Our Team

Our Board

Carlo DiBonaventura

Carlo DiBonaventura

Carlo DiBonaventura is a board member at HVK Children’s Foundation. Carlo works as a Biology teacher at South High Community School located in Worcester, Massachusetts.  He started teaching at the middle and then, at the high school level since 2001. Before his career as an educator, Mr. D conducted research at UMass Medical School studying metastasis in cancer cells.  His background as a teacher validates his ability to help determine what works in a classroom from both a student and an educator perspective—especially given that fact that nearly 80% of the population at the school he teaches at is classified as low income, and many of the students are homeless or food insecure.  Thus, Carlo is competent in working with high needs populations, and he knows how to stretch money and equipment to the fullest. One interesting fact: Carlo is enrolled in an Energy Medicine class and by the end of this year will be a Licensed Energy Medicine Practitioner.

Carlo DiBonaventura

Carlo DiBonaventura is a board member at HVK Children’s Foundation. Carlo works as a Biology teacher at South High Community School located in Worcester, Massachusetts.  He started teaching at the middle and then, at the high school level since 2001. Before his career as an educator, Mr. D conducted research at UMass Medical School studying metastasis in cancer cells.  His background as a teacher validates his ability to help determine what works in a classroom from both a student and an educator perspective—especially given that fact that nearly 80% of the population at the school he teaches at is classified as low income, and many of the students are homeless or food insecure.  Thus, Carlo is competent in working with high needs populations, and he knows how to stretch money and equipment to the fullest. One interesting fact: Carlo is enrolled in an Energy Medicine class and by the end of this year will be a Licensed Energy Medicine Practitioner.

Our Team

Jermoh Kamara

Jermoh Kamara

Jermoh Vainga Kamara is the Founder and President at HVK Children’s Foundation. She has a Master in Public & Global Health and is a health education specialist.  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.

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.

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.

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.

Abdullah Sonnie

Abdullah Sonnie

Abdullah Mohammed Sonnie is the Social Media and Communications Personnel. He oversees Project REACH and other social media activities 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.

Jermoh Kamara

Jermoh Vainga Kamara is the Founder and President at HVK Children’s Foundation. She has a Master in Public & Global Health and is a health education specialist.  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.

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.

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.

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.

Abdullah Sonnie

Abdullah Mohammed Sonnie is the Social Media and Communications Personnel. He oversees Project REACH and other social media activities 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.

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