Our Team


The management team of HelpforAfricanStudents, Inc. (H.A.S.)

Damaris Foping, PhD/CRA -Chairperson of the Board of Directors

Dr. Foping is a brilliant scholar and entrepreneur with a track record of involvement in her community. Causes of particular concern to her include economic empowerment, education, health, human rights and poverty alleviation. Organizations she supported in the past include Toastmasters International, Catholic Relief Services, World Vision, and Oxfam America. She possesses a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Mississippi and a MS Degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has authored several scientific articles, and presented research at numerous national and international conferences Dr. Foping is currently a clinical research executive.

Ms. Laura Schrock (Board of Directors) -
Public Relations Director of H.A.S.

She is also a PhD candidate in the department of English at the University of Mississippi (Early American Literature). She received her Master's Degree from Baylor University and her Bachelor's from the University of Mobile. Laura spent five of her growing-up years in Tanzania, East Africa, where her father worked as a teacher and her mother home-schooled the children.   Her oldest brother is currently a Professor of English in Medieval Studies at Lee University in Tennessee, while her older brother, a linguist, is working on recording the language of a small tribe in northern Uganda.   When she is not reading Early American novels, Laura enjoys studying and occasionally raising amphibians and reptiles, including a leopard gecko, Mississippi mud turtle, and Eastern newt larva. In her free time she also volunteers at the local pregnancy test center and serves as the public relations officer for H.A.S. She hopes to eventually settle down as an English Professor at a liberal arts college somewhere in the southeastern United States—and visit Africa as often possible.

Ms. Dolores Kamtchueng - Board of Directors

Dolores is the program coordinator of H.A.S. in Africa. She earned a Master's Degree with a thesis in Organic Chemistry at the University of Yaoundé I. She also graduated as a medical sales representative. After a short career as medical sales representative, she joined H.A.S. as Public Relations Officer, in which capacity she has served for two years. Through her service at H.A.S. she is working steadily toward the attainment of her professional objectives and the fulfillment of a life-long passion—that is, planning and implementing programs designed to assist the human community generally and the underprivileged like African students in particular to fight for a better life. God, family, love, and hope are values that determine her vision.


Loraine Mponela, MPH – Coordinator of Volunteers’ activities at H.A.S.

Ms Loraine Mponela holds Master of Public Health from University of Leeds, UK and BSc. in Environmental Health from University of Malawi. Has taught undergraduate students at Malawi College of Health Sciences for 5 years, also has expertise and experience in Water and Sanitation, Research (including Epidemiological studies), Monitoring and Evaluation, HIV and AIDS (including Counselling and Testing), and Sexual Health. She is dedicated to helping young orphans and those in need. A former recipient for various Scholarships, Loraine likes sharing scholarship information with other people that may have similar needs. A mother to a lovely son, she enjoys playing volleyball and playing scrabble online.

Mr. Barnabas KiruiManagement consultant

My Kirui works for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC in Dallas, Texas as a Tax Associate. Barnabas holds a Masters Degree in Accountancy from The University of Mississippi (Olemiss), and is currently preparing for his third section of the CPA exams. He received his first Bachelors degree in Accountancy, and the second in Banking $ Finance from the same university. He was born in a small village of Litein, in his native country Kenya. He attended his primary and secondary school education in Kenya before proceeding to USA for university education, through a Track $ Field Scholarship. While at Olemiss, Barnabas won multiple awards in his running career, winning an NCAA championship in 2007 and being selected to represent Kenya in 2007 World University Games in Bangkok Thailand where he won a Silver Medal. Barnabas was recognized as the Scholar Athlete of the Year twice, and was awarded a Post-Graduate scholarship from the NCAA for his outstanding academic performance. He also won The SEC Brad-Davis Community Service Award and Scholarship for being active in the community and for co-founding an organization that collected and shipped shoes to Africa. While working at Dallas, Barnabas still trains and runs professionally. His dream job is to be a university professor, where he hopes to be able to guide young people in the path to success in life. His Mom is his inspiration!!



TATSIMO Simplice Joel, PhD - Management Consultant at H.A.S.

Dr Tatsimo is a lecturer and researcher at the Higher Teachers’ Training College, University of Maroua, Cameroon. He holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon. Dr Tatsimo is a brilliant African scientist primarily involved in natural products chemistry research. He has authored several publications. His hard work has earned him two commended fellowships – one offered by the University of Mississippi, USA and the other by the University of Szeged, Hungary. He has also attended numerous international conferences (USA, Europe and Africa) and is a member of the GA organization.



Watch the video below and you will understand.

Will this ever end?

At H.A.S. we believe that African students, now spread across the globe, are THE ANSWER.  At H.A.S. we believe Africa will find sustainable, long-term solutions for its problems when African students (especially those of university age) begin take these issues personally.

H.A.S. was created to partner with these students in their daily struggles towards a quality education for a brighter future.


Why is having a publication so “so” important for African students?




Why is having a publication so “so” important for African students?



The answer is simple: it sets the stage for you to succeed in your chosen field. The acceptance of one’s work for publication has always been cause for celebration in laboratories around the globe. Scientific publications are to some extent a validation of your quality as a scientist/expert in a given topic.

Finding a position abroad to further their training is a dream of so many African students.

As stated somewhere else . . .

There are countless nations abroad whose professors/universities heavily rely on international students/posdocs to carry out research projects in their laboratory? The reason behind this state of affairs is simple: fewer and fewer citizens of those nations are interested in getting themselves involved in lengthy PhD programs when one can earn a great living with just a BS or an MS degree. The USA, as well as several European countries, falls under this category. Labs in the USA for instance are filled with students or post-docs from China and India.

Take-home message: A great publication can open these doors for you as well.

Again, there are numerous research positions available abroad; professors of universities around the world are looking to hire students just like you to work in their laboratory—national or international students that qualify to carry out a given research project.k4539-1

  1. When it comes to applying for a research position abroad, nothing says “this student/postdoc is qualified” like one or more PUBLICATIONS. Having published your research work, or, at least, being in the review process (i.e., having submitted your article and waiting to hear from the reviewers) as you prepare to graduate can significantly increase your chances of finding a research position abroad. It is very easy to understand why! Imagine a professor somewhere in the world looking for a student to complete a given research project.Now suppose that you have completed a similar work in the past or used similar techniques in the past and that the given work was accepted for publication. This simple fact is the confirmation that the professor needs.
  2. Furthermore, more and more research agencies have lines of budget aimed at encouraging young scientists from developing nations. Take two young PhD graduates that both apply for funding. The most important things that the jury pays attention to are the number and the quality of your publications.
  3. Publishing simply makes you a better scientist. Remember that our continent is loaded with infectious disease of all sorts and that there is a desperate need for young men and women with great talent to dedicate their lives to looking for cures. These illnesses that plague Africa are usually classified as diseases of the poor/neglected diseases; while these illnesses kill people by the million in poor nations, they represent a lesser threat to rich nations which direct their attention and funding towards things like cancer and heart disease (biggest threats). Drug discovery and development efforts toward illnesses that kill millions of people in Africa are often negligible. The lack of money but most IMPORTANTLY the lack of brain power/people that care enough (including Africans) to dedicate their lives to looking for a cure are explanations of this neglect. 


What is a publication?


What is a publication?





To publish is to make content/outcomes of scientific research available to the public. A publication is a document that presents your research goal, approach, result/discussion and conclusion to the public.

There are several types of scientific publications:

  • Scientific articles published in journals - Semantic-wise it is important to point out that before it becomes “a publication”, the document is referred to as a “manuscript”. Once it has been submitted to a journal, reviewed and accepted by a panel of scientists, then it is called a peer-reviewed publication/article.
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    Patents - Science and technology (new inventions like new and potent chemical compounds, new biological processes/concepts, etc…)
  • Books and book chapters
  • Presentations at academic conferences
  • Scientific publications on the World Wide Web – non-peer reviewed
  • Technical reports, pamphlets, and working papers issued by individual researchers or research organizations on their own initiative

Theoretically, your thesis or dissertation (the document) is a form of publication;

BUT when it comes to increasing your chances of finding a research position/job THOSE THAT REALLY MATTER are peer–reviewed publications (articles accepted for publication in renowned journals, patents and book/book chapters).

What is a journal? These are documents produced by publishing companies around the world. Their raison-d’être is to publish recent progress and breakthroughs in the given field of research. There are hundreds of journals for virtually any research/study field you can think of. These journals are ranked by a parameter called the “impact factor”, the best being those with the highest impact factor. The impact factor of the journal in which one’s article is published is important. For students, focus is not so much on publishing in the highest impact factor journal as it is to publish. Journal with high impact factors are reserved for outstanding discoveries. For a list of journal by impact factor refer to our section “generalities”.


Incorporated in the state of Mississippi in January 2009, we are now a tax exempt nonprofit corporation and one of the very few U.S. organizations whose sole target is the African student (university age). Well known in many universities across Africa, our organization is the owner of the largest database exclusively dedicated to African students on the World Wide Web today.
Our Entity Identity Number (EIN) with the U.S. federal government is 26-4590665
Our Business ID number with the state of Mississippi is 943878

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