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

Bethanie Brady

Soraya Darabi

Abby Doft, vice chair

ryan hill

Jeremy Kaplan

Whynde Keuhn

Melissa Kushner, Chair

Mark Lakin

Meryl Levin, secretary

Eddie Mullon

Stephen Murray, Treasurer

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

 
 
CONSTANCE HAUYA  M&E Manager

CONSTANCE HAUYA
M&E Manager

GERTRUDE KABWAZI  Country Director

GERTRUDE KABWAZI
Country Director

CHARLES KACHOKAMMANJA   Program Officer, Livelihoods

CHARLES KACHOKAMMANJA

Program Officer, Livelihoods

GERSHOM KUMWENDA   Program Officer, Poultry

GERSHOM KUMWENDA

Program Officer, Poultry

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

MAUREEN MUHOTA  Senior Program Manager

MAUREEN MUHOTA
Senior Program Manager

ROBERT MZIRA  Program Officer, Poultry

ROBERT MZIRA
Program Officer, Poultry

 
 
SARAH PADOKO  Program Manager, OVC

SARAH PADOKO
Program Manager, OVC

WIOLETTA PUCHALSKI  Director of Finance & Operations

WIOLETTA PUCHALSKI
Director of Finance & Operations

KATHLEEN ROMMEL  VP of Strategy & Partnerships

KATHLEEN ROMMEL
VP of Strategy & Partnerships

POLIN SO  Special Events Manager

POLIN SO
Special Events Manager

RAPHAEL TEMBENU  M&E Coordinator

RAPHAEL TEMBENU
M&E Coordinator

 
 
CRISTINA VALVERDE  Development Manager

CRISTINA VALVERDE
Development Manager

CHIKUMBUTSO JOSHUA  Intern

CHIKUMBUTSO JOSHUA
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 | USAID Feed the Future