in the charity sector. Doug has been working for
charities based in East Africa since 2008. He lived in Kigali for two years working as Head of Finance and Programme Management for Save the Children. During this time he got involved in Ubaka U Rwanda and volunteered as Deputy Centre Manager/ Charity advisor. Doug is now the Africa Programmes Manager for Malaria Consortium based in Kampala, Uganda.