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: Samuel Amukono Kidini
Samuel Kidini is a retired district education officer at district level who worked for 25 years in schools in Vihiga and surrounding areas. From 1976 to 1984 he served as teacher, deputy headmaster and headmaster of three different primary schools in Nandi District. He was then promoted to divisional primary school inspector before ending his career as a secondary schools administrator and district public examinations officer. Mr. Kidini’s experience as both a teacher and administrator at the primary and secondary levels has given him a very broad view of educational needs and a sense of pragmatism about program implementation. Now a small-scale farmer and community based organization volunteer, Mr. Kidini remains active as a senior educational lecturer and trusted adviser on community development.
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: Elkana Buhiru Okwaro
Elkana Okwaro is a retired accountant who worked from 1992-2007 as secretary/coordinator of the Vihiga Constituency Development Fund. A graduate of St. Edwards Secondary School in 1961 and the Kenya School of Accountancy and Further Studies in 1965, he worked as Accountant and Chief Accountant for Szlapak’s Group of Companies for 18 years. Having grown up in Vigina Village and attended Vigina Elementary School, Mr. Okwaro is deeply committed to using his broad repertoire of life experiences and knowledge to benefit the community.
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: 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.
Board Member: 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.
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.
Administrative Assistant: Everlyne Minage Muyeyia
Everlyne Minage Muyeyia attended Madzuu Primary School from 1992-2000 and then joined Kaimosi Girls School, before graduating from Vigina Secondary School in 2006. She previously worked in sales at Beemat Company, St. Beejah Chemist, and Vigina Secondary School Canteen.