President and FounderJulie is usually, never happier than being on the ground in Kisumu surrounded by her other Kenyan ‘family’. She makes time to visit Kenya three times each year, where she oversees each project and ensures everything is running correctly. With a background in Sales and Marketing, having founded Kenyan Kids, Julie then retrained with the Open University studying for a diploma in fundraising management. Living in France since 1993, she works tirelessly at raising funds both here and the UK. In 2016, Julie was humbled to receive the Paul Harris Fellowship Award from the Rotary Club of Basingstoke Dean.
Pete Smith joins us from the UK where he will concentrate on our marketing and fundraising
strategy, with the aim of establishing sustainability for the Familia project. With a strong
sales and marketing background, business management in Zambia and Senegal, and
previous volunteer experience working with vulnerable kids both in the UK and Kenya, Pete
will be a most welcome addition to our team.
Progam ManagerZablon or ‘Small’ as he prefers to be known, spent the first 21 years of his life intimately knowing what it was like to grow up on the streets of Kisumu. Struggling to bring up his younger sister alone, he determined to make a better life for himself and Esther. Arriving in France in March 2014, he has now completed his studies at the Lycee Paul Augier in Nice.
Fluent in English and four other Kenyan dialects, he now speaks and usually works in the French language. Small is a remarkable Ambassador for our charity, an active fundraiser and an inspirational youth leader/role model. He plays a vital part liaising with local communities in Kenya. His latest project is to inaugurate Blessing Bags and a feeding program for street children within the local Kenyan community
Familia’s Manager in KenyaJohn grew up in poverty as did Small. When Julie founded Kenyan Kids, John initially helped us as a volunteer. His dedication, experience and knowledge made us aware that he would be an invaluable asset to our staff on the ground and he became our first salaried employee. With a passion for keeping girls safe and out of prostitution, John helped us select our first group of girls. He intuitively knows the difference between a girl who is just living in poverty as opposed to a girl who is living in poverty but seriously at risk. John currently acts as our liaison officer with the local schools the girls attend. He oversees the duties of our house mums and prepares our expenditure reports ensuring they are delivered to our Treasurer in a timely manner.