Crystal Beukes has been the CEO of MSR since 2016. Day to day she is responsible for the management of MSR, maintaining stakeholder engagement, looking for sponsorship, and running the Swakopmund office. Crystal loves how MSR’s support provides hope to the unemployed who may feel dismayed. Being a part of the solution brings her great joy. Additionally, the commitment and openness of the members to the support and help they receive by MSR is very encouraging to work with.
Hilya Kambanda has been a valuable member of the MSR team since 2011, when she responded to a vacancy call for an office administrator. Upon joining MSR, Hilya was an office administrator and since has been promoted to placement and training officer. She handles MSR public relations as well as being the general manager of the Windhoek office. Hilya says that when members get permanent jobs and are able to provide for their families, it brings a sparkle to her face.
Tomas Shilongo joined the MSR team as an employee in 2008 after being a member. Tomas handles all administrative work in the Windhoek office as well as performs fieldwork, which involves searching for new members. Tomas says he loves working at MSR because it allows him to interact with people and help others.
Peace Corps Volunteers
Peace Corps Volunteers are assigned to a variety of projects in Namibia including Health Volunteerism, Education Volunteerism, and Community/Economic Development (CED) Volunteerism. Peace Corp volunteers are paired with an institution/organization for the duration of two years where they serve the organization needs and contribute towards the organizations progress. Community, economic, development (CED) volunteers get paired with MSR and then spend the next two years helping MSR grow to reach its best potential. The Peace Corp Volunteers love to work with MSR’s members because it allows them to better understand the member’s needs and how MSR can better accommodate them. Additionally, MSR provides the volunteers with the unique opportunity to live among many of the members in their community and to gain a more in-depth understanding of their situation, restrictions, and opportunities.
Every year four students from the American University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) come to work at MSR for two months. The WPI team has created us entrepreneurship classes, a database, this website, and much more. We love working with the WPI teams because the WPI students always come to work with enthusiasm and produce meaningful work. Additionally, the WPI students do projects that we at MSR don’t always have time to complete, which not only helps the organization grow but also prosper.