Victor Pilirani Chikalogwe (Director) serves as the Director at PASSOP and is a Malawian native. Victor holds a diploma in Project Management from Staff Development Institute, a degree in Business Administration from the University of Malawi Polytechnic, a certificate in Information Processing from the University of Malawi Chancellor College, a certificate in Project Management from Staff Development Institute, and is currently studying BA Project Management with Exploit University. Previously, Victor served as a youth coordinator for the Student Christian Organization of Malawi, Assistant Coordinator for Transform Africa, Malawi Chapter, LGBTI Coordinator for CEDEP Malawi, and the Project Coordinator for Home of Hope Mchinij—where is co-signed for adoption by the singer Madonna. Victor is also skilled and trained in gender-based violence with Women’s Voice, sexual reproductive health and rights with United for Body Rights, and sexual reproductive health and rights for men who have sex with men with Fens Institute, USA. Victor has a passion for education and sharing his knowledge with others, and intends to continue being an LGBTI advocate through social work.
Tendai Bhiza (Office Administrator) is a Zimbabwean refugee who fled the political instability in Zimbabwe in 2004. She then proceeded to find a way to support her family in South Africa. She is a single mother of an 18-year-old son. Before joining PASSOP, she worked as a self-employed African curios salesperson at Greenmarket square. She joined PASSOP as an activist after being introduced to the organization at several protest actions at Parliament and the Home Affairs Office. Finally, after years of attending dozens of workshops and meeting with PASSOP, she joined the staff and has now established herself as the “mother of PASSOP staff.”
Ethan Chigwada (Community Mobilization Officer) is a Zimbabwean national and has been living in Cape Town since 2015. Being an active member of the LGBTI community, Ethan made it his goal to advocate for sexual and gender diversity in politics, society and the community itself. In 2018 he joined PASSOP where he currently leads major LGBTI initiatives.
Tiwonge Chimbalanga (Office Reception) is a transgender woman who was imprisoned for marrying a man in Malawi. In 2010, this was considered the first LGBTI marriage in Malawi. Thanks to political and social initiatives, Tiwonge could leave prison after a few months and managed to flee to South Africa. At PASSOP, she welcomes our clients, gives first support and issues Newcomer letters.
The PASSOP Board consists of six trustees that are responsible for overseeing the organization’s operations. They ensure that the organization upholds the interest of the public, monitor and advise on the work done by the Director of the organization. The chairman is Guillan Koko from the University of Pretoria, Centre for Human Rights.
Volunteers and Interns are relied on heavily at PASSOP due to a lack of resources. At any given time there are volunteers and interns working for PASSOP. They come from a wide range of different backgrounds and bring diverse expertise. Some are immigrants from different parts of Africa who want to join the mission that PASSOP has in defending the rights of marginalized immigrants; many others are students from some of the top Universities in the United States and Europe. If you are interested in volunteering at PASSOP, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org