Our Team

Meet Our Board Members and Staff Volunteers. Our board members are our core team – the backbone of our foundation and our staff are dedicated members of our service to our work in Liberia.

Our Team

Our Board

Martin Bruce

Martin Bruce

Martin provides consultancy to HVK Children’s Foundation. Martin is the co-founder for Young at Heart Ghana, a local well-known nonprofit where he coordinates all volunteer services, create sustainable financial modules for projects and ensure that volunteers outreach are in coherence with the organization’s mission, vision, and goals. A graduate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, he is a business analyst and a volunteer that is passionate about mentoring and offering financial training services.

Koua Her

Koua Her

Koua Her is the Program Specialist at HVK Children’s Foundation. Koua holds a B.A. in Studio Art and B.S. in Chemistry & Biochemistry and  Master’s in Public Health. Kous served as the Student Ambassador for the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) This is Public Health campaign. Fun fact: Koua is an avid photographer; he loves to travel to learn about cultures and people, and is proud that he was part of the group that started Saint Paul’s very first teen art center.

Gertura Gbarbo

Gertura Gbarbo

Gertura Gbarbo is the Program Coordinator at HVK Children’s Foundation. Gertura holds a bachelor degree in Public Health from Worcester State University. She currently works as a health educator at Aids Project Worcester. Early childhood education would have been an unreachable goal for Gertura had there not been organizations in Worcester, MA that addressed the needs of children from a low-income background. However, with help from various agencies that worked with students to meet their educational needs, she was able to complete primary school and later obtained a bachelor's degree within four years.  Much like the organizations that address the needs of children from low-income thresholds here in the USA, Gertura is happy that HVK Children's Foundation is on the right path to transforming the lives of children in Liberia who might share a similar story.

Martin Bruce

Martin provides consultancy to HVK Children’s Foundation. Martin is the co-founder for Young at Heart Ghana, a local well-known nonprofit where he coordinates all volunteer services, create sustainable financial modules for projects and ensure that volunteers outreach are in coherence with the organization’s mission, vision, and goals. A graduate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, he is a business analyst and a volunteer that is passionate about mentoring and offering financial training services. TweetPinShare0 Shares

Koua Her

Koua Her is the Program Specialist at HVK Children’s Foundation. Koua holds a B.A. in Studio Art and B.S. in Chemistry & Biochemistry and  Master’s in Public Health. Kous served as the Student Ambassador for the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) This is Public Health campaign. Fun fact: Koua is an avid photographer; he loves to travel to learn about cultures and people, and is proud that he was part of the group that started Saint Paul’s very first teen art center. TweetPinShare0 Shares

Gertura Gbarbo

Gertura Gbarbo is the Program Coordinator at HVK Children’s Foundation. Gertura holds a bachelor degree in Public Health from Worcester State University. She currently works as a health educator at Aids Project Worcester. Early childhood education would have been an unreachable goal for Gertura had there not been organizations in Worcester, MA that addressed the needs of children from a low-income background. However, with help from various agencies that worked with students to meet their educational needs, she was able to complete primary school and later obtained a bachelor’s degree within four years.  Much like the organizations that address the needs of children from low-income thresholds here in the USA, Gertura is happy that HVK Children’s Foundation is on the right path to transforming the lives of children in Liberia who might share a similar story. TweetPinShare0 Shares

Our Team

Jermoh Kamara

Jermoh Kamara

Jermoh Vainga Kamara is the Founder and President at HVK Children’s Foundation. She holds a Master in Public & Global Health and is a Health Education Specialist (CHES). She curently works as a public health practitioner and non-tenured public health educator at Clark University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) located in Worcester. In 2019 she contested for a seat on the Worcester School Committee, and hopes to contest again. Born in West Africa, Liberia, Jermoh has an innate passion for the dyad: health and education. While attending Providence College, Jermoh saw that she could drive her passion by utilizing the opportunities her alma mater provided. As an intern on a trip in Ghana, Jermoh worked on two projects—a sanitation project that educated junior high school students about hygiene and the importance of hand wash. Jermoh was trained to construct the Microflush latrine and later worked with her colleagues to teach Ghanaian teachers to implement the Lab-in-a-Box at their various schools. The Lab-in-a-Box is a preloaded educational library system that is accessed from offline and powered by solar panel. Having seen the impact of the education project in solving the scarcity of learning resources at rural schools through the use of technology, she was curious about launching a similar project for schools in Liberia. Upon returning to Liberia in 2014 from Ghana, she saw the gap in the education system and the health sector but was sensitive to the lack of resources available for underprivileged children that sparked her intuition to bring innovative projects to Liberia. Today, Jermoh has established and introduced the Hawah V. Kamara Children’s Foundation (HVK), a local non-profit based in the USA that aims to work in Liberia. Through HVK Children’s Foundation, schools are adopted to form a network where health and education programs are implemented.

Abdullah Sonnie

Abdullah Sonnie

Abdullah Mohammed Sonnie is the Lab-in--a-Box Personnel. He oversees the coordination and support among our six partner schools and the Lab-in-a-Box program for the organization. Mr. Sonnie has experience working with other local organizations such as Protel-Liberia where he was involved with supervising young Liberian online activities.

Taeva Cohen

Taeva Cohen

Taeva Cohen is a school-based health research and program design intern at HVK Children’s Foundation.  She also assists with fundraising and some marketing tasks.  She is a rising senior at Connecticut College, studying Cellular and Molecular Biology and Public Health. After finishing her undergraduate studies, she plans to apply to medical school.  Taeva's passion for health and social justice brought her to HVK, where she is working to jump start a new mobile health van initiative that will provide basic screening services to the children at our six partner schools.  This program has partnered with doctors from UMass’s Global health program.

Maseeng Masitha

Maseeng Masitha

Maseeng Masitha is a STEM ambassador intern at HVK Children's Foundation. She works on writing grants for the organization and helps with fundraising. Maseeng is currently a graduate student at Clark University majoring in Geographic Information System (GIS) for Development and Environment with a concentration in Conservation GIS.  She has a passion for helping others and wants to make a real difference in people’s lives through her work at HVK.

Jermoh Kamara

Jermoh Vainga Kamara is the Founder and President at HVK Children’s Foundation. She holds a Master in Public & Global Health and is a Health Education Specialist (CHES). She curently works as a public health practitioner and non-tenured public health educator at Clark University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) located in Worcester. In 2019 she contested for a seat on the Worcester School Committee, and hopes to contest again. Born in West Africa, Liberia, Jermoh has an innate passion for the dyad: health and education. While attending Providence College, Jermoh saw that she could drive her passion by utilizing the opportunities her alma mater provided. As an intern on a trip in Ghana, Jermoh worked on two projects—a sanitation project that educated junior high school students about hygiene and the importance of hand wash. Jermoh was trained to construct the Microflush latrine and later worked with her colleagues to teach Ghanaian teachers to implement the Lab-in-a-Box at their various schools. The Lab-in-a-Box is a preloaded educational library system that is accessed from offline and powered by solar panel. Having seen the impact of the education project in solving the scarcity of learning resources at rural schools through the use of technology, she was curious about launching a similar project for schools in Liberia. Upon returning to Liberia in 2014 from Ghana, she saw the gap in the education system and the health sector but was sensitive to the lack of resources available for underprivileged children that sparked her intuition to bring innovative projects to Liberia. Today, Jermoh has established and introduced the Hawah V. Kamara Children’s Foundation (HVK), a local non-profit based in the USA that aims to work in Liberia. Through HVK Children’s Foundation, schools are adopted to form a network where health and education programs are implemented. TweetPinShare0 Shares

Abdullah Sonnie

Abdullah Mohammed Sonnie is the Lab-in–a-Box Personnel. He oversees the coordination and support among our six partner schools and the Lab-in-a-Box program for the organization. Mr. Sonnie has experience working with other local organizations such as Protel-Liberia where he was involved with supervising young Liberian online activities. TweetPinShare0 Shares

Taeva Cohen

Taeva Cohen is a school-based health research and program design intern at HVK Children’s Foundation.  She also assists with fundraising and some marketing tasks.  She is a rising senior at Connecticut College, studying Cellular and Molecular Biology and Public Health. After finishing her undergraduate studies, she plans to apply to medical school.  Taeva’s passion for health and social justice brought her to HVK, where she is working to jump start a new mobile health van initiative that will provide basic screening services to the children at our six partner schools.  This program has partnered with doctors from UMass’s Global health program. TweetPinShare0 Shares

Maseeng Masitha

Maseeng Masitha is a STEM ambassador intern at HVK Children’s Foundation. She works on writing grants for the organization and helps with fundraising. Maseeng is currently a graduate student at Clark University majoring in Geographic Information System (GIS) for Development and Environment with a concentration in Conservation GIS.  She has a passion for helping others and wants to make a real difference in people’s lives through her work at HVK. TweetPinShare0 Shares