Meet The Team
We are a dedicated group of individuals with the single united goal of helping orphans. Our combined talents have lead the way in providing children with the foundation they need for a successful life.
Madam Esime Djentuh, Founder
Mama Esi as she is affectionately called founded Ryvanz-Mia in 2006. She is the one responsible for developing the framework of this orphanage, and has been helping children out of her own home for over a decade. She was once a proprietress of Esime Vocational Institute in Kpando that trained young women in apprenticeship and home management.Her passion and dedication is the driving force behind this charity, and has helped it to become what it is today.
Venunye Djentuh, Director
The director and co-founder of Ryvanz-Mia, Venunye is tasked with the logistics and planning behind the orphanage. He handles everything from planning volunteers arrivals, to the care and well-being of the children. In 2011 he relocated to Connecticut, USA, but he is still a vital part of the orphanage despite the long distance.
Edward Edzeani, Coordinator
Edward Edzeani, one of the original founders of the charity, is tasked with escorting volunteers during their stay. He regularly checks in on volunteers to make sure they are happy and satisfied, and loves showing them the beauty and potential of Kpando. His efforts are a vital part of the team, and help make it what it is today.
Rev.Can.Prosper Deh, Board Chairman
A board member of the charity, Rev.Canon Prosper Deh brings his vast experience in humanitarian efforts to the table. He oversees the administration and management of the house, lending his knowledge to the team on every aspect of their projects. As an ordained priest, he also offers his skills as a councilor and motivator for the team and children.
Pstr James Anku-Godwyll, Project Manager
The newest member of the team, Pastor James has quickly become an essential part of Ryvanz-Mia. As a program manager, he is often the first to speak with volunteers, and handles many of the questions people have when they call. He handles a variety of tasks on behalf of the founders, and is always quick to offer a hand no matter the task.
Grace Tsini, Health Coordinator
Grace is now a certified nurse and the organization in 2006 as health coordinator and has over fifteen years experience with children in a variety of ways in keeping health issues. Her passion for the organization is a source of inspiration for our children.
Ingrid Ribera, Volunteer Coordinator-Spain
Ingrid Ribera joined the organization in 2017 as a partner and a member of A Pencil for Ghana and new project’s volunteer co-ordinator, from Barcelona Spain. Together, she delivered their exciting plans, ideas, goals, and achievements of the project to the orphanage in person.
A Pencil for Ghana is a charity project that initially began in Barcelona, Spain, by 20 year old Laia Malvonado in 2017. Laia was inspired during her two week volunteer experience at Ryvanz-Mia Orphanage, located in Kpando, Volta Region, Ghana, in July 2017. The name, A Pencil for Ghana was influenced by Laia’s discovery of the orphanage’s kids sharing just one pencil to do their homework between fifteen of them.