As a successful technology entrepreneur and passionate Christ follower, I have a deep desire to be a great steward of the resources that God has entrusted to me. In 2014, I concluded that bringing clean water to Burundi has more social and eternal impact from finite resources than any other Christian charitable effort. Since then, we’ve been building Think East Africa (TEA) into the NGO that will bring clean water to every unserved community in Burundi by the end of 2028.
Burundi, sometimes called the forgotten country, has been the perfect storm. Years of civil war have decimated the infrastructure and economy, and water is by far the most critical need. Unfortunately, this country has been passed over by major water charities, largely because there has never been an in-country water organization with the resources, equipment, connections, and long-term commitment to build sustainable water projects – until now.
Clean water is the first and key foundational step to address abject poverty and Burundi is now the best opportunity to make a massive impact. With its dense population and extensive underground water tables, water wells are especially cost-effective here because they can provide sustainable clean water to large unserved communities for a generation. Most of our water wells are placed on church properties, which makes the local church the center of the community. These local churches typically experience rapid growth and the gospel of Jesus Christ is spread throughout the entire community. While I’m still the CEO of WatchGuard Video during the workweek, my passion and commitment to the mission of TEA influences my plans, prayers, finances, relationships, and thoughts every day. That is why I am all in.
Dr. Musekura is an ordained Baptist minister who was born and raised in Rwanda. Dr. Musekura is the President and Founder of the African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM, Inc.) which started in 1994 as a response to the genocide in his home country of Rwanda. The vision of ALARM is an Africa without violent tribal or religious conflicts. The mission of ALARM is to develop servant leaders in the African Church and community who reconcile and transform lives affected by conflict and injustice. ALARM operates in Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. The ALARM US Office is in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Musekura’s studies are in Theology, including a Masters and a PhD. Celestin is married to Bernadette and they have four children. They make their home in Dallas, Texas and Celestin splits his time between the US and East Africa.
Steve Preskenis - Treasurer
Steve and his beautiful wife Tracy have been married for 17 years. They have 2 boys who keep them busy with friends, school events, and sports.Steve grew up in Massachusetts but has spent the past decade in Texas. Steve has an MBA from Boston College in Boston, MA.His entire career of 21 years has been with Liberty Mutual Insurance.A regular volunteer at his church, Steve loves helping people understand how to better manage the resources they have been given. Steve is faithful and dedicated. His attention to detail and genuine support are a huge blessing to Think East Africa.