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
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.
Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Assistant
Corazon holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Computer Science from Kabarak University with a major in Software Planning and Development. As M & E Technical Assistant at AVFP, Corazon is responsible for preparing and developing status reports, developing data collection tools and supporting program needs assessment, baseline assessment, output and outcome monitoring and evaluation of on-going projects.
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.
Senior 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.
Program Coordinator - Rural
As a Program Coordinator at AVFP, Erick offers technical and professional leadership in planning, implementing, monitoring and overseeing activities related to orphans and vulnerable children, girls’ empowerment, and community economic empowerment. Erick supports staff in the implementation and coordination of AVFP’s field projects in the rural site and is responsible for managing, recording, sharing, following up and consolidating community feedback about AVFP’s rural site interventions.
Erick has a Diploma in Sociology and Development Studies from Ramogi Institute of Advanced Technology (RIAT)-Kisumu, acquired after undergoing a philosophical formation with the Catholic Order of Saint Camillus de Lellis (The Camillians-Servants of the sick) and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration (PPA) at Kenyata University (KU).
Prior to joining AVFP, Erick worked for the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops where he served in the Commission for Education and Religious Education as a Field Coordinator before joining the Undugu Society of Kenya/Help a Child Africa, through support from Red een Kind (Rek-Netherlands) as a Child Protection Specialized(Officer). Erick also worked for and with both local and international non-governmental organizations including; Family Support Community Based Initiatives (FASCOBI), African Network for the Prevention and Protection Against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN), Kenya chapter both as a Social Worker in a time bond Program on ‘Building Foundations for Child Labor Free Zones in Kenya and as a Program Facilitator in the ‘Community Systems Strengthening Program’ implemented in partnership between ANNPCAN-Kenya Chapter and Save The Children International targeting parents, Early Childhood Development (E.C.D) and primary school teachers on Alternative Positive Discipline methodologies.
Erick has a wealth of experience in community project development, implementation and management with bias to child welfare and advocacy programs.
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.
Jecinter has a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from the University of Nairobi with a double major on Sociology and Psychology. She also holds Diplomas and Certificates in Guidance and Counseling, Community Health and Development, Counselors Support Supervision Training and Professional Mediation Training.
Jecinter is a Certified Professional Mediator and a member of Kenya Counseling and Psychological Association.
Prior to joining AVFP, Jecinter worked with KEMRI- FACES Research Program for ten years and worked with the same program in HIV/AIDS Prevention Care and Treatment Program for another four years. She has a rich experience in working with youth, women, couples and the disadvantaged in the society.
Jecinter is joining AVFP in the capacity of a psychosocial counselor whereby she will offer counseling services to the Gender Based Violence Survivors, GS&L members and School Empowerment club members. This is aimed at changing the view of relationships, modifying dysfunctional behavior and improving communication among AVFP participants.
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. Dennis Owino Onyango is AVFP’s GS&L Field Coordinator 1.
Prior to joining AVFP, Dennis worked with Free Kenya Foundation based in Kisumu as a Resource Centre Coordinator. He has also worked with Cadbury Kenya as a Van Assistant in Mombasa. He also worked as a consultant for several Non-Governmental Organizations on Urban Agriculture and on conducted trainings for Women Self Help Groups.
Dennis is responsible for monitoring and mentoring AVFP’s Group Savings and Loan (GS&L) groups in both urban and rural program areas. He 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 his free time, he enjoys reading gospel books, attending to the farm and assisting the needy in the community.
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 she likes reading Inspirational books, Crocheting Shaggy mats and Cooking.
GS&L Field Coordinator 3
As a Group Savings and Loan (GS&L) Field Coordinator, Mary mentors and monitors Group Savings and Loan group members by ensuring their adherence to the GS&L methodology, as well as maintaining social relationships in the community for communal prosperity.
Mary holds a Bachelor’s of Arts and Social Sciences Degree with a major in English and a minor in Literature from Catholic University of Eastern Africa. Prior to joining AVFP, Mary worked as a teacher of English and Literature at Urudi High School for two years. In her free time, Mary likes reading novels, listening to music, interacting with friends and members of the community.
Field Officer 1
Mercy Gemini holds a degree in Agriculture and Biotechnology from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) with a Certificate in HIV Testing and Counseling Services (HTS) from Kenya Association of Professional Counselors (KAPC).
Prior to joining AVFP, Mercy worked with the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) – South Rift Region as the Programs Intern. She has also worked as a Life Skills Consultant/Trainer with Life Skills Promoter (LISP) in Homabay, Kisii and Migori Counties.
During her free time, Mercy mentors young girls and the youth in general and also reaches out to the needy. She loves singing and studying the Bible.
Field Office 2
John Okoth holds a degree in Business Management and IT from the University of Nairobi. Before joining AVFP, John worked with Alicia Bakers and Confectioners Ltd as a Sales Officer. He also worked as the Deputy Head teacher at St. Carmichaels Victory Academy.
During his free time, John pastors in Church, he enjoys reading the Bible, guiding and counseling and generally preaching the gospel.
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 (AA). 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 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 and office power back-up generators are properly maintained and prepares and maintains all vehicle and generator 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.
Elisha holds an East Africa Kenya (EAK); class ABC and E Driver’s License and a Driver’s Certificate of competency in Intermediate Defensive driving course from Automobile Association of Kenya (AA) and Occupation test grade two (2) with Ministry of Roads, Mechanical and Transport Department, Certificate of Digital Photography from Alison University and Certificate of Customers Service Training for Drivers from Automobile Association of Kenya (AA).
Elisha has worked with World Agroforestry Centre (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 Project 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.
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.
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.