Directors, Co-Founders of Humanity's Promise Int'l Both were born in southern Manitoba and grew up working alongside their families on family farms. John engaged deeply within the family farm and Beverley involved herself in local community activities. From an early age Beverley exhibited a strong interest in children, youth, and the needs of the broader community. Volunteering and teaching has always been a major component of her life. For many years Beverley worked as an elementary school teacher and school principal. John and Beverley married in 1968 and raised 3 daughters who are now raising families of their own. While making Cochrane, Alberta their primary residence, John and Beverley have worked among the needy village people in Eastern Africa since 2008. From a very early age it was obvious that John was “plant and animal” minded. Upon completing his formal education, John assumed the responsibility of managing the family's large dairy herd. While dairy farming became his primary activity and source of financial provision, horticultural related interests were always present. The fruits of his imagination and the labour of his hands can still be clearly seen around the family farm to this day – more than 40 years later. In 1979 John and Beverley relocated to the Calgary area with their young family. Shortly thereafter, John established a landscaping service in which he specialized in landscape design and construction services for large acreages. Beverley focused her attention on the needs of their growing family. In 2008 John and Beverley shifted their focus to humanitarian work working among the needy village farmers of western Kenya before ultimately co-founding Humanity's Promise Int'l in 2011.
Board Member Glenisaah Deborah is a native of Trinidad and Tobago where she grew up excelling academically and thriving in all things sports. At a tender age, she developed a close relationship with her LORD and SAVIOR which has defined her character and has established her calling in life. Glenisaah relocated to Alberta more than 30 years ago and has become a proud Canadian calling Alberta her home. Glenisaah is an unusually outgoing and gifted individual whose personality has enabled her to mingle easily with individuals in high places of authority. She has, and continues to travel extensively to far flung areas of the globe where she ministers among men, women and the young. Glenisaah is a gifted leader with strong communicative skills who inspires others to excel in their life purpose and destiny. Glenisaah has been part of the Humanity’s Promise Team from it’s infancy and adds needed counsel.
Director, Board Secretary Marie Muddle was born and raised in the 3 Hills area of central Alberta among a strong GOD focused community of rural people. Growing up on the family farm with her many siblings afforded Marie an opportunity to master many agricultural skills which she has utilized for most of her life. For more than 20 years Marie worked with The Adult Learning Centre providing a host of adult learning opportunities throughout the Kneehill County within which 3 Hills is located. Marie is the mother of a son and an adult daughter and currently is engaged within the Real Estate industry both as a Sales Rep and Property Management Services. Marie is new to the HPI where she will serve as the HPI Board Secretary and Social Media Coordinator.
Director, Board Treasurer. “I was born in Obbo, (Acholiland) within East Equatoria, South Sudan and was one of 4 girls and 3 boys born into a hardworking farming family. Although our farm was a 2 hour walk to and from elementary and high school, I consider myself very fortunate to have had access to a good education. Shortly after finishing my schooling I left the area and eventually made my way to Canada in 1996. I am the mother of 5 children, all of whom are now self-sufficient. From the onset of my arrival in Canada I have advocated for the betterment of the South Sudanese people living in South Sudan and North America. My current employment with the Calgary Food Bank is a direct result of my desire to help my people. I am an active member of The Obbo Community of North America and serve as the Assistant Project Manager responsible for fundraising activities within North America. For the past 5 years I have served as the treasurer of HPI and have played an active advisory role with HPI'S farming activities in the Obbo region of South Sudan.”
Vice President Richard is a very gregarious, outgoing man always ready to help another in need. He was born in Calgary in 1963 but raised on a small mixed farm a 20 minute drive east of Calgary. Always an industrious and independent minded young man he established 2 paper routes while in secondary school. What became his lifelong professional career, showed up fairly early in his life—while in high school. Richard has worked within the construction industry for the past 30-plus years where he has earned a reputation of being highly reliable, trustworthy, hardworking, and a man of many skills. Richard and his wife Vanessa have been married for 33 years and have raised 2 grown children that they that great pride in. Both Richard and Vanessa are deeply engaged in Community Outreach programs of a spiritual nature and shall be bringing these gifts to the HPI Team and its numerous programs.
Board Members HPI - South Sudan
Oluku Andrew Holt
South Sudan Volunteer Executive Director Oluku Holt is a community worker with proven experience in planning and coordinating programs. He is happily married to Vicky Onen and blessed with 6 children. Oluku was born in Obbo village within Magwi County in 1968. This is the same area that HPI has undertaken to develop its agricultural based activities. Oluku has been working for the National Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Commission South Sudan for the last 16 years. He has held various positions such as the Coordinator for Training, Special Needs Group and Release and Reintegration of Children Associated with Armed Forces and Groups (CAAFAG) in Kenya and South Sudan from 2005 to 2021. Oluku has been serving Humanity’s Promise Int’l in South Sudan since 2015 as a Volunteer Executive Director. LOCATION: South Sudan ROLE: Oluku Holt is a community worker with proven experience in planning and coordinating programs. Oluku has been serving Humanity’s Promise Int’l in South Sudan since 2015 as a Volunteer Executive Director.
Peter Didmos Olak Debong
In-Field Volunteer Manager. Peter was born in the northern part of Uganda in 1969, one of 4 boys and 3 girls but raised in the Obbo area of South Sudan. This is the same area where HPI has established its experimental farm. Peter received his primary and secondary education in the general area with his advanced education taking place in Khartoum, the capital city of South Sudan. Peter also received extensive leadership development courses offered by Cambridge College in London, UK. Peter, having a heart for God and for the needy he continued his studies in Christian Lay Leadership in Khartoum, Sudan. Peter has considerable NGO leadership experience having spent 13 years working for International NGO’s as well as for the United Nations in South Sudan. His primary passion is working with the many needy people who live in the area of his youth. Peter is the Volunteer HPI regional field representative working out of his home in the Obbo area. Peter oversees all of HPI’s efforts to establish a successful agriculture-based economy among his people. Now residing in Juba and Obbo, Peter is married to Flora and they are raising 4 boys and 3 daughters. ROLE: Peter has considerable NGO leadership experience having spent 13 years working for International NGO’s as well as for the United Nations in South Sudan. His primary passion is working with the many needy people who live in the area of his youth. Peter is the Volunteer HPI regional field representative working out of his home in the Obbo area. Peter oversees all of HPI’s efforts to establish a successful agriculture- based economy among his people.