HAKIZIMANA Lydie, Co-founder and Managing Director
Lydie Hakizimana is a mother of three wonderful children and has a deep passion for education. She believes that every child is special and has something to offer to this world.
In 2008 she co-founded Drakkar Ltd, a Rwandan publishing company which distributes books in both primary and secondary schools. Since she wanted to provide an high quality education for an affordable cost, she designed Happy Hearts project and finally created it in 2014.
As a successful entrepreneur and a caring mother, she manages Happy Hearts as her second family, and all our staff knows that she will always continue to improve our school to meet the needs of our beloved students. Lydie is also involved in countless institutions related to education field and entrepreneurship, because of her commitment to children.
MUSONI Tilda, Montessori Teacher
Tilda is the English speaking teacher of our Preschool. She believes that all children deserve an education, which is tailored to their individual needs, and which can help them to grow to become confident and competent, because as she says: “The children we teach today are our leaders of tomorrow”.
She holds a Montessori degree in both early childhood and preschool, and has many years of teaching experience in Montessori structures from both Uganda and Rwanda. She is the most creative person ever : you would be surprised how many class materials were made by her own hands !
NYANDWI Jérémie, Montessori Teacher
Jérémie is the French speaking teacher coming from Burundi. He has more than 8 years of teaching experience, mostly at the Bujumbura International Montessori School. He loves working with children and being part of their fulfillment, through teaching, playing and caring !
Because he also hold a degree in Children Clinical Psychology, Jérémie is a particular asset to our team : he can establish amazing relationship with any child and deeply understand them. Our students really look up to him, but he would never look down on them.
MUKIRE Larissa, Teacher Assistant
Larissa is an very energetic assistant, who loves being surrounded by children. They are the most cheerful creature she knows, they are always happy and full of energy, ready to have fun all the time. She has been working in Happy Hearts for more than 2 years.
She has experience working with children with disabilities, and hold a degree in Social Work and Administration. She is also the best at playing basketball !
UMUBYEYI Nadège, Teacher Assistant
Nadège is a calm and very caring young women. Sometimes you can't hear her, but our children really love being around her. When they want to have fun, or when they are looking for caring hands, they will call Nadège!
She is also studying Finance during her freetime.
ISIMBI Océanne, Teacher Assistant
Ms. Océane is the new member of Happy Hearts’ family. She has 2 years experience as teacher assistant. The children already love her because she is always nice and cheerful with them.
MUJAWAMALIYA Denyse, Cook
Denyse is our new cook. She is a fast learner, and she prepares the best pancakes and bread! Thanks to her, our students can have an healthy and balanced diet everyday! Yummy!
MUTESI Justine, Housekeeper
Justine is the new cleaner. She makes sure that the place is ever clean and neat. She is very hard working, because you can imagine how can be a house hosting more than 30 children!
BIZIMANA Didier, Day Guard
Didier is a very helpful young man, who is always available to assist the parents and our staff. He likes playing with children: they will never cry if he brings them in school !
When Didier is not in Happy Hearts, he studies Business and Technology at the University.