About

VISION

Our education programs aim to support long-term solutions to chronic effects of war through:

EQUIP

Knowledge and Skills

Equipping students with knowledge and skills for increased learning outcomes that equal practical, innovative, and adaptive livelihoods.
INSTILL

Building Future Leaders

Instilling students with the values of servant leadership, growth mindsets, and critical thinking skills for supportive, ethical, and democratic governance.
RESTORE

Uniting Communities

Restoring lost identity by promoting learning from one another by teaching local and regional histories and cultures.
These are the values that make us unique

We Are

Not Leaving

Despite the war, we continue to serve children and their communities by focusing on work that creates the greatest impact.

Keeping it local

Everything we do is designed and created by the communities we serve to meet their greatest needs and desires.

Motivated through Christ Jesus

We believe that the impossible becomes possible only through faith and love freely provided by Jesus Christ.

Through faith in Jesus, we provide education to communities in areas affected by conflict, so future generations have the knowledge, skills, and values to improve all aspects of their lives.

Our Story

Ryan and Jazira started To Move Mountains after living years in Sudan’s conflict zone of the Nuba Mountains. Despite the war, children still walked to school in caves and under trees. Our founders wanted to support those desires for long-lasting change. 

Everything we do is designed and created by the communities we serve to meet their greatest needs and desires and...To Move Mountains.
To Move Mountains is led by a team of dedicated professionals with a heart for education and many years of experience in the region.

Our Team

Ryan Boyette

Ryan leads To Move Mountains (TMM) with 19 years of experience living and working in Sudan’s conflict area of the Nuba Mountains. Ryan ensures our educational programs live out the vision and mission of TMM. Ryan has managed multiple humanitarian and Church based efforts within Sudan and South Sudan.

Ryan Boyette

Jazira Awad

Jazira is from the Nuba Mountains and has lived her entire life in war. Her struggle for education continued through the burning of her village, the bombing of her school, and famine. She is an inspiration to the entire team.

Jazira Awad

Laura Manni

Laura leads our teacher development college with a Masters of Education from Cambridge University and extensive experience. In addition to teaching classrooms of young children in 4 different countries, she has also trained teachers in 8 countries.

Laura Manni

Suzanne Nave

Suzanne has been an elementary and middle school educator for over twenty years and has taught children in three different US states in varying grade levels and all content areas. Suzanne brings a passion for innovative curriculum and a wide range of experiences in the field of education.

Suzanne Nave

Sache Crouch

Sache’s Masters Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language and nearly 20 years of experience teaching English to diverse US and Costa Rica populations have prepared her for this complex role. Sache works on teacher development and curriculum design to ensure that our method aligns with best practices for English learning.

Sache Crouch

Stella Amonwy

As a trained teacher from Kyambogo University in Uganda, Stella has extensive experience teaching in her home county and the neighboring country of South Sudan since 2012. Her personal experience with conflict instantly connected her to our students while they were finishing high school where she was teaching.

Stella Amonwy

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Ryan Boyette

Ryan leads To Move Mountains (TMM) with 19 years of experience living and working in Sudan’s conflict area of the Nuba Mountains. Ryan ensures our educational programs live out the vision and mission of TMM. Ryan has managed multiple humanitarian and Church based efforts within Sudan and South Sudan.

Jazira Awad

Jazira is from the Nuba Mountains and has lived her entire life in war. Her struggle for education continued through the burning of her village, the bombing of her school, and famine. She is an inspiration to the entire team.

Laura Manni

Laura leads our teacher development college with a Masters of Education from Cambridge University and extensive experience. In addition to teaching classrooms of young children in 4 different countries, she has also trained teachers in 8 countries.

Suzanne Nave

Suzanne has been an elementary and middle school educator for over twenty years and has taught children in three different US states in varying grade levels and all content areas. Suzanne brings a passion for innovative curriculum and a wide range of experiences in the field of education.

Sache Crouch

Sache’s Masters Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language and nearly 20 years of experience teaching English to diverse US and Costa Rica populations have prepared her for this complex role. Sache works on teacher development and curriculum design to ensure that our method aligns with best practices for English learning.

Stella Amonwy

As a trained teacher from Kyambogo University in Uganda, Stella has extensive experience teaching in her home county and the neighboring country of South Sudan since 2012. Her personal experience with conflict instantly connected her to our students while they were finishing high school where she was teaching.
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Our Story

To Move Mountains (TMM) started formulating in the minds of Ryan and Jazira during the conflict in the Nuba Mountains in Sudan. They both saw the powerful effects of education in the communities in Nuba, and Jazira was a living testimony of the change education could have. In 2015 the couple decided to ask some close friends and family to help send 25 students from Nuba to complete high school in Uganda. They hoped that after completing high school in 4 years, the students would become teachers in the school of Kujur, where Ryan and Jazira lived with their two children. 

God has turned a simple dream into an incredible vision. Currently, TMM is working with local leaders and communities to help build an entire education system, including a new regional curriculum, teacher development, school construction, and running our first school in the Nuba Mountains.

Through this work, Ryan, Jazira, and the TMM team keep Christ at the center of all we do. We have accomplished so much through God in such a short time. Our vision is to take our approach to other areas in the world that have been affected by conflict to provide hope through education and Christ. 

TO MOVE MOUNTAINS

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