Melissa Kushner founded Yamba Malawi, formerly goods for good, in 2006 with the mission of uplifting vulnerable children and empowering communities to break the cycle of poverty.

Melissa is a Global Citizen Award recipient, has been featured on Cool Hunting’s inaugural CH25 list, The Jewish Week’s 36 under 36, and the Empact100 list. She has been named an American Express NGen Fellow, awarded the Young Entrepreneur for the World by the World Entrepreneurship Forum, and received the Torch Award and Distinguished Young Alumna Award from New York University. Melissa has also been featured in numerous publications, including Forbes, USA Today, and Elle, was featured on NBC’s Nightly News, and has presented at the TEDx Atlanta Conference.

Melissa received her Masters in Public Administration from New York University, and Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.   

 
 
 
 

Peter Twyman joined Yamba Malawi as Executive Director in 2017, bringing his twenty-five years as a public health and nonprofit leader to an organization that is transforming children’s lives.  He previously led Alicia Keys’ foundation, Keep a Child Alive, which supports programs for children affected by HIV globally, and for eight years directed large-scale HIV treatment programs in Africa with Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health.  He holds a Master of Public Health from Harvard University. 

 
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Malawi Board of Advisors

Timothy Kachule

Esnath Kalyati

Ralph Sauti-Hahn

 
 
 

US Board of Directors

 

Rebecca Anikstein, Secretary

Bethanie Brady

Soraya Darabi

Abby Doft

Donald Felix

Jeremy Kaplan

Whynde Kuehn, Treasurer

Melissa Kushner

Mark Lakin, Chair

Meryl Levin

Eddie Mullon

Stephen Murray

Jason Segal

 
 
  ESTER BANDA  Program Administrator

ESTER BANDA
Program Administrator

  BERTHA CHIKUNGWA   Finance & Administration Officer

BERTHA CHIKUNGWA
Finance & Administration Officer

  LABANA CHILUNGO  Driver

LABANA CHILUNGO
Driver

  PATSON CHINGWALU  Program Coordinator, Poultry

PATSON CHINGWALU
Program Coordinator, Poultry

  EBENEZER CHIPHALIWALI  Marketing Coordinator

EBENEZER CHIPHALIWALI
Marketing Coordinator

 
 
  NICK GOODMAN  Development & Operations Assistant

NICK GOODMAN
Development & Operations Assistant

  CONSTANCE HAUYA  M&E Manager

CONSTANCE HAUYA
M&E Manager

  CHARLES KACHOKAMMANJA   Program Officer, Livelihoods

CHARLES KACHOKAMMANJA

Program Officer, Livelihoods

  GERSHOM KUMWENDA   Program Officer, Poultry

GERSHOM KUMWENDA

Program Officer, Poultry

  KATE LESNEWICH   Communications & Development Manager

KATE LESNEWICH

Communications & Development Manager

 
 
  BOB LWAZI  Driver

BOB LWAZI
Driver

  CHISOMO MAFUTA  Program Officer, OVC

CHISOMO MAFUTA
Program Officer, OVC

  VIRGINIA MANDALA  Program Officer, Beekeeping

VIRGINIA MANDALA
Program Officer, Beekeeping

  ANNIE MATITI  Program Manager, Livelihoods

ANNIE MATITI
Program Manager, Livelihoods

  DAGROUS MSISKA  Program Director

DAGROUS MSISKA
Program Director

 
 
 
  SIMON MULOLO  Program Officer, Poultry

SIMON MULOLO
Program Officer, Poultry

  ROBERT MZIRA  Program Officer, Poultry

ROBERT MZIRA
Program Officer, Poultry

  SARAH PADOKO  Program Manager, OVC

SARAH PADOKO
Program Manager, OVC

  KATHLEEN ROMMEL  VP of Communications & Development

KATHLEEN ROMMEL
VP of Communications & Development

  POLIN SO  Special Events Manager

POLIN SO
Special Events Manager

 
 
  RAPHAEL TEMBENU  M&E Coordinator

RAPHAEL TEMBENU
M&E Coordinator

  JONATHAN EBERT  Intern

JONATHAN EBERT
Intern

  CHIKUMBUTSO JOSHUA  Intern

CHIKUMBUTSO JOSHUA
Intern

  ELLENA PHIRI  Intern

ELLENA PHIRI
Intern

 
 
 
 
 

Select Partners

We are committed to leveraging community, NGO, government, and private partnerships to create tailored, sustainable, and innovative solutions that benefit Malawi’s most vulnerable children.

To all of our amazing partners, Zikomo Kwambiri—a warm Malawian thank you—for all you do!

 
 
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SELECT PROGRAM PARTNERS INCLUDE:

 

Hive Group  |  Agro Input Suppliers Limited  |  The Department of Social Welfare  |  Malawi Government Forestry Department  |  The Ministry of Health, Community Health Surveillance  | Bright Vision Community Based Organization  |  Mchenga Community Based Organization  |  Mchezi Community Based Organization  |  Tiyambenawo Community Based Organization  |  Ufulu Community Based Organization  |  TOMS Shoes

 

SELECT SPONSORSHIP PARTNERS HAVE INCLUDEd:

Syde Hurdus Foundation  |  The Adventure Project  |  Bank of America US Trust  |  Goldman Sachs Gives  |  Google  |  Mara Hoffman  |  Vimeo  |  Issroff Family Foundation  |  The Segal Family Foundation  |  IAC