I take this opportunity to appreciate all our sponsors and supporters of the Friends of Ngong Road (FoNR) and Ngong Road Children’s Foundation (NRCF) organizations. Through your enormous support, we are able to achieve more every day and transform the lives of the many children that we support. Towards the end of October, I got an opportunity to travel to the U.S. to meet Friends of Ngong Road. The objectives of the visit were:
- To meet and connect with our supporters. I shared my story with them in terms of family background, academic journey, past work experiences, and why I am very passionate about working with NRCF.
- To meet and appreciate our sponsors and supporters in the U.S. for the great support we are receiving from them.
- To share with our sponsors and supporters our achievements and 2018 plans.
- To participate in the Portable Sanitation Association International (PSAI) Nuts and Bolts Conference. The conference is designed for portable sanitation suppliers and operators and provided a wealth of knowledge and connections for me as I have recently started leading Karibu Loo in Kenya.
- Attend training at Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Leading with a Theory of Change.
- To speak in Professor Izabela Steflja’s Sustainable Development class at Tulane University.
I am happy to report that all the objectives were achieved through the support of our President, Paula Meyer, the Friends of Ngong Road Board (FoNR), FoNR staff, and many of the FoNR sponsors and supporters in the U.S.
I was humbled, thrilled, and grateful to meet so many strong supporters who make the program possible. As an NRCF team, we are ready to improve on the levels of achievement in order to make the program more vibrant. With the willingness of sponsors and supporters both in Kenya and the U.S., our ability to attain the mission of the organization is unfettered. This dovetails with our 2017 theme of “Ready, Willing, and Able.”
After meeting our enthusiastic sponsors and supporters, I wholeheartedly appreciate the sacrifice and endless efforts put in to make the program successful. I wish to thank in a very special way the President of FoNR, Paula Meyer for the warm reception and hospitality she accorded me when I landed in the great country. I felt at home since everyone did his/her best to make me comfortable. I can’t leave out Keith Kale and all the FoNR Board who hosted me on different occasions in Minneapolis and New Orleans.
Lastly, I promise to work tirelessly in order to ensure that the program is vibrant guaranteeing the less fortunate children a future. This is only possible with prudent management of resources. I am more than willing to work with both the Kenyan and U.S. teams to attain our organizational goals. Once more it is a big thank you to all.
May you have a Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2018.