Leadership Conference 2016

Leadership conf 2016

Expansion International Africa hosted its 2nd Leadership Conference March 21st-24th.  Twenty-five leaders from the new resettlement communities of Subukia and Bahati were in attendance.  Most were returning from last year, with 5 new leaders joining this year’s conference.  Last year’s theme which included training on servant leadership was continued on into this year’s conference. They also focused on helping the attendees empower the people they lead.

All of the speakers at the conference were Kenyan, except for Arlene Hardy who spoke on being accountability and transparency. Some of the other topics at the conference included sustainable development, community participation, community mobilization and economic growth opportunities. Evans Baiya, the president of Expansion International wrapped up the 3 day event with a highly motivating talk on inspiring those you lead.

Our goal with the leadership training was to build a base of strong leaders who will lead the development in their own communities and encourage others in the next generation. It was exciting to have the attendees share how they had implemented what was learned from the last conference. Not only did they work at being a servant leader, but some also put into practice and shared with others many of the things they had learned.  Things like the benefits of crop rotation, row planting, using fertilizers and mulching. Many attendees talked about using the new techniques that allows them to get multiple plantings in one year. As well they taught their families and others about the need for clean water, hand washing and good sanitation.

The feedback from the speakers and the attendees was excellent! The community leaders know what it means to be a leader and empower others.  We are very excited for what this group will accomplish in the coming year.

A special thank you to the Expansion International Africa Staff; Mrs Edith Njenga,
 Naomi Kihuha, Racheal Kamau who did an excellent job of coordinating and
 facilitating this incredible conference!
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