British based Kenyan charity, Team Kenya, have appointed Ben Margetts as their new Development Manager, and first employee.
Previously, Ben has worked with NSPCC, Childline, and the Tropical Health and Education Trust within the charity sector, as well founding and running a small UK charity that operated in Kenya.
He feels his previous experience of working in Kenya has made him aware of the huge challenges facing girls and women face in rural areas.
“I am excited to be joining an organisation that is engaging an entire community in gender equality, so that girls have an equal opportunity to reach their potential,” he said in a blog post on the Team Kenya website.
“I was fortunate enough to be able to visit Ndhiwa on a recent trip to East Africa, and see first-hand the incredible impact that Team Kenya is having on the lives of girls, women and the wider community.
“I was able to visit Arina Primary School, just one of Team Kenya’s partner schools in Ndhiwa. In 2013 Arina Primary School did not have a single girl in class 8 (the final year of primary school) and as such no girls in the community were progressing on to secondary school.
“I am delighted to be part of Team Kenya and hope that I will be able to help the charity to build on its successes to date and support more girls in Ndhiwa to reach their potential.”