We have much exciting news to report in Friends of Kakamega’s 15th anniversary year.
We could not think of a better $32 investment in the futures of these children and families, and both we and they send heartfelt thanks to all who contributed.
New staff in Kenya and Maine keep us moving forward.
Both of these women are skilled professionals who care deeply about making a difference through their work. We offer a hearty welcome and congratulations to Lucy and Lydia, and we thank them for accepting these challenging roles.
The new position includes working with KOCC to develop new programs in Kenya, managing old and new collaborations on both sides of the ocean, and organizing our work so it attracts new partners and larger funding through foundations and planned giving. To make all of this happen, we needed someone who understands the Kakamega community and Kenyan social and political issues, and who has the experience, education, and commitment to accomplish our goals. John fits the bill perfectly since he has been volunteering with our project since 2003, has a master’s degree related to NGO management, and has visited Kenya numerous times, both at the KOCC and for a graduate project in Nairobi.
He has been working for Friends of Kakamega since the start of 2017, applying his knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm to the project in many capacities. His accomplishments so far include building our new website (see below), Guidestar certification, new financial systems, and, most of all, helping us develop new programs, update our mission, and work with KOCC to craft a strategic vision for our future. His deep knowledge of and experience with our programs come from his being the son of our founder and director Sukie Rice. We feel blessed that he is committed to continuing and expanding what Suke helped start with the same dedication and energy that she has brought to the organization thus far. Thanks to John, you will notice changes and improvements in the way we do things and communicate.
We are proud of our new and improved website and invite you to visit it to learn more about KOCC’s programs. You’ll find the site to be rich with information and photos, and we’ve also made it easy to donate online and pay sponsorships in automatic monthly installments.
You're actually reading this newsletter on our new site, so please have look around by clicking through the navigation menu at the top of this page.
Friends of Kakamega's News & Updates
This page offers occasional highlights, news, and updates about our work in Kakamega.