On a quiet Saturday morning on September 26th, 1992 the lives of about one hundred military families changed forever. Shortly after takeoff the C-130 military aircraft carrying about 100 senior military officers on an excursion from Lagos to Kaduna, went down in a muddy swamp in Ejigbo-Lagos state. Everyone onboard perished.
Like most of the military wives affected, the life my family and I knew was suddenly changed in its prime. The journey to fatherlessness and widowhood for my four children ages, eleven, nine, six and three and I was unexpectedly thrust upon us. Little did we know that this was going to be a telling and trying journey. Needless to say that this dark road was indeed infested with every type of imaginable surprise any human being could ever encounter. It was an encounter with the proverbial “the good, the bad and the ugly.” Above all, however, by the special grace of our Almighty God, it continues to be a learning process that keeps bringing out the best in us in spite of our limitations and weaknesses.
It is this all sustaining grace that kindled this fire that continues to burn in our hearts for the helpless ones among us —the Widows, Orphans, and Fatherless. Giving voice to the voiceless and a helping hand to the needy is therefore the mission and vision of The Calidan Missions.
“Religion that God Our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world”. James 1:27
Meet The Team
Iwebuka Obioma Nwambuonwo
Founder & CEO
Founding Director of The Calidan Missions. Her late husband Major C.D Nwambuonwo was one of the victims of the tragic C-130 military plane crash in Lagos on September 26th 1992. She is a mother of four and a grandmother. Iwebuka O. Nwambuonwo holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria Nigeria. She came to the USA in 1996. A U.S citizen, Iwebuka is currently a licensed practical nurse.
David is a Christian Leader and an experienced Technology Development Manager. Over the past 45 years, he has served in various roles in Church leadership as Pastor and Bible Teacher and passionate advocate of the Love of Christ for all. He is also a retired engineer who has worked at several Fortune 500 companies as a strategist, developer, architect, and manager. With his wealth of spiritual and corporate world experience, David offers us wise guidance on how best to accomplish our goals as a ministry.
Lynn Sinnott is an accountant who has worked for various small businesses for over 20 years and has been managing her own bookkeeping company for the last 7 years. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Accounting. Lynn currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona where she enjoys spending time with her husband, David, and two children, Lindsey and Matthew. She is grateful to have the opportunity to serve others through the Calidan Missions.
Esther Zufelt is originally from Nigeria, and having resided there for a few years in her late teens, she is aware of the challenges many face living there. As a mother of three, she is sympathetic to mothers who end up raising children on their own, especially as widows. She has a passion for ensuring people know they are seen, especially in their struggles. Being able to serve on Calidan Missions board has been a great opportunity to play a small role in bringing to light the needs of the many families we support in Nigeria, so fellow purpose-driven individuals can be aware of, and join in, our mission to adequately meet their needs.
Director of Philanthropy
With 20 years of experience in the investment and asset operations space, Kuzi works to create strategies for Calidan to reach fundraising goals and develop revenue to assist the foundation in developing revenue to sustain operations.
Coordinator of Clinic Affairs
Afam Nwambuonwo has spent over 20 years in the medical field holding various positions such as CNA, Pharmacy technician and Physical Therapy Technician with the last 5 years as a Doctor in Physical Therapist. As the coordinator of clinic affairs, he supports Calidan missions in the outreach program and clinics.
Assistant Fundraising Coordinator
Uche has been in healthcare and wellness for the past 10 years working as a physical therapist. He is passionate about his walk with Christ, love for his beautiful wife, 3 children and his close knit family as well as serving at his church for the last year o years. He lives by the principal that Christ last command is our first priority and strives to fulfill that in every aspect of his life.
Head of Communications & Marketing Team / Web Developer
Victor is the very First Beneficiary of Calidan Mission in 2012, He is currently an Executive Administrative Assistant, Digital Marketer, Web Developer and an Enterprenuer in the Entertainment Industry, with over 7years of Experience in the Tech Industry. He is the Website Designer and marketing Strategist for Calidan mission