Since our organization's beginnings in 2002, SOTENI International has continually expanded the ways in which we're able to help.
When a group of American and African volunteers formed SOTENI, each member was passionately committed to preventing HIV/AIDS and to reducing its effects. At that time, the mission was simple: Empower orphans of AIDS to lead the fight against AIDS and to prevent another generation from succumbing.
Led by physician-epidemiologist Victoria Wells Wulsin, SOTENI Kenya began in 2003. The group developed the model of Villages of Hope, with the goal of establishing a sustainable, grassroots community.
A locally elected management committee led this community, supporting children affected by HIV/AIDS, especially those heading families. The group found that the best way to empower those needing help was to strengthen their communities, and, in turn, the communities could empower vulnerable people.
Our dedicated Board of Trustees (pictured right) is a diverse group of professionals from around the United States, committed to fulfilling the mission of SOTENI
Advisory Council: Jerry Bedford, Cynthia Colebrook, Joseph Dehner, Judith Feinberg, Charles Hollis, Nathaniel Jones, Inayat Malik, Michael Nugent, Sandra Spinner, Musa Wafula, Chikere Uchegbu
SOTENI Kenya Board of Trustees: Ken Ramani (Chair), Victoria Wells Wulsin (Vice Chair), Martina Maleche (Secretary), Robert Wanga (Treasurer), Jane Nyutu, Randie L. Marsh, Lucy Nguru
From Left to Right: Lawson Wulsin, Kurt Satherlie, Lynn Deasy, Tim Deasy, Alex Vrazo (Chair), Sue Casey-Leininger, Kathey Burlew, Victoria Wells Wulsin, Tyrone K. Yates, Steve Wolf (past Chair), Daniel Odipo. Not pictured: Jerry Cooper, Jonathan Godbout, Neil Goldstein, Sandy Spinner