It’s an exciting time for Vision Africa. We have been having some really engaging conversations over the last year about how to ensure that Vision Africa grows to impact more children and young people. We want to be very strategic about how we grow so that we make sure our friends and supporters continue to see value for money as we ensure brighter futures for the children and young people we work with.
This conversation has gone hand in hand with a time of transition for our CEO, Deborah Kimathi, who shares a few words below:
“As you know, Vision Africa has been my life for the past fifteen years and my time here has meant so much to me. It has been an amazing journey – many highs and lows as you are aware but overall, I feel I can look back on the last fifteen years and feel that, with the support of the boards and staff, we have really built a strong foundation for the future growth of Vision Africa. It has truly been a privilege to be part of Vision Africa to date and to be a part of the impact that the organisation has had in so many lives, families and communities. I have witnessed first-hand the transformation in hundreds of individuals who have passed through Seed of Hope and our other projects. These are memories that I will always cherish and have led to friendships that I hope will last for a lifetime.
I am excited that the time has come for me to transition into a new role with Vision Africa. From January 1st, I will serve at a board level (Seed of Hope and Vision Africa). With our founders, Rev and Mrs Packard, as my grandparents, Vision Africa is in my blood and I remain committed to a strong future for Vision Africa.
It has always been our desire at Vision Africa to nurture strong, Kenyan leadership and we are very excited to announce that Mary Mwangi, a long-serving and dedicated staff member, has been promoted to the senior role of Programmes Manager. This is also part of our strategy to have a strong, locally driven programmes team who design our work and ensure our impact at the grass roots in collaboration with local partners. I have total confidence in Mary and her ability to lead our team in Kenya to greater heights.
I would like to take this opportunity to appreciate all the support I have received from friends, family, and colleagues alongside our volunteers and supporters. I truly would not have been able to reach this point in my journey without you! I genuinely hope this is not the end of us working together for the impact of Vision Africa.“
Bob Dowty, Chair of UK Trustees added, “I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the whole Vision Africa team, to wish Deborah all the best as she transitions into this new role within Vision Africa and this new season in her life. Her contribution to the success, through many highs and lows, of Vision Africa over the past decade and a half cannot be underestimated. We are very pleased that she will be continuing to work with us in this new and significant governance role and look forward to the new reaches of impact that I am sure this will bring in the days, months and years ahead. Exciting times are ahead for Deborah personally and Vision Africa as a team and I am continually thankful for the great team of people we have who know that working for Vision Africa is more than just a job, it is giving many hundreds and thousands of children and young people a brighter future. Thanks Debs!”