Providing for the physical and educational needs of children

Grace Bridgewater

CEO and Founder of Msingi wa Tumaini.Grace is a child protection social worker in South Wales. She completed her undergraduate degree in Social Work  at Oxford Brookes University. She is currently undertaking her Masters in Children Young People and Families Wellbeing at the same establishment. She received a Certificate in Community Development and Counselling from the Mombasa Polytechnic in 2005 and a Higher Diploma in Guidance and Counselling Psychology from Kenya Methodist University in 2006. She has extensive experience in working with both national and international organisations, including Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the National Council of Churches of Kenya, the Kenya Institute of Professional Counsellors and UNICEF, among others. As a Programs Officer for UNICEF Kenya from 2007 to 2008, she was instrumental in creating child-friendly spaces and offering trauma counselling during the post-election violence in Kenya. As the first child in a family of 24 children to access University education, Grace believes that education is the way out of poverty for children in Uyoma.

Gail Lansdown

Director of Communication. Gail graduated from the University of Exeter with an MSc in Healthcare Education in 1998 and directed the BPhil programme in Hong Kong for 2 years until 2000 whilst working at the School of Postgraduate Medicine, Exeter University. She has been working at Oxford Brookes University for the past 13 years, initially as Programme Lead and Course Director for various degree programmes, both at BSc (Hons) and MSc level, in Hong Kong. In 2011 she was appointed as Principal Lecturer, UK and International Academic Collaborations within the Faculty of Health and Life Science. She is a keen traveller and, as well as many years working in Hong Kong, has also worked in Malaysia and Nairobi with Nairobi Hospice. In her work in the UK, she has supported many MSc public health students in their dissertations and has an interest in public health issues in Sub-Saharan Africa. As a mother and a grandmother, Gail strongly believes that children should be brought up in a loving and safe environment where they have access to food, water, shelter and education

 

Professor Todd Huffman

Director of Education. Todd Huffman is a professor of Physics at Oxford University and a tutorial fellow of Lady Margaret Hall (one of Oxford’s colleges). His research is in high energy particle physics and also in the development of radiation hard sensors and electronic data acquisition systems for sub-atomic particles. His research projects use the ATLAS detector which is located 100 meters under ground near Geneva Switzerland at one of the collision points of the Large Hadron Collider, a 27 km circumference ring just outside the city.

He has previously held the positions of Director of Graduate studies for Physics and Chair of Examiners as well as served as an elected member of the Buildings and Estates Subcommittee for the University.

He has been involved in a variety of outreach activities for A-level and post GCSE secondary school students throughout his time at Oxford.

Jill Childs

Member of the Advisory Board for Msingi wa Tumaini. Jill has a background in working with homeless people, particularly those who are disenfranchised and excluded from service provision.

She graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 1996 with a Diploma in Social work and a BA Hons in Applied Social Science.

Jill went on to work in the field of mental health and worked in both voluntary and statutory sector agencies as a social worker, and became the lead practitioner for Dual Diagnosis in the Mental Health Care Trust. During this time she graduated with a Masters degree in Mental Health and the Practice Teaching Award.

Before starting her current role as a senior lecturer at the Oxford Brookes University. Jill went on to manage the award winning Elmore Team.Jill has spent much of her adult life travelling in East and South Africa and has developed a keen interest in working to support people and communities from this area of the world.

Lillian Omolo

Administrator for Msingi wa Tumaini in Kenya. She has a Diploma in Business Management and a Certificate in Business Administration from the Kenya Institute of Management and a Certificate in Computer Studies from Wantech Computer College. Lillian has worked as an Administrator for an investment company and is a member of St. John Ambulance Nairobi Region, serving as a Corp Staff Officer responsible for managing the adult section of the corp. Lillian is a firm believer in the principles that underlie the Convention on the Rights of the Child and is dedicated to bettering the lives of the orphans and vulnerable children in the village of Uyoma. She has been instrumental in setting up the feeding programme at Gagra Primary School and is working hard to make Msingi wa Tumaini’s projects successful and beneficial for those in need.

 

Nicholas Bridgewater

Director of Operations for Msingi wa Tumaini. Nicholas works abroad in different projects that support native speakers to learn English as a second language. He also a lecturer in English language. He graduated from the University of Manchester in 2009 with a BA(Hon) degree in Middle Eastern Languages and went on to complete a Masters degree in Linguistics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, in 2010. He also received a Trinity Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL) in December 2010. He became involved with charity-work in Kenya after making several trips to Uyoma to visit his in-laws, becoming increasingly aware of the desperate situation of the orphans and vulnerable children in the area, many of whom suffer from HIV and Aids. As a parent, he strongly believes that no child should go hungry and that all children should be enabled to discover their innate potential through literacy, numeracy, vocational and moral training. In his spare time, Nicholas also volunteers to record public domain literature for LibriVox.

 

Dr Jilly Martin

Member of the Advisory Board for Msingi wa Tumaini. Jilly has worked in psychology for a long time and has always been interested in international public health issues. Her work has focussed around understanding human behaviour that is related to health and well-being, encapsulating physical, psychological and social aspects. She believes that in all societies and communities, that these factors are the lynchpin of optimal growth and development, both individually and as a group. Throughout her career as a university lecturer and researcher, she has worked closely with children and adolescents, and their families, and also with health professionals and students. Her passion is in applying psychological principles to understand behaviour and attitudes, which brings with it the potential for achieving positive changes that will enable and empower individuals and communities to thrive.