Our on-site local board of governors is the linchpin of our foundation and makes all recommendations for project funding. In addition, the local board monitors and evaluates implementation of projects. Through the project coordinator, the local board members and the trustees stay in regular communication with each other about the direction and scope of projects. Scroll down to see profiles and photos of each of our local board members.
Chairperson: Nebert Isambe
Nebert Isambe is a teacher at Vigina Secondary School and has served as vice secretary of the Vihiga Branch of the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET), and now the Chairperson of the Vihiga County Branch. A graduate of Nyangori High School, he received a B. Ed. Arts degree with honors from Moi University in 1998 and taught at several other secondary schools among them Magui Secondary School and Madira Girls Secondary school,before coming to Vigina in 2009.
Vice-Chair: Malova Beatrice Khasandi
Beatrice Khasandi is a trained social worker who serves as divisional social development assistant and clerk of the Vihiga County Council. A 1982 graduate of Eregi Girls High School, she attained her social worker certificate from Kubojoi Social Work Institution in 1986 and then went on to receive certificates in agriculture, dairy farming, health care, and extension work. Over the past 20 years, she has served in a variety of capacities for the Kakamega and Vihiga County Councils and has held numerous leadership positions in self-help groups and school boards.
Project Coordinator: Joyce Adisa Bunyoli
Joyce Bunyoli completed her O-levels at Butere Girls High School and then took a diploma course at the Kobujoi Social Training Center, focusing on agriculture, health, education and social work. Ms. Bunyoli then joined the Kenya Volunteer Development Association on cultural exchange programs in Tanzania, Germany, The Netherlands and Denmark. She has been a leader of several local women’s groups and a facilitator for the Kenya Union for the Blind.
Treasurer: Jane Uside Agama
Jane Agama is a retired accountant who worked for twenty years for Barclay’s Bank. Born in 1956, she completed high school and secretarial training, before embarking on a career in the banking industry. She has served as treasurer of several non-profit organizations, including the Friends Annual Meeting in Kenya, and currently sits on several school boards. She is a founding member of MACODEF Kenya.
Board Member: Esther Mucheneke
Esther Mucheneke is a retired teacher from Vigina Primary School . Visually handicapped from birth, she attended Thika School for the Blind and then studied privately in order to obtain her O-level and teacher training certificates. She has been teaching at Vigina Primary School for over 20 years and has been an active member of the Kenya Union for the Blind.
Board Member: Francis Ludire
Francis Ludire is a pastor who currently serves as a variety of duties at the village and district level. After graduating from Chavavo Secondary School in 1990, he received a certificate in Biblical and Theological Studies from Friends College Vihiga in 1996, as well as certificates in rural service (2001) and computer applications/internet (2004). He currently serves as Pastor at Bugamangi Friends Church and as computer assistant for the Vihiga Yearly Meeting, among other responsibilities.
Board Member: David Onzere
David Onzere is a farmer and an entrepreneur who leads several community-based organizations. Born in Vigetse, he attended Vigina Primary School and three years of secondary school. He sites on several school boards and is a longtime supporter of MACODEF’s projects.
Board Member: Brown Indiazi
Brown Indiazi is an entrepreneur and a clinical officer who has worked in Kakamega Provincial Hospital and is currently employed at Khuyanga Sub-County Hospital in Busia. Born in 1978, he is a graduate of Vigina Primary and Vigina Secondary School and has completed a three-year diploma course in clinical medicine. He enjoys volunteering and helping less fortunate members of the community.
Administrative Assistant: Sheila Kavwayi
Sheila Kavwayi was born in 1990 and attended Vigina Primary and Secondary schools. She has basic administrative and computer skills and enjoys working for the community.