Our team

LOVE TO LEARN currently employs eight part-time staff.


Faaduma Mahamoud has previously worked as a Teaching Assistant, and has particular experience supporting children with special educational needs. Faaduma speaks Somali and Arabic.

Chloe Malaki has been with us since 2014. She is an experienced case worker and education advocate. Chloe speaks Farsi and French.

Mery Mekonen is a caseworker specialising in support for unaccompanied asylum seeking children. She is currently on maternity leave. Mery speaks Tigrinya, Amharic and German.

Sophie Roumat has a background in refugee advocacy and ESOL teaching. She coordinates our casework team and works with Southfields Academy students, specialising in support for unaccompanied asylum seeking children. Sophie speaks French.


Kathryn Kashyap co-ordinates our Learning Mentor Programme. Kathryn previously worked as Head of EMA at a Wandsworth Secondary School and is currently completing a PhD exploring learning at home and school within the Somali Community. Kathryn is in the office on Thursdays and Fridays. She works from home on Mondays.


Our Learning Spaces project, funded by Sir Walter St. John’s Charity, recruits learning mentors and provides a range of learning services for students at two secondary schools in Wandsworth.

Ahmed Omar works with secondary school children in Battersea and runs an after-school study group for boys. Ahmed speaks Somali and specialises in maths and science. Ahmed works on the Learning Spaces Project along with Sophie Roumat.


Nadine Ballantyne co-ordinates our Homework Clubs with Molly Daniel.