Free the Slaves is pleased to announce that Crispin Baderha is our new country director in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He’s already at work in Goma, leading our program to confront labor and sex slavery in mining communities, as well as forced marriage slavery in families.
Crispin brings a wealth of experience in international development and human rights work to FTS. He says our model for strengthening communities to fight slavery attracted him to the job.
“I visited the FTS website and found close links between community development, human rights and slavery,” he says. “The community approach to address the root causes of problems that undermine people’s development is what attracted me.”
Crispin holds a degree in applied pedagogy from the Teacher Training College in Bukavu. He worked a teacher and language consultant before joining World Vision to work on humanitarian projects. He’s also worked with the Eastern Congo Initiative to strengthen the operations of nonprofit and community groups. Crispin knows firsthand the social, economic and political landscape of the Great Lakes region, and their effect on community development. He has worked with private foundations, individual philanthropists, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Canadian International Development Agency, and European governmental donors.
As FTS country director, Crispin will lead our in-country Congo team to provide support and technical assistance to our front-line partner organizations in the North and South Kivu provinces.
Please join us in welcoming Crispin to our team!
Read more about slavery in the Congo and our program to combat it on our Congo webpage.