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What We Do

In this increasingly complex world, education is one of the most important investments in life. The mission for The Lord’s Hands is awarding laptops to promote human potential to BYU-Pathway Worldwide students in Africa.

Although we are not affiliated with BYU-Pathway Worldwide, we value its low-cost, flexible, online approach to higher education in over 150 countries.

Income inequality prevents many African BYU-Pathway students from owning a laptop, which is necessary to complete university-level courses and obtain their online degree. The Lord’s Hands addresses this problem by awarding laptops to exceptional BYU-Pathway students through a competitive process.

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!

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About Us

What We Do

In this increasingly complex world, education is one of the most important investments in life. The mission for The Lord’s Hands is awarding laptops to promote human potential to BYU-Pathway Worldwide students in Africa.

Although we are not affiliated with BYU-Pathway Worldwide, we value its low-cost, flexible, online approach to higher education in over 150 countries.

Income inequality prevents many African BYU-Pathway students from owning a laptop, which is necessary to complete university-level courses and obtain their online degree. The Lord’s Hands addresses this problem by awarding laptops to exceptional BYU-Pathway students through a competitive process.

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!

Donate

Our Story

November 2020
The Lord’s Hands was officially organized in the Democratic Republic of Congo
January 2021
We commenced our Winter  “Laptops for Students”  campaign and donated 25 laptops to our first group of BYU-Pathway Worldwide students from the DR Congo, Congo-Brazzaville, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Kenya.
April 2021
We started our Spring “Laptops for Students” campaign, and were delighted to donate 63 Laptops 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.
August 2021
We successfully awarded 103 laptops to students in the following  countries in Africa: Cameroon, DR Congo, Congo-Brazzaville,  Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sough Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.
Currently
Since its inception, 530 African students in 21 countries have earned a laptop from The Lord’s Hands due to their academic success in BYU-Pathway. The news of The Lord’s Hands has traveled throughout Africa and hope now exists. In our website, you will see heartwarming examples where lives have been changed for the better because of a single laptop. Our biggest risk is extinguishing that hope in the lives of students who “…with surety hope for a better world…” Please help us keep hope alive by donating today!

Making An Impact

“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.”
Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Making An Impact

“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.”
Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Our Team

Board Members

Steve M. Kapila

Founder

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 senior missionary couple, and served as Bishop of the Kisima Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Steve’s professional experience includes working 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 his Master’s degree in Public Administration at Brigham Young University Provo-Utah. He is married to Mukaz Kapila. They have 3 children.

Alex Omole

Board Member

He is 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:
• Bachelors degree in Human Resources Management (ISES, Lubumbashi), Anticipated July 2022
• Certification in Business Logistics Management.
Work and business:
• Chief Operations Officer at Business and More Inc.
• Married to Joyce Mombe Benangie and a father of two children.

Yannick I.
Mukala

Programs/Project Director

• Bachelors degree in Information Technology (Programming)
• Chief Operations Officer at LUBUMBASHI MODERNE Inc
• Field technician at Congo China Communication (ccc) with Huawei
• Married to Gisèle Bulungu.

Benedicte Kusobokila
Kiema

Communication Director

• Bachelor in project management
• National higher diploma or undergraduate in Executive Secretary
• National diploma in pedagogy/Psychology .
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

Advisors

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.

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.