Love the Kids Foundation’s Leadership Team governs the work of the Foundation. It shapes the Love the Kids Foundation’s direction through its mission, vision and strategies. This leadership team meets formally four times each year, as well as between the regular meetings as needed to conduct the Foundation’s core programs.
Jean Claude Muhire works to drive the mission and works of Love the Kids Foundation. Prior to Love the Kids Foundation, He previously volunteered at the former Kimisagara Orphanage, a post-genocide children’s center which was founded in 1997 and closed in 2014. His job was to assist the founder director with daily management of the center, translation and correspondence, care-taking and reintegration of needy children in families.
As a social entrepreneur with over 5 years of experience, He has demonstrated a strong commitment to advocating for a social positive change by supporting less fortunate children to access quality education, and by using my stories to break the silence and fight against violence perpetrated against young women and girls. He is a better known filmmaker, a published author, and a certified peer educator in his community. He has received several recognition of my works including being: Africa Youth Award Winner 2016 for Leader of the Year, International Winner for the 2015 Global Dialogues Contest, 2016 Queen’s Young Leader Highly Commended Runner Up and more. He has attended different workshops, training, forums, conferences, and summits at both local, continental, and international levels. Jean Claude is an alumnus of the Global Youth Connect 2017 and is a ‘Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) scholar’, a flagship program of former US President Barack Obama for Young African Leaders.
Placide Murindangwe works to shape and implement the strategic direction of Love the Kids Foundation. Prior to serving LKF, Placide was Co-founder and Managing Director of TRANSAC Ltd, a company established in 2012 to deal with linguistic and general arts services in Rwanda. Prior to founding TRANSAC Ltd, Placide served as a professional translator and interpreter. In September 2015, He assisted Questlane’s Team of multi-lingual people to translate LIZA, a screenplay which was written by Jean Claude Muhire, from Kinyarwanda to English. He previously worked as Key Populations Coordinator at Health Development Initiatives (HDI), a Rwandan non-governmental organization which strives to improve both the quality and accessibility of healthcare for all Rwandans through advocacy, education, and training. Prior to working at HDI Rwanda, Placide was in charge of coordinating different projects aimed at promoting the rights and health of marginalized people. He has attended a lot of trainings, seminars, open discussions and forums, as well as national consultations on promoting the health and rights of marginalized people.
He has sound experience in administration, project planning and management as well as strong communication and diplomacy skills. He has an intense passion for serving the community, especially those who are marginalized and in despair. He holds a bachelor degree in Arts, Media and Social Sciences from the National University of Rwanda.
Chantal Mukamana promotes and oversees the day-to-day operations of the Love the Kids Foundation. Prior to serving LKF, Chantal was a modern farmer best known for her banana plantation which is planted in Huye District, Southern Province of Rwanda.
Previously, she served 4 years as a Customer Care Officer at Zain Group South Sudan, a mobile telecommunication company which provides service to millions of people in 8 countries across the Middle East and North Africa. Chantal was instrumental in helping the company significantly increase its customer base. Chantal was inspired by a few people who spend their heartful times to work on behalf of the poor, marginalized, and vulnerable. She serves to support children of Love the Kids Foundation.
Jean Claude Rukundo is Treasurer of the Love the Kids Foundation. Rukundo was born and raised in Bujumbura, the capital city of Burundi. Both of his parents, originally born in Rwanda, were then living in exile in Burundi because of the country’s history in 1959. His chidhood was marked by the lack of a familiar support and , after losing his father at 6, Rukundo and his poor mother began to live a life of hardship. After completing a bachelor’s degree, He went through different trainings including financial literacy, entrepreneurship and IT essentials.
From November 2011 to September 2015, Rukundo served as a Child Protection Officer at the Project RW250 of Compassion International, a child-advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible and fulfilled adults. He was in charge of teaching and coaching children and young adults. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Kigali Independent University.
Addis plays an arbitration role between members and the different organs of LKF. He describes himself as a “simple, lucky, and godforsaken man”. Addis lost his father at a young age but was raised by his grandmother who provided him with a good education. This helped him to grow up physically, mentally and spiritually. He is a freelance performing artist of poetry and story at Spoken Word Rwanda. He fights so hard for the betterment of disadvantaged and abandoned children. He believes that all children should not be deceived of their biological parents irrespective of their historical backgrounds. He currently studies at the University of Lay Adventists Nyanza Campus.