We’d like to invite you to meet some of the individuals who are working hard to to promote post-secondary education in this region through an innovative interest free micro-loan and scholarship program that connects students with micro-donors and community service organizations.
Let’s start with the person responsible for setting up a very dynamic team of interns working in the region.
Gilbert Bita, East Africa Coordinator
Before moving to the US, Gilbert was working closely with his community in Kenya holding voluntary leadership roles with several organizations. He looks forward to continuing his service within his community in the US and in his homeland of East Africa.
As Community Trainer with Uweza Aid Foundation, he started their Peer Education program where he trained young boys ages 13-18 to train others in their informal settlement on HIV, stigma, and self-esteem.
With Sisters of St. Joseph of Tarbes, he acted as Community Health Worker doing Home Based Care for the Families Living with HIV/AIDS. He also facilitated training sessions for their HIV/AIDS positive support group on positive living, hygiene, family planning, stigma, denial & discrimination, micro-finance and reproductive health in relation to HIV/AIDS. Local High Schools, Primary Schools and Elementary Schools also requested and attended his training sessions.
Gilbert is one of the founders of Muhoroni Focused Support Youth Group which is aimed to bring together youth, promote their talents, support education, care for the environment, and also promote peace. The group served Family Health Options-Kenya and also worked closely with the APHIA 2 Nyanza project. His roles with these organizations included Community Health Worker, Peer Educator and Community Mobilizer.
He also enjoyed working in the hotel Industry back in Nairobi Kenya serving the Nairobi Java House for approximately 9 months.
Within 3 months of arriving in the US, Gilbert rose to the Street Outreach Team Leader as a volunteer with Stand Up for Kids. He and his team assist homeless and at risk youth with counseling, meals, housing, education, employment and life skills support near Los Angeles, California.
As Iduka’s East African Coordinator, he has built a team of 9 Country Coordinators and is excited to be part of the project. The best way to contact Gilbert and is Team is to join his East Africa Students for Post-Secondary Education Facebook group.
Gilbert is responsible for the following teams:
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