Profiles of our field staff and our trustees in Kenya and in the UK.
Beth has been working with Tushinde since January 2012. She has a diploma in social work and enjoys the challenge of working with families in the slums. Her patient, non-judgemental approach makes her popular with the families. Her integrity and attention to detail help the smooth running of Tushinde and ensure we can help the neediest of children.
Anne came to Tushinde in September 2012. She qualified with a diploma in Social work in 2009 and had previously worked with other organisations in Nairobi. She works tirelessly with the Tushinde families and reports that she finds her work satisfying as she is with the ‘poor and marginalised who are mostly forgotten… and we respond to their cries.’
Ivan joined Tushinde in October 2015. He holds a bachelors’ degree in Social work and community public health from St. Elizabeth university of health and social Sciences (Bratislava) in collaboration with the Catholic university of Eastern Africa. ‘I feel satisfied when I see children try before quitting as I believe, they will be winners one day.’
Jacquiline joined us at the end of 2014 as an office assistant. She quickly showed herself to be naturally good at her job and we are now supporting her to complete her accountancy degree part-time. Jackie is very active in all aspects of Tushinde’s work and offers financial advice to our partners in the community. She loves dancing and is a member of a dance group.
Emma has lived in Kenya for most of her life and has always had some involvement in charitable work. When her children started school full time she wanted to give a little bit more and is now the chair of the board. ‘It may be true that no one person can solve all the world’s problems. But, what you can do is make that little corner of the world where you live just that little bit better.’
Neelum is a trained accountant and has worked for both the private and public sector in Kenya for many years. She recently left her job in the UN to open her own craft business, which is a real success. She is the treasurer of Tushinde’s Kenya board and provides advice and supervision of the Tushinde accounts.
Kerry is a banker by profession and holds a post graduate diploma in finance. She has worked in South Africa, China and Kenya. Kerry became involved with Tushinde as she supported its innovative way of raising money in Kenya. She brings to the board a wealth of experience from her work in finance and marketing.
Wambui joined the Tushinde board as she wanted to make a difference. She has a background in art and design. Not only has she been involved in the board’s decision making, but she has also used her artistic talent to provide marketing materials for use within Kenya.
Andrew was formerly a Partner in a Chartered Accountancy firm in St. Andrews. He is the Treasurer of Tushinde UK; preparing accounts and budgets, arranging bank transfers and ‘trying to rein in some of the wilder schemes of my daughter-in-law, Megan. I first became involved because I was inspired by Megan’s vision and commitment to the cause and I wanted to “smooth the path” for her.’
Laurie has was formerly a senior lecturer in community learning and development and was the driving force in Tushinde’s initial registration as a charity. He is currently an elected member on Dundee City Council. He was chair of the board in Scotland from its creation in 2010 until the end of 2013. He remains an active trustee, applying his experience and enthusiasm to Tushinde’s work.
Megan has a degree in nursing and a concern for the rights of every child. She lived in Africa for over seven years; initially working for larger international charities before founding Tushinde in 2010. She is now based in the UK, where she is still very involved in all aspects of Tushinde’s work.
Caroline has lived in Kenya for five years and has experience in education and development across Africa. Caroline is a qualified maths teacher and holds a Masters in Education and International Development from Institute of Education in the UK. Caroline currently works as an Education Adviser on donor projects in developing country contexts. She has been involved with Tushinde since it’s inception and has worked closely with our schools and Early Childhood Development programmme in Mathare.
Marie has worked in development for the past 15 years and is currently a senior project advisor for Friends International in Cambodia. Marie spent two years in Kenya and in that time became very involved in Tushinde’s work, helping the staff develop the correct frameworks for the planning, delivery and evaluation of interventions. She brings to the board a wealth of experience in development and how to effectively run an NGO.