MEET THE TEAM
The Cova Project team is made up of a dynamic group of women from all over the world, who are unified by one goal:
To provide access to safe sanitary supplies to African women
G.D is an Australian activist and writer. In 2015 she worked for a charity in Namibia and experienced their unique work providing free healthcare to the marginalised San Bushmen community. That experience inspired G.D to work on solutions to ease the burdens of women living in impoverished, developing communities.
"I had mentally prepared myself for the malnutrition and the TB epidemic but I felt like such a fool when I visited the local store and found diapers and pads being sold individually. I couldn't really fathom that you might only have enough money to buy one pad during your period, and you'd have to strategise when to use that ration. The idea of experiencing something associated with so much shame and not having the tools to make it just a little easier on yourself, was heartbreaking. The girls were walking enormous distances to school, the women were working desperately to feed their families, where was the space to take care of themselves?
We joke about chocolate, rom-coms, Asprin, heat packs and Adele but those are the comforts we need, even after having all the pads, tampons and menstrual cups we could possibly want. I just had to try and make life a little easier for these women."
To learn more about G.D, click here
To find out about G.D's other work, click here
Head of Marketing (Australia)
After volunteering in Namibia, Caillie became passionate about supporting communities across Africa. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University and brings a unique understanding of the situation to the role.
Caillie recently embarked on a Cova Project distribution trip to Liberia and Malawi, meeting with our Local Partners and collecting initial survey information that will be vital for understanding the impacts and progression of the project.
Caillie is in charge of Cova Marketing and P.R, for direct communication contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Leader (Malawi)
Betti Nlhane and daughter, Eluby, are our amazing Malawian Project Leaders. Betti is a known matriarch of the community and hosts women’s groups in her living room, where women can freely speak about their challenges. She’s an advocate for speaking freely about sexual health and women finding their voice on the subject. Betti is a beacon of kindness, generosity and hospitality and makes the best banana bread in the Southern hemisphere.
We really couldn’t hope for a better partner!
Project Leader and Trainer (Malawi)
Eluby Shaba, daughter of Project Leader, Betti, is a nineteen year old superstar! Eluby has stepped up, taking on the primary role of trainer, teaching girls about the cup in Chichewa (the local language). Eluby also translated our educational materials so each cup recipient was able to leave with a hardcopy of all the information they received in their training.
Eluby communicates confidently and enthusiastically when talking about the cup and like most of the Cova Team, is a proud user herself. Eluby’s training sessions are responsible for Malawi’s excitement in trying the cup. She’s the future of The Cova Project and the future looks bright.
Project Supervisor (Liberia)
Martina Synue is our amazing Project Supervisor in Liberia. Martina assists in translation/communication and is responsible for managing the project and collection of data. Martina has a passion for the Not For Profit world and brings with her years of experience in the sector. Working with Educate West Point, the beneficiaries and Project Leader’s volunteering from within the West Point community, we know Martina is the wise and maternal voice necessary to manage the project.
Cup supplier (Sweden)
Diana started FlowCup in 2017, hoping to bring the economic and environmentally friendly menstrual cup into the mainstream. Her business philosophy is ‘Impact over Profits‘, which is why Flowcup became the ideal supplier for The Cova Project.
I believe that access to comfortable and safe sanitary protections should be every woman's right, no matter where in the world she lives. Contributing to this has always been obvious to me
To learn more about Diana, click here
To find out about FlowCup, click here
Project Supervisor (Malawi)
Casey is a Californian native working as a nurse lecturer at Mzuzu University. Her passion for women’s health and time spent studying at Sydney University led her to be our first call when reaching out to potential Local Partners. Casey believes strongly in community run initiatives and therefore introduced The Cova Project to Betti and Eluby (see Betti and Eluby above).
Casey is a trusted health professional within the community and contributes essential medical knowledge to the project. On top of that, Casey is a conscientious addition who is passionate about sustainability, best practice and maximising local involvement.
Project Supervisor and CEO, Educate West Point (Liberia)
Musa Sheriff was born in Liberia but fled with his family to Guinea during the civil war. While at a refugee camp in Guinea, Musa was educated by an NGO and there began his passion for Not For Profits. After returning to Liberia, educated and enthusiastic to give his time to those who needed it, he took a job driving ambulances during the Ebola outbreak. Musa is brave beyond belief, resigning himself to a life in service of what’s right, regardless of the risk. He is a pillar of the West Point community, where The Cova Project works in Liberia. Government officials and high profile Liberians have described him as “the future of Liberia” and at The Cova Project, we agree.
Check out Musa’s charity, Educate West Point: https://educatewestpoint.org/
After growing up around regional Victoria, Kimberley trekked to the big smoke to complete a Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) at RMIT. Since finishing her degree, she has worked in print journalism and has a passion for writing stories to provoke understanding, change and resilience. When Kimberley first heard about The Cova Project she knew it was a charity she had to be involved in because she believes in equality for all.
If you’re interested in writing about The Cova Project, email email@example.com
Head of fundraising (U.S)
Georgia is the brilliant mind behind The Cova Project's U.S fundraising operations. With a career in interior design and a background in public relations, Georgia brings the creativity and knowledge necessary to establish an exciting, new network of support for our wonderful project. Georgia is based in L.A and determined to bring awareness to such a universal issue.
"When I heard about The Cova Project, I was eager to lend my skills in any way I could. It is such a worthy cause, with measurable outcomes and most importantly a long lasting positive impact. It was something I felt would be life-changing to a lot of people."
Head of Ambassadors
Georgia grew up in a small beach town on the East Coast of Australia and moved to the U.S three years ago. She has a background in Business Management and is currently studying Psychology. After hearing about The Cova Project, Georgia was inspired to join the team and make an impact! She is passionate about providing Africa women with safe sanitary solutions.