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Meet the IAC

Pestalozzi World is a family of nonprofit organisations supporting children with extraordinary potential who live in poverty. The Pestalozzi World family is coordinated by the UK and includes Pestalozzi Charities in the USA, Switzerland, Ireland, Zambia, India and Nepal.

Our International Alumni Committee

Afonso M. Fernando

Angolan refugee Pestalozzi World Voluntary International Alumni Committee Representative

Selected from Mayukwayukwa Refugee camp, Afonso was a PestalozziWorld student at the Pestalozzi Zambian Village and for a year was Head Boy of the Pestalozzi Education Centre.  Since 2019, Afonso has been working as a Mathematics Coach for Edulution, serving his community back in the Mayukwayukwa Refugee Camp. 
In 2020 Afonso founded, and is now one of the alumni leaders of, Zam-Ango Records – a music crew for Zambian and Angolan school dropouts.  He also sponsors the school fees of five children at Mayukwayukwa.  Pestalozzi World awarded Afonso a 2021 Silver Impact Award.

Afonso is grateful to be able to work with other alumni as part of one big family, able to share values, failures, and successes.

Ajay Shrestha

Nepalese Pestalozzi World Voluntary International Alumni Committee Representative

Ajay

Ajay was a Pestalozzi World student at the Indian Village.  While studying for a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, he worked as a trainee in four different NGOs, and then went on to get a Master’s degree in Anthropology.  After voluntarily participating in fundraising events for the Nepal Pestalozzi Foundation and assisting with student selection for the Indian village, Ajay worked as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Pestalozzi Nepalese Village from 2016 to 2019.  Ajay is now studying Chinese while once again volunteering, now as Chair of the Nepalese Pestalozzi Foundation.  Pestalozzi World awarded him a 2021 Gold Impact Award

 

Ajay supports Pestalozzi World because the education it offers helps solve social problems and so  create a better world.

Chikuku Musonda

Zambian Pestalozzi World Voluntary International Alumni Committee Staff Representative

 

Chikuku was a Pestalozzi World student at Kasisi Basic School and then in her home village of Ndola.  She gained a Teaching Diploma under sponsorship from the Sally Dean Bursary Fund.  Chikuku has been working as Alumni Coordinator since 2019, having already worked in various capacities for the Pestalozzi Zambian Village, including as an Assistant Housemother and in the Print and Tuck Shop Alumni Enterprises.  She also makes donations to Pestalozzi World and has volunteered in various capacities.  Pestalozzi World awarded her the 2017 African Alumna of the Year Certificate and a 2021 Silver Impact Award.

 

Keen to give back to Pestalozzi World, Chikuku recognizes that as an alumna she can have significant impact on the children.

Grace Mwenya

Zambian Pestalozzi World Voluntary International Alumni Committee Representative

Grace was a Pestalozzi World student at Kasisi Basic School and Kasisi Girls Secondary School. In 2017, she completed an Economics BA from the University of Lusaka under sponsorship from the Sally Dean Bursary Fund.  In 2019, she became a Tax Associate for PwC Zambia, and was promoted to Senior Tax Associate in 2022. Previously, she had worked for the Pestalozzi Zambian Village, including as Metal Workshop Manager and Alumni Coordinator. 

Grace’s voluntary work for Pestalozzi has included student monitoring, careers advice and reunion organisation; she also donates regularly.  Pestalozzi World awarded her the 2012 African Alumna of the Year Certificate and a 2021 Gold Impact Award.   In 2021, she became a trustee of the Pestalozzi Zambia Children’s Trust.

Pestalozzi World taught Grace that dreams can come true; she wants to inspire current students to realise that they too can reach where she is now, and beyond.

Joseph Kumwenda

Zambian Pestalozzi World Voluntary International Alumni Committee Representative

Joseph was a Pestalozzi World student at the Zambian Village and is now studying a Bachelor’s in Information and Communication Technology with Education by Distance Learning.  Since 2016, he has been with Edulution Zambia, rising rapidly to become a Senior Gold Star Coach.  He has helped set up mobile learning centres in Namibia and South Africa, provides centre operations support and coach training. He also works as coach in his rural community of origin – Lundazi.

 

Joseph runs the Pestalozzi Zambian alumni Facebook page, helps run the alumni group, and mentors current students.  He also supports an alumnus with expenses associated in pursuing a professional football career.  Pestalozzi World awarded him the 2018 African Alumnus of the Year Certificate and a 2021 Silver Impact Award.

 

Joseph sees his support of Pestalozzi World as the only way he can pay back for the education and care it gave him.

Kannika Kaewrakmuk

Thai Pestalozzi World Voluntary International Alumni Committee Representative

Kannika completed her secondary school education under Thai Pestalozzi Foundation sponsorship.  She then gained a scholarship to study the International Baccalaureate Diploma at Mahindra United World College, India.  In 2014, she graduated with an Environmental Studies BA from St. Olaf College, US.  After returning to Thailand, she worked as an Educational Facilitator on an organic farm in Chiang Mai before setting up her own restaurant business.

Kannika donates regularly to the Thai Pestalozzi Foundation and volunteers for it in many ways, including the organisation of camps for the students and assisting in fundraising.

Kannika wants to help Pestalozzi help others after receiving many incredible opportunities from the organisation.

Lubinda Mbundi

Zambian Pestalozzi World Voluntary International Alumni Committee Representative

Lubinda is an alumnus of the Pestalozzi International Village in Hastings England, which he joined from Zambia for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. He went on to pursue his studies and career in Regenerative Medicine and now holds a PhD in Regenerative Medicine from the University of Brighton. He is currently the National Projects Manager in Stem Cell Immunotherapies and bone marrow transplant services for the NHS Blood and Transplant.

Lubinda attended several Pestalozzi World Board Meetings and is now advising Pestalozzi World on alumni to student mentorship programmes

For Lubinda, it is important to help carry on the work of Pestalozzi World in order to be part of efforts directed at making positive contribution to individuals and the world through education

Mildred Kasonde

Zambian Pestalozzi World Voluntary International Alumni Committee Representative

Mildred was a Pestalozzi World student at Kasisi Basic School and Kasisi Girls Secondary School.  After gaining a Diploma in Agriculture Business Management, she took an Economics degree from Mulungushi University, Kabwe.  She has been in her current job since 2012, starting as an Agricultural Extension Worker and since 2017 working in the Agronomy Planning & Analysis Section.

Between 2007-2009, Mildred volunteered as Assistant house mother at the Zambia African Village.  Pestalozzi World awarded her the 2010 African Alumna of the Year Certificate and a 2021 Silver Impact Award.

Mildred supports Pestalozzi World so that others can get the chance Pestalozzi World gave her to have a better life.

Peeraya Utsajit

Thai Pestalozzi World Voluntary International Alumni Committee Representative

The Thai Pestalozzi Foundation funded Peeraya’s secondary school education, and a BA in English from Mahidol University.  Her Master’s degree is in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Thammasat University.  Since 2011, she has been teaching in the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Mahidol University, taking educational leave for a PhD (awarded 2021) in Language Education from Leeds University.

 

Peeraya is a Thai Pestalozzi Foundation Board member and supports the Foundation in multiple ways, making regular donations and helping with fundraising, student selection and monitoring, educational camps and office work.  Pestalozzi World awarded her the 2017 Asian Alumna of the Year Certificate and a 2021 Gold Impact Award.

Peeraya wants to help PestalozziWorld because she remembers how grateful she was when given the opportunity it afforded her and would like to give it to other children.

Before joining Pestalozzi World in 1996, Jo had lived and worked in Turkey and Nepal, the latter as a VSO.  She has extensive experience working with children from many different backgrounds and of many different nationalities, and in the creation of educational resources for adults and children.

Phurbu Dolma

Tibetan Pestalozzi World Voluntary International Alumni Committee Representative

Phurbu was a Pestalozzi World student at the Indian Village who went on for her International Baccalaureate Diploma in Kolkata    She then completed a degree in Anthropology and Sociology from Ashoka University, India and in 2022 gained a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Geneva, Switzerland.  She now works in a project management role for a Human Rights organisation.

Phurbu has volunteered with Pestalozzi World in various capacities, assisting with student selection, an alumni-students buddying scheme and working on the Indian Alumni Committee.  Pestalozzi World awarded her a 2021 Silver Impact Award.

Phurbu’s closest friends come from her Pestalozzi days; together they have witnessed how the scholarship advanced them. She wants to help provide the same chance for others. 

Prisca Mulongo

Zambian Pestalozzi World Voluntary International Alumni Committee Representative

Prisca was a Pestalozzi World student at Kasisi Basic School and at Naboye High School. She became a registered nurse with sponsorship from the Sally Dean Bursary Fund and a registered Midwife at the University Teaching Hospital under Ministry of Health sponsorship. She currently works for the Ministry of Health as a Midwife and as a Clinical Instructor for general nursing and midwifery students and is an Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health Provider.

Prisca has volunteered in various capacities for PestalozziWorld including Housemother assistance, student selection and reunion organisation.  She has financially supported both Pestalozzi students and others.  Pestalozzi World awarded her a 2021 Gold Impact Award.

She considers it important to carry on the work of Pestalozzi World because there is always someone out there who needs the same support that she received from Pestalozzi World.

Sabita Bhandari

Nepalese Pestalozzi World Voluntary International Alumni Committee Staff Representative

Sabita was a Pestalozzi World student at the Indian Village.  In 2016 she graduated in Commerce majoring in Finance from Banasthali University and in 2021 with a Master’s degree in Business Studies majoring in Marketing.

She has worked at the Nepalese Village since its inception in 2016 as Senior Coworker responsible for Accounts, Education, Office Management and as Sponsorship Secretary.

Sabita has made regular donations to Pestalozzi World since 2017 and was awarded a 2021 Silver Impact Award.

It is important to Sabita to carry on the work of Pestalozzi World because only education (insufficiently valued or unaffordable by many) can open people’s perspectives and opportunities, creating a ripple effect benefiting everyone.

Shelja Thakur

Indian Pestalozzi World Voluntary International Alumni Committee Staff Representative

Shelja was a Pestalozzi World student at the Indian Village and has an International Baccalaureate Diploma from the United World College, Norway.  In 2018, she graduated in Environmental Studies from Luther College in Iowa, US and from 2018 to 2021 worked as a Germination Technician for Seed Savers Exchange, also in Iowa.  She returned to India and took up her current post as Alumni Coordinator and Senior Student Liaison Officer at the Indian Village.

Shelja has donated to Pestalozzi World since 2018 and was awarded a 2021 Silver Impact Award. While in the US, she raised funds to support Indian migrant workers adversely affected by the Covid lockdown.

Shelja considers it important to support the work of Pestalozzi World so that more children can get better opportunities in life than they otherwise would have.

Tenzin Tsepak

Tibetan Pestalozzi World Voluntary International Alumni Committee Representative

Tsepak was a Pestalozzi World student at the Indian Village.  She has two Bachelor level degrees, one in English, the other in Education, and a Master’s degree in English.  She worked as an English teacher at the Norbulingka Institute, Dharamsala for almost two years.  Since 2021, Tsepak has been an English Lecturer for the Dalai Lama Institute for Higher Education, Bangalore.

Tsepak is a Pestalozzi Indian Village board member.  She has also helped with student selection, careers guidance and the Indian Village alumni Facebook page.  Pestalozzi World awarded her a 2021 Silver Impact Award.

Tsepak is motivated to help Pestalozzi World because she wants it to continue bringing miracles to many children, and making this world a better place to live in.

Usha Tiru

Indian Pestalozzi World Voluntary International Alumni Committee Representative

Usha was a Pestalozzi World student at the Indian Village.   In 2021, she graduated with a degree in Fashion Technology in Apparel Production from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi, sponsored by the Tiara Foundation.   She now works as Sales Trainee for World Fashion Exchange, also in New Delhi.

Usha is an Indian Village Board Member.  She makes donations to Pestalozzi World, helps with student selection, provides careers talks to senior students and helps recent Pestalozzi graduates with guidance and the admission process for getting college places.  Pestalozzi World awarded her a 2021 Gold Impact Award.

Usha says that she just wants to be there for Pestalozzi, in the same way Pestalozzi was and is there for her.

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