About Us

HISTORY

Our Story

What would you do if you heard that 11 of your friends were in prison, simply for having no place to sleep?

That was the dilemma that college students Hilliary Anderson and Megan Chao faced in 2009. While on a service trip to Kigali, Rwanda, they met a group of street boys, ages 5-17, and began bringing them food and washing their clothes – earning the name, “Mother.” While back in Washington state, Hilliary and Megan were devastated to learn from another Rwandan friend, Chantal Umutesi, that the boys had been arrested and were living in an overcrowded prison full of violent adults. Lice crawled over the mattresses. Meals came once per day. The water was dirty, and there was no toilet or latrine.

The college students knew they had to do something. The only way that the children could be released was to a home, so they searched for a local non-profit, but couldn’t find anything with the right capacity. All three women felt encouraged by God to start a grassroots organization to equip children with the resources they needed to escape homelessness and change their futures.

CHANGE

Our Approach

We have identified the six biggest issues that affect homeless youth’s long-term happiness and growth. By tackling each of these issues, we see children rise out of poverty and become role models for the next generation.

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FUTURE

Our Goals

  • EDUCATE

    To help children achieve their highest educational potential

  • EMPOWER

    To end child homelessness in Rwanda

  • REUNITE

    To reconnect children with their families/relatives

OUR PROMISE

Financial Integrity

We aim to be transparent and accountable to our donors and are committed to leverage every dollar to do the most good.

HANDS

Our Team: Rwanda

Chantal Umutesi

Executive Director – Rwanda / Co-Founder

Jeanette Uwimana

Social Worker

Marie Clarice Nyachio Kamikazi

Director of Counseling

Jean Baptiste Basabose

Residential Caretaker

Jacky Mukangendo

Residential Caretaker

Amanda Good

Sponsorship Coordinator

Jean Claude Ndatimana

Teacher

Esperance Uwineza

Accountant

Patrick

Farmer

Pauline

Caretaker

Daniella

Farm Assistant

Alphonsine Nyiramyasiro

Cook

HANDS

Our Team: USA

Megan Chao

Executive Director – US / Co-Founder

Alicia Landis Choi

Administrative Coordinator

Matthew Aina

Operations Associate – Volunteer Staff

Lisa Johnson

Social Media Coordinator – Volunteer Staff

Yaochiem Chao

Procurement Coordinator – Volunteer Staff

Kim Bonner

Event Assistant – Volunteer Staff

Megan Busek

Donor Relations Assistant – Volunteer Staff

HANDS

Our Team: Board of Directors

Christophe Mbonyingabo

Chairman, Rwandan Board

Nathan Dowling

Vice Chairman, Rwandan Board

Hilliary Anderson

Chairman, US Board / Co-Founder

Chantal Umutesi

Executive Director – Rwanda / Co-Founder

Megan Chao

Executive Director – US / Co-Founder

Chelsey Chen

US Board Member

Emily Hawthorne

US Board Member

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