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.

Freely In Hope


Equipping survivors and advocates to lead in ending sexual violence.


Ending the cycle of sexual violence.


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We believe that dignity is inherent to humanity and it cannot be taken away by poverty, violence or oppression.

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

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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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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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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

global leaders

Founder + International Director, US

Africa Regional Director, Kenya

Program Director, Kenya


Lead Storyteller, US


Mental Health Specialist

Social Worker

Malkia Program Coordinator

Child Protection Coordinator



Child Protection Coordinator

Social Worker

Community Educator

Community Educator



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Nikole Lim

Founder + International Director

Nikole Lim is a speaker, educator, and author of the book, Liberation is Here. 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 she desires to see every person realize the transformative power of their own story. As the Founder and International Director of Freely in Hope, 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 bachelor’s degree in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University and a master’s in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is a student in Embodied Contemplative Psychotherapy through the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science. She is a native of the Bay Area and can often be found buying African fabric on the streets of Nairobi.

Trizah Waiyaki

Operations & Development Director

Trizah Gakwa is passionate about authentic, transformational leadership that sees the potential in people and organizations and courageously nurtures it. She has over 10 years of experience supporting the growth and sustainability of different organizations. As the Strategic Growth Director, she fosters a healthy team culture that anchors our work and provides strategic leadership to promote growth, build partnerships and sustain impact. Her first degree is a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and she is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership. Of life’s many gifts, she’s really grateful for her children – 8-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter. She loves to dance her way through life!

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.

Jean Nangwala

Lead Storyteller

Jean Nangwala is a singer, speaker, survivor-advocate, and creative content producer. She was born and raised in Lusaka, Zambia. Her passion for social justice stems from her personal experience of injustice and witnessing the same inequality across the globe. She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a minor in Media Studies. During her undergraduate studies, Jean volunteered with a juvenile facility in Cape Town, survivors of sexual violence in Nairobi, and creatives using art for community transformation in Barcelona. She has also worked with The Salvation Army International Social Justice Commission in New York City. Partnering to End Human Trafficking in Connecticut and is currently working as the Lead Storyteller for Freely in Hope located in the Bay Area. Through her experiences, she has witnessed the gravity that broken systems can have on the lives of the vulnerable. Her passion is empowering women to come together and alleviate systems that perpetuate social injustice. She loves using art to inspire others to find liberation. To learn more, check out her YouTube Channel, Tales of a Black Girl.

Joan Ngaruiya


Joan’s great passion is working with people who have been through traumatic experiences. She supports their journeys toward healing—ultimately helping them rediscover themselves as strong dignified individuals. As the Mental Health Specialist at Freely in Hope, she brings with her over 10 years of experience. She believes in empowering survivors through varied trauma-informed interventions, to help raise the next generation of survivor-leaders who will champion the end of violence. Joan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Daystar University (Kenya) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She is certified in various therapy modalities like TF-CBT, and recently became a certified TRE provider® Outside of work, she loves reading a good book and enjoying some quiet time.

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.

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Child Protection Coordinator
Koki is passionate about empowering communities to make informed choices on how to prevent and respond to sexual abuse by creating and sharing trauma-informed resources. She has four years of survivor leadership experience co-creating curricula and content that have been used to teach children and teenagers to prevent and respond to sexual abuse. As our Child Protection Coordinator, she uses her creativity, public speaking, and leadership skills to create and lead programs that help children understand body autonomy, sexuality, and how to recognize and report sexual abuse. She also equips parents, caregivers, practitioners, and the general public with relevant knowledge to help them prevent and respond to child sexual abuse.

Inspired by her desire to support others just as she was, she obtained a degree in Social Work. Koki is also a Freely in Hope alumni, class of 2021. In her spare time, she enjoys writing and is quite an accomplished poet. She is a doting aunt to her beautiful niece and enjoys fanning her dream of being a model.  

Beryl Injeni


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.

Magdalene Chikanya

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.

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.

Bupe Mwaba

Peer Educator

Bupe is passionate about ending early marriages in her community because she has witnessed many girls being forced into marriage without consent. She has experience working with children as a caregiver in her community. She has been a longtime member of Freely in Hope’s Super Girls Revolution programs in Zambia, and knows first-hand what being a part of Super Girls Revolution means—a life-changing experience that gave her a platform to learn about empowerment. Being a Peer Educator at Freely in Hope gives her an opportunity to impact girls in her community and prevent child marriages so that girls can achieve their dreams at their own pace.

Salomy Siachumbu

Peer Educator

Salomy is passionate about preventing sexual violence and ending child marriages in her community. Her goal is to study Psychology and become a Psychotherapist so that she can continue working and impacting lives in her community. Salomy has been a member of Super Girls Revolution since 2019 and is now a Peer Educator.

Esther Mwale


Esther Mwale is a ZICA Licentiate Accountant with seventeen years of expertise in Non-Governmental Organisations across Zambia. Esther generally oversees the financial health of Freely in Hope in Zambia and helps to ensure its continued viability. Esther has successfully managed funds for donor funding organisations such as United States AID for International Development, Swedish International Development AID, PEPFAR, Zambia Nation AIDS Council Network (Global Fund), HIVOs, Chemonics International and Viiv Healthcare Foundation of UK. Esther is a formidable force in the office, and she uses her upbeat attitude and boundless energy to motivate people to work hard and achieve success. Esther finds daily inspiration in her enthusiasm for assisting others and elevating others professionally. Esther enjoys visiting vulnerable people in the community, baking, and reading in her free time.

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

Leah Anwanyu


Leah Anyanwu is a Program Specialist at the LEGO Foundation in Denmark where she supports parenting and early childhood development & education (ECDE) projects with a focus on East Africa. She started her career as an early childhood educator in the United States and then spent five years working in Sub-Saharan Africa supporting school leaders, governments, and NGOs to reimagine education systems. She is a fierce advocate for child protection and believes that all children deserve access to safe and joyful spaces. Leah holds a Masters Degree in Education from Binghamton University. She also holds a Masters Degree in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Certificate in Child Protection from The Harvard François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights.

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.

Mwazilinda Chilongo


Mwazilinda has worked in the project management space focusing on Juvenile Justice social support and advocacy for 4 years. She has also worked in the legal fraternity as her academic background is in Law. Currently, Mwazilinda is a project officer at a community-based NGO, which is a Zambian human rights organization focused on assisting juveniles in conflict with the law through legal representation, social support and advocacy. Her primary role is to achieve their project deliverables by leading internal communications, planning, and implementing project activities and reporting. With a legal background and experience, Mwazilinda has developed a deep sense of understanding of the complex legal issues and challenges faced by children and other vulnerable groups and what legal positions are open to them. Mwazilinda’s exposure to maligned and vulnerable minorities has also etched a desire to align her career to developmental, advocacy, and social work. In this regard, she is pursuing a Master’s degree in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Lusaka.

Jessica Chisompola


Jessica Chisompola is a digital financial services expert, and consultant who is passionate about driving digital innovations and financial inclusion for the underserved segments. She has served in different capacities and built strong strategic partnerships with stakeholders, decision makers, and business leaders in both the public, and private sector including, financial services, mining, energy, IT, Financial technology, agriculture, developmental and non-profit sectors. Jessica leads the Strategic Alliances department at the Zambia National Commercial Bank Plc commonly known as Zanaco, where she is responsible for establishing and managing strategic partnerships in various business sectors and industries across Zambia and the Region. Prior to her joining Zanaco, Jessica held several positions including Head Business Development, Communication and Strategy and Regional Manager – North at the Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants (ZICA) where she was responsible for Strategy, Business Development, Customer Services, Communication and Stakeholder management. Her interests include mentoring, coaching, reading, agriculture, cooking, leadership training and facilitation, and business consultancy. She currently sits on the Boards/Committees of Transparency International Zambia (TI-Z), Ubuntu.Lab Institute Limited, and the Association for Digital Finance Practitioners (ADFP). Jessica holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (BBA) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) both obtained from the Copperbelt University (CBU), and is a holder of the Certified Digital Finance Practitioners (CDFP) qualification from Digital Frontiers Institute and Tufts University.

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.

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.

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.

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

Chanda Chatongo


Chanda Chime – Katongo is a banker with more than 20 years of experience with 12 years in senior positions. She is currently the Head of Client Solutions, Corporate Communications and Marketing ZANACO PLC. Prior to joining ZANACO, Chanda worked for Standard Chartered Bank for 15 years and Stanbic Bank for 6 years in various capacities ranging from Public Relations, Reputational Risk, Communications, Corporate Affairs, Government Relations, Strategic Partnerships, Stakeholder Management, Product Development, Customer Experience and Women’s Banking, only to name a few. Chanda is an accomplished professional with good organizational, decision making and time management skills and has a proven track record of consistently meeting and regularly surpassing demanding performance goals. She has a Global Executive MBA from Manchester University, a Bachelor of Business Studies from Greenwich University in the United Kingdom as well as an Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Chanda is an avid reader who enjoys traveling, good music, and arts and culture.

Stacy Mwaura

Survivor Care Supervisor

Stacy is skilled, experienced, and passionate about working in spaces that give people opportunities to fully thrive knowing that they are loved, seen, and cared for. She is a versatile, goal-oriented Program Lead with experience supporting the strategic direction of people projects, setting and monitoring budgets, and managing teams while achieving overall organization goals and exceeding expectations. Stacy is a multi-talented team leader and player, excellent at building effective and productive working relationships across the divide. Stacy is currently taking a Master’s degree program in Counselling Psychology to apply psychological theories and principles to developing work systems, cultures, and programs for people to thrive from a place of health. She focused on increasing productivity in teams through sustainable work systems and culture to achieve overall organization goals.

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