This was my, James Miller Jr – CEO, sixth trip to Kenya and the African continent. Of all my trips, I must say this was the most productive. I had the pleasure of bringing our COO, David Crumpton (check out his blog of the trip “Hands and Feet“), with me so I can introduce him to the Kenya team, build relationships and take over more of the operational duties of the organization. Our CFO, Brittany Miller, was to make the journey; however, she is about to begin her journey with the consulting firm Ernst & Young.
The main purpose of our trip was to set in order our newly organized NGO (non-government organization), Breathe International Missions Network – Kenya, establish relationships, and cast vision for Breathe’s global future. The team is comprised of 11 board members with Lawrence Raddin presiding as the Secretary (President of Breathe International – Kenya). Additionally, we set out to identify our main project objectives. As a result, the following areas were identified:
- Education – our primary objective to address:
- Widow and Orphan care and advocacy
- Vulnerable Children rescue and sustainability
- HIV and other life threatening diseases
- Children’s Campus:
- Care for orphan and vulnerable children
- Provide sustainable dignity, quality of life, and business opportunity for widows
- Establish a primary, secondary, and post-secondary vocational and academic education
- Sustainable Business and Micro Investments
- Repair and Upgrade Village Primary Schools
- “Chanclas for Kenya” – provide low-cost flip flops for children who walk to school barefoot
- “Bush Bibles” – provide new bibles, translated in native tribal tongue, to village pastors
The newly formed NGO creates a sustainable partnership with the Kenyan leadership instead of an entitlement and enabling dependency. All projects are rooted in the needs of Kenyans, by Kenyans, and for Kenyans. Local grass roots research and initiatives are birthed from within the country to ensure we meet specific needs, maximize our resources, reduce cost, and maintain a spirit of excellence and transparency.
This is an exciting time for Breathe International. By the end of 2017, we will finalize building our U.S. team, and board members, to create momentum with our Kenyan team for a true partnership in global sustainability.
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