Founders & Board of Directors

Founders & Board of Directors

Lufafa Emmanuel, Founder, Nurse, Pastor, and Program Director

“I am forever grateful for the people who stood with me and provided food, shelter, medical supplies, and school fees to children when we were not yet a nonprofit. Thank you for your compassion and support.”

I established the Mafubira Community Clinic and children’s home due the high mortality rate of orphans who are suffering, starving, and dying without medical care, food, shelter and proper clothing. LCM is aimed at promoting the standard of living of the children in my community and alleviating their suffering. I have a bachelors degree in nursing and have seen first hand how children are suffering. When children are given a chance, they can look to their future with hope and become successful members of their community. A major challenge that hinders our goals is lack of funds to effectively satisfy the needs of the children. The clinic is free of charge for families who are unable to take their children to the government hospital, which at times can be without needed supplies and medicines. I now call upon you with a compassionate heart to partner with us to support children.

Jazmen Draper, Co-Founder; Executive Director

Jazmen met Lufafa in December of 2014 and fell in love with his mission in Uganda. Since then, they have stayed in contact, and they founded LCM in January of 2017. Though small now, Jazmen hopes for LCM to grow in the future that God has for them.

She is married to her husband, Matthew, and has a 15-year-old daughter, Mckenzie. She was born in Ohio, but her father was in the military. So, they moved every few years and even lived in Germany. She now calls Florida home since she has lived there the longest, and she loves the weather, where she can spend time at the beach, kayaking, exploring, reading inspiring books, and helping Lufafa any way that she can.

“I love how people from all over the world are coming together to care for children and their community in Uganda. I also love how we operate differently than most nonprofits. Our desire is to be relational and build lifelong friendships. We truly care about our partners. If someone feels compelled to donate or help in a certain area we take that seriously.”

Bryan York, Prayer Warrior

Bryan is close friends with Jazmen, and when she first met Lufafa Emmanuel and first started connecting with him, he helped her screen him/answer questions. When she first founded LCM she asked if he would be on her board, and so he now helps lead the prayer ministry.

He is in his fourth year of living with his parents in Colorado Springs, CO, and he is happy as a very passionate photographer.

“My favorite part about LCM is that we are small enough and therefore are all fairly close to one another. The relationships are very meaningful.”

 

Giovanni Gravino, Treasurer

Giovanni met Jazmen in 2015, when they both began their masters degree in Global Development and Justice. He would listen to her talk about Lufafa and his work, and when LCM was founded in 2017, he was asked to join as treasurer and he did so happily.

He has been married to his wife, Anna, for almost 8 years, and they have three children who keep them on their toes– Willow (7), Flynn (3), and Isla (1). Giovanni currently lives in Ohio and enjoys anything having to do with nature, hiking, playing with my children, serving others, and art.

“I love hearing all the wonderful things that God is doing in Uganda with LCM. It brings me joy to know the children feel hope and the love of Jesus. Also, LCM has a great team, partners, and supporters from all around the world.”

 

Written by: Grace Hooley

Grace Hooley is a senior at Taylor University double majoring in Journalism and International Studies. She interned with LCM from June to August 2018. She currently lives in Indiana, but she has been to five different countries and hopes to continue traveling after graduation.