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Helping people is a big part of who I am. I find a real sense of gratification in being able to serve, lift, and help others while being a part of Family Humanitarian efforts. Some of the best reasons for working with Family Humanitarian are that it is a great opportunity to bless lives and help our communities thrive. Our people are being helped through Family Humanitarian by strengthening present and future generations and producing a culture of greater self-reliance. Providing clean water and educating children is such a vital part of improving lives.
Before I worked for Family Humanitarian I worked in broiler and laying chicken projects. Then I worked for another foundation that allowed me to get to know the leaders of Family Humanitarian. FH is making an important contribution to nutrition, education, and infrastructure through the construction of classrooms for schools and clinics. The clinics allow community members to have access to better infrastructure conditions. With the construction of desks the children in the schools have a place to sit and be able to write. The cultural exchange has also allowed the children who accompany their parents on the expedition to notice the difficulties of children in low-income communities and has allowed our children to start dreaming that there is a better way to live. Personally, it has allowed me to continue in the process of preparing myself educationally by finishing the Pathway Connect program at Brigham Young University. I hope to continue until I achieve a degree.
I was born and raised in Accra, Ghana. I am the second of five children. I first came in contact with the current Chairman and Co-Founder/Executive Director Sheldon Killpak and Michaela Shirley in the year 2020. For more than three years I have looked forward to working with and being a part of the life-changing efforts of Family Humanitarian. In January 2023, I visited some of the completed and ongoing water and school projects in the Northern Region of Ghana. I served as a missionary in Uganda. I enjoy cooking, singing, listening to music, and road trips. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Business Management through the pathways program of Brigham Young University-Idaho.
I was born in Mbale and raised in different regions of Uganda. For the first three years of elementary school, I schooled under mango trees. Teachers were available, and a black chalk board was pinned on mango tree. No desks were available, so all the kids had to seat on the ground. Whenever it rained or was windy that marked the end of lessons for the day. Every morning before school I would walk 4km to collect dirty stream water which was the only water source in the community.
I love working for Family Humanitarian experience because I believe we show our love to God through serving his Children. One of the authors in the scriptures mentioned, “When you are in the service of your fellow beings, you are only in the service of your God.” Is a great joy when I see good samaritans rendering services to the community. Family Humanitarian experience has helped my people to have good water in the community. It has reduced the rate of typhoid diseases in my country, and FH has provided good learning environment for students by offering structures.
Today I am so grateful for the great work FH is doing. May God bless all those who donate for this work to continue and those who are faithfully helping in the service.
Thanks with much love, Andrew Ochom.
Before I began working for Family Humanitarian I was volunteering in the villages as a team coordinator to teach people to take care of their lives and survive certain diseases. I love the work Family Humanitarian does. I was born in the village. I grew up in the village. I saw and I went through the hardship of finding clean sources of drinking water. I have a heart for serving my people. I have always hoped that someday I could be an instrument to change their lives. Working with Family Humanitarian fulfills my dream. That love I have from growing up wanting to save my dear brothers and sisters who are going through the same challenges that I went through. Family Humanitarian is really blessing my people. It is a way that we can save them from water borne diseases. When you look at the communities around where I live and the country at large most of the diseases my people encounter is waterborne disease because they get their water from the pond where they share with the animals. Getting clean water is improving people’s lives and their life expectancy because so many people die from cholera and so many people die from typhoid. It is really expensive when people get these diseases. Avoiding getting these diseases by drinking clean water helps their families to save money because so much money goes to treat these diseases. I really enjoy working with Family Humanitarian because it is really saving people’s lives. Thank you so much!
I am from Kenya, but I am currently working in Uganda. I love working for Family Humanitarian because there is joy in doing good and that’s how I feel every day when I visit communities that have received help and those awaiting support in getting clean drinking water. Water is life! I have come to understand it’s also a precious commodity. If you have access to running water kindly don’t take it for granted. Give Thanks! Family Humanitarian has been a great blessing to my people, and it has impacted their lives. When people have access to clean water, kids get time to play, instead of walking many kilometers to get water. Mothers can enjoy their free time knowing they don’t have to walk long hours and wake up as early as 4am to get to water before the animals get there and it gets dirty. For sure God blesses His people. FHE has brought joy to many. I love seeing happy mother’s and kids and happy communities.
I was born and raised in a humble family in Kenya. I am married to Maria Mukendi. We currently live in Uganda. I served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the West Africa, Ghana Kumasi Mission. In 2019, while doing my online diploma in Work Health and Safety, I had the privileged to work at the Ghana Missionary Training Center as a Gospel and Swahili Teacher. My service in the MTC paved the way for me to see others the same way God sees them. I refer to it as “meeting God halfway,” doing your part and letting God do the rest. When we do our part, it helps God to transform lives.
I have a strong impression that my experiences prepared me to be part of a great Family Humanitarian team. It helped me recognize the potential people have within to transform their lives to a better version. Many children struggle to get enough time to learn because most of their time is spent searching for water. Getting an education becomes impossible. With Family Humanitarian helping and supporting, communities can receive access to safe and clean water for drinking. Children have enough time to study, and parents have adequate time to be become self-reliant through adult literacy training offered by Family Humanitarian. It all starts with safe and clean water. That can unite communities together to eradicate poverty.
Jim Charles is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of international business expertise. Jim has spent his career working across the globe with focuses in Africa, South East Asia, Europe and LATAM. In addition to the United States, Jim has lived and worked in Europe, Asia and Africa and has extensive work and operational experience in the U.K., Philippines, India, Colombia, Taiwan, Ghana, Mexico, Costa Rica, Puerto Rica, Spain, Ireland and South Africa. Jim currently serves as co-founder and Chief Client Officer of Buwelo, a Business Process Outsourcing company headquartered out of Nevada and with operations in the United States, The Philippines and Colombia.
Jim’s passion for travel and his love for different peoples and cultures has been a perfect fit for Family Humanitarian. Jim firmly believes in sharing the blessings of his success and sees no better platform than clean water, better health and education for the impoverished and less fortunate. In addition to Family Humanitarian, Jim supports charities in the U.S. and abroad. Raised in Kentucky, Jim currently splits his time equally between Utah and Hawaii where he enjoys time with his family and chasing the sun. Jim is an avid sports fan and runner and competes in marathons around the world.
Entrepreneurs, world travelers, and humanitarians. Recently married with 6 children, Terisa works in the home, taking care of the family while Jim successfully runs a call center out of the Philippines. We feel that God has brought us together and we recognize that he continues to guide our lives. We owe and dedicate everything that we’ve achieved or are able to accomplish to Him.
Greg Campbell is the founder of Laguna Point Properties, a multifamily investment company that specializes in the acquisition and rehabilitation of rental workforce housing in the Western United States. Based in Orange County, Greg has established a reputation for integrity and tenacity, having sourced more than $7 billion in multifamily investments in his career. This activity includes over 100 apartment communities comprised of nearly 33,000 rental homes. Greg was previously responsible for the investment activities at TruAmerica Multifamily and Archstone Communities.
Greg graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors from UCLA where received a Bachelor’s Degree in Latin American Studies, with an emphasis in Economics. Later, Greg earned an MBA from the full-time program at U.C. Berkeley where he focused on Real Estate Finance.
Greg is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Portuguese. He has lived, worked and volunteered abroad in multiple South and Central American countries. Greg and his wife, Jeanine, have four children. The Campbell Family loves to volunteer together and do whatever possible to improve the lives of people in need.
Saren is the founder and director of Power of Families (PowerofFamilies.com) and hosts the podcast Power of Families Radio. Over the past 12 years, more than 200,000 parents around the world have participated in Saren’s online and in-person presentations, courses, conferences, and retreats.
Prior to her work with Power of Families, Saren had the opportunity to do humanitarian and missionary work in Eastern Europe (setting up volunteer programs in orphanages there), participate in humanitarian service trips in Africa and Bolivia, co-direct national Make a Difference Day and volunteer recognition efforts for the Points of Light Foundation in Washington D.C., write materials for the Harvard Family Research Project, design and run enrichment programs in schools in Boston, develop teacher training and curriculum for schools and preschools, and design and conduct trainings for educators throughout the United States for the Corporation for National Service.
Saren and her husband, Jared, currently live in Ogden, Utah and are parents of five children ages 14 to 19. As a family, the Looslis have been involved in many community volunteer efforts and have done a lot of fundraising and hands-on work with orphanages in Eastern Europe.
Brandon was born and raised in Northern Utah and spent and served a two year mission to Thailand and Cambodia. He then attended the University of Utah, and received his Bachelors of Arts in Business with a Marketing emphasis. He has enjoyed a successful career as a sales professional for the past 20 years. He is married to Natalie Wight Mattson, and they have four daughters and one son who they adore.
In 2017 he attended a Family Humanitarian expedition with his children and since then has been on multiple development expeditions to Uganda, Kenya, and Ghana. He has been instrumental in helping Family Humanitarian create a board of directors and expand our education, water programs, and fund-raising efforts. His family has shared his passion for Family Humanitarian and have supported and helped provide encouragement and inspiration.
Sheldon was born in Salt Lake City on May 24, 1968. He is the youngest of nine children. When
Sheldon was eight years old the family moved to Layton City. Sheldon graduated from Layton High School in 1986 and Weber State University in 1994. He currently resides in Layton, Utah. He and Nicole have four children and five grandchildren.
Sheldon has been actively involved and connected within the community. In 1987 he became a board member for the South Davis Chamber of Commerce. In 2000 he was instrumental in the process of merging the three Chambers of Commerce in Davis County; Sheldon was elected as the first Chair of the Board in 2000. In 2003 Sheldon served on the founding board of the Davis Convention and Visitors Bureau. In June of 2003 Governor Leavitt appointed Sheldon to the Utah State Senate to represent District 21, filling a vacancy. He was re-elected in November of 2004 and again in 2006 where he spent most of his time on committees involving Transportation and Economic Development. He was elected into Senate Leadership after three years and was the Senate Majority Leader when he left the Senate in 2010. Sheldon has also served on the Board of the North Davis Hospital and Medical Center, Utah Defense Alliance, Utah Transit Authority, the Davis Convention and Visitors Bureau and the United Way of Salt Lake Executive Steering Committee, Co-Chair of the Utah Sports Commission, and the Utah Center for Digital Arts Executive Committee.
Born and raised in northern Utah, Steve graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor’s in Communications and Master’s in Instructional Technology. He works as a Product Manager, digital media consultant, and content creator for major travel and outdoor brands. Steve has a great passion for adventure travel, community development, and loves helping people realize their potential by living on purpose. He lives in Utah with his wife, Rachel, and six children.
Born and raised in beautiful Cache Valley, Utah, Rachel attended Utah State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and a master’s degree in Business Administration. She finds true joy now in motherhood and in helping people through various ways to rise to the their full potential and become self-reliant. She has tremendous gratitude that she gets to be a part of the growth of Family Humanitarian because of the lasting friendships and ways it has expanded her heart and mind. Her greatest joy is raising six children and having fun adventures with her family.
David, the youngest of three children, was born and raised in the Dallas area. He attended Brigham Young University and was called to serve in the Austria Vienna Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where he grew to love and respect the people and culture. After returning from his mission and finishing his undergraduate work, David was accepted into the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M where he graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
David and his wife, Michaela, were married in the Dallas Temple and have been blessed with 5 wonderful children who remind them of that which is of greatest worth. After working more than 20 years in the veterinary profession, David and Michaela have trusted in the Lord and have turned more of their time and energy toward serving those less fortunate. David is currently working toward making humanitarian work his full-time pursuit.
Born and raised primarily in Nebraska, Michaela attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas where she earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration majoring in both Accounting and Finance. Michaela has always had a passion for humanitarian work. She and her husband have worked throughout their marriage toward the goal of being able to help people in need throughout the world and feel blessed to see that goal come to fruition. Michaela has started and run several successful businesses and has served in various leadership roles. Some of her greatest joys have been found in raising her five beautiful children. Michaela and her family currently reside in Dallas, Texas.
Tyler DeLange is one of the original founders, and a current director, of Family Humanitarian. He also helped to co-found Singular Humanitarian in 2009. Tyler is a physician in Emergency Medicine and currently works for Utah Emergency Physicians (UEP). He completed his residency at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California, Tyler’s passion for humanitarian work began at the age of 11 when he helped serve in an orphanage across the boarder in Ensenada, Mexico. Since that time he served as a missionary in Argentina, and has served on a number of humanitarian expeditions to Ghana, Kenya, Guatemala, Bolivia, Guyana, Peru, Nepal, and Uganda, in addition to organizing humanitarian efforts during the year from the United States. He currently lives in South Jordan, Utah with his wife Sarah, and 4 children. His hobbies include canyoneering, trekking, and basketball, among many other interests.
Sarah is enjoying her role as a stay-at home mom to 4 young children, having traded life in the corporate world for the opportunity to spend time with them. She worked at Marriott International, the largest hotel company in the world, for 17 years, both at their corporate headquarters and on property. She grew up in San Antonio, Texas in a family of 8 children and graduated in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University. Sarah enjoys reading, photography, creating things, trying out new restaurants, cooking and soaking up time with family. She is married to Tyler DeLange and loves his big heart for helping others.