MEET THE TEAM
Founder — Guelord Mbaenda
Born in Goma, Guelord has lived the experience of the war for a large part of his life, including continuous concern for the plight of children and young people affected by the war.
Guelord works on a range of peace-building issues in the eastern DRC, including the reintegration of former child soldiers, post-conflict reconstruction and the local acceptance of the external actors.
Guelord holds an MA in Peace-building from the University of Coventry, UK, a diploma in Executive Management of Non-profit Organizations from Columbia University in New York, and a BA in Development Management from the Higher Institute of Informatics and Management in Goma, DR Congo. Guelord speaks Swahili, French and English.
Executive Director — Mukengerwa Bahati Julien
Along with his educational background, from 2008 when he was in the 6th primary , he started volunteering driven by the commitment to contribute to change face to the violence that is everywhere and has become a means of expression and defense in his local community which is heavily conflict affected.
He had the chance to follow different courses and attend seminars and activities on gender, sexual violence,monitoring and advocacy, peace and leadership, negotiation and conflict resolution.Currently he continues studies in medecine.
Board of Directors
Janvier is a lawyer and trained human rights activist. He has contributed to the development of the original mission of ADECOP and maintains an advisory role with management team.
Janvier’s work is focused on the protection of the rights of children and young people as economic agents in a context of war economies and transation.
Thérèse participated in the creation of ADECOP and is a key advisor. Thete has worked with Maendeleo ya Jamii. This community organization consists of young women, girls and boys from vulnerable households in the Goma region who seek to improve their living conditions and social participation through education on gender issues, health promotion, micro-savings, and promotion of livelihood activities. She has worked with World Vision International in eastern DRC.
Thete holds an undergraduate degree in development with a specialization in the empowerment of women in social and economic development.