I AM HESHIMA

THE DREAM TEAM 

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LEXIS

BEATTIE

Founder & CEO

I see potential in tiny humans.

Creating systems & a team which empowers kiddos to see it within themselves is what I live for.  

I am dedicating my life to this movement and its children. It takes a whole community to raise a child. This is our community and these are our children. Welcome to the movement! 

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david
shamala

Country Director
 

David joined Heshima to support its mission to continue to build sustainable communities by providing high-quality education and empowering underserved children and communities.
 

David Shamala is a community advocate and human rights activist who is committed to addressing social exclusion on both a local and international level, particularly in the areas of children’s rights. 

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Frederick
Marika AKELLO

Founder & Liason

As a child, I have walked in these kids' shoes and understand their struggles.I want to give them different shoes to walk in so they can create a different path to walk on.


At I am Heshima, we are doing this every day, and I love it

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kelvine
otieno

Country Manager

Fred & Lex are my inspiration.

I want to
revive hope in individuals who have lost it and make them optimistic, regardless of the problems they encounter daily.


 

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lilian
nabwire

Social Worker

A social worker by profession, I believe every child is different.

 

What I love about my job is that I get to help each one discover his own talent and strengths and nurture those traits.

 

Through my educational approach and working with HESHIMA I will be able to do exactly that.

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ezekiel
omondi

Program Management

I am happy to work with Heshima since it has changed society and brightened the lives of many families. I am committed to the values of honesty , hard work, respect and teamwork as we deliver services to I am Heshima children.

Transforming our mission into action.

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patrick
ooko

Transport & Translator


I have been a part of the Heshima team since day 1.

I love what I do and I am honoured to witness and be a part of a growing team which does the impossible for children, every day.

 

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jane
aronah

Psychologist

I am drawn to compassion and humanity.  No place speaks that better than I Am Heshima.  when I met Fred and Lex, it was a no-brainer that I was going to love offering my services, restoring hope and putting a smile on these little ones faces.

 

I AM HESHIMA is my inspiration.

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vincent
okoth

Heshima FC Coach
Heshima FC Assistant Coach 


For many, Heshima FC is the only family they have.
 

I am seeing young boys and girls transform every time they are on the field, and that is why I do what I do.

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Elizabeth
osundwa

Under The Mango Tree Program
Teacher


Every day, I teach little people.

On day, those people will grow to be the people who run the world.

This is why my job with I am Heshima is important and I love it.

 

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ruth
marita

Under The Mango Tree Program
Teacher

 
I am able to teach struggling students in a way they understand, and I have all of the resources I need to make it happen.

This is powerful.

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Gladys
anyango

Under The Mango Tree Program
Teacher


I teach children because I give them a foundation for their futures.

Under the mango tree does exactly that and I love being a part of the solution to a huge problem.

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wilkister
ogara

My Time Program
Community Health Worker

For the time, girls are receiving guidance and counselling.They are safe and free to be themselves.

I am seeing change, and that is the only reason I need.

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everline
lango

My Time Program
Community Health Worker
 


I have always wanted the younger generation to live a better life than I have. 

This is why I am providing continuous health education to the most vulnerable girls.

Creating awareness and self-empowerment is the best gift to be given.

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beatrice
dorothy

My Time Program
Community Health Worker 

I want girls to live their lives with the freedom to make their own decisions.

That is why I am proud to be a part of this team, because that is what we are helping them do!

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Everline
nabwire

My Time Program
Community Health Worker 

 
As a Community Health Worker, I never want to see another girl engage in sex with boda bodas (taxis)in order to get money to buy sanitary pads.

I am doing my part to make sure girls are well taken care of and can grow up happy and safe.

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volunteers

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tammy
beattie

Logistics and Events 

We are a grassroots organization where our small donations are making a huge difference in a child's life.

Education is essential, without is there not much hope.  I am Heshima = Hope & so much more.The kids best interests always come first.  I am a true believer in Heshima's philosophy.

 

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marc antoine
lussier

Digital Fundraiser
 

 

I don't think there's anything more human than I Am Heshima. The cause is crucially needed, the process is clear, and the actions have long-term outcomes. Not only is I Am Heshima changing the kids' lives, but these kids are changing their communities by giving back.
 

 

The cycle is beautiful, and it is an honor for me to be a part of it.

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natasha
totino

Artistic Director
Web


As said in Field of Dreams and modified by yours truly:

If it's right, when you build it, they will come.

Lex built it, and they came.  Now it's up to us to continue the revolution.

 

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board members

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richard
priest

Board Member


I'm proud of I am Heshima and its accomplishments!

I have been involved in this movement since its beginning and my most important contribution has been to support people that have such a passion and talent to accomplish our goals.

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denise
benison

Board Member


I got involved with Heshima in my university years, and now, just about 11 years later, I am still amazed at the accomplishments this grassroots organization & the youth participants have achieved together.

As a board member, I am able to offer insight into child development and social impact.

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amanda
maier

Board Member

 

I was privileged to witness I am Heshima rise from nothing but a dream for this world to be better for those who had no access to the education they longed for.

As a health care provider who is committed to life long learning, I truly believe that we grow the most by helping those around us.

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Line
pothier

Board Member

 
Coming Soon.

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non-executive
board members

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jessica
mills

Non-Executive Board Member

 

Jessica is a final-year undergraduate student, alongside being a Chief Legal Officer, upcoming Author and the founder and Managing Director of Bona Fide. She takes pride in assisting causes that positively impact communities and society. She has a keen fixation on helping businesses and charities in corporate law and corporate social responsibility while maximising their business goals and philanthropic missions. That being said, Jessica is looking forward to assisting ‘I am Heshima’ in surpassing their missions to better children’s educational needs through innovative and strategic ways.

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fernanda
huerta

Non-Executive Board Member

 

I am a strong believer that education is the key to unlocking the potential in children everywhere.

I have worked with different vulnerable communities to guarantee their access to education and have witnessed how giving them a fair opportunity allows them to thrive.

I am very grateful for the opportunity to contribute as a board member and hope that my experience and knowledge can help I am Heshima have a bigger impact.

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elizabeth m.
hawthorn

Non-Executive Board Member

 

I believe that children everywhere deserve to be loved and nurtured. I Am Heshima is doing this in a remote village in western Kenya one child at a time.

 

The work I Am Heshima is doing to protect and educate is impressive and I want to help it grow and expand its reach.

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There is immense power when a group of people with similar interests gets together to work toward the same goals.