This was a definitive year for the Community Economic Development (CED) Program. The model has progressed tremendously, we are collecting data on our program metrics in order to determine impact and put together a financial model that shows sustainability of the program. The Kenyan staff is increasingly taking ownership of the program, conducting needs analysis and evaluation, and designing targeted solutions for the last few loose ends. I am so proud of the work that has been done by Andrew Chacha (Program Leader), Moses Mabucha (Field Manager), James Magige (Field Manager) and our whole team of Field Officers. Without intensive dedication, many hours bent in discussion and their desire to see real change in there community 2011 would not have been nearly so successful or even possible. So here’s a little holiday recollection of CED’s big moments this year:
I hope those highlights are as encouraging to you as they are to our team on the ground in Kenya and me. And, I hope they remind you that we are not done yet. The CED program has two scaling initiatives planned for 2012, both to four new locations, just for a start. We know 2012 will be an even bigger year for the CED program and look forward to sharing the journey and progress with you in 2012. See you in the New Year!