As many of you know, the CARE for AIDS team recently hired on a new African Operations Director, Ryan Arnold. He will be moving to Kenya in September, and will host Impact Trips at the CARE for AIDS house, help train and support our now 60 Kenyan staff, and help the team with monitoring and evaluation. Ryan comes to us after two years in the Peace Corps in Cameroon.
We asked Ryan a few questions to get to know more about him:
1. Tell us briefly about the projects you worked on in Cameroon.
In Cameroon, I worked with a grassroots Youth Development NGO. Aside from day-to-day office work and capacity building with the management team, I worked with them to design and implement a program called Girl’s Forum. These “forums” targeted teen-moms who had dropped out of school. We brought them through a program that taught them health and nutrition practices for them and their babies as well as income generating activities, business and life skills (i.e. decision making). I also worked with the staff on project monitoring and evaluation as we followed up with the girls after the programs. Outside of this, I organized and oversaw two community-wide HIV testing campaigns during which I also volunteered as an HIV counselor.
One other major project I funded and managed was the building of a water tap for a local Red Cross clinic.
2.What are you most excited about as you prepare to join the CARE for AIDS team in Kenya?
As I prepare to join the team in Kenya, I am excited about continuing to get to know the CARE for AIDS staff and to jump into the work being done in the Nairobi office. The more I interact with the staff and hear about the mission and strategy of CFA, the more the passion of the staff is transferred to me. I am particularly excited to do work that I love and feel skilled to do, and to do it in a gospel-centric environment. The combination of practical help and life-changing Truth is a powerful thing. I can’t wait to see how God uses me to further the mission of CARE for AIDS in Kenya.
3. Describe yourself in three adjectives.
If I had to describe myself in three words they would be (in no particular order):
4.What do you like to do for fun outside of work?
Outside of work I love to read, play the guitar, and keep up my piano playing. I’m also a running and yoga enthusiast. I love people and will drop almost anything if given the option to play a board game or do an outdoor activity with people I like – and it’s hard for me not to like people.
5. How can we pray for you as you prepare for this transition?
I am in full-time ministry this summer and covet your prayers as I also spend the coming months in preparation for Kenya. I need the Lord’s grace as I give my best to my current ministry and also give due diligence to the process of support raising and personal preparation for my position with CARE for AIDS.
Join us in welcoming Ryan to the team!