On October 27th and 28th 2011, six Africa Rising partners gathered at Beacon of Hope in Nairobi, Kenya. Top leaders from each of the participating organizations chose to travel from as far away as the northwest corner of Tanzania and Kampala, Uganda to participate in the gathering. The topic presented was business skills for nonprofits. Participants observed many aspects of Beacon of Hope operations through site visits. The founder of Beacon of Hope shared her experience in the areas of program sustainability, local fundraising, working with corporate donors, and program replication.
The participants reported gaining management and business insights that they will implement in their work. All of the attendees found the relationships they built with peers in attendance to be personally and professionally inspiring. They agreed that they need one another to offer guidance and will help one another address challenges they encounter as leaders.
As a result of this gathering, several leaders have already taken specific action in their organizations over the past month:
An organization focusing on empowering women with HIV/AIDS will pursue a new strategy in income generating efforts for economic empowerment of its members.
A youth group was formed in a village in Northeastern Uganda where youth are taking ownership of community development efforts and helping create positive change.
The Director of one organization found new inspiration for how to utilize a piece of land to form a community center that engages the entire community because of Beacon of Hope’s example.
One founder has a clearer vision for the kind of school he wants and how to develop it through learning from the school at Beacon of Hope.
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