The month of November was a month full of activities at the Coast region ranging from graduation ceremonies from a number of interns, interns recruitment, different hub activities going on and a one week visit from the Country Director, Evans Njoro to the region.
Nearly all the Interns in the Coast region held their first graduation ceremony at the different centres where they facilitate the ReachUp! Program. Among the centres that hosted graduation ceremonies was Wema Centre- Bamburi facilitated by Felix Mweu, Dream Achievers- Mtopanga Caroline Boraya and Likoni Community Development Program(LICODEP) - Likoni Mgeni Abdallah among others. Each of these ceremonies had a success story to tell. Forinstance 3 of Caroline's participants have ventured in sustainable livelihood projects such as juice processing, food parlour while Felix participants came up together to form a youth group. To the intern this being there first time to organise graduation ceremony gave them the opportunity to learn and be creative during the whole processes.
The Monitoring and Evaluation team also visited the region to undertake a hub activity that saw the interns taken through a refresher course on one of the 24 modules. The "Consolidating Research Findings" module which many Interns identified as being challenging was well explained to the Interns . This also gave the Monitoring and Evaluation team an avenue to answer question on issues concerning the department including filling of registers, surveys among other things. Ben Maiyo the Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant stressed on the need for the interns hand in their registers and surveys in time. Elkanah Mabira the only Monitoring and Evaluation hub intern in the region was able to have a feel what his hub activities are because the organisation and preparations of the event was his main duties assisted by team and Ben Maiyo.
The Coast team was also lucky enough to host Evans Njoro ,DOT Kenya Country Director for one week. This visit was to enable the Country Director meet new partners and existing partners that support DOT activities, spend time with a number of interns by visiting their centres, participate in closing ceremonies taking place at that moment and also to respond to courtesy calls from different partners and organisations. Evans was able to visit a number of private sectors, community based organisations and private institutions. As the saying goes "work without play makes Jack a dull boy" we took this opportunity to show Evans around to explore the Swahili dishes, historical sites like Vasco Dama in Malindi, among others.
It has been a great month for us here at the Coast. As we usher in the month of December, we also take this opportunity to welcome new interns who are currently undergoing the face to face training in Nairobi. So far the Coast team comprises of Program Manager Robina Mwaura, Program Assistant Irene Mlanga, Field Officers Ayshah Maende and Peter Mutie and 7 field facilitators namely Felix Mweu, Carol Boraya, Angela Mapendo, Vincent Musembi, Elkanah Mabira, Mgeni Abdallah and Purity Rufuata