We are a small team of committed feminists who believe in leaving legacies for the next generation. We are governed by an advisory board, which is constituted to include 2 camp Alumni. We are working with consultants from the feminist networks, we train and mentor young girls to develop awareness about themselves, and become potential key players in facilitating transformative change. We want to transform our rural communities so that girls are afforded opportunities to learn, stay healthy and be agents of change. To this end we are building a critical mass of informed girls (later women) who will be the agents of change and trailblazers in and for Africa.
Board Member Biography
Dr. Fatmah Abdallah
Dr. Abdallah received both her medical and specialization degrees at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Nairobi, Kenya. She was awarded the prize for the best postgraduate student, 1993, and was immediately offered a job by the external examiner at the Red Cross Children's Hospital, Cape town, which was later withdrawn due to the collapse of the apartheid system in South Africa. She is a physician and after being recognized as a Board Certified Pathologist, she was appointed as a Lecturer in the Department of Haematology, University of Nairobi, at Kenyatta National and Referral Hospital where she works in the area of blood diseases, cancer and transfusion medicine. Presently, she is the head of that unit. Dr. Abdallah's research has been published in several scientific journals and presented at both local and international conferences. She has held executive posts with professional societies and edits articles for the East African Medical Journal. She is currently a member of the Kenya Medical Practioners and Dentists Board and previously served, for ten years, as a member of the Regional Committee of East Africa,for the Madrasa Program( an early childhood development program in resource challenged communities of the region). Dr. Abdallah is a member of several community service organizations, including Resource Centre for Girls, where she chairs the board of trustees since its conception. She is a firm advocate of prevention of diseases and a believer in natural methods to health.
Catherine Ngaracu Mutua
Catherine Ngaracu-Mutua has served at the Resource Center for Women and Girls board since its inception in 2011. She is married and a mother of one beautiful daughter. She is a breast cancer survivor and is a trained Reach to Recovery volunteer which is a network of individuals, groups and organizations committed to improving the quality of life for women with breast cancer and their families through peer support, advocacy and consumer involvement in research.
She is involved in giving peer support to women who have been newly diagnosed with breast cancer and their families on a voluntary basis. She is also involved in advocacy by teaching women how to do Breast Self-Examinations, and the risk factors. There is indeed LIFE after Breast Cancer diagnosis. I am on my 10th year as a Survivor/Warrior. Together we all have one goal...to beat Breast Cancer and race for a CURE.
"EARLY DETECTION SAVES LIVES!"
Each check-up is frightening. Each anniversary is a victory. And I thank God each and every day for the gift of Life!
Aquilinah K Musyoki
Aquilinah K Musyoki joined the Resource Center for Women and Girls board in 2013 after one our late board member Rachel Kaloki died in February 2013. She is a high school teacher and deputy principal in Kakuyuni secondary school, Machakos County. She teaches English and Kiswahili languages. She writes plays, poems and directs them. She has awards in drama and music at national levels, the latest award being the award of the most original play in 2012. She is the founder of a club known as Orphans and Vulnerable children which raises fees, gives hope and infuses skills of self-reliance and independence in these students. She is a lover of the environment and takes care of it through keeping nurseries which enable her to plant a wide range of trees. She is in charge of the environment in the school she works in and is passionate about the giving service to humanity which she believes is service to God.
Susan Mbithe is a 24 year old lady, born in Machakos County. Susan attended Machakos girl's high school and later joined Kenya Medical training College. She is currently a clinical officer intern at Kakamega provincial General hospital. Besides having a diploma in clinical medicine and surgery, Susan has attained several certificates of active participation in the prestigious mentoring and empowerment camps with the Resource Center for Women and Girls. Susan also attained a certificate of participation in hunger walk with Brookside Company. When not working, she likes reading novels and inspirational books. She also loves swimming which she does thrice a month and also play the piano. Susan's greatest passion is to empower the girl child and she believes that she can do this through utilizing information she has been exposed to during her time at the Resource Center for Women and Girls program.
Caroline Mbinda is a 24 year old young woman from Nairobi, she is an Outreach Assistant and alumni of the Resource Center for Women and Girls of the year 2012. She is vocal, loves to express herself whenever given a chance, and is a team player. She loves writing and writes and posts on the Resource Center blog. The RCWG has played a crucial role in her life in helping her become who she is today and this was especially seen during the period she attended the mentoring camps. It is through her commitment to our work and her passion for working with girls that Carol was invited to work at the RCWG as an intern and later on to serve as a board member. Carol assists in the recruitment of new girls, initiates contacts and updates between the organization, the participants and their parents/guardians and maintains the connection through frequent communication with the participants to know about their welfare. Her parting shot; 'It is always a journey of self-discovery working at the Resource Center and I am proud to be a part of it.'
Petronilla Wesonga is a nurse by profession who is currently working with Airtel, a multinational telecommunications company based in Kenya as a customer care executive and at Bristol park hospital on locum basis. She has been affiliated with the Resource Center for 6 years now as a guardian of one of our alumni, and then she was recruited to serve as a board member. She is passionate about mentoring young girls to realize their dreams. She is an active board member who is committed to steering the organization to achieve its mission and vision through empowerment of young girls.