Holistic, Sustainable Community Development
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With so much aid being done around the globe what separates one approach from another? CTC will discuss how our grassroots "turtle" approach is gaining ground and empowering the lives of Kenyans to empower Kenyans.

Some bullet points of what we'll cover so come out and let's have a conversation...

Good Aid vs. Bad Aid

Relief (the ER) vs. Development (Physical Therapy)
Western solutions to African problems vs. African solutions to African problems
Relationship based approach vs. Programmatic approach
Mile wide, inch deep vs. Inch wide, mile deep
Hand out vs. hand up vs. handshake - seeing each other as equals
Listen, strategize, execute
Adapt, simplify, impact
"New Guard" - collaboration is the new competition
ex. Malaika Kids was created out of the traditional charity mindset, but it needed sustainability (LIFE Line)

The Teachers:

Whitney Snell - Growing up with an interest in international development, Whitney Snell has been traveling and learning from the successes and struggles of non-profits since she was 12 years old. Her interest ultimately led to a Master's in Non-Profit Organizations, and now she continues her quest to discover what true sustainability means as Assistant Director for CTC International.

Zane Wilemon - After graduation, Zane bought a one-way ticket to Kenya where he worked for a year in the Rift Valley. While there, Zane formed a friendship with Jeremiah Kuria, who was serving as a local pastor and the director of a nearby orphanage. Their friendship grew and after returning to the States, this friendship developed into Comfort the Children (CTC) International.

About CTC:
Over the past decade CTC has grown from a friendship between Jeremiah and Zane to the largest employer in the community of Maai Mahiu, Kenya. Helping Kenyans build and manage the sustainable infrastructure necessary to meet the challenges of everyday life, CTC employes & manages over 600 local Kenyans, serving the 60,000 residents of Maai Mahiu. Through programs in Education, Environment, Economy, Health and Community, CTC works to empower the community, ultimately creating sustainable change.

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After graduation, Zane bought a one-way ticket to Kenya where he worked for a year in the Rift Valley. While there, Zane formed a friendship with Jeremiah Kuria, who was serving as a local pastor and the director of a nearby orphanage. Their friendship grew and after returning to the States, this friendship developed into Comfort the Children (CTC) International.

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Steve's experience in the Dot.Com Bubble and the Peace Corps led to the dream job working for Whole Planet Foundation. Learned by doing with the microfinance pioneers, Grameen launching greenfield institutions in Guatemala and Costa Rica. Today oversees a global portfolio spanning 50+ countries for the world's leading foundation (funded by a grocery store).


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