APPLICATION FOR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kenya has been severely affected by drought and extreme poverty which has negatively impacted the future of Kenya’s children. Child deaths, injuries, malnutrition, lack of education, and displacement are some of the many issues that plague Kenya. 

MISSION

To promote development, enrichment, and sustainable solutions to our partners in Kenya through educational programs and local fundraising in Canada. 

VISION

To see that our partners in developing countries have access to the necessities of life in order to suffer less and live more. 

PURPOSE

KIDS is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization in Winnipeg founded in 2010 who purpose is to relieve conditions associated with poverty, underdeveloped education programs, and deficient medical aid in Kenya. 

WHAT WE DO

Every year we travel to Kenya to disburse of K.I.D.S. donor dollars for: 

  • School Programs 
  • Orphanage Programs 
  • HIV/AIDS Programs 
  • IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) Camps 

We do this by providing funds locally in Kenya for: 

  • Medical supplies and medicines 
  • School meal programs 
  • School supplies, school uniforms, sports equipment, and school equipment 
  • Income-Generating Projects such as Greenhouses, Sewing Machines, Dairy Programs, Harvest Irrigation Projects, Grain Grinders, etc. 
  • Renovation projects for program structures 
  • Construction of new toilet facilities 
  • Water tanks and water piping for access to clean water 

REALITIES IN KENYA: 

  • More than half a million people in drought affected districts need emergency water supplies. 
  • 9 out of 10 children in poverty fail to complete their basic education. 
  • 7.8 million individuals are deprived of safe water. 
  • In Kenya 46% of the population is living below the poverty line and nearly a quarter of Kenya’s population lives on less then $1 per day. Adding insult to injury the food available for consumption is not a balanced diet and as a result this demographic is prone to malnutrition and related illnesses. In some districts, a quarter of all children are acutely malnourished. 
  • HIV/AIDS prevalence has stabilized at 7.8% HIV/AIDS is a pandemic that accounts for a large percent of additional complications (i.e. increase in number of orphans, widows and child headed families etc.) This has also significantly contributed to poverty, disease and a fragile balance on health. 
  • An estimated 10,000 to 30,000 children have been caught up in the commercial sex trade. 
  • 2.8 million or 1/3 of Kenyan children under the age of 5 are chronically malnourished. 
  • Kenya continues to face humanitarian challenges due to the large influx of refugees increasing insecurity and ongoing food insecurity. On top of that over 2 million children are orphaned in Kenya. 

Join the K.I.D.S. Initiative Board of Directors and Help Support Development & Sustainability. Governing our organization is one of the most critical roles someone can play at K.I.D.S. Kenya Initiative for Development & Sustainability Inc. That is why we recruit people with a variety of skills for board positions. 
 

What is the role of Board Members? 
“Effective Governance” means ensuring that the appropriate process and structures are in place to direct and manage an organization’s operations and activities, and to ensure that they function ethically and efficiently. The ultimate goal of good governance is to ensure the effectiveness, credibility and viability of the organization. 

What will be expected of me as a Board Member? 
Board Members are expected to attend and actively participate in board meetings (8-10 per year), and occasional special meetings and planning sessions. In addition, Board Members monitor the strategic plan and annual budget, assist in fundraising events and help make decisions that guide the organization’s progress.

What is the recruitment process?
All interested parties would submit their resume/application, followed by attending two consecutive board meetings. After the two meetings, the board of directors will review your application and place a vote. Should you be approved to become a KIDS Initiative Board Member, you would be required to take on a minimum commitment of 3 years on the board of directors.

Responsibilities of the Board:

  • Ensure the organization moves towards fulfilling its mission
  • Monitor the Strategic Business Plan
  • Provide financial oversight and accountability
  • Maintain effective governance of the organization by using broad policies and objectives
  • Ensure legal and ethical integrity and accountability of the organization
  • Recruit and orient new board members and assess board performance
  • Make a serious commitment to participate actively in board and committee work
  • Reply to board emails/discussions within a 48 hour period
  • Stay informed about board and committee issues, prepare for meetings, and review and comment on minutes and reports
  • Avoid any conflicts of interest
  • Disclose all material facts and relationships, and refrain from voting when there is a conflict of interest
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Attend and promote KIDS Initiative events to the best of your ability
  • Publicly support the organization’s mandate

General expectations of the Board:

  • Regularly participate in Board meetings, committees and important related meetings 
  • Make a serious commitment to participate actively in board and committee work 
  • Stay informed about board and committee issues, prepare for meetings, and review and comment on minutes and reports 
  • Get to know other board members and build collegial working relationships that contribute to consensus 
  • Be an active participant in the board evaluation and planning efforts 
  • Avoid any conflicts of interest 
  • Disclose all material facts and relationships, and refrain from voting when there is a conflict of interest 
  • Maintain confidentiality 
  • Participate in fundraising or special events
  • Publicly support  the organization’s mandate
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