|Celebrating 6 years of successful program implementation and ushering another 5 years funding period.|
On 22nd September 2016, all roads led to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for HOPE worldwide Kenya (HWWK) employees to a coastal destination - Pride Inn Hotel, Shanzu. Two programs supported by the US Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) for the past 6 years in HIV Prevention program for Nairobi and Uasin Gichu – Nuru and Shujaa respectively had come to a successful close. A time of reflection, sharing, bonding, celebration and ushering a new beginning of a 5 year grant period was awaiting the Team.
The Team, led by the Board Chairman Mr. George Irungu, and the Executive Director, Ms. Malinda Wheeler took time to commend everyone for the relentless effort that produced the amazing results. Mr. Irungu spoke on behalf of the board members and expressed their confidence in the management and staff and promised to work closely with the team to ensure policies and procedures are in place to support the right work environment.
HOPE worldwide Kenya Staff perform a jig in celebration as the Executive Director; Ms. Malinda Wheeler presents awards to Nuru and Shujaa program Managers, George Khisa and Catherine Mukundi respectfully.
The 3 day workshop also presented a platform to unveil the new strategic plan that would guide the organization for the next three year period (2016/17 – 2019). Reflecting on a quote from Dr. Stephen Covey, that success in business requires two things; a winning competitive strategy and superb organizational execution, Ms. Malinda took the team through the strategy, expressing her gratitude for the collective effort that led to the development of the competitive strategy. The staff also received a sobering dose of insights on investments, financial management and retirement plans.
The two programs shared their key achievements that saw 100% targets met on; clients knowing their HIV status; provision of evidence based intervention to the youth between 10-14 years old; interventions for continuously abused children and adolescent girls and young women and a 77% achievement on Parental Evidence Based Interventions for 9-12years old.
HWWK Staff enjoying a team building session
A team building session was incorporated into the program to rejuvenate everyone’s spirit in readiness for implementation of the new US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) funded grant which commence in October 2016 to Sept 2021. The grant would focus on contributing towards HIV sustainable epidemic control in Nairobi, Central and Eastern Regions of Kenya and ultimately Kenya, as envisioned in the Kenya AIDS Strategic Framework and PEPFAR 3.0.
The coastal weather, breeze and the hotel were just right for a time of bonding to strengthen the connection amongst the Team. An awards dinner crowned the workshop with awards going to best team players, program stewards, best dressed and for each member’s contribution to the success of Team HOPE worldwide Kenya.