Meet the team
Staff & operations
Day to day operations are undertaken bya small team in Ireland, and a team of 24 staff in Kenya.
Staff of Brighter Communities Worldwide Ireland office
Martin Ballantyne has been involved in Brighter Communities Worldwide since its inception.
Martin is currently the CEO of Brighter Communities Worldwide. Martin has held multiple roles in Brighter Communities Worldwide since 2002 including Board Member, Project Leader for Volunteer Groups, Trainer of Volunteer Groups and Executive Director.
Martin is passionate about people, community development and building capacity amongst communities. Martin spends vast amounts of time in Kenya building partnerships with communities, government ministries and other NGOS. Martin works very closely with the staff team in Ireland and in Kenya.
Martin has vast experience in Financial Management, Accounting Business and Management through previous employment roles in both the non-profit and corporate sectors.
Carol Galvin's role is Development Analyst in the Middleton Brighter Communities Worldwide office, since October 2016. Carol has been involved with Brighter Communities Worldwide since 2013 as a volunteer and has travelled to Kenya several times as a volunteer and as a project leader. Carol has a degree in International Development and Food Policy from UCC and has experience in monitoring and evaluation, volunteering overseas and in Ireland, writing funding proposals and grant reports.
Rose Hennessy is Office Manager on the Brighter Communities Worldwide office in Midleton. Rose is a very experienced volunteer with Brighter Communities Worldwide and first began volunteering on the Harambee project in 2005. Rose has had many roles including Project Leader, Trainer, and Fundraiser. Rose has vast experience in volunteering, and working with volunteers. Rose took up her Office Manager position in October 2011.
Staff of Brighter Communities Worldwide Kenya office
Mary Kabiru is the Programme and Operations Manager. Mary joined Brighter Communities Worldwide in June 2016. Mary has a background in business development and agricultural economics and brings a wide range of experience to Brighter Communities Worldwide. She has managed many development projects throughout her career, and is passionate about community empowerment. Mary is responsible for the management of the programmes in Kenya through managing and supporting the staff team; monitoring and evaluating programmes and liaising with partners and stakeholders.
Richard Kirui is the Field Officer – Lifeskills and Alternative Rites Programme. He first volunteered with Brighter Communities Worldwide in 2005 as part of the Harambee project. He has developed both the Lifeskills and Alternative Rites Programme over the years, and is very experienced in community development.
Chelangat Caroline is the Field Officer – Healthy Schools Programme. Chelangat first got involved with Brighter Communities Worldwide in 2005, when she worked in Ndubusat Medical Clinic. She is qualified in Nutrition and currently studying Social Work in college. She has spearheaded the Healthy Schools Programme for many years and it has grown from strength to strength.
Caroline Chepngetich is the Health Project Coordinator. She first got involved with Brighter Communities Worldwide in 2003 as Nurse Assistant in Ndubusat Medical Clinic. Since then she has studied community development, and is very experienced in implementing the Community Health Strategy across the region. She is responsible for coordinating the Brighter Communities Worldwide Health Programme.
Reuben Kirui is the Construction Supervisor for all Healthy Schools projects of Brighter Communities Worldwide. Reuben has been involved in Brighter Communities Worldwide since 2002. He has been involved in many Harambee projects and oversees all the construction projects of Brighter Communities Worldwide.
Reuben Koskei is the Field Officer – Community Health Strategy. He has been involved in Brighter Communities Worldwide since 2005, as a volunteer helping out in Harambee projects. His involvement in community health strategy has improved his life positively as the spokesman for vulnerable people in society.
John Sawe is a qualified driver and Store Keeper. John first volunteered with Brighter Communities Worldwide in 2002. John manages all supplies in Brighter Communities Worldwide Kenya, and ensures all programmes have the necessary materials when required. He has completed a course in computers, and is also a qualified Wilderness First Aider.
Salim Koskei is the Field Officer – Business and Tourism. He has been involved in Brighter Communities Worldwide since 2011 when he joined as part of the Security Team. Since then he has completed several courses including ICT and Bee Keeping.
Joan Syombua Nthusi is the Field Officer – Girls for Girls Programme. Joan first joined Brighter Communities Worldwide in November 2015 as a volunteer with the Harambee project. Subsequently Joan worked as an intern for Brighter Communities Worldwide, and became the Field Officer for Girls for Girls in March 2016. She is responsible for both Girls for Girls and Community Menstrual Hygiene Programmes.
Thomas Bor is the Field Officer with responsibility for our Community Health Project in Uganda. Thomas volunteered with Brighter Communities Worldwide for many years before joining the team in December 2016. Thomas’s is qualified in health and community development. He spends his time between Kenya and Uganda working with our partners and communities there.
Florence Martim is our Programme Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Co-ordinator. Florence joined the Brighter Communities Worldwide team in 2017 initially as a volunteer. Florence’s role is to ensure all programmes are monitored regularly. Florence coordinates the collection of data from across our programmes, and enables us to evaluate our impact in communities.
Judith Chelangat is part of the Healthy Schools and Girls for Girls Programme Team. She is qualified in Nutrition and Dietetics. Judith joined the Brighter Communities Worldwide team as a volunteer in 2017. Judith spends most of her time in communities and schools breaking down barriers and taboos surrounding menstrual health.
Everline Miruka is our Stores Manager. Everline is qualified in Supplies Management and manages all procurement and stock taking for Brighter Communities Worldwide. Everline joined Brighter Communities Worldwide as a volunteer in 2017 and is now part of the team.
Julias Koech is a qualified Mason who joined the organisation in 2017. Julias works on all school masonry projects – toilets, washrooms and water tanks.
Simon Chepkwony is the Security Supervisor. He joined Brighter Communities Worldwide in 2002. He is also a qualified First Aider.
Cosmos Kiptoo is a member of the security team. He joined Brighter Communities Worldwide in 2013.
David Rop is is a member of the security team. He joined Brighter Communities Worldwide since 2013. He is also a qualified Wilderness First Aider.
Ndubusat Medical Clinic Staff
Gladys Langats the Nursing Officer In-Charge at Ndubusat Medical Clinic. She joined Brighter Communities Worldwide in 2008. She is Kenya Registered Community Health Nurse.
Paul Koskey is a Nurse Assistant at Ndubusat Medical Clinic. He joined in 2017 and has a certificate in Nursing.
Charity Chepkurui is the care taker at Ndubusat Medical Clinic. She joined in 2016, and is also studying in Health and Community Development.
Samwel Rugutt is one of the security personnel at Ndubusat Medical Clinic and has worked for Brighter Communities Worldwide since 2003. He also works as a Groundsman in the facility.
Kenneth Tibet is a member of the security team. He joined Brighter Communities Worldwide in 2017.