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Servant Forge Team Kenya

 

 

irene_kimani_picture-150x150Irene is a professional accountant with over five years’ experience in financial management. Her expertise includes: Budgeting and forecasting, taxation, project funds management and general financial management. She has been involved in USAID-Kenya Horticulture Competitiveness Project (KHCP) funds management, accounting, and reconciliation of donor funded projects.

Irene is a qualified accountant with a bachelor of Business Management degree from Moi University, Eldoret and also a Certified Public Accountant.
She is equipped with good leadership skills, excellent communication skills, confidence and ability to work in a challenging environment. Irene’s career objectives are to be part of a dynamic team that makes valuable contributions to both the economy and society to improve people’s livelihoods.

 

 

 

 

JamesNgugi-150x150James grew up in Lunga Lunga, one of Nairobi’s slum neighborhoods, and has overcome a variety of odds in his young life. Starting off as a driver for SAI, James quickly displayed loyalty, diligence, and potential. As the first-hired Kenyan SAI staff person, James assisted the company in its early days of partnership development, mobilizing and coordinating youth from the slums to participate in SAI’s Kenya Youth Employment and Empowerment Initiative, a USAID-funded project enhancing the futures of Kenya’s young population. James currently serves as SAI’s Logistics Assistant, and he continues to be the best driver on Nairobi’s crowded roads.

 

 

 

 

faithFaith was born and raised in Nairobi. Young, outgoing, and passionate about the plight of women and children, she earned a degree in law and graduated with honors from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in November 2012. Immediately after graduation, Faith began working on projects advocating for the protection of women and children’s rights, including donor relations and legal affairs at Brydges Centre Children’s Home in Kitingala, Kenya. Selected as one of 15 from a pool of thousands of applicants countrywide, Faith received an award from the European Union to produce a radio documentary covering the life and struggles of street mothers through an organization called Docusound. Faith joined the SAI and Servant Forge team in June 2013 as a volunteer in the organization’s gender-based violence (GBV) initiatives and was quickly promoted within the organization as a member of staff. As GBV Program Officer for SAI and Servant Forge, she coordinates SEMA (a Kiswahili word meaning to “speak out”), the SAI and Servant Forge youth GBV initiative that promotes attitude and behavior change among males and females in both urban communities and university settings. While working full time with the SEMA initiative, Faith also volunteers as a Sunday School teacher at her church and continues to provide advisory services to Brydges Center Children’s Home.

 

 

 

 

flora-4-150x150Flora Mwikali graduated from Scott Theological College with a bachelor’s degree in theology, in response to God’s call to enter the ministry. She initially served in church ministry as the head of her area’s Christian Education department, concentrating on youth ministry: writing materials, counselling, and public speaking. During those years, Flora co-founded an evangelism and discipleship ministry to serve the people of Kenya and beyond. In this effort, Flora facilitated group social service activities such as distributing food to the poor and visiting the sick. These experiences cultivated within Flora a strong passion of justice for, and the healing of, sexually assaulted women, for her visits frequently brought to light issues of gender-based violence (GBV) in the community.

Flora continued her education with a Master of Divinity in Christian Education from Africa International University (AIU), along with a diploma in Project Management and Alcoholism and Substance Addiction Counselling. Community activities at this time included leading the social department of her graduate school and steering the women ministry of Nairobi Baptist Church. Flora then joined Good Hope Rehabilitation Centre—a substance abuse treatment centre—as Project Coordinator and later Project Manager, where she facilitated project improvements in client service delivery and internal development of the centre’s infrastructure.
Flora recently founded an organization called New Scent Centre International, a ministry that seeks to offer residential services to survivors of GBV, treatment of female alcoholics and substance abusers, and non-residential support groups that aim to achieve wholeness for the participants and the community at large. Flora serves as Adjunct Lecturer at Africa Nazarene University, regularly speaks to high school and college students on the Christian faith and personal development, and presents at numerous meetings and women conferences. She voluntarily offers counselling services to GBV survivors and journeys with them towards recovery. Flora thrives in roles of teaching, public speaking, and counselling to facilitate comprehensive and holistic healing.

 

 

Rebecca ReedRebecca Reed is a recent graduate from Olivet Nazarene University, receiving  a Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communications and a minor in Business. After graduation, she has been working as an intern with Servant Forge in her hometown of Nairobi, Kenya. As a missionary kid who grew up in Kenya, Rebecca was very excited to return to the country of her childhood where her family still lives.

Rebecca is Servant Forge’s Communications Consultant as well as assists with the Kenya Gender Based Violence Project (KGBVP). She also oversees numerous missions teams from the US wanting to serve in Kenya.  She organizes and orchestrates the mission experience, as well as having great success in her fundraising campaigns for Servant Forge projects and partners.  Rebecca also is designing the orientation manuals for visitors and missionaries to Servant Forge’s Kenya.

 

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Mary-Jo Robinson recently graduated from The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, with a Master’s in Public Administration and an Advanced Certificate in International Conflict Resolution. Prior to completing her MPA, she completed her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Policy Studies from Syracuse University. Coming from a rural Northern Maine town of less than 200 people total, Mary-Jo quite honestly stumbled into working with refugees when she signed up to tutor in inner-city Syracuse schools as a freshman in college, but was placed instead at an evening school for refugees. Her life radically changed for the better from the moment she stepped into that school, and she spent the next six years deeply engaged with the Syracuse refugee community. Beyond teaching refugees ranging from 3 years old to 75 years old, Mary-Jo also implemented community based programs, such as the HerVillage Women’s Initiative for an organization called Hopeprint.

After graduating with her master’s, Mary-Jo travelled to Kenya for the first time, fully intending to simply learn and then return home to work with refugees with a more well-informed and holistic knowledge and experience base. However, she fell so in love with the people and culture of Kenya that she couldn’t wait to return on a more permanent basis. After gaining valuable monitoring and evaluation experience in Washington, D.C., Mary-Jo has joined the SAI team in Nairobi as a monitoring and evaluation specialist, and program coordinator.