ABOUT WHISPERING HOPE AFRICA INITIATIVE

 

It all started by standing with the neglected and stigmatized - working as Couple/HIV counselors, we came in contact with People Living with HIV (PLHIV), who had given up hope in life- on marriage, career, business, education, human rights etc. They faced discrimination and stigmatization even from families and healthcare workers; expulsion from school; lost of jobs, businesses, family disintegration etc. Their plights ignited our passion; their predicament touched us and, thus, moved us seek for more skills on how to upturn the potentials in them and transform their lives, change the negative experiences they undergo and make them productive in life so they be able to afford their basic/health needs and enjoy life like every other person.

WHAI, journeyed personally with every HIV infected person we came in contact with through which we changed the lives of many PLHIV. Decline in new HIV infection occured; however, there is need to manage those already infected and affected who suffer socio-economic challenges and have no sustainable means of income. Hence WHAI specifically focuses on capacity building and providing employment/empowerment opportunities to indigent PLHIV and women and youth living in disadvantaged communities.

The goal is to educate, empower and provide entrepreneurial opportunities. WHAI is addressing gaps in the provision of capacity building resources for youth in disadvantaged communities, thus providing a platform designed to inspire, motivate, mentor and empower them to achieve their best and become financially independent and exceptional leaders.

WHAI is registered with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC/IT/N0 68226) and Ministry of Women Affairs, Anambra State.

In the past years, WHAI without any formal grant has impacted lives of the poor living with HIV/AIDS and won two global awards doing so.

ORGANIZATIONAL SET-UP 

WHAI has engaged professionals who know their responsibilities and people who work together towards common goals in accordance to making the world a better place for the PLHIV and vulnerable communities.

The organization is headed by an Executive Director who is assisted by a Secretary & Program Manager, five board of trustee members, coordinating team, advisory board and a number of other officers and volunteers.

The Advisory board is the idea-engines of WHAI. The members give pro bono expertise advise on fund raising, technical assistance, assessment of a program's impact and serving as a public advocate for WHAI. 

The Board of Trustees develops each WHAI program to its full potential. Foreseeing problems, handling risk management, identifying goals, setting up outlines for each program and describing how they should be run; issuing orders and giving directives, as well as keeping eyes on performances.
The Coordinating Team arranges internally and assists in the implementation of planned activities within the administration. The team coordinator is responsible for the proper execution of project activities. Capacity-building of the staff and volunteers involved is an important aspect within the organizational setup.

Meet the Team

Engr. Emmanuel Nwachukwu

Member, Board of Trustee

ENGR. EMMANUEL NWACHUKWU -   Nwachukwu is a Project Coordinator at Aurora Health, in Milwaukee Wisconsin. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at Lakeland College in Wisconsin and has held several positions in the IT industry since graduation from college. He had 4 years work experience at New Horizon Computer Learning Center in Wisconsin as a Management Information System (MIS) from 1996 to 1999, from 2000 to 2010 at Chrysler Corporation, Kenosha Engine Plant as an Information Systems Administrator.

Mr. Nwachukwu work as guardian to her daughter's charity, Project Motherland during which they carried a medical mission to Kayunga, Uganda. Mr. Nwachukwu enjoys volunteering and was a regular volunteer in Wisconsin High Schools during his time at Chrysler teaching African Culture with emphasis on Nigerian culture.  Mr. Nwachukwu has a passion in helping young people.

Dr. Godswill Agada

Chairman, Board of Trustee

Dr. Agada is an expert physician in public health, project management and M&E and currently with the FHI360, Abuja. Previously he has worked with the following organizations, Centre for Integrated Health Programs (CIHP); International Centre for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP-CU) as a Clinical Advisor; USAID supported HIV/AIDS program under FHI/GHAIN project as a Technical officer, Anambra Zonal office and in Republique du Niger under the South-South Health Care delivery programs of the Non Align Movement Countries (G77)

He holds a MBBS Degree from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and a Masters Degree in Health Management from the Benue State University.

Nkechi Udegboka Tessie

Executive Director

Tessie is a Public Health Nurse and a UN Volunteer with over 10 years experience the developmental sector. She is an entrepreneur cum activist. Her activism is focused on alleviating the economic and social burden of women and youth living in the slums and rural communities. 

She is a Fellow of PEPFAR Health Professionals, and among the 110 emerging women leaders selected globally in 2014 to participate in a two-year VVLead Fellowship program with funding support by UK’s government’s DFID. Through her numerous volunteer activities, she has worked to foster sense of brighter future among women and youths, and had impacted and changed the lives of many living with HIV. 

In 2012, she received a global award in Arizona, USA for significantly impacting her community (resource-limited setting) and demonstration of outstanding leadership and innovation. She has attended and presented scientific papers in over 10 international conferences. 

She is certified in Entrepreneurship Management both from Northwestern University and Pan Atlantic University. 

Tessie is a Mandela Washington Fellow; World Bank WomenX Scholar and belong to a couple of professional networks. She is also a trained journalist and has many publications to her credit. She has dedicated her life to volunteering for social change and determined to succeed in her vision.

Dr. Ngozi Arinze

Secretary, Board of Trustees

Dr. Arinze Ngozi is a medical doctor. She has undergone various training and courses on HIV/AIDS management and worked as HIV Clinical Officer. She is very passionate about Public Health issues and has organized Sensitization health care talks at many villages, schools, churches, markets and among various groups about HIV and other important public health issues. 

Dr Arinze Ngozi has received a lot of Academic Awards and Honors, including The David Stears Memorial Prize for Excellent Academic performance from Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent England  (MSc Health Promotion and Public Health with Distinction) 2013. -

She holds an MB,BS Degree from the University of Nigeria Enugu Campus and a Masters Degree in Health promotion and Public Health from Canterbury Christ Church University Kent, England. She currently lives and work in England.

Dr. Assumpta Omenichekwe

Member, Boaard of Trustee

Assumpta migrated to the United States of America after her high school in Nigeria, where she received a Bachelors of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She finished her Masters at Alderson-Broaddus College now West Virginia University.  She acquired Doctorate in Medicine (MD) from the University of Science, Arts and Technology at Montserrat, Olverston Montserrat, British West Indies. 

Dr. Assumpta works as a Physician Associate in Maryland, USA. She likes volunteering (Meals on Wheels and American Cancer Society) traveling and enjoys engaging in medical missions.

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