Who are the CLOUT volunteers in Kasavai?
All work on a volunteer basis. None receives any compensation.
Dr. Constance Ambasa-Shisanya - Constance is a CLOUT Program Officer for Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS in Kenya. Her CLOUT (Center for Livelihood Opportunities Unlimited and Technologies) programs stress HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention, care, and treatment. They also address the socio-economic needs of AIDS widows, orphans, and vulnerable children. Connie's post-doctoral studies in HIV/AIDS education at Yale University in the 2004/2005 academic year focused on her desire to start a CLOUT project in Kasavai. Her project in Kasavai received official recognition from the Kenyan government and got underway in November, 2005, just two months before Terry and Sandy Kensler became involved and a year before CLOUT Cares was born in the USA.
Until 2007, Connie taught theology at Kenyata University in Nairobi. She now does HIV/AIDS research and as an independent consultant. She and her husband, Chris Shisanya, have three children and live in a suburb of Nairobi. They also have a "village" home in Kasavai, about 250 miles from Nairobi. They both grew up very near Kasavai in Western Province. Constance was born in Esirulo. She and Chris are from the Luyha ethnic group and they spend as much time in Kasavai as the demands of modern life allow.
Terry and Sandy met Connie and Chris in Connecticut in August, 2005, just before Connie returned to Kenya after her post-doctoral study at Yale. They were impressed by Connie's vision and ideas and they modified a planned trip to Africa and saw her nascent CLOUT Kasavai project first hand in January, 2006. They immediately became involved, establishing CLOUT Cares in the USA one year later.
Prof. Chris Shisanya - Chris is the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Kenyatta University in Nairobi. He was born in Lusiola, another small village near Kasavai in Western Province. As a technical advisor for CLOUT, Chris evaluates proposals developed by other CLOUT Program Officers and deals with administrative and budgetary matters with CLOUT Cares.
Ms. Truphena E. Maloba - Truphena is a CLOUT Program Officer for Community Development. She has organized seminars for widows on micro-financing and agricultural technologies for improved livelihood and was able to provide daily face-to-face contact between CLOUT officers and the widows, orphans, and vulnerable children of Kasavai early in the project.
Mr. Boaz Maloba - Boaz is a CLOUT Program Officer for Education. He is a secondary school teacher. Early in the program he monitored the academic progress of the students assisted by CLOUT Cares and advised on how to better meet their needs. He organizes drama and sports in schools with the theme of training children how to avoid contracting HIV infection.