Huguette Diakabana has joined us as of September 16, 2010 and will represent The Albert Baker Fund (ABF) in the West and Central African countries of Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Nigeria and Republic of Congo. As the West Africa Representative for The Albert Baker Fund, Huguette joins ABFs East Africa Representative, Lamech Katamba, of Kampala, Uganda, with whom she will be working closely.
A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has one of the largest concentrations of Christian Scientists in French-speaking Africa, Huguette will be based in Kinshasa, where she lived before moving to the United States with her family.
“I am very excited about working with Christian Scientists from different countries in Africa who are aspiring to do great things for their community,” said Huguette.
Huguette will help screen applications of potential students, stay in touch with local Christian Science church communities, establish relationships with universities, research banking systems, and work closely with ABF’s applicants and network of 18 Regional Vice Presidents in nine African countries.
Before heading to Kinshasa in October, Huguette is training in ABF’s Sacramento, California office, where she is learning the new online application system and working with International Programs Manager Lonnie Best-Jarvis. Says Lonnie, “It is a privilege to work with individuals like Huguette and Lamech. Their personal experience, spiritual outlook, familiarity with the communities and conditions in the countries where we have programs, and their commitment to witnessing students succeed in their chosen educational path, uniquely qualify them to help ABF act as a responsible, effective sponsor of students in Africa.”
While in Sacramento, Huguette says she is enjoying the new friends she is meeting, the open spaces and the city’s perfect, sunny weather! Welcome to the ABF family Huguette!