Wellness for Greatness, a Kenyan NGO, is collaborating with CATCH Global Foundation, Kenya’s Ministry of Education, Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), and Nairobi City County to adapt the CATCH health education programs for use in Kenya and offer them to schools nationwide. With 20 million citizens under age 16, a new competency-based school curriculum that includes movement and nutrition, and a national priority on preparing children for long healthy lives, Kenya has the ingredients to succeed with CATCH!
Photos from our Jan 2020 site visit to schools in Nairobi, Kenya:
CATCH Kenya Board of Advisors
Julius Machanje is an entrepreneur with 15 years’ experience in sanitization processes. He graduated from the Kenya polytechnic university college with a higher diploma in applied chemistry, diploma in analytical chemistry and there after a diploma in business management at the Kenya institute of management. Julius always aspires to inspire the youth and tirelessly encourage them to work hard to succeed. He trains the youth in entrepreneurship with attitude change focus on self-employment. Julius has worked with many youth groups and individuals in the past and enjoys this.
Mary Ndiritu is an advocate of the high court of Kenya and has experience in general litigation, financial transactions, conveyancing, intellectual property, insolvency and restructuring. She has worked as personal representative for the CEO of Gaea OÜ in Kenya, at the Kenya National Qualifications Authority, and at Mbichire & Company advocates. Mary obtained her LLB law degree with Honors from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and post-graduate diploma from the Kenya School of Law. She values teamwork and diversity.
Mr. Ogombe is the Deputy Executive Director of the Kenya Non-Governmental Organizations Coordination Board. He has extensive skills in strategic leadership, management of socio-economic programs, financial management, monitoring and evaluation, and resources mobilization. He is an effective team player with passion for organizational development. He has worked for local and international organizations in senior management positions for more than 20 years and has demonstrated experience in program design including experience with a range of international donors (including USAID, EU, ECHO, DFID, and UN agencies). He possesses skills in program sustainability, capacity building, and public-private partnerships. He is experienced in successfully managing institutional partnerships and collaborations with national and international NGOs and other development partners. He is a strong advocate of sound Corporate Governance.
Jeff serves as the Principal Officer at the Safaricom Foundation. He is passionate about using data to guide decision making in the Foundation. He is happy when resources reach the right people at the right time, enabling the Foundation to fulfill its mandate of transforming lives.
Prof. Jerono Phylis Rotich
Prof. Jerono Phylis Rotich is a professor of Kinesiology and department chair of Kinesiology and Recreation Administration at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina, USA. She is CEO and Founder of WOYO (Women & Youth) Global Diversity Consulting and JVV Wellness and Safety LLC, CEO, and Founder of Kenya Students in Diaspora ( KESID) Foundation. She is the current President of the Kenya Scholars and Studies Association (KESSA). She serves on the Commission of Research & Publication of ICTSG established at the 2018 UNESCO Collective Consultation on TSG, National Executive Board member of Kenya Christian Fellowship and Board of Kenya Diaspora Alliance -USA, among many other organizations. She also served as a Commissioner on the Status of Women in Guilford County, NC, USA. She is a dedicated servant leader, educator, scholar, change agent, motivational speaker, women, youth, health, and peace champion who is committed to behavior modification, excellence, community engagement, and international collaboration.
Charity W. Waithima, PhD
Dr. Charity Waithima is an Assistant professor of Psychology and the Coordinator, Doctor of Psychology program at the United States International University-Africa. She holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology, M. A. Counseling Psychology and Bachelor of Education (BEd.Science-honors). She is a highly motivated researcher, practicing psychotherapist and an educator with broad teaching, research, assessment and administration experience. She has held various senior administrative and teaching positions in various national and international institutions of learning in Kenya for the last thirty years. She is a consultant in mental health, behavior management and a certified professional mediator accredited by the Kenya judiciary.
Dr. Waithima has been involved in curriculum development, review and mentorship at high school, undergraduate and post graduate levels. She supervises post graduate theses at both Master’s and PhD level. She is an external theses examiner for three Kenyan Universities. She has published articles in refereed journals, published a book on adolescents’ substance use prevention and co-published book chapters. She has attended many local and international conferences and presented papers. Her research interest is in Biological Psychology, adolescent psychology as well as addiction studies. She is actively involved in community service. She is consistently consulted and featured as a mental health expert on various local and international media outlets via TV, radio and print media. She is a member of World Council for Psychotherapy, Kenya Counselors and Psychologists Association & Kenya Psychologists Association.