Restoring Dignity Staff

Hannah Wyble, Founder and Executive Director

Hannah Wyble is a native of Omaha and a graduate of the Social Work program at Creighton University (BSW ’09). She is currently pursuing her Master’s of Arts in Communication at Johns Hopkins University. In 2012, Hannah started Restoring Dignity as an all volunteer run charity, with a mission of bringing household items and furniture to refugee families in significant need. In 2018, Restoring Dignity incorporated as a non-profit and received official IRS 501(c)3 status a few months later, and Hannah became the organization’s first Executive Director. Since 2018, Hannah has expanded the organization in all directions, taking it from a charity that did occasional home-makeovers, to an organization that provides quality supportive services to Omaha’s refugee community. Outside of Restoring Dignity, Hannah’s hobbies include taking care of houseplants, running and playing video games with her pre-teen kids. Hannah likes working for Restoring Dignity because, “We are able to tackle real problems and find tangible solutions that lessen unnecessary suffering among resettled families.” To read more about how Restoring Dignity go started, click here.

 

Paw Bway Htoo, Welcome Home Program Supervisor

Paw Bway Htoo was born in Thailand in a refugee camp, and was resettled to the USA when she was fourteen years old. She speaks two languages, in addition to English: Karen and Burmese. She graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Health at Concordia University. Paw Bway Htoo’s greatest accomplishments include being a first generation college graduate and raising her beautiful daughter (all while working full-time!). She likes working for Restoring Dignity because, “the organization has a heart for refugees. Everyone on the team genuinely cares about refugees and wants them to be respected and treated with dignity, even if they don’t speak English or don’t know their rights here. Everyone tries to provide refugees with a quality of life by providing education and resources.”

Chloe Ray, Executive Assistant and Office Manager

Chloe Ray was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska and graduated with her undergraduate degree in International Studies, Human Rights, and Non Profit Management at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Chloe started interning for Restoring Dignity after she was exposed to housing injustices that were occurring to the refugee community in Omaha. Her hobbies are painting, reading, and watching reality television. Chloe likes working for Restoring Dignity because she “deeply enjoys the work and is passionate about the mission.”

Ester Paw, Karen Speaking Family Educator

Ester Paw was born in Huay Kalok, a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border. Her family was resettled to the United States in 2008 and Ester went on to graduate from South High School. She later completed her Bachelor’s degree of Science in Public Health Education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. In addition to English, Ester speaks Karen and some Burmese. Ester’s greatest accomplishments include: graduating from post-secondary education, buying a house, and having the opportunity to raise a beautiful daughter in a community where everyone is loving and caring. Her hobbies include: cooking for family and friends, catching an evening sunset in the summertime and watching TEDx talks on YouTube. Ester loves working for Restoring Dignity because “the organization has wonderful, diverse staff members who genuinely work to provide direct services for the needs identified in Omaha’s refugee community and help families navigate the resources that are available in Omaha.”

Sumiran Diyali Kochari, Nepali Speaking Family Educator

Sumiran Diyali Kochari was born in Bhutan and later moved and studied in both Nepal and India. She received her Bachelor’s in Humanities in 2009. While in India, she worked as a missionary and headmistresses at a school for three years. Sumiran was resettled to the USA in 2017.  She speaks six languages, including English: Nepali, Hindi, Assamese, Nagamese and Bengali. Sumiran loves music and is an internationally famous singer in the Nepali community (check out her amazing music on YouTube!). Her greatest accomplishments are: starting a restaurant, obtaining a good, full-time job, and recording an international music video! Sumiran loves working for Restoring Dignity because, “I am able to help the community in many ways, and get to know many people. I like being recognized by people as a person who can help them in some way.”

 

Jacques Musavyimana, Housing Advocate

Jacques Musavyimana was born in Rwanda and was resettled to the United States in 2009. He attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha and graduated with a degree in Political Science. He went on to obtain his Master’s in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Jacques speaks three languages, in addition to English: Kiswahili, Kirundi, and Kinyarwanda. His greatest accomplishment is that he was the first in his family to graduate from college. Jacques’ hobbies include reading and running. He loves working for Restoring Dignity because “the organization and staff care from the heart. When we say that we are going to help a family, we do!”

Noella Sikuzani, Kiswahili, Kinyarwanda and French Speaking Family Educator

Noella Sikuzani was born in Kongolo in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She was resettled to the USA in 2018.  She currently attends Metropolitan Community College and is studying Public Health. Noella speaks four languages, in addition to English: Kinyarwanda, Kiswahili, Kirundi and French. Her hobbies include dancing and cooking. She likes working with Restoring Dignity because, “we help families learn about cleaning education.”

Hadeel Haider, Arabic Speaking Family Educator

Hadeel Haider was born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq, and graduated with her accounting diploma. Her family was resettled as refugees to the USA on January 26th, 2009. In addition to English, Hadeel speaks Arabic. Her greatest accomplishment is raising her two sons who have become professionals: one son graduated from medical school and the other is pursuing his PhD in physics. Hadeel recently received a distinguished award for her selfless interpretation services and commitment to community. Her main hobby is Zumba, which she not only practices but teaches as well. Hadeel loves working for Restoring Dignity because “it is an organization that is dedicated to raising awareness and providing resources to the refugee population, helping them assimilate into their new home in the USA. RD comprehensively addresses all aspects and challenges that are associated with families and individuals in the community, with an atmosphere of compassion, respect and honesty. It adopts a perspective that promotes and values diversity, in such a friendly approach, yet encourages every single client to be a positive and valuable member of the Omaha community.”

 

Htoo Shee, Community Donation Center & Window A/C Drive Intern

Htoo Shee’s family is from Burma, but he was born in a Thai refugee camp. He and his family were resettled to the USA in 2009. Htoo Shee is currently a high school student in Omaha and is doing well in all his classes. He enjoys playing video games, working out and building computers. Htoo Shee’s greatest accomplishment has been getting through high school smoothly. He likes interning for Restoring Dignity because “we’re able to help people who are in need of help. What Restoring Dignity does is very meaningful to me, because I know what it’s like to come to a new county with little knowledge of the new environment.”

Eh Htoo Gay, Community Donation Center Manager

Eh Htoo Gay’s family originate from Burma, but had to flee to the Mae La refugee camp in Thailand, where he was later born. Eh Htoo Gay graduated from Benson High School and is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s in Business at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. His hobbies include listening to music, exercising, playing sports and hiking. Eh Htoo Gay’s greatest accomplishment has been receiving a full-ride scholarship for college. The thing he loves most about Restoring Dignity is “the impact of improving a family’s wellbeing and helping them restore their dignity.”