Delphin heads up the BOR team in Burundi. He's well qualified for the task. Delphin has a Public Health degree and Masters in Public Health Engineering in Sciences from Nancy University in Lorraine France. Professionally, Delphin has 16 years experience leading Concern's health and nutrition programs in Burundi.
Delhpin is also Senior Pastor for Maranatha Mission Church headquartered in Bujumbura. In addition to his proven track record in field level project management, Pastor Delphin is heavily involved in providing technical support and advocacy at the national level in Burundi. Delphin is a member of several committees and technical working groups chaired by the Ministry of Health in Burundi.
Emile has been involved with Burundi Orphan Relief from the beginning. Emile coordinates follow up of BOR beneficiaries and in-home visitation.
In addition, Emile has assumed the role of Finance and Administrative Manager for Maranatha Mission International Church. In his spare time, he works as the Financial Manager for a local private restaurant in Bujumbura.
Emile has degrees in Economics, and Human Sciences and has attended a 4 month missionary course with an emphasis on community development and volunteerism. We are fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers as Emile, Alex and Valerie.
Alex is a man of many talents and interests. He has attained a secondary degree in Mathematics and Physics and a university diploma in Agronomony. Alex will complete his Nursing degree in 2016.
Until 2014, Alex was the Administrative and Finance Manager of Maranatha Mission Church. His managerial and financial expertise has been instrumental in assisting Delphin in managing BOR from its inception in 2005.
Valerie brings a wealth of experience working with children to her volunteer efforts with BOR. Valerie has an Education degree and 37 years experience working as a primary school teacher with the Ministry of Education in Burundi.
In addition, Valerie has 7 years experience working with SOS Burundi to support children and adults with HIV/AIDS. Valerie brings her counseling skills to BOR and has trained Sunday School teachers for Maranatha Mission International Church.
As with Alex and Emile, Valerie has been with BOR from the beginning - lending her talents and expertis with home visits and counseling to BOR children and families.
Tom started Burundi Orphan Relief following a trip to Burundi with Pastor Jeremy Self in 2005. Poverty was expected bbut not the incredible spirit of our Burundi hosts. We learned about the needs that civil war and HIV/AIDS brought and how far a dollar could stretch to change lives in Burundi. With that revelation, the seeds of BurundiOrphan Relief were planted. Firmly believing that Burundians know what they need better than Americans, Tom partnered with Delphin Sula to help Delphin implement his vision for oephan relief in Burundi.
Tom earned degrees in Sociology and Biology and spent his career in scientific equipment sales and management. He had the good sense to marry Sandy, his wife of 41 years.
As Secretary/Treasurer of BOR, Sandy is an invaluable member of the BOR team. She has made 2 trips to Burundi with Tom, in 2006 and 2010. Sandy was a hit wih our hosts who informed Tom that he didn't have to make the trip if Sandy came.
Sandy has a BA in Education and has spent time doing real estate investing and property management. She spends much of her time looking after her grandson, Judah. She and Tom are active members of Gardens Presbyterian Church in South Florida.