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Equipping survivors and advocates to lead in ending the cycle of sexual violence.

We are survivors, advocates, scholars, and leaders who live freely because we are no longer victimized by the pain of the past. Together, we are getting closer and closer to the day sexual violence is history—believing that hope is always present.

MISSION

Equipping survivors and advocates to lead in ending sexual violence.

Vision

Ending the cycle of sexual violence.

OUR VALUES

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Dignity

We believe that dignity is an inherent gift from God that cannot be taken away by poverty, violence or oppression.

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Authenticity

We believe that authenticity builds bridges of hope between our scholars, staff and communities worldwide, allowing up to find collective healing through our shared stories.

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Transparency

We believe that financial, relational and programmatic transparency is essential to promoting social responsibility and ending systemic injustice.

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RESTORATION

We believe that restoration from unspeakable trauma is possible through a supportive community that provides quality care, compassionate action, and advocacy for justice.
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TRANSFORMATION

We believe that transformation is a result of long-term, survivor-centered solutions that uplift survivors as community leaders who have the power to change systems toward justice.
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LIBERATION

We believe that liberation is a holistic experience of mind, body and soul that invites survivors and advocates, students and professionals, men and women, to work together in ending sexual violence.

Our Team

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Founder + International Director
Executive Assistant

Social Media Manager

Content Curator

Kenya

Operations & Development Director

Program Manager
Social Worker
Peer Educator
Survivor Care Supervisor

Counselor

Freely in Hope Fellow

Accountant

Zambia

Operations & Development Manager

Social Worker

Community Leader

Survivor Care Supervisor

Freely in Hope Fellow

Martha Mugala

Accountant

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Our Financials

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Nikole Lim

Founder + International Director

Nikole Lim is a speaker, educator, and consultant on leveraging dignity through the restorative art of storytelling. Nikole shifts paradigms on how stories are told by platforming voices of the oppressed—sharing stories of beauty arising out of seemingly broken situations. Her heart beats for young women whose voices are silenced by oppression and desires to see every person realize the transformative power of their own story. As our Founder and International Director, Nikole has been deeply transformed by the powerful, tenacious, and awe-inspiring examples of survivors. Their audacious dreams have informed her philosophy for a survivor-led approach to community transformation.

Nikole graduated with a degree in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University and is currently pursuing a masters in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is a native of the Bay Area and can often be found buying African fabric on the streets of Nairobi. Her vision is to equip survivors and advocates to lead in ending the cycle of sexual violence—believing that they will be the ones to bring us all into liberation. In it, her hope is that the world may be transformed by them—just as she has.

ALLISON LAM​

Executive Assistant

Allison is passionate about creating a stronger and more diverse community of people who support Freely in Hope. As the Executive Assistant, Allison maintains online as well as in-person donor engagement programs such as Advocate’s Society and the Hope Circle.

Allison is currently a second year at University of California, Berkeley studying Molecular and Cell Biology with an emphasis in Immunology. She is pursuing a degree in the health care field, with an interest in global medicine and studies. She aspires to use her degree in order to aid a wider range of people in areas that don’t have access to health care. Outside of her studies, she loves to paint and spend time with her family.

Jennifer Ng

Social Media Manager

Jennifer Ng is passionate in advocating for survivors of sexual violence because she believes everyone should be treated with the same amount of respect. She has faith that the next generations have the power to change the world and achieve gender equality, thus eliminating sexual violence against women. As Freely in Hope’s Social Media Manager, Jennifer uses her creative storytelling abilities to share our scholars’ stories of hope, empowerment, and resiliency across multiple marketing platforms.

Jennifer graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She hopes to one day own her own marketing consultancy firm for nonprofits and benefit corporations to help other great organizations share their story of how they are positively impacting the world. In Jennifer’s free time, she loves to be outdoors and in nature, especially near the ocean, to enjoy God’s beautiful creation.

Naia Tillery

Content Curator

Naia is passionate about utilizing the arts to eliminate social stigma. Through storytelling, her dream is to assist in creating a culture of God-given, unconditional respect and empathy, regardless of race or social status. As the Content Curator she uses creative writing, inspiring storytelling, and convicting content to educate Freely in Hope’s community. She uplifts the voices of our scholars—making the donor experience personal and informative. Naia lives in California, and is currently studying for her BA in Biblical Studies.

Trizah Waiyaki

Operations & Development Director

Trizah Waiyaki is passionate about helping organizations and individuals reach their highest potential by establishing systems and structures that facilitate growth and sustainability. She has 8 years of experience working with different organizations and being part of their growth and impact journeys. She finds joy in helping young people discover their God-given potential and begin to live fulfilling and impactful lives. As the Operations and Development Director, she dreams of helping build a strong, passionate community of survivor-leaders whose daily pursuit is to use their combined strengths and stories to end the cycle of sexual violence.

Her first degree is a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and she is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership at Africa International University. She is grateful for the gift of motherhood and enjoys spending time with her 5-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter. If she wasn’t doing what she’s doing, she reckons, she would have been a musician.

Lydia Matioli

Program Manager

Lydia is passionate about building platforms for survivors and advocates to be leaders in their communities. Born and raised in Kibera, East Africa’s largest slum, Lydia has experienced the effects of sexual violence, lack of education, and poverty first hand. Now, as Freely in Hope’s Program Manager, she coordinates, designs, and implements programs that exemplify best practices on ending the cycle of sexual violence. Lydia graduated with first class honors in Bachelor of Arts in Gender, Women and Development studies and has 6 years experience in program design, implementation, and community outreach. She loves seeing survivors unlock and fully live out their potential.

Pauline Wanja

Social Worker

Pauline is passionate about seeing every woman respected and dignity restored. As the Freely in Hope Social Worker, she ensures our scholars are holistically supported to thrive. She also works under the Malkia Outreach Program—providing a safe space for women in prostitution. As a survivor and a mother, she is passionate about seeing every woman understand their purpose in life despite what they have gone through. Using her life experience, she loves mentoring women in prostitution and those that have been abused. Pauline is a mother to a handsome boy in his third year of high school. She loves cooking, playing card games with her son, meeting new people and giving hope to women in prostitution.

Sarafina Njoki

Peer Educator

Sarafina is passionate about ending prostitution in Kenya’s slums. Having worked in the streets, she truly understands the risks and challenges of prostitution. She dreams of creating a safer world for women and girls who work in prostitution by helping them realize other options of work based on the different skills they possess.

As Freely in Hope’s Peer Educator, Sarafina visits Nairobi’s brothels and clubs to reach out to women in prostitution and encourages them to join the Malkia program where they can co-create a safe space to share their experiences with each other, drive the process of rehabilitation, and assume ownership over their lives. When not working, Sarafina enjoys baking and spending time with her son.

Caroline Rapando

Survivor Care Supervisor

Carolyne Rapando revels in enabling people to function well within their social environment. With a career experience spanning 25 years, she has been engaged in Social Work activities through training and hands on experience. She is passionate about mentoring girls, especially teenage mothers and loves equipping them with skills necessary to improve their welfare.

As a social worker, she has worked in the healthcare sector, the refugee resettlement field, in management and as an educator. As the Survivor Care Supervisor she aims to improve the competencies of program staff by equipping their professional skills that will meet the individual unique needs of the community. She holds a  undergraduate degree in Sociology and History, a Master of Social Work degree and is currently pursuing her PhD in Social Work at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. She is married and is blessed with three wonderful souls that call her mama.

Joan Ngaruiya

Counselor

Joan’s great passion is helping those who have been through traumatic experiences. She tirelessly supports their journey toward healing—ultimately helping them rediscover themselves as strong dignified individuals. As a counselor with Freely in Hope, she believes in empowering survivors through various methods of therapy, including trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, to help raise the next generation of survivor-leaders who will champion the end of violence. 

Joan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Daystar University in Kenya with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. For over 7 years, she has had the privilege of working with different institutions to prevent violence against women. Outside of work, she loves reading a good book and taking nature drives.

Mumbi

Fellow

Mumbi is a survivor and advocate against sexual violence. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. She uses her powerful story to help other survivors experience healing. As a Freely in Hope fellow, Mumbi helps create and implement programs that end the cycle of sexual violence. Over the years, she has spoken at Freely in Hope’s storytelling platforms impacting thousands of high school and university students with her story of overcoming poverty, neglect, and defilement.

Mumbie’s passion is to create platforms for survivors to express themselves in a dignified way and to identify their hidden skills. She believes that there is that one thing that every person has that makes them unique and outstanding. She is a creative writer, likes fashion and design, and enjoys spending quality time with her beautiful niece.

Beryl Injeni

Accountant

Beryl is an experienced accounting and finance professional with 8 years in the industry. She has been involved in leading and managing financial operations of various organizations. Her degree is a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and she is also a Certified Public Accountant registered with the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Kenya.

Beryl is passionate about helping organizations with good accounting practices, financial management and compliance as a whole.

Phoeby Musonda

Operations & Development Manager

Phoeby comes to Freely in Hope with Bachelors Degree in Law and over 7 years of experience in providing legal aid, establishing holistic care systems, and managing program operations for organizations that support women. Her past experience includes Women and Law in Southern Africa and International Justice Mission. As the Operations & Develoment Manager at Freely in Hope, she ensures that Freely in Hope’s programs run efficiently and effectively. She oversees the effectiveness of our programs, sources grant funding, and builds partnerships with likeminded organizations to improve services provided to survivors of sexual violence. She is passionate about human rights and dreams of a day when Zambia is free of all forms of violence against girls and women.

Selita Mulange

Social Worker

Selita comes to Freely in Hope with a passion for empowering girls and young women through leadership development and mentorship. She has experience working in programs as a mentor to children and as a senior staff member on the scholarships team. As the Freely in Hope Social Worker in Zambia, she ensures that the scholars are holistically supported and are thriving in all areas be it academics or their general wellbeing. She hopes that the role she plays in the scholar’s lives contributes to their restoration as they grow in their survivor-leadership journey. Her purpose is to effectively empower girls and women in her community—especially survivors of sexual violence.

Mwape Chiwele

Community Leader

Mwape is passionate about supporting the dignity of girls and women in her community. Her past experience includes volunteering as both a caregiver and community mobilizer with The Bible Society on their HIV/AIDS prevention programs. As the Freely in Hope Project Coordinator,  She ensures that all the girls in the  Super Girls Revolution (SGR) program are supported during the weekly meetings—providing a safe space for girls who are survivors and at-risk to sexual violence. She hopes that the mentorship she provides will help girls see their value and purpose in life. As someone who became a mother of two as a teenager, she hopes to be an example of a woman who has not given up on her dreams no matter how difficult life gets.

Joy Lubinda

Survivor Care Supervisor

Joy holds a Bachelors degree in Social Work from the University of Zambia and a Master’s degree in Public Health from Queensland University of Technology, Australia. She has 15 years of work experience in social and gender mainstreaming, property grabbing, Gender Based Violence (GBV) and research. She also has experience in stakeholder and community engagement, involuntary resettlement, Grievance mechanism and livelihood restoration. This experience has provided her with the opportunity to provide technical expertise in the management of activities that assist government and NGO’s in providing impartial services to children, youth, men and women in accessing justice, education, health, energy, water and sanitation and agriculture sectors.

Magdalene

Freely in Hope Fellow

Magdalene is a Freely in Hope Fellow pursuing her BA in Community Development. In addition to designing, leading, and developing the strategy of Super Girls Revolution with Freely in Hope, she has worked with organizations included Poetice and Young Women’s Christian Association, giving her 5 years of experience in community development work. From Zambia, Kenya, South Africa, and the United States, Magdalene has worked in multiple countries and cultures to share her story as a survivor of sexual violence and forced prostitution. From her her own story of brokenness, she desires to give other girls life, hope, and an undying smile.

Jessica Davis

Jessica Ayana Davis is an experienced leader and strategy consultant with a passion for solving complex problems and working with others to make an impact. She leads business development and private sector partnerships at the Alliance for a Green Revolution Africa (AGRA) with an eye towards boosting agricultural investment and strengthening food security in Africa. Prior to AGRA, Jessica worked for Monitor Deloitte as a strategy consultant with diverse experience across emerging markets (expansion strategies and partnership creation), philanthropy (strategic planning), public sector (process improvement), and consumer products (M&A and supply chain). Jessica is a trusted advisor at the C-Suite level as a partner on strategic planning, concept design, stakeholder management, and organizational transformation. Her experience as both an African Business Fellow (Kenya, 2016) and a Rotary Ambassadorial Fellow (South Africa, 2011) embodies her commitment to leadership and development in emerging markets. Outside of the office, Jessica’s philanthropy and community efforts include Freely in Hope Board of Directors, Modern Guild Industry Expert and Coach, Davidson College Terry Leadership Scholarship Alumni Board, and Foxcroft School Alumnae Associate Council.

Mrs. Davis holds an MPhil in Justice and Transformation (Peace and Conflict Resolution Concentration) from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, a Master of Public Policy (International Development Concentration) from American University in Washington D.C., and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Davidson College in Davidson, NC. Jessica and her husband Kurt currently live between Nairobi, Kenya and Dubai, UAE.

Jessica Pham

Board Secretary
Jessica has over a decade of experience working in the nonprofit sector in the areas of operations, fundraising, program management, strategic growth, board development, and consulting for domestic and international organizations. She has an undergraduate degree in International Development from UCLA and an MPA in International Policy and Nonprofit Management from NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Over the past twelve years, she has worked with various causes that serve women across the US, Africa, and Southeast Asia.  She currently serves as Director of Operations for Nomi Network, an anti-trafficking organization that provides economic opportunities in India and Cambodia. As a strategic and empathetic leader, Jessica is committed to helping NGOs build culturally competent and dignity-enhancing services to women who have experienced trauma and poverty. She enjoys cooking, writing, and hanging out with her husband and two sons.

Bigad Shaban

Board Member

Bigad Shaban is a senior investigative reporter at NBC Bay Area. His influential and in-depth reports have earned him the most prestigious awards in broadcast journalism, including the Peabody, duPont-Columbia University Award, and six Emmys.

Bigad’s work has prompted government hearings, police investigations, and changes in state and local law. As part of a two-year investigation into the misuse of campus police officers, Bigad exposed a disturbing trend within the education system that captured the attention of top White House officials and spurred security changes across 34 schools – impacting 67,000 students.

Bigad’s reporting has taken him all across America and abroad – from covering flood concerns in Pakistan, to leading covering of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London as a network correspondent for CBS News. Bigad has previously worked in Los Angeles, New Orleans, and eastern Iowa. He is now based in San Francisco.

Romal Tune

Board Member

Rev. Romal Tune’s entire professional career has been in service to local, national and international issued-based advocacy organizations working to improve the lives of those in need. Whether organizing congregations across the country around poverty and children’s issues or meeting with Members of Congress to be a voice for the underserved, Rev. Tune always uses his passion, intellect and faith to bring the voice of those left out of the political process to bear on public policy and in their communities.

Rev. Tune is a sought-after speaker by prominent political, religious and grassroots organizations, including the Congressional Black Caucus, Faith and Politics Institute, United Way Worldwide, and the Democratic National Committee. His book “God’s Graffiti: Inspiring Stories for Teens” was released June 2013. For book details visit www.RomalTune.com

kirsten green

Kirsten Green is a seeker of restoration and shalom wherever life takes her. Her past work with Maiti Nepal, Word Made Flesh, Jewish Vocational Services, and community-based nonprofits in her hometown of Crescent City, CA, instilled in her a deep conviction that when people are seen, secure, and empowered, the possibilities for their own lives and the communities in which they live are endless. Now as a product manager at Apple, Kirsten gets to work alongside incredible creative, technical, and business minds to solve complex challenges with delightfully simple consumer experiences.  Kirsten has loved calling San Francisco home – and inviting people into hers – since 2010.

Grace Wamahiga

Board Member

Grace has over 10 years professional experience working within the ethics, compliance, regulatory, and investigative field with two of the Big 4 audit firms. She spent her formative years of employment working in risk management roles where she was responsible for ensuring compliance with the laws, regulations, ethical conduct, professional standards, global quality and risk management policies, procedures and processes.

She later transitioned to investigations where she has spent the latter part of her career providing professional services for a variety of clients in various industries. Her wealth of experience has primarily been centered around financial crime, anti-corruption, risk & regulation, compliance management and investigations. Grace is married and loves to explore new places, cuisines and also travel through books. In her spare time, when not spending time with her family, Grace loves to give back to the society. She is an active mentor under the Global Giveback Circle (GGBC) and the Co-Organizer of TEDxRidgeways.

Marion Keinamma

Board Member

Marion is a Professional Therapist with experience in offering trauma and supportive therapy to sexually, physically and domestic assaulted survivors and their caregivers. She has worked in settings such as hospitals and prisons. She is passionate and proactive in ensuring the welfare of children and adults is holistically supported—regardless of their gender, creed, or race. She facilitates training in different settings advocating for equal rights and is actively involved in creating gender-based violence awareness through media campaigns and community sensitization.Marion believes that we are born into this world for the sake of extending God’s love and a helping hand to those who are vulnerable in our communities. She comes from years of experience at Gender Violence Recovery Centre of the Nairobi Women’s Hospital. She is pursuing her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy majoring in Child and Adolescent and Parenting Education.

Rehema Nduta Waidhima

As a developing social venturer, Nduta is extremely passionate about social impact development. Working in improving livelihoods in poor communities has been her journey for the last 7 years and counting. Nduta’s academic background in community development and environmental studies, started of at the age of 23 just before she finished her university degree. She started to put initiatives to power change. Working toward poverty alleviation, quality education, nutritious food, a good place to stay and play for children in poor communities, has been at the core of her functionality. Over time, she has constantly worked towards growing an organization that leads teams to implement a series of events that impact needy communities in underdeveloped spaces. With the teams, Nduta was able to achieve organizational growth, partnerships and relationships with like minded people to providing sustainable growth through educational platforms both in social and environmental community aspects.

Suzanne Semenye

Suzanne Semenye is the Founder and CEO of Verde Group Ltd, a bespoke marketing solutions agency in Nairobi, Kenya. She started Verde Group as an umbrella company to engage in transformative market-driven projects that are in line with her passion of improving women economic status, self awareness, business acumen and self advancement. Previously, Suzanne co-founded The Grass Company, a youth-centric, market research firm where she worked as a Director of the company for over 10 years. She is a well rounded professional with 12 years experience in qualitative insights, strategy, business management and development, team management, project management, communication development and market engagement. In the course of her work, Suzanne has consulted for various local, regional and global clients such as PEPFAR, Nation Media Group, Safaricom, Nike Foundation, Kimberly Clark, Nokia, RAB Group Malawi et al. In the past, Suzanne has worked as an Account Manager at Access Leo Burnett, a communication agency, and for Instant Grass Trend Forecasting, a South African firm. Suzanne has experience working with both public and private sectors. She has served as a volunteer panelist for various initiatives targeting young people. Suzanne is an alumni of the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program as well as the Launch And Grow Business Program for women in entrepreneurship. She currently serves on the board of PR Firm Ditshego Media PLC (South Africa). Suzanne is a graduate from University of Nairobi, BA in Sociology and Communication and is currently studying for her Masters in Business Administration at University of South Wales, UK.

Akinyi W. Ooko-Ombaka

Akinyi W. Ooko-Ombaka is an educator and operations manager at Lynk, a leading technology platform that connects thousands of informal workers to households and businesses across Nairobi. She spearheads Lynk Academy that enables workers to Get Better Everyday through training, assessment, and capacity building. Since joining Lynk in 2019, she’s managed and overseen the training of over 100 professionals, and led key initiatives to increase work wellbeing e.g. COVID-19 Cash Transfer Project, Insurance Benefit Programs, asset financing and more. Further to the Academy, she manages Lynk’s external relationships and is responsible for sourcing new project opportunities to pilot, test and scale. She recently managed a KES 8 M grant through DFID’s Kenya Catalytic Job Fund. Akinyi also supports the daily operations of Lynk’s B2C offering, and is responsible for managing 10 staff, developing strategic initiatives for 6 departments, and ensuring teams achieve the company’s strategic milestones such as generating income for workers during this pandemic through special projects like the Safe Hands Kenya Public Spaces Initiative. With 5 years of experience in program management, training, and operations, her previous work includes building operational capacity for fast-growing companies like Lori Systems to build operational capacity, consulting with INGOs like UN-Habitat to pilot Africa’s first semi-aerobic landfill, and developing vocational curriculums that have been delivered to marginalized and refugee communities in Kenya, among others. Motivated by her passion for equity, justice and access, she continues to explore and engage individuals and organizations that seek to tap and develop opportunities using Africa’s largest and most underutilized resource, its youth. She is an alumni of the Alpha Chi Omega, a fraternity devoted to cultivating impactful communities for women to connect, lead, grow and serve, and whose key philanthropic initiatives are driven by Domestic Violence awareness. She’s been a part-time volunteer with Freely in Hope since 2018.

Joanne Kobuthi-Kuria

Joanne Kobuthi-Kuria is a communications and policy specialist who is passionate about dismantling gender and economic inequalities on the African continent.Joanne is the Communications and Membership Manager at Amnesty International Kenya where she provides leadership on communications,campaign strategy & movement building.She is also a project consultant for New York based social impact organization Hive and under the hashtag #Better4Kenya seeks to amplify conversations around gender equality. She brings a wealth of experience in gender issues,policy analysis and communications strategy.A career spanning 10 years,she has worked for Non-Governmental organizations,media and the Government of Kenya. Joanne has a law degree, a Masters of Business Administration and is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Policy Management.She is a regular commentator on gender issues in Kenyan print and broadcast media.She is an avid reader with a penchant for fiction.

Master Chimbala

Founder + International Director

Master Chimbala has journeyed through various encounters of challenge, success, failure, loss, win, pain and hardship.His pivotal foundations rooted in characteristics of excellence over 20 year ago when amidst chaos, scarcity and deprivation he fostered new hope, resilient character, critical thinking and a uniquely engineered lifestyle. Master Chimbala has passionately served as a Transformational Trainer, Life Coach, Inspirational Speaker and Strategic Consultant for different organizations, communities and projects in intercultural and international spaces

Lulu Haangala

Founder + International Director

Lulu Haangala Wood is a media personality and communications consultant. She is a UN Goodwill Ambassador for Zambia and a Presidential Precinct Alumna. Lulu is a passionate advocate for equal rights and women’s empowerment. In 2008, she started the #WeKeepMoving Foundation to work with adolescents and young women.

Mwimba Simwinga

Lawyer

As a lawyer, Mwimba is passionate about philanthropic work including the empowerment of people who have been marginalized. As a board member, she supports Freely in Hope Zambia through mentoring scholars and providing legal expertise in cases affecting our work. Mwimba’s hobbies include baking, cooking, research and reading.