I STRETCH MY HAND

Our Leadership

Our talented team brings broad experience in the implementation and facilitating
smooth running of the organization.

Gattuoch Kuon, President

Gattuoch is the President of I Stretch My Hand and a current student at McGill University, studying Computer Science and Psychology. Gattuoch worked at BMO Financial Group, Nordstrom and Nvidia as Software Engineering Intern in 2021. He was among the few students in North America selected by Google to participate in the Google Software Product Sprint program in 2020. Due to his exceptional performance in primary school in 2013, Gattuoch earned a four-year high school scholarship from UNHCR in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. After another excellent performance in high school, Gattuoch was awarded World University Service of Canada (WUSC) scholarship to study at McGill University in 2017.

Nhial Thok, Country Director, Kenya

Nhial is a recent graduate of Turkana University College, having studied  Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science.  Nhial is an environmental activist as well as a member of the Environmental Science Club. He was among the students selected by the Department of Environmental Science, School of Science and Technology to participate and represent students’ organization to increase awareness and community involvement of its members in a positive and engaging social setting.  Nhial earned a four-year DAFI scholarship to pursue his University education. Nhial is a team player, punctual, well-spoken on community issues, and an excellent communicator

Bang Nienkel, Secretary

Bang Nienkel is the Secretary of I Stretch My Hand. Bang was awarded the Student Refugee Program (SRP) scholarship by the World University service of Canada (WUSC) that allowed him to move to Canada in 2019. Bang is currently studying Computer Science at Simon Fraser University.

Reat Deng , Finance

Reat Deng is the Finance of I Stretch My Hand . He completed his primary school in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya after which he was awarded the Secondary Education Program (SEP) scholarship, based on merit, by Windle International Kenya in 2014 to pursue his high school education. After a successful completion of his high school, Reat was awarded the Student Refugee Program (SRP) scholarship by the World University service of Canada (WUSC) that allowed him to move to Canada in 2019. Reat was admitted to the University of Toronto’s St. George campus where he is currently pursuing a life science degree program. 

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Twang John, Program Coordinator

Twang is the Program Coordinator of I Stretch My Hand. She is currently a second year Psychiatric Nursing student at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton. 

Pey Tiek, Program Manager, Kenya

Simon was born in South Sudan but raised in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. Simon is a current 4th-year Public Health student under DAFI scholarship in Kenya. He is passionate about education and making education accessible to all children as a basic human right. Simon was privileged to be among the 1% of refugee kids that have access to tertiary education. Many kids from refugee camps in Kenya do not have access to quality secondary and tertiary education. This prompted him to advocate for refugee kids’ education. To meet this goal, currently, Simon serves as the Program Manager for I Stretch My Hand – Kenya.

Nyalat Koang, Program Manager, Kenya

Nyalaat holds a Bachelor of Science in Conflict Resolution and Humanitarian Assistance from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology. Currently, Nyalaat volunteers with Kenya Red Cross Society –Trans-Nzoia branch that provides protection and emergency response during disasters where provision of psychological support is one of the main activities disseminated to the asylum seekers. As a philanthropist with passion to serve humanity, she is also a member of TEDI – Transform, Educate, Develop and Initiate Africa that focuses on social innovation and enterprise.

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Naomi Gelinas, Media Coordinator

Naomi is the Media Coordinator supporting ISMH with media outreaches and handling external affairs. She is a 2021 graduate at McGill University where she served WUSC-McGill chapter as a Co-Chair and after a WUSC-SRP Coordinator. Today, Naomi works at Action Réfugiés Montréal where she continues to learn more about refugee resettlement.

Teny Chuol, Communications

Teny serves as I Stretch My Hand Communications officer – Kenya. Teny was among the hardworking students in the refugee camp who got the DAFI scholarship. He is currently in Kenyatta University pursuing Bachelor of Economics and Finance. Prior to joining university, Teny serves as the chair for Science and Technology Club as well as News Editor for Journalism Club. Teny understands the impact I Stretch My Hand will have in molding the next generation of scholars in his community and that why he wants to be part of the change.

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