In remembrance of UNICEF colleagues who touched many lives
Christian Nyembwe Mawole
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our friend and colleague Christian Nyembwe Mawole on 21st December 2022.
Christian joined UNICEF in July 2008 as a Programme Assistant in Bandundu. In 2018, Christian was assigned to Mbandaka, and in 2020, he was assigned to Kinshasa as a Programme Associate, a position he held until his passing.
Christian was a golden gift, a great example of a staff member committed to UNICEF's values, a peaceful human being, an exceptional performer, a genuine spirit, very friendly, and always eager to learn and help. He brought a piece of the rainbow to UNICEF DRC.
Christian was 42 years old and is survived by his spouse Ginette Ndaume, and their three children, Honey, Heri, and Hanniel.
Raphaël Mihari Aluta
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved colleague, Raphaël Mihari Aluta, on 19 November 2022.
A national of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Raphaël joined UNICEF in 2006 as a Logistics Consultant in Mbuji-Mayi. In 2007, Raphaël became a Programme Assistant in Mbuji-Mayi. From 2008 until his passing, he worked as an Education Officer in the Kananga office, where he actively participated in the 2022 annual review of the Programme of Cooperation.
Raphaël is remembered as a colleague with a strong sense of humor who knew how to cultivate love and friendship. He always found ironic words to console a sad colleague and to bring a smile to the face of a stressed colleague. He was called "General" by those close to him, reflecting his position as a senior member of the office.
He was 63 years old and is survived by his wife Adolphine Nyabusi, and six children, Amani, Tcheusi, Makungu, Aluta, Mayaza, and Kabuya.
It is with great sorrow that we inform you that our UNICEF colleague, Vincent Masumbuko, passed away on Monday, August 17, 2020.
Vincent joined UNICEF DRC on 8 September 2008, as a WASH Officer in the Mbandaka Field Office. Prior to joining UNICEF, Vincent worked as a WASH Specialist for the DRC Government, and then went on to humanitarian work with the INGOs IRC, COOPI, SANRU-USAID and Oxfam GB, where he had an outstanding track record.
He was widely recognized as a technical WASH expert and thanks to his support, thousands of vulnerable children gained sustainable access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, in over 400 villages and 200 schools. Vincent was one of the key members of the DRC WASH program, where he managed the Healthy Schools and Villages National Program in 5 provinces of the country and participated in a number of emergency responses, including cholera and Ebola outbreaks, as well as natural disasters.
His colleagues who affectionately called him "Papa Vincent" will remember him fondly for his genuine inter-personal relations and his dedication for helping others.
Only a few months away from retirement, Vincent is survived by his bereaved wife Marguerite Lundi, seven children and a grandson.