Richard and Theresa find joy in their work by realizing that behind the numbers are people that are being helped.  This mother and her children are just one family household in 96 villages that are being helped by ADRA’s PROMISE project in Rwanda.

One of the many babies in Rwanda that is now thriving as a result of the work of the PROMISE project.

The PROMISE project design contains multiple interventions that improve the health and wellness of children under five in Rwanda.

PROMISE project participants gather to celebrate the donation of an ambulance from Canada for their community.

With the introduction of permaculture methods, the PROMISE project has helped participants extend the growing season from three months to nine months in this dry region of Rwanda.

The PROMISE project gathers men of the village to discuss issues of family health, gender roles and equality.

The distribution of fruit and shade trees to PROMISE participants provides nutrition, income, and firewood.  The distributions come not only with education on growing trees but also environmental issues.

The distribution of goats to PROMISE participants help subsistence farmers gain a little income for their families.

Theresa with Kigali in the background.

From left to right: Calvin Okello, Theresa MacMaster, Richard Novlesky, Alice Muthuri  from ADRA Canada pose together on a recent visit to Rwanda for a compliance visit of the PROMISE project.

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Meet the People of Today’s Podcast

Richard Novlesky joined ADRA in 2012 after serving the Adventist church in Beirut, Lebanon.  Richard says, “Accounting is pretty much the same everywhere, but working for ADRA is a unique opportunity to combine my skills and experience with helping people make the world a better place.”

Theresa hails from Nova Scotia. She obtained her Bachelor of Commerce from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.  Not only is Theresa an Accountant in Finance, she also has a role in our Project Finance unit for our CFGB and GAC projects. Her role includes preparing and examining ADRA’s financial records to ensure our organization and projects run efficiently.

Frank Spangler is the Communications Specialist in the Supporter Relations Department of ADRA Canada. When he is not out traveling the world filming and photographing ADRA stories, you will find him at his desk editing videos and photographs to help tell the story of what ADRA does. He also works on the website of ADRA Canada and is now producing this monthly podcast. Frank has been filming and producing videos for ADRA Canada since 1989 as a freelance producer. In 2014 he began working directly for ADRA Canada.

Michael Kirkby is the Design and Communications Coordinator for ADRA Canada. He is responsible for creating many of the visuals that ADRA Canada uses at events and in publications across Canada. As a graduate of the International Studies program at Canadian University College (now Burman University) in Alberta, Michael is now happy to use his degree at ADRA. Before taking this position with ADRA in 2014, Michael honed his organizational skills at an asset management firm in Toronto. Michael enjoys visiting our projects in the field and always returns with many photographs, video footage and stories of his adventures.

Kayla Casey is the social media and website coordinator for ADRA Canada. Kayla is a recent graduate of Andrews University and is actively engaged in keeping our friends and supporters up to date on what we are doing here at ADRA Canada. She is a big fan of podcasts and has helped bring the ADRA Canada Podcast into fruition.