The Mission of People to People Liaison is to empower families from the Eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to be self sustaining by providing funds for education for children, vocational training for young men and women, and microcredit loans to help women start or grow small businesses.
Founding of PTPL
Bahekelwa “Baim” Imatha and his wife, Matumaini “Mimi” Furaha, natives of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, founded People to People Liaison in Greensboro, N.C. in 1999 to deliver humanitarian support directly to war- torn eastern Congo.
They fled from the Congo to the U.S. in 1990 after Bahekelwa courageously testified to the Congolese Parliament about an attack on his school, the University of Lubumbashi, and the subsequent massacre of students.
Sponsored by the First United Methodist Church in Decorah, Iowa, they initially lived in Decorah and studied at Luther College, then settled in Greensboro for graduate study.
With the encouragement of the Sunday school class at West Market Street United Methodist Church, PTPL was founded as a non-profit to offer new life to the people of the Uvira area of South Kivu provence, in the Eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
People to People Liaison Board
People To People Liaison is governed by a group of dedicated friends and followers of Bahekelwa Imatha and Matumani Furaha. PTPL was incorporated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2014, and is governed by officers there.
Co-Founders: Matumaini “Mimi” Furaha, and Bahekelwa “Baim” Imatha,
Executive Director : Bahekelwa “Baim” Imatha
Board Chair: Ralph Cauthen
Vice Chair: Dr. Lea Williams
Secretary: Dorothy Blanchard
Treasurer: Casey Patterson
Finance Committee: Dr. Lea Williams
Public Relations : Dorothy Blanchard (interim)
Membership : Dr. Goldie Wells
Dr. Adrienne Israel
Katherine “Kassy” Mpeshi McKee
Dr. Dorothy Merchant
Dr. Lea Williams
Dr. Barbara Clawson (former Board Member and Volunteer)
Cheryl Hopkins (former Board Member and Volunteer)
Sally Winslow (Emerita)
Helen Wolf (Emerita)
The PTPL Board meets from 6PM – 8 PM on the 4th Thursday of
odd numbered months at Deep Roots Co-operative at 600 N. Eugene Street, Greensboro, NC.
Board Meeting dates for 2016 are Thursdays:
November 17 (third Thursday due to Thanksgiving holiday)