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Hekima Place Announces New Executive Director in Kenya

Hekima Place | May 14, 2017
MEDIA ADVISORY:   For Immediate Release
DATE:                   May 14, 2017
Katie Matson
U.S. Executive Director
Hekima Place, U.S. Administration Office

Hekima Place, a faith-based home for orphaned and vulnerable girls in Kenya with U.S. offices in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has announced the selection of Jenny Roach as its new Executive Director in Kenya. Ms. Roach, of Newport, Wales, has moved to Kenya to begin her new position, with a start date of May 6, 2017. She succeeds Kate Fletcher, Founding Director of Hekima Place, who will retire from daily operations and management of the home. The appointment of Ms. Roach was made by the organization’s Kenyan Board of Trustees and U.S. Board of Directors, following an international search and competitive selection process.

“We are delighted to announce this exciting next phase for Hekima Place,” reported Jim DiPiero, President of the U.S. Board of Directors. “Jenny brings impressive experience in international community development, a proven commitment to caring for vulnerable children and adolescents, and a deep faith that will further the Hekima Place mission and philosophy.”

Ms. Roach’s resume includes a decade of community youth work, pastoral care, global governance experience, and nonprofit administration, both in her hometown of Newport, Wales and around the world. Her experience in community development in Kenya began with Moving Mountains Trust in 2014. There, she was involved in managing numerous sustainable development projects with the goal of empowering the local community, particularly Ylamba Moving Mountains, a children’s home in Siaya County, Western Kenya.  Ms. Roach received her masters degree in Global Governance from the University of South Wales in 2016. She has served in development and project management staff roles for various charitable organizations, including the United Kingdom-based Fixers UK, a youth social action charity, and Full Circle Education Solutions, a youth social enterprise. While in these leadership roles, she was actively engaged in work that aimed to empower young people by providing them with a platform and voice within local and global contexts. A special focus throughout her career has been on girls’ education and gender equality. Prior to her new appointment, Ms. Roach was an independent consultant, acting as a youth, community and international development specialist working to develop and implement new youth work strategies and programs across the social housing sector in Wales. Ms. Roach also conducted large scale monitoring and evaluation work to support future fundraising and project continuation capability.

“I look forward to serving the girls who call Hekima Place home, and to partnering with the local community in order to protect children and encourage the success of girls throughout our service region,” remarked Ms. Roach. “The empowerment and education of girls across the developing world is a crucial component for economic growth and stability. Through my experiences both locally and globally, I have seen firsthand that unlocking the potential of girls can make an incredible impact on an entire community. I believe Hekima Place can and will play a key role in achieving ambitious goals to protect, educate, and empower girls and young women in Kenya.”

Ms. Roach will join a staff of twenty-five staff members in Kenya, as well as Katie Matson, U.S. Executive Director of the U.S. Administration Office, which is based in Pittsburgh. Ms. Fletcher will take on an advisory role within the organization.

Hekima Place is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the United States; its arm in Kenya, Hekima Place Trust, is a registered Kenyan charity. The mission of Hekima Place is to provide a safe, faith-based, loving home for orphaned and vulnerable girls in Kenya, while supporting excellence in education and empowerment for their futures. Founded in 2005, Hekima Place is recognized throughout its service region of Northern Kajaido County and has grown rapidly since its founding. Hekima Place is now home to over 85 girls, who range in age from infants to university students.

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