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.
Beldina 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
Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Corazon holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Computer Science from Kabarak University with a major in Software Planning and Development and Certificate in Project Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) from Careerpoint Solutions. As a M&E Officer at AVFP, Corazon is responsible for preparing and developing status reports, developing data collection tools and supporting program needs assessment, baseline and end line assessment, output and outcome monitoring and evaluation of on-going projects. She oversees the overall implementation of the designated project(s) in consultation with the Executive Director and in accordance with the project proposals ensuring objectives are met within the required time frame and budget. Where necessary, she also ensures preventative and corrective action is taken. She also ensures that feasible, efficient and useful M&E systems are implemented, allowing all AVFP activities to meet their reporting requirements, and provides meaningful and timely data for use in project management.
Prior to joining AVFP, Corazon worked with KEMRI-FACES as a Sub-County Data Quality Officer in Nyakach Sub-County, where she implemented Quality Assurance Systems (QAS) and procedures to prevent, monitor and resolve data errors for program services. Her love for numbers is what keeps her going in her day to day work activities.
Corazon’s all-time slogan is “He who began a good work in her is faithful”. During her free time, Corazon enjoys working with children and also goes out for adventures.
Francis holds an East African Kenya (EAK) class ABCE driver’s license and a driver’s certificate of competency, intensive defensive driving and professional driving certification from Automobile Association of Kenya (AAK) and certificate in basic fire safety from Indepth Research Services Training Centre (IRES). Prior to joining AVFP, Francis worked as a Transport Manager at Mijesh Enterprises, managing several fleets of heavy-duty vehicles, light vehicles and drivers in the field.
As a Transport Manager, Francis is responsible for managing the execution, direction, and coordination of all transportation matters within the organization. This includes managing budgets, organizing schedules & routes, ensuring that vehicles are safe and meet legal requirements, and making sure that drivers are aware of their duties. He is also responsible for driving staff and visitors to and from meetings, field trips and the airport; provides courier services as needed, ensures that all vehicles and office power back-up generators are properly maintained and prepares and maintains all vehicle and generator records and reports.
Field Officer 1
Mercy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture and Biotechnology. As a Field Officer at AVFP, Mercy coordinates and monitors the Orphans and Vulnerable Children’s (OVC's) educational needs, which include receiving them when they are back from school, assessing their performance and discussing it with them together with other staff. She plans, organizes and coordinates visitation of all the OVC in their schools and provides feedback of the visits to the supervisor and senior management. She also coordinates AVFP empowerment clubs in her assigned schools.
Mercy has a passion that transcends to holistic and sustainable growth of the young generation. She has developed a background in Life Skills and Leadership training through the Kenya Life Skills Promoters (LISP), the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and Young Africa Leadership Initiative (YALI) and this has seen her through her journey on school mentorship.
Mercy considers herself a leader with the responsibility of restoring hope to the young people by equipping them with value-based life skills to build their capacity for the betterment of their everyday lives.
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