Disclaimer: The Lord's Hands Organization is not affiliated with BYU-Pathway Worldwide

The Lord's Hands is a charitable and humanitarian NGO founded on human and Christian values centered on the true love of neighbor.

Too often we notice the needs around us, hoping that someone from far away will magically appear to meet those needs. Perhaps we wait for experts with specialized knowledge to solve specific problems. When we do this, we deprive our neighbor of the service we could render, and we deprive ourselves of the opportunity to serve. While there is nothing wrong with experts, let us face it: there will never be enough of them to solve all the problems.” President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

We are not experts, nor rich or famous, but we have a reverence for life and a desire to be ‘the Lord’s Hands’ in helping the poor and the needy. Please add greater meaning to your life today and join us in creating a better tomorrow!

Our resources consist of financial contributions from active members, donations and volunteers’ many hours of service.

BACKGROUND

The Lord’s Hands was officially organized in the Democratic Republic of Congo in November 2020. We are founded on Christian values and are committed to lifting others throughout  Africa. We have a “reverence for life” and believe we “find” ourselves through helping others.

 

In January 2021, we commenced our “Computers for Students” winter campaign and donated 25 computers to our first group of BYU-Pathway Worldwide students from the DR Congo, Congo-Brazzaville, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Kenya.

 

In April 2021, we started our Spring “Computers for Students” campaign are delighted to donate 63 Computers to the second group of BYU-Pathway Worldwide students from the following countries : Malawi, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Liberia, Uganda, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Ghana, Congo-Brazzaville, Togo, Burundi and Ivory Coast.

BOARD MEMBERS

  • Steve M. Kapila
    Steve M. Kapila
    Founder
  • Alex Omole
    Alex Omole
    Board Member
  • Placide M. Mululu
    Placide M. Mululu
    Administrative Director
  • Yannick I. Mukala
    Yannick I. Mukala
    Programs / Projects Director
  • Benedicte Kusobokila Kiema
    Benedicte Kusobokila Kiema
    Communication Director
  • Alain Kabwe
    Alain Kabwe
    Executive Director

ADVISORS

  • Taressa Earl
    Taressa Earl
    Advisor
  • Ron Chevalier
    Ron Chevalier
    Advisor
  • Diana Bingham
    Diana Bingham
    Advisor
  • Derek Gordon
    Derek Gordon
    Advisor
  • Rick Hutchins
    Rick Hutchins
    Advisor
  • Patrick Lamb
    Patrick Lamb
    Advisor
  • David W. Rupper
    David W. Rupper
    Advisor
  • Janet T. Cook
    Janet T. Cook
    Advisor

We are changing Africa, one computer at a time.

13

COUNTRIES SERVED

88

COMPUTERS DONATED

317

APPLICANTS RELATED TO THE 88 GRANTED COMPUTERS

Steve M. Kapila
Founder

Steve Kapila Mutombo, the founder of The Lord’s Hands NGO, is passionate about humanitarian and social needs. His natural interest in charitable activities grew as he worked with LDS Charities assisting a humanitarian missionary couple, and when he served as Bishop of the Kisima Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Steve’s professional experience includes work for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Purchasing, Fleet, Information and Communication Systems; Travel; Distribution Planning and Sales; and as Regional Support Services Manager in the Central Region of the Africa Central Area.

He holds a B.S in Systems Administration (IT) from ESIS, Lubumbashi DRC, a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management from Regent Business School in South Africa, and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration with Regent Business School RBS. He is married to Mukaz Kapila. They have 3 children.

Alex Omole
Board Member

Alex Omole from Nairobi Kenya.  As an individual he believes in the commandment given by Christ saying “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”  Inspired by this belief, he has always tried to find ways in how he would be able to serve.  Motivated by this scripture he served as a missionary in the Ghana Cape Coast mission.  During that time he found joy in doing service to others, which led to more opportunities where he served as a Stake Institute Teacher, Sunday School President, and Bishop of Nairobi 1st Ward. 

Alex is the director of Qurious Data Limited and AlexBen Enterprises which deals with the collection and preservation of Oral Genealogies and helps people to preserve their family history.  He is a husband and father of 2 daughters.  Currently majoring in Bachelor of Science Applied Technology at BYU Idaho.

Placide M. Mululu
Administrative Director

Studies:

  • Bachelor in human resources management in progress at the Higher Institute of Social Studies (ISES) Lubumbashi.
  • Graduate diploma in management, and specialized in human resources management at the Higher Institute of
  • Social Studies ISES Lubumbashi.
  • Certification in business logistics management.

Work and business:

  • Founder and Manager of Business and More Establishments (Private Establishment).
  • Consultant in two small medium enterprises.
  • Worked as Self reliance society for the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 2 years.
  • Consultant, trainer, and administrative assistant at Self reliance at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • Entrepreneur and facilitators in the areas of business creation.

Married to Joyce Mombe Benangie and father of a daughter.

Yannick I. Mukala
Programs / Projects Director
Benedicte Kusobokila Kiema
Communication Director

Current internal position : TLH Communication Director and outside : PEF Operation Specialist

Alain Kabwe
Executive Director
  • ICT Officer World Vision DRC
  • Bachelor of Business Administration Brigham Young University-Idaho
  • BYU Pathway Worldwide Certificate
  • Bachelor of Network and System Management, ESIS
Taressa Earl
Advisor

Taressa obtained her undergraduate degree in Social Work and a graduate degree in Public Administration from Brigham Young University. Her passion for helping others obtain higher education and better employment opportunities was sparked as her career began at Utah Valley State College working as the director of a federal education grant, Upward Bound, assisting rural students who would be the first to graduate from college in their families. During the last 20 years, she served with the Junior League of the Oakland/Bay Area and assisted single mothers who were returning to school or the work force. Taressa’s passion for philanthropic work has taken her and her family to Guatemala, Panama, Cambodia, and India where they served in villages and schools to help educate, teach English, and improve quality of life. Currently, Taressa is serving as a BYU-Pathway Worldwide educational missionary with students in West Africa; she has recognized the acute need of many students who lack basic computer hardware and Wi-Fi services.

Ron Chevalier
Advisor

Ron holds an MBA from AIU and is a seasoned C-Level Executive with over 35 years experience in business consulting, entertainment, and non-profits and NGOs. He is a California native and enjoys working in the public and private sectors providing guidance and expertise in enhancing the effectiveness of operations, finances, fund raising and creating shareholder value. Currently, he is the CEO of Waste Consultants Northwest and Kharisma Entertainment, as well as the Head of Environmental Health & Safety at Vivakor, Inc. Ron is excited to now join the Advisory Board of the NGO THE LORD’S HANDS to help students in Africa secure computers and other needed support to achieve their educational goals.

Diana Bingham
Advisor
Derek Gordon
Advisor

Derek has over 20 years of experience in Information Technology. Currently, he is the Director of IT for a large company in the sports entertainment industry where he manages IT Operations and leads the Customer Support Team. Previously, Derek held IT Management Positions in banking, legal and sports entertainment. Derek earned a degree in Physics from Cal State Long Beach. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.

Rick Hutchins
Advisor

Rick spent over 30 years as a CPA building Novogradac & Company LLP into a Top 30 US accounting firm with nearly $200 million in annual revenue as of his retirement at the end of 2020. Prior to helping start Novogradac, Rick worked for Arthur Andersen and Ernst and Young. He has served in multiple volunteer positions including Board President of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Contra Costa County, Scoutmaster of Troop 497 in Concord, CA, and multiple positions for BYU Marriott School of Business alumni boards. Rick is an active real estate investor. He is married to Charlotte May and they are the parents of five children. Rick received his bachelors and Masters degrees from Brigham Young University.

Patrick Lamb
Advisor

Mr. Lamb is currently an independent director and advisor for various companies in tech, real estate and entertainment. Mr. Lamb has nearly 30 years of successful CFO experience in various large public, public subsidiary, and private entities, specifically in the financial services and entertainment arenas. He has public and private company board experience, and also serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations. He holds a Master’s degrees in Accountancy, with a minor in Managerial Economics, from the BYU Marriott School of Business.

David W. Rupper
Advisor

David retired in 2019 from MetLife after 29 years of service. His career experience included residing in Hong Kong as MetLife’s Chief Compliance for Asia and ensuring MetLife’s compliance with regulations in ten Asian markets. During this time, he coordinated MetLife’s compliance integration of two companies in Malaysia along with the development of a joint-venture in Vietnam. David has lived and worked in Japan where he spearheaded a compliance transformation for MetLife’s second largest operation. David has a Bachelor’s Degree from Brigham Young University and a MBA from Golden Gate University. Prior to David’s association with The Lord’s Hands, he participated in humanitarian ventures in China and Kenya and observed micro-lending to women’s groups in India. David believes there are openings for doing good appearing in numerous directions. He and his wife, Leslie Thomas are the parents of four children.

Janet T. Cook
Advisor

Janet has 22 years of experience as a professional educator, including gifted-talented department head and leading district committees. At home, Janet instilled her passion for education in her nine children, who are all university graduates and hold a combined eight post-bachelor degrees.  After retiring, Janet served as missionary in Lubumbashi, DRC, teaching nine English classes weekly to several hundred students. Continuing to empower individuals through education after her mission, she organized a non-profit to teach subsistence farmers best practices and supply them with certified-seed and fertilizer.  She raised over $155,000 to teach 250 farming families.  Participants no longer face starvation, are repaying loans, have stable housing, and can afford to send children to school. Currently as missionary guiding BYU-Pathway students in Africa, Janet recognized students cannot complete courses on cell phones. She began working with Steve Kapila to raise money for computers to enable these students achieve their educational goals and become powerful leaders in their homes, communities, and Africa.