Project: Coaching the Global Village, in partnership with Hartmann Dadas Kenya Commitment will teach the CGV coach approach training to interested villagers for personal and community empowerment to remote boarding schools outside of Nairobi, Kenya. This is an annual, ongoing project.
Lead Coaches: Susie Strauss, CGV Board Member; Rachel Lane, CGV Board Member
Current Funding needs: $3,500 annually for travel expenses – supplies are funded by the Hartmann Dadas Kenya Commitment
The Hartmann Dadas* (*Swahili for "sisters") Kenya Commitment is the brainchild of two sisters: Karen Hartmann Canino and Mary Hartmann-Aitken. In early 2010, these two visionary and compassionate sisters visited the Gilesther Prep School in Ndaragwa, Kenya, where the children of their driver attend. After touring the school and seeing the library, the sisters agreed, "We have to do something to help."
Upon returning to the United States, they formed a plan to access their father’s foundation, the Hartmann Foundation. The money in this foundation needs to be gifted every year to a nonprofit organization of their choice. The Hartmann Dadas realized their combined gift would cover the annual expense of a cargo shipment to Kenya. In order to facilitate the shipment, they partnered with HELP International, a Loveland, Colorado- based NGO able to coordinate the delivery of the shipment directly to the school in Kenya. The initial cargo shipment of clothes and school supplies left the United States in early December 2010. See the update for the visit to the Gilesther Prep School and the school in Mathare, Nairobi in 2011.
The Hartmann Dadas Commitment is to Kenya, her people, and in particular, the children. In addition to bringing supplies for the school, they see a real benefit in creating coaching conversations with the teachers, students, and villagers to identify what additional needs there may be, not only in practical terms but also in strengthening relationships and leadership. These women will partner with Coaching the Global Village to train interested villagers in the coach approach to leadership and community development. CGV coaches will teach local citizens essential skills for empowering conversations and the ability to evoke solutions to community challenges.
Funding support allows the work of the Kenya Commitment to grow and teach local leaders to keep improving the community, school, and families in the years ahead. Beginning in 2012, the Hartmann Dadas promise to donate $13,000 each year for these efforts for coaching training, while also delivering much-needed supplies (paid by other donations), and to at least partially fund this coaching on an annual basis throughout Kenya to help as many schoolchildren as possible.
“Many little people in many small places undertaking many modest actions can transform the world.” ~ African Proverb