Jessica Vapnek

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Jessica’s connection to Africa is long and rich: she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the former Zaire and a Fulbright Scholar in Ghana, and she has travelled to or worked in 27 other African countries during her career formerly with FAO and now a rule of law firm, Tetra Tech DPK. Jessica worked with…

Gail Uilkema

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In 2003, after 21 years as a school superintendent, Gail retired and immediately founded Lantern Projects. Over the years she had raised funds for many overseas projects and saw how a small amount of funding can really make a difference. She also felt that it was important for children to see that they could contribute…

Bruce Kennedy

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Bruce Kennedy was a program officer with UNICEF in Freetown for 5 years in the 1980s. Altogether he worked 17 years with UNICEF mainly in Africa. Prior to that he worked for CUSO (Canadian Peace Corps) and Plan International in Asia and Africa, He is now retired and living in Thailand but he continues to…