Welcome to the Board, Rosemary Chengson!

Global Partners is pleased to announce that Rosemary Chengson has joined our board of directors and is currently serving as board treasurer. Rosemary brings years of experience and leadership to the board, and her expertise will ensure the continued integrity and effective functioning of our financial reporting and internal controls.

After working for the University of California for over 25 years, Rosemary retired as a Director of Budget and Finance and changed career paths to start her own personal training business. She believes in the importance of building community and helping others help themselves. She has been an active volunteer in educational programs and the Special Olympics and has served as treasurer on the boards of both the Women’s Cancer Resource Center and the President’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women for the University of California’s Office of the President. Rosemary is a graduate from UC Berkeley where she studied biological sciences and has an M.B.A. from the University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business.

Rosemary is a proponent of Global Partner’s model of partnering with communities to assist with local infrastructure and education projects while the communities retain agency and accountability for the work. She is looking forward to serving as treasurer, and we are lucky to have her join our team.

Welcome to Global Partners, Rosemary!

Global Partners for Development Golf Tournament

We are pleased to announce that we are hosting a Golf Tournament on Monday, October 18th at the Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club. All proceeds from this event will go toward supporting Global Partner’s community-based projects in East Africa.

The event will begin with breakfast and a bloody mary bar followed by tee time at 10am. After 18 holes, all players are invited to join us for a BBQ lunch and awards for the first, second, and third place golfers. More announcements to follow!

If you are interested in purchasing tickets to the tournament, please visit gpfd.org/donate/ and select “Golf Tournament” on the drop-down menu. Tickets are $1,200 for a group of 4 golfers. Singles and doubles are also welcome to join for $300 per person. All golfers will be grouped into foursomes.

If you are interested in sponsoring this tournament or donating auction items, please contact [email protected]

Update from the Field: Adjusting to Pandemic Life in Kenya

It is sixteen months since we had the first nationwide lockdown in Kenya due to COVID-19. If you would have asked me how long this pandemic would last for, I would have told you just until August, but when August came I could tell I was very wrong and now, I am not so sure.

On June 16 2021, The Interior Cabinet Secretary announced that the government would introduce containment measures to deal with movement and social activities in a bid to reduce the COVID-19 surge in Western Kenya. This included Homabay County where I currently reside and I’ve been closely monitoring the projects in schools in Suba North Constituency.

If there is anything I am learning during this pandemic is how much Kenyans can change to suit their environment and also how lacking our health sector is in terms of facilities, human resources and above all innovation. However, the most recent containment measures come with a curfew that bans all movement and social activities after 7pm.

In Mbita town and in most schools, seeing how people interact and take measures regarding social distancing and sanitization has been most intriguing. For example, the wearing of masks with the government saying it’s mandatory, the people here have interpreted it as something to be done appropriately to avoid being arrested by the police. When it comes to public transport, social distancing only applies when there is a different traffic police team at the usual check-points. If this is the case you are still hurdled together in the probox until you are almost near the check-point when the driver would stop and hail a boda boda to get you beyond the check point where you’ll wait to board the vehicle again. They say “we just have to pass the check-point.”

When schools resumed in October last year, the government was strict in checking up on schools to see that they had sanitizers, pupils were wearing masks the right way, seated at a distance from each other and that schools had hand-washing stations. Sixteen months down the line and we are in the last week of 2020 academic calendar and most schools have stopped using the thermo-guns to check and record the temperatures of visitors and closely monitoring the sanitation protocols. They are swamped with a curriculum that needs to be covered, an overwhelming population of pupils with lacking infrastructure and frankly speaking, no teacher wants to run around making sure over three hundred pupils are wearing masks and socially distancing.

Schools here close by the 16th July 2021 and resume on the 26th July 2021 and with the containment measures still in place, I hope that when they transition into the next class and schools (for those joining secondary and university) we would have taken this pandemic seriously and practiced effective mask wearing, sanitizing of hands and socially distancing to further reduce chances of contracting or spreading the virus. I also hope that we’d have more people vaccinated