The Care For Life Team
In 2000, Cindy Packard, a midwife, and her husband, Blair, traveled to Mozambique after learning about the devastating flooding and massive destruction in a country already drowning in abject poverty. After extensive research, they determined that many of the solutions in Africa were addressing the secondary problems, not the primary problems. These significant findings were the beginning of Care for Life. Teaching the basics and fostering self-reliance would bring lasting success.
After receiving NGO status in 2002, they established headquarters in Manga, Mozambique, which is located in the central eastern coast of the country. The Packard’s began hiring staff in Mozambique after starting a learning center and opening a small clinic to assist pregnant mothers. Soon after, the Care for Life team began teaching directly in villages in order to reach thousands of people. This evolved into the current Family Preservation Program (FPP), the cornerstone of Care for Life’s humanitarian model.
Linda Harper has been working with Care for Life for over 20 years. Over the years she has served in several capacities including President from 2010 to 2021. Linda now serves as the Care for Life Managing Director.
Linda and her husband Todd have 5 sons, 12 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. They own a successful remodeling company in Gilbert, Arizona. Their family fell in love with Care for Life when their son Ben did an eagle project for CFL in 2001.
Todd and Linda made their 1st trip to Africa in 2002. Linda has returned every year since that time, along with several of their sons. Linda spent the past 20 years loving the people of Mozambique, Africa and is thrilled with the opportunity to bring the Family Preservation Program to other countries.
Krista lives in Arkansas with her husband and 4 children. Working with small local businesses (restaurants, spas, landscapers) as well as fortune 500 companies including Southwest Airlines, Regal Cinemas, and Diamond Resorts is what sets Krista apart and her passion for volunteer work is what drew her to CFL. Her heart has always been in serving others and she looks forward to expanding Care for Life and the Family Preservation Program around the globe.
Jen Brewer lives in Minnesota with her husband and seven kids. With a degree in dietetics and a masters in school and community gardens, Jen has been working in the global humanitarian sector for over twenty years. After working on several malnutrition projects throughout Guatemala, she is excited to join Care for Life and expand the vision and mission of the Family Preservation Program around the world.
In her spare time, Jen writes, speaks, and teaches schools and families how to grow lazy hydroponic gardens. But mostly you will find her dancing with her husband and kids in the kitchen. While eating chocolate. Lots of chocolate.
Solomon Malidadi has been the Care for Life Mozambique National Director for 14 years. He is a native of Mazambique, speaks fluent English along with his native Portuguese.
He has a degree in business management and years of management experience. He is very respected by his coworkers. Solomon and his wife Amalia have 3 lovely daughters. Solomon is well named and is known for his wisdom, kind manner, and caring heart.