Ted & Ellie
Ted & Ellie are the under qualified but overly blessed founders of Eight Oaks. They were married in 2012 and left on their first trip to Ghana in 2013. Currently, the Kriwiels live in Wichita, KS, and work full time—Ted in data analytics and Ellie in education—and manage the organization in their spare time. They try to visit the Yellow House twice a year.
Destiny has been on staff as our social welfare representative since July 2014. He is responsible for much of our progress in becoming legally registered in Ghana and facilitating positive connections with government officials. He calls the Kriwiels once a week to give updates about the girls, our work in the community, and the Yellow House.
Bernard & Celestine
Bernard & Celestine are our in-country directors, responsible for overseeing everything from finances and building repairs, to spiritual growth and maturation of the girls. Unofficially, they function as grandparents to all at the Yellow House. They have been a part of Eight Oaks since the very beginning and the success of our organization is owed in large part to their dedication and passion for this work.
Mercy & Helen
Mercy and Helen are a mother-daughter duo and the heartbeat of the Yellow House. Mercy has accompanied the Kriwiels on every trip to Lake Volta. She lives on-sight and is adored by the girls as their big sister. Helen comes during the day and is known affectionately as “Mama.” We consider them family and are so thankful for their leadership and stewardship of the Yellow House.