Meet The Team

Daniel Emerimana Christian

Daniel Emerimana Christian

Founder

Daniel moved to Kakuma Refugee Camp from Burundi in 2009, and is a graduate from the Regis University. He has vast experience in working with refugee youth, and is the founder of the URISE Initiative for Africa, a community organisation that works in the field of youth empowerment. He has worked as the Assistant Supervisor with the Jesuit Refugee Service, and an interpreter with the UNHCR’s Resettlement Unit. He is currently working with NEEDS Center in Canada.

Ndikumana Jean-Marie

Ndikumana Jean-Marie

Logistics Manager

Ndikumana is a Burundian born in the northern part of Bujumbura. He was a member of an Association for Reconciliation and Development through English (ARDE) and a co-founder and adviser of Youth for Positive Change (YPC) in Burundi. He holds many certificate awards by International Youth Fellowship in voluntarism. He did 2 years in Banking and Insurance at Martin Luther King University (Burundi). He hold a certificate in Community Service learning Track: Training of Trainers in English Language Learning at Georgetown University. He is also certified in life skills and self-esteem and in computers. He had worked with Duracoat Company as a color maker and for cooperation technique Belge (CTB). He is currently volunteering at URISE Initiative for Africa as a Logistics Manager and a facilitator of Scratch game designing.

Pascal Zigashane

Pascal Zigashane

Executive Director

Pascal Zigashane is the executive director at URISE Initiative for Africa. He worked with Kenya Red Cross Society and Refunite for three years. He is currently working with JRS (Jesuit Refugee Service) as an IT Assistant and he is volunteering at Sky School as education coordinator and IT support in Kenya. He has completed a Diploma in Social Work at Regis University. He also holds certificate in ICT and Business Communication from Tunapanda Institute and Community Wireless Networks certificate from Internet Society.

Ndahiriwe Innocent

Ndahiriwe Innocent

Deputy Coordinator

Innocent Ndahiriwe is Deputy Education coordinator at URISE Initiative for Africa. I worked  with  Logistics  NRC(Norwegian Refugee Council) for 4 years , I also worked with Refugee Study Centre,  University of Oxford  in Refugee economies research in Kenya in 2016. I did Community Development at KIU, Uganda, Certificate in Community Business Development at Regis University. I’m trained IT, I have also  completed a certificate in  Engineering system  at Purdue University. I’m currently facilitating of Game Design and Programming ( Scratch) at URISE Initiative for Africa

Chelia Rose

Chelia Rose

Education Coordinator

Rose has a long-term work experience with youth in kakuma refugee communities. She has worked with different humanitarian agencies serving the community. She is currently working with URISE Initiative for Africa as the education coordinator and she also facilitates Sky School class in Kenya/ Kakuma refugee camp. She is pursuing her bachelor degree in Conflict Resolution and Humanitarian Assistant at Masinde Muliro University.

Daud. I. Warsame

Daud. I. Warsame

Board Member

Daud. I. Warsame is a Somali refugee, an undergraduate and a co-author. He has a Diploma in Liberal Studies Majored in Social Work at Regis University, USA. Before joining URISE initiative for Africa as a board member and as a facilitator he has volunteered and worked with several humanitarian agencies (e.g. NRC, UNHCR and others) he has strong basic knowledge of research. He is passionate of helping his colleagues. He is a social activist who advocates refugee rights. He loves to volunteer and he believes that we can make this world a safe haven for all, by helping policymakers, leaders, and the world understand the cost of conflict and wars. His hope is to see more advanced policies that not only guide refugees, but also protect refugees’ rights as citizens of the world.

Isaac Modi

Isaac Modi

Facilitator

Isaac Modi Pio is a South Sudanese national. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Planning and Management of Development Projects from Catholic University of Eastern Africa -Nairobi Kenya. His first Degree is in Philosophy from the same University. Before he joined CUEA Isaac holds a Diploma in Philosophy from St. Paul’s National Major Seminary Khartoum; Juba -Sudan. He also holds a Certificate from International Institution for Educational Planning (IIEP) in France on Safety, Resilience and Social Cohesion. He also holds a Certificate on Peace Studies and Inter Religious Dialogue from University of Creighton USA. Isaac has been teaching in secondary schools most of his life both in Kakuma and at home where he held an administrative position in St. Daniel Comboni Secondary school in Juba. He also has discharged duties as a Director for Planning, Budgeting and Statistics in the Ministry of Education. Isaac had worked for various None Governmental Organizations such as Sudan Aid, CRS, UNICEF, MAG and LWF here in Kakuma. Currently he is a Trainer with URISE Initiative for Africa. He is a refugee married with 6 (six) children.

Tadicha Hussein jillo

Tadicha Hussein jillo

Tadicha Hussein jillo is an Ethiopian currently living in Kakuma refugee camp,

I have worked with several agencies within the camp, handicap internationals as community mobilize and Jesuit refuge service as an IT assistant, I am undergraduate from Regis University I believe in equal opportunities for all regardless of our status and I also believe in education as the best method of solving the problem but I do not believe in grade producing system at the expenses of skill utilization’s. I strongly believe in the stability of the world where everyone has the opportunity to enhance their talent and utilize their potential.  As a young leader I feel obliged to advocate, so I am in nature a social change activist I do not believe in amassing wealth but I am a social entrepreneur since I subscribe to the idea of any business I undertake must benefit the community.