Cook and Housekeeping
Bonface began working for HEART in April 2010 after hearing that it is a caring Christian organization. Originally from Ichina area in Kakamega town, he is married to Ann Auma and has three children: Praise, Christian and Prince. Aside from cooking, Bonface enjoys playing football and watching television. “I like working for HEART because it has really changed my life…All of the HEART family (staff) plus guests are very kind and caring.”
Charles Kahari, began working for HEART in January 2004 as a guard and gardener and now works as Chef. Kahari lives in Limuru in Kiambu West with his wife Margaret Kanyi and four children: John, Patrick, Antony, and Simon. In his spare time, Kahari enjoyeds walking in new plaes, meeting new friends and farming. He also enjoys cooking and gardening which makes his heart very cheerful and full of joy. Kahari says working for HEART has been an answer to prayer. “The positive Christian environment and culture has kept me at HEART for many and hopefully many more.”
Anne is known not only for the delicious pastries she cooks for dinners at HEART, but her sweet and gentle spirit. After being referred to HEART by Lake Nakuru Lodge, she began working for HEART in 2009. Anne enjoys cooking, swimming, and singing, and often when one passes by the kitchen they are likely to hear her singing while cooking. Anne genuinely loves the Lord with her whole heart and appreciates working for HEART “because it is a Christian-based organization.”
Jackson has been working at HEART since October 2006 after learning about an open position through Gladys, William Shikule’s wife. Growing up, Jackson lived in Kakamega and was a very talented soccer player. To this day, he enjoys watching a variety of sports. Married to Jesicah Mmbone, he has three grown children of his own and also cares for four foster children. Jackson is known not only for his light-hearted sense of humor but his deep compassion for people and willing heart to lend a helping hand when needed. Jackson says he loves HEART because “HEART management has an open door policy and informs staff of any new developments or happenings.” He also enjoys that through HEART one has the opportunity to “meet new friends.”
Martin Maina has worked with HEART since May 2012. He is a tour guide by profession and has experience in game safaris. He drives HEART’S guests and projects as well as game parks as he is knowledgeable in flora and fauna.
Pastry Chef and Housekeeping
Simon began working for HEART in June 2010. Originally from Kakamega in western Kenya, Simon is married to Seliphia Mandu and has three children: Jason, Merce, and Diana. Simon works hard in the kitchen to ensure HEART’s guests have delicious meals and often, along with the other kitchen staff, wakes up early and goes to bed late. Although shy at first, Simon has a light-hearted attitude and enjoys a good laugh. “HEART is a good place to be and learn more about God.”
Richard began working for HEART in June 2007 after hearing about it through a HIV/AIDS prevention seminar which was held in Migori District in rural Kenya. Born in Kisii and raised in Nakuru, Richard is now married to Phoebe Kerubo and has two adorable children: Jeniffer Tamara and Steve Misoka. Richard enjoys watching movies and dancing, but his passion is helping the needy. He loves working for HEART because “it is an organization which has changed the lives of many people, more so the WEEP women, who are HIV positive.”
Gardener and Day and Night Guard
Charles Ochieng has been working for HEART since 2007. Ochieng is a loving father to Judah. It is not uncommon to find Ochieng working joyfully, singing praise hymns as he works hard to keep the HEART Lodge safe and beautiful. Preaching is another special gift that Ochieng has, and all of the staff members look forward to the mornings that he leads devotions because of his passion for the Lord.