The Team

Rob Buchanan, Director New Zealand & Global

Photo of Rob Buchanan MEND

Rob is the founder of MEND. He travels extensively around the world helping our partners and centres with their work. Read more about Rob here>>

Alisa Hogan, Secretary, Website Manager, New Zealand

Alisa Hogan MEND Support
Alisa lives in Wellington, New Zealand with her partner and two teenage boys. She has been a supporter of MEND for many years with an automatic payment every week. Now this money pays for new buffaloes as part of MEND's sustainable investment scheme.

Kathy Light, Treasurer New Zealand

Kathy Light

Kathy, along with her husband Len, are longstanding supporters of MEND. Kathy and Len have run successful companies in the dairy and probiotic industry for over 20 years. Click here for their website>>

Winsome Fisher, Support, KoolSkool New Zealand

Winsome Fisher - MEND support

Winsome lives in the Bay of Islands in the north of New Zealand. She is a retired Occupational Therapist so has a wealth of health and disability knowledge and experience. 

Jim Hekker, Long time Supporter, New Zealand

Jim Hekker MEND Webmaster

Jim Hekker is originally from The Netherlands. He now lives in the beautiful Bay of Plenty in New Zealand. Jim was MEND's technical and website wizard and a longstanding supporter for many years. He is now enjoying his retirement but helps us when we need him!

Global Team

Chandu Polumuri, Sustainable Buffalo Herder and IT India


Chandu lives in Hydrabad, India. He manages our KoolSkool website and our sustainable business venture - buffalo herding. He now also runs the Charity, WISH, with his fiancee, Birathi. WISH supports women in Hydrabad who are challenged with disability and poverty.

Ganga Rayamajhi, Manager Hope Centre Nepal

Ganga Manager MEND Hope Disability Centre

Ganga is the Manager of Hope Disability Centre, Gulmi, Nepal. She is a double amputee and lost both legs as a baby when she was left unattended next to a kitchen fire. Hope Nepal was our first centre. Now Ganga and her team run it so successfully that they are  independent from MEND. This is her Facebook Page>>

Robert Lujoba, Physiotherapist Uganda

Robert Lujoba MEND

Robert works with MEND and the Katalemwa Cheshire Home (KCH) in Kampala, Uganda. KCH is one of the country's oldest rehabilitation centres. Robert cares for patients in the three districts managed from our Outreach Centre in Masaka.

James Wachieni, Co-ordinator SOL Kenya

James is the coordinator of our partner, Shepherds of Life (SOL) in the Samburu Region and Rift Valley of Kenya.

James also works on our sustainable farm programme harvesting and selling tomatoes, capsicums and onions. This programme employs local women and supports SOL's work with 400 village communities, 5000 vulnerable children and 600 people living with HIV/Aids. See:


Asi Babi, Manager AGAPE India


Babi lost both legs and an arm as a child but sucessfully runs AGAPE with just one hand! Babi and his team prioritise mobility for members, followed by education, skills’ training and employment, so they become useful participants in their society. 

AGAPE - Achieving Goals of Ability Parity and Education.