Beldina Opiyo-Omolo, MPH, CHES, CMEP

Co-Founder and Director

Beldina has directed AVFP since its inception in 2005 in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission. Beldina has a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Health and a Masters in Public Health both from East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania USA. She has extensive experience in public health and community development, having worked for more than 6 years as a Public Health Specialist for Millennium Cities Initiative (MCI) Kisumu. This job entailed the support of the administration of the City of Kisumu, the Kisumu County government and countless local and international partners in expanding and strengthening public health support for the City of Kisumu. Beldina was responsible for carrying out research on public health needs and facilitated direct interventions in public health and gender through the establishment of committees, financial and entrepreneurial training of women in some of the city’s informal settlements with the establishment of community savings groups. Other responsibilities have included working in selected informal settlement study sites to improve community infrastructure, livelihood opportunities and access to and the quality of health, education and water/sanitation services.

Prior to joining MCI Kisumu, Beldina worked as a Program Manager for an NGO in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where she helped create a regional system of HIV/AIDS-related prevention, care and housing to provide a continuum of HIV-related services in a six-county region in northeastern Pennsylvania. She also worked with the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services; the Sussex County Department of Health, Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program, in Sussex County, NJ; the Pennsylvania Department of Health in Harrisburg, PA; and at East Stroudsburg University as an Adjunct Faculty of Health.

As Director of AVFP, Beldina handles operations and strategic planning to ensure that AVFP successfully fulfills its mission into the future. She also makes sure that there is ongoing program excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration needed to achieve the organization’s goals.

Beldina is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.; American Red Cross Certified CPR/First Aid/Disaster Preparedness and HIV/AIDS Instructor; and a Certified Monitoring & Evaluation Professional. She has also been a member of the American Public Health Association and the Society for Public Health Educators since 2000. Beldina is a born-again Christian and a mother of two.

Tom Achola

Senior Program Manager

Tom has a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and a Masters in Project Planning and Management from the University of Nairobi. Tom is a Management Information and Monitoring & Evaluation (M & E) professional with over 5 years- experience in planning, developing and providing monitoring & evaluation strategies and overall project direction. Tom is responsible for staff supervision, Monitoring & Evaluation strategy design, standards and tools, Integrated Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (IMEP), monitoring project implementation, including performance evaluations and feedback, reports key project indicators and promotes and spearheads all research activities of the programs. 

Prior to joining AVFP, Tom worked for CARE International in Kenya (CIK) as a Management Information System and Monitoring & Evaluation Officer for the Financial Inclusion Sector. Tom has taken courses on management offered by Harvard Management and M & E courses including Results-based M&E by International Institute for Local Development (IILD) and International Institute for Rural Development (IIRD).

Omondi Elkanah Omolo

Office Administrator

Elkanah has a Diploma in Business Management from Kenya Institute of Management. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (Finance) at Maseno University. Elkanah is responsible for organizing office operations and procedures including, human resources, securing files and records, planning and executing logistical operations and inventory management. 

Prior to joining AVFP, Elkanah worked for four and half years with the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with Kenya Medical Research Institute (CDC/KEMRI) as a Human Resource Assistant and later as an Administrative Assistant for the Global Influenza Program.

Penina Amboka

Project Accountant

Penina is a Certified Public Accountant from Kenya College of Accountancy and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce Degree at Kenyatta University. In her role as accountant, Penina is responsible for the monitoring, tracking and reporting of all financial transactions along with developing financial reports and budget reviews. 

During her free time Penina enjoys reading, watching movies and spending time alone. She admires disciplined, self-motivated and responsible people who are accountable for what has been entrusted to them. Penina values time, friends and family. Apart from family and friends, God keeps her going. 

Penina is inspired by the Bible. Her goal is to be better than what she was yesterday in all areas of her life.

Francis Arogo

Senior Driver

Francis holds an East African Kenya (EAK) class ABCE driver’s license and a driver’s certificate of competency and defensive driving from Automobile Association of Kenya (AA). Prior to joining AVFP, Francis worked as a Transport Manager at Mijesh Enterprises, managing several fleets of heavy-duty vehicles and drivers in the field. 

As Senior Driver, Francis is responsible for driving staff and visitors to and from meetings, field trips and the airport; provides courier services as needed, ensures that all vehicles are properly maintained and prepares and maintains all vehicle records and reports. 

During his free time, Francis enjoys reading the Bible, preaching, praying, worshiping, fellowshipping and encouraging other Christians. Apart from spending time with family and friends, Francis’ goal is to reach out to all with the love of God and to bring them to the knowledge of Christ.

Maureen Achieng’ Aywer

Women and Girls Empowerment Coordinator

Maureen holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from Maseno University with a major in Sociology and minors in Anthropology and Information Technology. Maureen also holds a Diploma in Business Technical Education Program (BTEP) - Tourism Management option from the Technical University of Kenya (TUK)

Maureen has vast experience in community development activities in Kenya and Somalia having worked with Support for Tropical Initiatives in Poverty Alleviation (STIPA) in the capacity of an Administrative Assistant as well as Acting Project Coordinator for Community Peace Project. Maureen has also been engaged in carrying out consultancies for various development partners in different parts of Africa. Due to her humble nature and the passion she has for her work, Maureen aspires to reach every girl child and woman in both the urban informal settlement and the rural settlements of Kisumu County.

Maureen Neema

GS&L Field Coordinator 2

Neema holds a Diploma in Management of Community Based Organizations (CBOS) from Integrity School of Management (ISM) and a Certificate in HIV/AIDS Management from Regional Center for HIV/AIDS and Social Studies.

Prior to joining AVFP, Neema worked as a Community Enterprise Officer at Wisdom Services for People of East Africa (WISPEA). She has a passion for working in the field of Community Development and Project management.

Neema is responsible for monitoring and mentoring AVFP’s Group Savings and Loan (GS&L) groups in both urban and rural program areas. She is also responsible for provision of leadership, capacity building and technical support to AVFP’s sponsored GS&L groups as well as facilitating and maintaining strong community relationships, participating and empowering processes as AVFP walks alongside women, families and communities in a journey to transformational development.

During her free time Neema likes, reading inspirational books like the Bible and Bishop Oyedepo’s novels, watching movies and farming.

Dennis Owino Onyango

GS&L Field Coordinator 1

Dennis is a Diploma holder in Agriculture and Economics from Kilifi Agricultural Institute. He also has a certificate in Sales and Marketing from Eldoret Polytechnic. Mr. Dennis Owino Onyango is the AVFP GS&L Field Coordinator.

Prior to joining AVFP, Dennis worked with the Free Kenya Foundation based in Kisumu as a Resource Center Coordinator. He has also worked with Cadbury Kenya as Van Assistant in Mombasa. He also worked as a consultant for several Non-Governmental Organizations on Urban Agriculture and conducted trainings for Women Self Help Groups.

During his free time, he enjoys reading the gospel books, attending to the farm and also assisting the needy in the community.

Winnie Valentine Wadera

Community and Media Partnership Coordinator

Ms. Winnie Valentine Wadera Kirigha is the AVFP Community and Media Partnership Coordinator. Winnie is a Diploma holder in Mass Communication from Nairobi Aviation College and is currently pursuing Gender studies at the University of Nairobi. She also has a certificate in Counseling Psychology from Tropical School of Medicine (TICH) in Kisumu.

Prior to joining AVFP, Winnie worked with the Population Council in partnership with Well Told story Limited, in a school re-entry program for teenage mothers in Homabay County. She has also worked with the Kenya Female Advisory Organization (KEFEADO), as a Project Assistant in a Sexual Reproductive Health Advocacy program against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and related practices, in Mt. Elgon in Western Kenya.

In her free time, she enjoys planning and organizing events for social change, emceeing, designing fabric, watching movies and is also a performing artist.

Elisha Ouma Olweya

Project Driver

Elisha holds an East Africa Kenya (EAK); class ABC and E Driver’s License and a Driver’s Certificate of competency in defensive driving from Automobile Association of Kenya (AA) and Occupation test two (2) with Ministry of Roads, Mechanical and Transport Department.

Elisha has worked with World Agroforestry (ICRAF) as a driver and Field Assistant, Millennium Villages Project (MVP) as a driver/ field assistant, Nyanza Reproductive Health Society (NRHS) as a Project Driver and currently in AVFP, as a Driver.

At AVFP, Elisha is responsible for driving visitors and staff to and from field sites, meetings and the airport and provides courier services as needed. He ensures that the vehicle assigned to him is well maintained mechanically and clean at all times.

During his free time, Elisha watches football and goes to church. He likes making friends and taking good advice from them.

Judith Muhonja Vitonya

Office Housekeeper/Messenger

Judith has over fourteen years experience as a housekeeper and over two years experience as an office messenger for hotels and schools. Prior to joining AVFP, Judith worked with Millennium Cites Initiative in Kisumu on a part-time basis. Judith is responsible for maintaining a clean, comfortable and tidy office environment and assists with other duties as needed.