DRC OFFICE (KINSHASA)
Raymond Kumbelunzwetu, Director
Raymond is a graduate of Institut Malabu de Kimbanseke/Kinshasa with degrees in Biochemistry and Management and Development. Raymond was born and raised in the Southern village of Kinda in the Bandundu province (currently part of the Kibeti ecovillage). Raymond spent several years working for the DRC’s Department of Transportation. In 1987, he left behind his government post to pursue a career in teaching.
Since coming to Jatukik Providence Foundation in 1999, Raymond has made significant strides in advancing JPF’s mission of bringing relief to the Congolese people. Several years ago he traveled to Senegal to receive training in ecovillage development and implementation from the Earth Rights Institute. It is under his leadership and guidance that JPF continues to effectively serve the people of Kinshasa and Kibeti.
Dieudonne Atusameso was born and raised in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. He graduated from the Nairobi Aviation College in Kenya where he majored in Community Development and Social Work. Since 2005, he has served as Vice Director of JPF’s Kinshasa office.
He speaks fluent English and frequently serves as a guide to JPF guests visiting the Congo. Before joining JPF, Dieudonne served as a social worker and educator for Food for the Hungry International (FHI) in Kenya.
Charles Carozy, Coordinator, Language and Literacy Programs
A graduate of College Saint Marco with degrees in Latin and Philosophy, Charles coordinates JPF’s French and English language programs and serves as a teacher at JPF’s adult training center in Kinshasa.
Guy Makasi, Kibeti Ecovillage Manager
A graduate of I.S.P Kikwit University with a degree in English and African Culture, Guy has taught English classes at many schools throughout the Congo, including in Kinshasa, Kikwit, and Kibeti. He is fluent in English, French, Kikongo, and Lingala. Since 2007 he has served as the director of JPF’s Kibeti Ecovillage program.
Armand Makita, IT Specialist and Educator
A graduate of Due Institute with a degree in Commercial Studies, Arman worked in the diamond industry before joining JPF in 1999. Armand runs and operates JPF’s IT Training Center in the Yolo Nord district of Kinshasa.
Jean-Paul, Budget and Finances Director
A graduate of Scolaire Sion with a degree in Electrical Studies, Jean-Paul worked in the retail business for several years before joining JPF in 1999.
Erik Wingi, Senior IT Officer
A graduate of ESMICOM with a degree in Information Technology, Erik currently serves as the administrator of computer systems in JPF’s primary office and learning centers in Kinshasa.
WASHINGTON, DC OFFICE
Jean-Claude Atusameso, Executive Director and Founder
Father Jean Claude Atusameso founded Jatukik Providence Foundation in 1999 as part of his efforts to revitalize and strengthen the war torn Democratic Republic of Congo. Originally from the DRC, Fr. Jean-Claude decided to become a priest at the age of 10 to help his fellow Congolese people. He received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Seminary Saint Augustine in Kalonda as well as a bachelor’s degree in theology from Saint Cyprian in Kikwit.
Aside from his role as Executive Director of JPF, Father Jean-Claude serves on the boards of World Catholic Music and George Mason University’s Global and Community Heath Programs and as Program Director for the Earth Rights Institute in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Erik Suspanic, Development Coordinator
Erik graduated from Davidson College in 2010 with a B.A. in Political Science. As an undergraduate, Erik held internships at Stratacomm Strategic Communications Counselors, the Global Fund for Children, and the Energy Group at WestLB AG. After spending a year teaching English in Italy, Erik joined JPF in the fall of 2011 where he has helped develop and implement the foundation’s fundraising and communications strategy.
Rachel Howard, Intern
Rachel Howard is an undergraduate at American University where she studies International Relations and Public Health. Rachel is currently working with the JPF staff in the Congo this summer.