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 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.
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.
Aoife Bulman is the Fundraiser in the Midleton Brighter Communities Worldwide office, since January 2019. Aoife first travelled to Kenya in 2010 and has been passionate about International Development ever since, especially Child & Maternal Health. Aoife first volunteered with Brighter Communities Worldwide in 2015 before leaving for Uganda and has experience in Community Outreaches, Funding & Report Writing and Research Projects. She has worked in Kenya, South Africa and Uganda and has Masters in Global Health and Development from University College of Limerick.
Jane Beare is part of the Irish office base as fundraising and marketing support.
Staff of Brighter Communities Worldwide Kenya office
Damaris Chepkemboi is the acting Programme and Administration Manager. She has a degree in Strategic Management and joined Brighter Communities Worldwide as an intern in 2018. She is responsible for programme coordination, office logistics and finance.
Richard Kirui is the Community Health Education Coordinator. Richard first volunteered with Brighter Communities Worldwide in 2005 as part of the Harambee project. He is responsible for a number of community education programmes including Lifeskills, FGM/C Abandonment and Community Menstrual Hygiene Management. He has developed these programmes since their inception, and is very experienced in community development.
Chelangat Caroline is the Schools Education Coordinator. She is responsible for all schools programmes including the Healthy Schools Programme, Girls for Girls, Education Bursaries and our Schools Linking Programme. Caroline first got involved with Brighter Communities Worldwide in 2005, when she worked in Ndubusat Medical Clinic. She is qualified in Nutrition and Social Work.
Caroline Chepngetich is the Community Health Coordinator. She is responsible for the Community Health Strategy and Community Water Programmes. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Jackline Chepngeno is a Field Officer for the Healthy Schools Programme. Jackline first engaged with Brighter Communities Worldwide while on attachment in Londiani Sub-County Hospital, where she focused on providing health education during Outreach Clinics. Jackline joined Brighter Communities Worldwide September on 2019. Jackline holds a Degree in Community Health.
Brian Odiambo Ouma is a Field Officer for our Healthy Schools Programme. Brian has a Science Degree and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Public Health. Brian joined Brighter Communities Worldwide in September 2019.
Mercyline Jomo Njeri is a Field Officer in the Community Health Strategy. She is a public health graduate from Meru University. She joined Brighter Communities World Wide in 2019.
Ezekiel Kipyegon Malel is a Field Officer for our FGM/C Abandonment Programme. He is qualified in Social Work and Community Development. He joined Brighter Communities Worldwide in 2015 as an volunteer and became a staff member in 2019.
Sheila Bore Cherotich is a Field Officer for our Life Skills Programme. Sheila joined Brighter Communities Worldwide in September 2019 as an Intern .She is a Public Administration and Political Science graduate of Karatina University.
Sonia Cheruto is a Field Officer for our Menstrual Health Programme. Sonia first joined Brighter Communities Worldwide in March 2019 as a full time volunteer before joining the staff team in September same year. She is qualified in Environmental Health Sciences and also a qualified Public Health Officer.
Carolyne Chepkorir is a Field Officer for our Menstrual Health Programme. She works in our Menstrual Health programme in schools (Girls for Girls) and in the community. She is a graduate from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. She joined Brighter Communities Worldwide in 2018 as an intern and became a staff member in 2019.
Victor Kipkorir is based in our sustainable tourism campsite in Ndubusat. He joined Brighter Communities Worldwide in 2018, and is a member of our campsite support team.
Linner Cherono is based in our sustainable tourism campsite in Ndubusat. He joined Brighter Communities Worldwide in 2018, and is a member of our campsite support team.
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.
John Njuguna is a Driver with Brighter Communities Worldwide. He is an experienced mechanic who joined the organization in 2019.
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
Hellen Akinyiis the Nurse in Charge in Ndubusat Clinic. She joined Brighter Communities Worldwide in 2018. She has a Diploma in Community Health Nursing and has wide experience working in various health institutions in Kenya.
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.