My name is Lenny Jilo. 22 years ago, with my family’s blessing, I committed my life to helping others have a better one. Back then, young girls from nomadic families had limited opportunities to decide their own futures. At a very early age, they assumed household tasks with little time for play. As they grew up, they accepted the traditions of the lives their mothers endured. Today, education and skills development offer them amazing opportunities. With eight young ladies at university, unthinkable in the 1990’s, and hundreds of girls at various stages of their education, New Ways has made this happen, and it brings joy to my heart! By improving the futures and opportunities of 3,000 children fed in our nutrition centres daily, over 22,000 people who benefit from our health programmes, and more than 100 young people, both girls and boys, whose education we sponsor every year, we are transforming lives. Our water infrastructure programmes also provide huge positive change. But to support this kind of change in such a society, we must also create new initiatives for them, including economic activities that help them stand on their own, be liberated and independent. Giving them a voice and allowing them to make better decisions about their future.
Chief Executive Officer (Volunteer)
I first began working with the charity as a volunteer in London in 1995 and the last 20 years have flown past. With many years’ experience as an investment consultant in the corporate arena, I brought significant business experience and knowledge to New Ways. My first task was to help put together a business plan to develop the fundraising focus and efforts that would grow the charity in the UK. Then I supported the directors and volunteers by helping them to implement these plans. On a visit to Nairobi in 1996, I saw first-hand the implementation and impact of the first major project New Ways was supporting as a result of the success of the fundraising efforts of the team in UK. When I returned I decided to make a personal and permanent commitment to New Ways and the work it supports in Africa. I still really enjoy giving back as I get so much more from my work than I will ever give to the people we help empower. I remain sincerely and humbly grateful to all the people who have helped make New Ways what it is today and who have changed the lives of so many where we work in Africa.
As a Kenyan and a member of MCSPA, working in Ethiopia and Kenya for 30 years, I first met the New Ways team in the early 2000’s. I now join the Board after many years working on and advocating for various development projects including health, nutrition, water resources, women’s development and agriculture. New Ways’ commitment to funding our work in Turkana allows me, as a nurse running the health program, to achieve many things and learn so much from the people with whom I live and work, in a place where even the most basic needs are a luxury.
For me, it has never been about giving, but always about receiving. Many enriching moments have filled my life and given it a sense of purpose, from the beautiful smiles of the children to the proud women at the clinics, mothers embracing their newborn babies at the dispensaries, and the satisfaction in the eyes of patients returning with goats, mats, or other precious gifts in gratitude for the services they have received. Such things give meaning to my vocation as a missionary and a source of inspiration and strength to continue adding my drop of water into this huge ocean of the people we support. To those who have been journeying with us since our humble beginnings, be assured your generous contributions have made a huge difference in the lives of so many people.
Our dream at New Ways is that together we can continue helping communities to thrive. Come one, come all! As Vice Chair, my aim is to ensure that both the people we serve and New Ways itself can flourish.
I became involved with New Ways when I met Angela and Albert in 1995 – helping with the very first fund raising event. I have always been interested in ways that I could help some of the most deprived peoples of the world, and I’m a great believer in the education of children as a solution to fighting against ignorance and exploitation. I was attracted to working with New Ways as it maintains low running costs and yet is both pragmatic and efficient. I have visited Turkana many times organising teams of student volunteers to work with the local communities there. Today as a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank, I am based in Paris in my native France. I’m also a regional Christian Democrat MP in the Ile de France Parliament.
I first started volunteering with New Ways in 1994 and over the years have been involved in many fundraising events. I first visited New Ways projects in Kenya in 1996 and have returned several times over the years to see more of them in Kenya and Mozambique. I have found it inspiring to see that small scale, local development projects, deeply rooted in a community can have a long lasting impact and change lives for the better. The fact that New Ways has a long term commitment to the areas it supports means that we really see the benefits over time.
I’ve been involved in New Ways since day one! I knew the team in Turkana through friends in London, and as a musician I was often asked and delighted to support fundraising events from the get go. In 2006, as a successful freelancer in business, I was able to offer the charity a couple of days a week supporting the project fundraising activities through submissions to grant making trusts, events and marketing. In 2011 I was delighted to join the trustees as a non-exec director and visited the projects in Turkana that year which provided first-hand experience of the work in the field and importantly, the hardship and difficulties presented by such a challenging climate and the nomadic life style of the Turkana people.