About the Give Right Foundation

"Promoting Education and Healthcare in Africa"



The mission of the Give Right Foundation is to tackle healthcare inequality in West Africa. We are committed to ensuring that every individual, regardless of their socio-economic background, has access to quality healthcare services. Through partnerships, advocacy, and sustainable initiatives, we aim to bridge the healthcare gap, improve healthcare infrastructure, and promote health equity in underserved communities. Our organization is driven by the belief that everyone deserves the right to good health, and we work tirelessly to make this vision a reality for the people of Africa.

Give Right Foundation anchors this mission in the following organizational objectives:


As an organization, we hold ourselves accountable for being guided by principles of integrity, respect, excellence, innovation, partnership, social responsibility, efficiency, effectiveness, and a commitment to continuous personal and organizational improvement.

Our Vision

Our objective is to establish and sustain the distinctive synergy between process and vision in our program development, which is essential for realizing our vision. On an organizational level, this entails the elimination of unnecessary bureaucracy. This commitment enables us to allocate our resources to productive endeavors while maximizing our opportunities for service.

Our Goals

  • To seek funding for programs that are uniquely selected, designed, and evaluated for their sustainability.
  • To provide advice and support to community organizations in the US and around the world and to establish effective partnerships with donors for collaboration within these communities.
  • To launch a program that caters to students, faculty members, and volunteers, including medical students, doctors, nurses, and other professionals, to provide services and training to local populations.

Our Slogan

Create the change you want to see in the world!

Project Parameters

  • Programs that can be financially stable within two to four years and will not exceed $ 50,000 in cost. 
  • We initiate and support programs in the areas of health, education, micro-enterprise, and global learning
  • Our training, advocacy, and fundraising work is based in East Lansing, Michigan, USA. Our grassroots partners are in Michigan, California, Germany, Ghana and Togo.

Our Founders

Jean-Paul Sewavi


Mr. Sewavi holds a Master's Degree in Multicultural and International Management from the School of International Training and brings over 20 years of experience working in global development.

He served as the Program Manager for Education Abroad at both the University of Dayton and Michigan State University. He has led countless outreach initiatives in Africa and the Middle East and continues to champion global development initiatives.


Marie Schulte-Bisping


Marie Heath is a doctoral student in the Department of Neurobiology & Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. Her research is dedicated to discovering treatments for Huntington's disease within the distinguished Thompson Lab.

Marie's impressive academic journey includes being honored with the highly prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Prior to her doctoral studies, she served as an AMGEN scholar and conducted clinical research at the University of California, San Francisco. Beyond her research accomplishments, Marie brings a wealth of experience in mentorship, teaching & non-profit work.


Frederik Heath


Frederik Heath is a 4th year joint MD/MBA student, researcher and teacher at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine (UCISOM). He holds an MS in clinical research from Stanford, and a BS in Public Health from UC, Berkeley. His past experience in non-profit management includes acting as board-member and co-founding the non-profit Primum Oath Worldwide (formerly known as Sewing for Lives).

He additionally has experience in both education and ultrasound diagnostics. He has spent over 2 years working as an instructor within UCI's Collaborative Learning Community program and led and taught ultrasound techniques during his first few years as a medical student.

Our Members

Michael Pagan

Education and Communications Director

In his current role at Sequoia and in his previous role as a vendor at Google, Michael Pagan analyzed, developed, and designed customized training for soft skills, leadership development, new hire orientation, sales training, systems training, and product launches. He helped create interactive, scenario-based training and communications. Outside of work, he enjoys reading, writing, kayaking and mountain biking and most sports. He loves watching his daughter JJ, 15 years old, perform in musicals and just about anything they do together. He is involved in charities such as, the Guardsmen (San Francisco), Adanu (Ghana), Arms of Love (Nicaragua), with multiple visits abroad. With the Give Right Foundation, he found a mission and a cause where he can be part of a team that is making a positive impact on others.

Robert Tornu

Student and Volunteer Placement Director

Robert brings to the team 20+ years experience in designing, planning and implementing experiential learning and volunteer placement programs. Post Graduate studies in International Development from Humber College, Canada, solidify his foundation on sustainable development with a focus on SDGs and cross-cultural learning from Global North and Global South. His in-depth experience and skills in community engagement emanate from his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Sociology and Diploma in Adult Education both from the University of Ghana, Legon. His lifelong dream is to continue to implement programs based on needs, context, inputs from beneficiaries and stakeholder engagement for transformational change.