Weusi A. Tafawa, FCCA, ACIB, MBA, is a native of Guyana, who attended South West London College, England where he completed his banking and accounting studies; becoming an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and an Associate of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
He completed his MBA at Suffolk University, Boston, Massachusetts. Weusi worked for the Bauchi State Government in Nigeria focusing on the early adaption of main frame computers in the government; resource allocation models; and Local Government financing.
He joined Plateau State Polytechnic, Nigeria, as the Chief Accountant and later moved to the University of Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria as the Chief Accountant and eventually becoming the Chief Accounting and Financial Officer of the University of Jos, Makurdi Campus.
Weusi joined the University of Papua New Guinea as the Bursar (Chief Finance and Accounting Officer) and, after 11 years in senior management leadership he accepted an offer as the Financial Comptroller at Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, Massachusetts, until his retirement in 2017.
He is a Professor of Accountancy and is active in the residential and commercial real estate market.
Vilma Nicholls Tafawa B.A.Ed., M.Ed., is a native of Guyana and now resides in the USA. Vilma is committed to education, an idea shared by her entire family. She believes that women, in particular, have a huge untapped potential and that the empowerment of women must begin early, in their lives. Vilma recalls the struggles of her late parents, who, with very limited education and resources, understood the importance of education. They were industrious and innovative in caring for the needs of the family.
Vilma began her educational journey as a 5-year-old pupil, at Paradise Primary School, where she later became a teacher before leaving Guyana in 1973 with her husband Weusi Tafawa, for the United Kingdom in pursuit of further education.
An International Educator with a Bachelor of Arts in English/Education and a Master’s in Education, Vilma currently lectures at Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, USA. Vilma is a recipient of Bunker Hill Community College Board of Trustees Distinguished Service Award and of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Citation for outstanding performance.
As an educator, Vilma has had an exciting and rewarding career teaching and administering in Guyana, England, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea and the United States. She has authored several educational publications including; Bunker Hill Community College Teaching for Our Times, Volumes 2, 4 and 5; Community Colleges for International Development journal and Community College Times. Vilma has presented at a number of national and international conferences and is considered a valued resource person in International Education.
Vilma often reminisces on her ‘journey’ and truly believes that, with the support of the people from her village, she was able to realize her dreams and she feels committed to the education of girls. Therefore, the foundation will do its utmost best to give back by supporting under-privileged girls so that they can take their rightful place in society and eventually make a difference to the world.
To champion communities where well-educated women serve as eminent leaders across all societal sectors thrusting Guyana to be an exemplary source of economic independence within the Caribbean.
To empower and engage academically gifted yet financially disadvantaged primary school-aged girls in Guyana through provision of academic scholarships and mentorship activities that build leadership skills.