Meet Our People

We have a small, dedicated team of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to make sure we are able to help as many children as possible. 

Murielle Maupoint


I am privileged to lead the Hope for Children team in enabling some of the most vulnerable children across the world to have the chance of a positive, happy and healthy childhood. Whether visiting our work in Sri Lanka, The Philippines or Uganda, it never ceases to inspire me to witness the courage, determination and aspiration of the children we work with and it is an honour to be part of their lives. I am passionate about people, entrepreneurship, innovation and social justice and, I believe every one of us can do things we never imagined possible. 

Migena Kovaci

Finance Manager

I first started volunteering with Hope for Children in 2005 after I moved to the UK from Albania. In 2006, I became a full time member of staff as Financial and Database Administrator, quickly progressing into the role of Finance Manager, and am now responsibile for the administration and coordination of all the charity’s finances. I have 13 years of experience in non profit sector covering areas of financial, office, project management, HR and research. I studied International Development at Andrews University, USA, have a Bachelors degree in agricultural engineering and a Masters degree in agricultural management.

Rose Walker

Trusts & Foundations Manager

I joined Hope for Children in February 2015 and am responsible for building relationships with trusts, charitable foundations and government departments to partner with and support our work. With a background in research, monitoring, evaluation and policy development, I work closely with Ruth, Arpita and international partners to develop robust programmes of work that can demonstrate real impact for the children we want to help and build and share our understanding of ‘what works’. When not in office I love being outside (wide open spaces make me feel happy), yoga and running.

Arpita De

Programmes & Partnerships Manager

I joined Hope for Children in February 2015 as a Programmes & Partnerships Manager responsible for India, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. After my MSc in Geography, intrigued by international development issues, I did another MSc in Population & Development at LSE. I have over 15 years’ experience in programme management, project coordination, communications and advocacy in South Asia, East Africa, Far East and the UK. Thanks to my extensive field experience, including working with communities and other NGOs, I have acquired particular interest and expertise in health, WASH, gender equality and rights issues.

Ed Fletcher

Head of Fundraising & Communications

I am fortunate enough to lead the fundraising & communications teams, with a specific responsibility for the operations and strategy of these departments. I have been part of Hope for Children since July 2012, and since then have launched our student programme – Your Uni, Their Lives - and our corporate partnerships strategy – Your Business, Their Lives. These days you’ll find me organising events like The Hope Ball, talking to our supporters about the lifechanging work they make happen, or taking part in (almost) any of our challenge events!

Maz di Felice

Fundraising & Events Assistant

I have had the amazing opportunity to take a placement year out of my studies from University to plunge into the charity work life here at Hope for Children. Luckily, being part of the student fundraising team along with Vicky and Zara, I’ve not strayed too far. I’ve loved every minute working here and have had the opportunity to get involved in a range of different events outside of the student sector. I mean who else can say they held Andy Murray’s racket whilst it was being auctioned at the Hope Ball?

Vicky Wallace

Fundraising Manager

My Hope for Children journey began in 2014 as a volunteer intern. After graduating from Manchester University in 2015, I came back to work full-time in the fundraising department, where I now look after our student, challenge and community events. Whilst it’s hard to tell from my accent, I’m actually a born-and-bred Geordie so moved across the country to work at Hope. Shortly after moving, I was lucky enough to visit one of our projects and see first-hand the incredible work our local partners do on the ground. So whilst I am far from my family here, it’s worth it to not only love my job, but also empower communities to make real change in children’s lives.

Rosa Penetra

Finance Officer

I joined Hope for Children in September 2015 as Finance Officer and Database Administrator.  As right hand support to Migena, I deal with the day to day accounting duties and other ad hoc work, as and when required. I am AAT and CIMA Level two qualified, with more than 20 years accountancy experience in both Practice and Corporate settings. My idea of relaxation revolves around spending quality time socialising with my family and close friends, hosting a mean New Years Party or two. Other hidden talents include my competitive home baking skills. So stand aside Mary Berry – here comes Rosa!!

Emma Jeans

Philanthropy & Partnerships Manager

I joined Hope for Children in October 2017 with more than 12 years’ experience in the Charity Sector. I have been privileged to work for both UNICEF and Save the Children, and more recently national charity Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. My focus has been primarily Corporate Fundraising and employee engagement. I have lived in India and travelled to several African countries for both work and pleasure, international development and child rights are my passion and I wish to see a world where every child feels safe, loved, free from exploitation and has access to quality education, healthcare, clean water and adequate sanitation provision. I am delighted to be part of the team at Hope for Children.

Ruth Ogier

Programmes & Partnerships Manager

I joined Hope for Children in May 2013 as a Programme & Partnerships Manager. I am responsible for our programme work in Uganda, Ghana and Kenya. I graduated with a degree in African History and after working in the voluntary sector went on to train as a Youth & Community worker.  I have 15 years experience working and volunteering with a variety of community development, human rights and international development organisations in London and Africa, including spending 2 ½ years in Nairobi, Kenya.

Zara Bokhari

Fundraising & Events Assistant

I started at Hope for Children as a Fundraising Intern in September 2017. On my first day, I was thrown into running our stall at the inaugural Wanderlust Festival in London and since then I haven't looked back. What was supposed to be a 3-month internship has now been extended until July 2018 and I couldn't be happier. Since January, I've teamed up with Vicky and Maz to support our awesome fundraisers who are taking part in everything from marathons across the desert to climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. If you're ever in the office and hear someone singing (occasionally in tune!), that's probably me. 

Jeevani Fernando

Sri Lanka Country Coordinator

I joined the Hope for Children team in 2007. Presently, I am working as the Country Coordinator for our Sri Lankan projects, working closely with the Hope for Children UK team to ensure the delivery of an effective programme of activities. I oversee projects focused on early childhood, education, children & women's empowerment, HIV & terminal illnesses, as well as our work with children with disabilities. I have over 15 years experience in the social services sector. My aim is to uphold needy, isolated children & families in society to better their lives, and I take great pride in carrying out my services to them. My favourite sport is badminton, and I enjoy reading, and also seeing the beauty of nature.

Immaculate Kiiza

Uganda Country Director

My role contributes to the overall strategy, mission, vision and objectives, what I do directly impacts on the overall performance of the organization. My main tasks are; office operational management, program management, child safeguarding, policy development, publicity, fundraising and finance. I love reading, I think I will read anything provided it catches my attention, I love children and so I have a lot of activities I do out of work that primarily involves children, and I do love dancing. I have been told I danced in my Mama’s womb as well and I believe the story… I am very open minded, sometimes I surprise even myself. I can’t say I dislike something so strongly that it takes my peace, but integrity is very key to me.

Joyce Nakanwagi

Uganda Progamme Coordinator

My role is to coordinate Walk to School activities including; education, food/nutrition support, health, psychotherapy, basic care and family re-integration. I also address child related abuse cases, birth registration, supporting and strengthening family systems. Working with parents involves income generating activities/economic  support, organizing training and supplying information on community-based health care, child protection and rights and HIV/AIDS. I built-up experience working in the field of children and adolescents from different organizations with multifaceted programs.  I like travelling, listening to music, reading life inspiration literature and jogging.

Violet Namusisi

Uganda Community Facilitator

My   role  and  aim  is  to use  my  experience   to  achieve  the  vision  for  the  organisation.  Formally I was active in identification and linkage of children in the community in need of Hope for Children services.  Currently I do home and school visits to follow up on absentees and take sick children to the health facilities depending on their condition. I also help with the family reunification program. Formally I was a community health worker, secretary for environment in Namuwongo community.  I love watching TV, praying, going to the beach, listening to music and engaging in debates.

Andrew Epenu

Uganda Social Work Coordinator

My role is to build, bridge and strengthen ties with organizations and individuals both within the Government and Non-governmental scope that will facilitate a childhood that provides a solid foundation for all the children we work with in the Namuwongo community. My work involves community visits and constant personal interactions with the children, their teachers, local leaders, the police, parents as well as my colleagues. Today I realize that the work that Hope for Children is involved in, not only impacts the child, but also involves parents and transforms a community’s attitude towards children, so I am now part of a long term work that will prevent the problem of ‘street children’. I love History, so I take pleasure in documentaries or a good biography. I love good classical music, too bad if I don’t understand what Pavarotti is saying or the rest of them. I just find that it’s a taste of Heaven, please forgive me if I don’t sound African…. I am as African as they get!

James Kalema

Uganda Office Security & Messenger

My major role  is to make sure the office and property are secure and safe both during the day and night, my other role during the day is to insure that the offices are clean and conducive for the other staff to work in. I also enjoy keeping the compound grass and concrete neat and tidy. Other than that I also serve as an office messenger within and outside the  office. Growing up I always wanted to keep animals and I had fun herding cows because when I was out there in the bushes and open fields there was a particular hill that served as our amusement park. I also love the gymnasium and keeping fit that’s why am still fit today.

Susan Kajubi

Uganda Accountant

Marilyn Geraghty

Finance Volunteer

After retiring from many years in finance and marketing, I joined Hope for Children as a volunteer in 2014 helping out Migena and Rosa together with Mei in the Finance department, mainly with the downloading and preparation of reports for donations and Payroll Giving. A great team to work with!

Mei Wise

Finance Volunteer

Adam Dickens

International Photographer Volunteer

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