12 years after making the move to Kenya to become a volunteer for Vision Africa, last week we said ‘see you soon’ to our colleague Kirsty. After starting her role as a volunteer at our projects in Kenya, Kirsty has taken on a number of roles within Vision Africa mainly supporting our fundraising and communications.
Chances are if you have ever interacted with us on social media or received an email from Vision Africa, Kirsty was the one typing away behind the keyboard.
Kirsty has an undeniable talent for building relationships and over her 12 years with Vision Africa has built a community of supporters totalling close to 15,000 people across our social media accounts.
Over the years Kirsty got to know Vision Africa’s projects and the children and young people we support, in many cases she has seen children come to Vision Africa under very difficult circumstances and leave with an education, training and hope for a better future. She has captured many of these personal stories on this blog and in impact reports and countless success stories.
Mary, our Programme Manager in Kenya recalls one of Kirsty’s biggest achievements at Vision Africa – securing $50,000 from Microsoft which supported our work in de-institutionalisation of children from children’s homes resulting in 63 children being reunited with their families. Mary also says that “above all, Kirsty is a great friend to the team and offers a smile and support when things otherwise looked down”.
For the last year, Kirsty has been supporting Vision Africa as well as taking on a new role at Tin Roof Society, another non-profit organisation based in Kenya and last week Kirsty officially left her role at Vision Africa. Kirsty will remain a loyal supporter of Vision Africa whilst she dedicates her time to her family, Tin Roof Society, and of course her fantastic cake making business!
Kirsty has been an invaluable asset to the Vision Africa team and has had a large part to play in the success of the projects we are very proud of today.
I, alongside the UK Board of Trustees would like to thank Kirsty for her incredible support over these last 12 years and wish her the very best in all she does in future. We know that it will never really be goodbye, just ‘see you soon’…
A note from Kirsty…
“I wish Vision Africa all the best and look forward to seeing where the next exciting chapter takes the organisation. I will miss my colleagues very much and will continue to admire the passion and commitment with which they work tirelessly in order to help the children and young people Vision Africa supports”