ABOUT ARTICLE 43
Founded in 2014, Article 43 is a Turkana-based youth-led community organization, a signature initiative of four young and energetic social changemakers, passionate about inspiring community development through a specific focus on youth and women empowerment. Our organization was founded as a platform through which the youth in our community could meaningfully contribute to the attainment of the much needed community empowerment and development in Turkana. We seek to develop and implement programs and initiatives that will bring hope and dignity to our local community as well as improve lives and tap the potential of Turkana youth, equipping and preparing them to become responsible and active citizens through increased participation in community development and governance in order to inspire development across the county. In addition to building their capacities to enhance their potential, we provide entrepreneurial support, strategic partnerships and business training to less privileged youth, geared towards socio-economic empowerment. For five years, our work has positively impacted more than 20,000 community members in Turkana directly and indirectly.
MEET OUR AMAZING TEAM OF SOCIAL CHANGE MAKERS.
We are a team of young and energetic social changemakers, passionate about inspiring community development through a specific focus on youth and women empowerment.
Ms. Shemmy Ebulon Ekuwom is a young, enterprising, energetic and dedicated professional of integrity. Born and brought up in Turkana County, Shemmy has previously worked with a range of Non-Governmental Organizations including the Embassy of Japan in Nairobi as an Administrative Information Officer where she played a leading role in efficiency of embassy operations. A graduate of Finance from the United States International University-Africa, she is fully knowledgeable in general accounting, payroll, and budgeting. She is particularly concerned with implementing innovative accounting practices and procedures to improve organizational efficiency. Shemmy has an unparalleled passion for community development and youth empowerment and has volunteered for several youths-specific programs in Turkana. Shemmy holds a Diploma (International Programme) in Diplomacy at the Galilee International Management Institute- Israel, a BSc. International Business Administration- Finance from the United States International University- Africa, and an MSc IB, International Business from the Lancaster University Management School-United Kingdom (U.K). Shemmy currently serves as the Turkana County Government Director in charge of Tourism. She Planned and oversaw the planning of the Turkana County Tourism & Cultural Festival, profiling Turkana as a destination of choice for tourist through the rallying call as the true origin of mankind increasing the tourist inflow by 25%. She brings this wealth of professional experience and academic training to Article 43 as a Member of the Board of Directors.
Arikosi Beha is a skilled and experienced Consultant in the field of Asylum Law, Asylum Procedure and Human Rights with a demonstrated history of working in the Civic & Social Organization industry. She is skilled in Asylum Law, Asylum-Seekers Rights, Human Rights, Project Management, Conflict Resolution, Rural Development, Leadership, Communication and Humanitarian Assistance. She has a MSc. International Development focused in Conflict, Security and Development from The University of Birmingham and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Nairobi. She has worked and still works with International NGOs, including United Nations Mines Advisory Group, Mines Advisory Group (UK), Caritas, Germany and Red Cross, Germany. She is passionate about Women and Girls Empowerment, Youth Empowerment, Girls Education, Leadership, Climate Change, Rural and Community Development, where she has volunteered in various local NGOs working to improve the lives and prospect of women, girls, youth and rural communities both in Kenya and Germany in which she engaged in developing sustainable ideas to combat poverty and empower communities to develop themselves. She is a mother of two children and loves nature and often goes for a run, jog or cycling when she is not working or caring for the family.
James is a career banker by profession, currently serving his 6th year as a County Director of Trade, Industrialization & Enterprise Development in Turkana County Government, after a 2 year stint as a Fund Account Manager at NG-CDF Board in Marakwet West & Keiyo North Constituencies. Joined KCB Bank as a Clerk in 1999 and rose to the position of Operations Manager in 11 years of banking experience, with my last duty station being KCB South Sudan, Juba HQs in 2010. James is an MBA (Executive)-Strategic Management graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Business Management (Finance & Banking Option) and holder of a Diploma in SMEs Entrepreneurship & Innovation from Galillee International Institute of Management, Israel. He is also a Fellow at the Kenya Institute of Bankers, a Full Member at Kenya Institute of Management and an Associate Member at the Institute of Economic Affairs. He has attended a 6-week's Strategic Leadership Development Programme at Kenya School of Government. James is a champion of good governance, business development and a youth empowerment enthusiast with several years of experience in the banking sector. He is a great football fan and an ardent supporter of the London side, Arsenal Football Club.