In remembrance of UNICEF colleagues who touched many lives
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.