Reuben Lubanga is the Executive Director and co-founder of Volunteer Kenya / ICODEI. Reuben co-founded Volunteer Kenya in 1998 with nothing more than a wheel barrel, TV and VCR, and a passion to educate the locals on HIV/AIDS.
He then oversaw the expansion of Volunteer Kenya’s work to include microenterprise development, education, and healthcare. Reuben oversees and manages all of Volunteer Kenya’s operations, including all on-the-ground work within Kenya.
Aside from his work with Volunteer Kenya, Reuben is a Bishop in the Episcopal Church.
Rev. Reuben Lubanga
Co-Founder, Executive Director
Joyce joined the Volunteer Kenya / ICODEI team in January of 2007. She oversees all the day to day planning and organization of our volunteer activities. Joyce acts as the on-the-ground coordination point between our field coordinators, overseas volunteers, drivers, and translators. Joyce has a background in general management and accounting.
Betty is the Principal at Epico Jahns Academy, our primary school located on the same grounds as our clinic–-across the road from where our volunteers are housed. Betty initially started Epico as an informal nursery school that used the open space in our library back in 2000. Based on financial assistance from past volunteers, she then led the expansion of Epico from an informal nursery school to a licensed primary school that now has grades K-8. Betty oversees our staff of full-time Kenyan teachers, assistant principal, and headmaster at Epico. She is also the host mother for volunteers and is typically referred to as “Mama Betty.” She is the “mom” to all volunteers during their stay in Kenya, overseeing all the room & board accommodations for volunteers.
Principal, Epico Jahns Primary School
Note: The name Volunteer Kenya is used as the international name for our organization, but we are known as ICODEI (Inter-Community Development Involvement) within Kenya.