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I am Daniel Bushebi, the Executive Director of Home of Hope Kenya.
I was born and raised up in Western Kenya in a family of 11 boys and 1 girl.
Becoming a Social Worker/full-time ministry was my desire, especially when I developed a liking to work with special needy children. My focus shifted to a sinister secret, mostly new born babies that were being wrapped up in plastic bags, thrown and left to die at a Nairobi’s biggest garbage dumping site as had been highlighted by one of the local leading national television station. Every month 20 new born babies were thrown away either in the murky Nairobi river or in the biggest Dandora garbage dump to be intoxicated by chemicals from burning garbage or suffocated to death.
A vital contribution to my profession as a minister and social Worker began when I studied at East Africa School of Theology in Nairobi. This shaped my believes, values and vision. I worked in Bungoma for 4 years as an administrative assistant to my dad and as a pastor.
I relocated back to Nairobi in 2003 at a time when my life, my faith, my trust and my belief in God, seemingly was hanging in the balance in a wilderness kind of situation.
I sought mentorship from Pastors Brian Thomson, Mel Mullen and others who picked me up and enacted a transformative mentorship through induction. I have committed the last 12 years of my life to them and to a team of strong approachable role model leaders in Home Church, Red Deer Canada. That became my leverage point for change in my leadership
At various stages in the making, I have experienced my significant contributions sometimes in a formal setup and sometimes absolutely in an informal manner. One of my most significant leadership experiences was to launch Word of Life in Kenya and Home of a Hope as a charitable organisation and to successfully build and manage a core team of leaders and workers. This indeed was a proud moment for me but intimidating as well. I had never faced more challenges or pushed my leadership abilities farther than when we launched the Church in Tena Estate. I was introduced to the challenge of providing the vision of the Church and more importantly selling that vision and forming a core leadership to agree with it. I had to be fearless and courageous to gain the understanding especially of the new model and process of church branching that Word of Life in Canada had. It took me and my team a training of two years to connect with this model and understand the concept to flow with it. I took ownership of the mission and the challenges were numerous.
I realized the importance of developing personal relationships, escalations, incentivizing the staff and prioritizing. The most difficult part however was the fact that the church and Home of Hope work was at a very nascent stage and the process was new for everyone.
I have learned that one person alone cannot make change, but it takes a group and with this group, everyone will have an opinion but it’s the leaders’ job to make sure they are all aligned with the vision. The success of my ministry depends largely on developing a strong team that intentionally connects with a deep sense of team spirit. I’ve witnessed the incredible power of this unified team to create growth. With this team, we have managed to start 15 strong campuses having a strong leadership base of 330 and a membership of more than 2,000. One of the most achievement we made was to build Dream Centre in Nairobi (a baby rescue centre) for Home of Hope Kenya. Working with a staff of more than 25 we have endeavored in rescuing over 330 babies thrown away in dumping sites, helping more than 133 desperate poor women in the slums of Nairobi, over 271 orphans and vulnerable children and reaching out to more than 138 pregnant teenage girls throwing away babies, training in various skills and giving them soft loans to make a living.
I have gained important qualities of being a good leader through these experiences.
Some of valuable leaderships traits that I obtained and strengthened are: how to be a team player, to be a better listener, to have more patience, to be not afraid of constructive criticism, to be outspoken, and to be a problem solver. Even though I have gained a lot, I still have more things to learn to become a better leader such as being more assertive, being more disciplined, becoming a better public speaker, and learn how to be realistic and not too optimistic.
I am currently responsible for building an increasingly, diversified network of supporters, including institutional, banking, corporate, academia, policy-makers, donors/partners as well as other philanthropic institutions/individuals who believe in the work of Home of Hope Kenya and provide funds, technical support and other forms of collaboration to meet the current and future needs of Home of Hope.