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Welcoming Evans Odhiambo, Kesho’s new Executive Director

Welcoming Evans Odhiambo, Kesho’s new Executive Director

P1000653.jpgCelebrating 10 years with Kesho

Kate Nokes welcomes new Executive Director, Evans Odhiambo 

Over the past 10 years I’ve had the enormous pleasure of working with you all to build Kesho into the vibrant organisation it is today.  We are proud to have developed such a wonderful team and transformed Kesho from being a small sponsorship fund, to one which is now providing holistic educational support to nearly 1,000 children.  

To secure Kesho’s long-term growth and sustainability, it needed to move from being a voluntary Co-Founder led organisation to one which is professionally run and staffed. 

I have, therefore, decided to  step down as Executive Director (ED), a move I am confident is right for Kesho and right for me too. 

It is a decision which we have been working towards for quite some time, in open conversation with Kesho’s staff and Board, and such transparency has allowed us to plan accordingly to strengthen the organisation to withstand my transition.  We have comprehensive policies in place and a new Board comprising new and old members who are completely committed to our 5 year strategic plan and excited about taking Kesho forward. 

It is my great pleasure to introduce you to Kesho’s next Executive Director, Evans Odhiambo and I invite you all to join me in welcoming him wholeheartedly to our team.  He is joining us from the Africa Education Project, Nairobi, where he has been the Country Director for the past 4 years.

Evans, without doubt, has the skills, passion and drive to take Kesho forward.  Over the next 10 months I will be to hand to share every part of the ED role with him.


It will be my pleasure to hand over and watch Kesho flourish under his new leadership.

Kesho will remain in very good hands.  Co-Founder, Zena Salim, Kesho’s “Heart” will continue as Chairperson and remain active in her ambassadorial and community engagement roles.  As for myself, I too, will remain on the Boardand enjoy the opportunity of overseeing the organisation while having the flexibility to spend a little more time in the UK to meet my children’s needs.

It truly has been an incredible decade.

With best wishes to you all,

Kate Nokes
Co-Founder and
Outgoing Executive Director