Savina has been dedicated to the cause of children in street situations ever since she first visited a shelter in Kinshasa in 1998. She has taken on a variety of roles over the years (consultant, permanent staff or volunteer), working at all levels of intervention: as a street worker (Dynamo), at the INGO level, (Street Child Africa, EveryChild & Terre des hommes), at the international network level (Consortium for Street Children & Dynamo International) and UN level (UNESCO Programme for the Education of Children in Difficult Circumstances & UNICEF CAR Child Protection Programme). Most recently she was Director of Overseas Programmes for Street Child Africa (January 2009-November 2013).
Her career path has been driven by a desire to understand both the macro and micro issues at stake, acquire experience at all levels, and ultimately identify the job that would allow her to have the maximum impact on children’s lives. Savina has an MA in Social Anthropology of Development and a Master's degree in Children’s Rights. Savina is putting her background in anthropology, her broad child rights knowledge and variety of skills (training, counseling, research, development of training materials, monitoring and evaluation) to the best use at all levels. She is particularly interested in the development and coordination of strategies and programmes at a national level, and education/vocational training programmes for children in street situations. She is also very keen to invest in her passion for documentary filmmaking in raising awareness on child rights issues.