Breaking Poverty Cycles and Empowering Communities
Rural World Impetus Inc. is a 501(c) (3) Nonprofit and lay organization. It does not and will never discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and beneficiaries.
Our dedicated team of experienced professionals are always on the ball, utilizing their unique skills and passion to move the work of our Non-Profit Organization forward. We’re always pushing ourselves to stay ahead of the curve and striving to perfect our programs. Meet some of our incredible leaders below.
Emery Ladi Ngamasana
President, Executive Director
With us since our founding, Emery L Ngamasana is a trained Biostatistician with a background in Economics and Policy Development. Growing up in a poverty-stricken rural area, and having kept strong ties with his local communities, he brings in first-hand knowledge of the local needs and challenges, while suggesting pragmatic and disruptive solutions in helping the organization grow and succeed. Emery has worked as a Research Associate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is currently a Senior Scientist at Reynolds American Inc in Winston-Salem. He is passionate about giving back to his community and helping meet the challenges that his fellow brothers and sisters are facing in Congo.
Professor Kandala Fandidi Bienvenu
DRC In-country Director
Dr Kandala is a Professor of psychometric at the University of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has been a teaching fellow at the University of Kinshasa for more than 15 years. He leads our work in the DRC and oversees all operations in collaboration with our small local team.
Tony is an entrepreneur and real estate professional with compassion for those less fortunate than him. He decided to join Rural World Impetus Inc. with the vision and drive to develop the organization with experience and integrity.
Father Felix Ngolo
Father Felix Ngolo is a Catholic Priest, native of the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has a background in rural development from the Catholic University of Lyon in France. He has a long history of leading small projects in the rural area of the Democratic Republic of Congo. He brings in first-hand experience in planning and budgeting and contextual understanding of socioeconomic issues facing the community we serve
Jean Paul Littleton
Director of Communication
Jean Paul is a native from the same rural area Democratic Republic of Congo. He has a background in Radio and Telecommunication, with a Master in Business Administration. Jean Paul brings in an invaluable experience in terms of helping the project to set and maintain a platform for networking, mentorship and leadership.
Father Rodrigue Ntungu
Father Rodrigue Ntungu is a Catholic Priest from the congregation of Jesuits. He was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In 2000, he joined the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Central Africa Province (DRC and Angola). After his first studies (BA in Philosophy) followed by the apostolic work (Latin teacher) in the DRC, Rodrigue pursued legal studies (LLB and LLM, Civil Law System) in Business Law in Yaoundé, Cameroon. From 2012 to 2015, he attended Hekima University College in Nairobi (Kenya) for a BA in Theology and was ordained to the priesthood on January 3, 2016. Meanwhile, Rodrigue served as the Secretary to the Provincial in Kinshasa before joining Boston College (2017-2019) for Sacred Theological Licentiate in Social Ethics. He is an LLM alumnus from the University of San Francisco (USF) Law School.
Director of Education
Kim is a real estate professional and former teacher who resides in Lewisville, NC. Her love for children and education bring years of experience and skills to the forefront in helping our organization grow and succeed.
Dr. Milly N Kanobe, PhD
My name is Dr. Milly N. Kanobe. I was born in Uganda, East Africa. I started my educaon in Uganda,
with support from several family members, notably my sisters and uncles. I lost both of my parents; I
was four years old when my mother died. I was raised by di#erent relaves in di#erent parts of the
I was privileged to make it as far as I did with my educaon. I hold a PhD. in Plant Breeding and a Minor
in Genecs from Iowa State University. I also have a master’s degree in Crop Science as well as a
bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, with a Major in Crop Science, from Makerere University, Kampala,
Uganda. My educaon success was not without challenges, just like many children in most parts of
Africa. My tuion and fees were always a collecve e#ort before I made it to university for my
bachelor’s degree under the sponsorship of the Uganda Government. Many kids in Uganda, and Africa in
general do not make it this far despite their undeniable potenal.
When I got the opportunity to join Iowa State University, the whole village rejoiced, and that gave me
courage to face my challenges ahead to succeed. When I recall my educaon journey, and the many
challenges faced especially by African children, I get the drive and feel the need to help those in need in
any way that I can. The will is there, but many mes we are drawn back by fear, and lack of means to
I am married with four children, and even here where we live in North Carolina, it is hard to believe that
life can be a challenge given our past paths! My own kids inspired me to start thinking big, thinking
about other kids in Africa, kids in Uganda, where I grew up. I want to become a part of an organizaon
for which we share the same goal, which is to help those less fortunate, not by choice. My desire is to
e#ecvely parcipate in those tasks that generate and contribute to the growth and wellbeing of
individuals in African countries through educaon, training, and networking in order to have a posive
in0uence in their lives.
Dr Grace W. Mukongo MD
In country Medical Program Officer
Dr Mukongo is a medical doctor serving as the Executive Director at Eolo Hospital, in the Kwilu Province, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Dr Mukongo oversees all our health related activities in the country. His energy and commitment makes him a great collaborator. He advises our board on the local health related needs, which informs our strategies and prioritization. He works closely with Professor Kandala who is based in Kinshasa and a small coordination team based in Matari in the rural area.