Jenn Hofmann | Co-Founder / Executive Director
With more than 18 years experience in national and international non-profit work, Jenn Hofmann has traveled around the world, working with numerous indigenous cultures.As an extension of her non-profit work, Jenn produces educational and independent films and videos. Her most recent project, The Eskimo and the Whale, is to premiere in national and international film festivals and venues throughout 2013 and 2014.Jenn began working and volunteering for non-profits right out of college. She has volunteered for Alaska Native non-profits, African orphanages, worked as a special events Project Director for the United Nations and African National Congress. Jenn’s film and video production work began while residing in Johannesburg, South Africa just after the abolition of apartheid. While there, she produced a series of voter-education videos that were screened in outlying villages to encourage formerly-disenfranchised African citizens to join in the democratic process. She also produced educational films, hosted by Nelson Mandela, for the United Nations Environmental Program. Jenn served as producer for the Film Resource Unit (FRU) in Johannesburg, South Africa, a non-government organization, offering documentary films on topics such as HIV/AIDS, human rights, and women’s issues.Other film, video and multi-media clients include: PBS, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, Alaska Federation of Natives, the New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park, the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, and the Denali Commission.
Janette Hofmann | Co-Founder
Dedicated to saving and improving lives around the world, Janette Hofmann has worked to bring urgently needed health care and educational programs to children and families in Africa and the rural United States. As co-founder of Nomad Charities, Janette’s energy is focused on providing relief to the countless victims of Africa’s devastating HIV/AIDS crisis. Working with African based non-government organizations (NGO’S), Nomad Charities is working to provide communities with clean water, preventative HIV/AIDS care and treatment, family planning, basic nutrition and improved educational opportunities. Janette has more than twelve years experience in corporate and non-profit work and has given hundreds of volunteer hours to programs for needy families and children. Volunteering in orphanages in Cambodia, Thailand and Africa, Janette has cared for babies and children, many who suffered from the HIV virus. Her main focus lies in Kenya where she has volunteered with other NGO’s working with orphans and street children to help provide them with the basic necessities such as food, clothing and medical needs. Through these experiences led Janette to start the non-profit Nomad Charities in 2001. Janette’s corporate experience includes seven years in Ketchikan, Alaska, with the Cape Fox Native Corporation, where she worked closely with indigenous peoples (Tlingit, Tsimpsian, Haida, Athabascan, Yupik, and Inuit) on the preservation of cultural traditions and languages. As a volunteer, Janette offered much-needed, educational mentoring to at-risk children in the Native village of Saxman, in Southeast Alaska.
Robert Kamuga | Student Sponsorship Program Director
Robert Kamuga has been working with Nomad Charities since 2004, serving as our Student Sponsorship Program Director. He resides at Gail’s House and oversees our children that live there. Robert is responsible for overseeing all school fees, collecting grades, working with guardians and then of course with school staff on every level. Nomad is proud to have Robert on our staff!
Abed Wambua | Farming Foreman
Born in 1955 in Kenya, Abed has been farming since 1988. In 1990 he was given a job to serve as the farming foreman on a 1,000 acre farm through a grant from USAID and the Israel government. Abed was sent off to train in Israel for one years time. After, he served as the foreman in charge of irrigation and fertilizer. He worked on the farm for 10 years, until the Kenyan government stepped in and took it over.
Abed is a village elder, happily married with 2 boys and 1 girl. Abed believes in talking to trees and has taught our staff and volunteers much about how delicate it is to farm in Kibwezi. “Just talk with the plants and trees and it will all be as it should’. A wise man indeed.
Although Nomad has had a long standing relationship with Abed, he just starting working full-time for Nomad Charities in October of 2014. We look forward to a long and prosperous relation with Abed and his family.
Benjamin | Alumni Coordinator
I am Musango Benjamin, a Nomad Alumni. Nomad sponsored my secondary school education being the best pupil, in my primary school and also my university education. I have acquired a Bachelor’s degree, Bcom-Finance option, at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. I decided to have my fellow alumni and I come together to have a common goal of sharing, encouraging and supporting our younger brothers and sisters currently in primary and secondary schools as well as everyone in Africa under the Nomad Charities Organization. This is because Nomad has taught us the essence of caring for our brothers assuming their burden as ours. Nomad – Our Pride & Joy.
Rita Gwapedza | House Mother
Rita Gwapedza arrived in Kenya in 2007 after surviving the personal devastation President Robert Mugabe caused her and her family, destroying her shop and home in order to make way for an international event taking place in Harare. Everything was gone in an instant. Rita and her daughter Rufaro arrived in Kibwezi and she has served as our ‘go to‘ person ever since. While Rufaro starts boarding school, Rita lives at Gail’s House and serves as our House Mother to all our kids living there and beyond. Rita is the glue that holds everything together for our Nomad family!