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Sylvia was born and raised in Rachar Village in the North Western part of the Nyanza province in Kenya, which is located 15 kilometres southwest of Matangwe Village (where Sylvia’s husband, Stephen was born!) With over 36 years of clinical experience (ranging from being in the front line of medical-surgical procedures, to obstetrics, to senior corporate leadership), there is no doubt that she is well experienced in life and in education. She and her husband co-founded Caring Partners Global, as well as the Matangwe Community Health and Development Programme. Not only does Sylvia have a vision for a better future for Matangwe, she is willing to put effort into her vision - she is an advocate for policy development, leadership training, and program planning in order to establish sustainable development practices in Matangwe.
She is driven by her belief to live authentically while honouring God, her family as well as herself; all with a heart full of compassion. What remains rooted in Sylvia’s memory includes memories of growing up in rural Kenya, which have no doubt impacted her.
Here are a few examples:
“I watched with curiosity, the seemingly tireless and knowledgeable foreign men & women with local guides, making their way through the narrow, bushy and often muddy pathways to our village schools in order to provide immunization and other basic health promotion and disease prevention services. The purposeful and methodical process of unveiling each vaccine vial, loading each syringe, sterilizing each needle over a flaming Bunsen burner before re-filling the life-saving portion for the next child in line..”
“I recall the inquisitiveness of this “new” medicine, and how it could possibly prevent death from the ‘evil eye’ of the village witchcraft…that stirred in me the need to equip myself with knowledge and skills to effectively advance life-changing practices across cultures, and specifically with the disadvantaged communities.”
Sylvia enjoys reading, writing, music (which includes live musicals and singing in the shower), cooking (and eating local cuisine wherever she is in the world), the opportunity to travel & volunteer at the same time— especially if given the change to drink a cappuccino in a remote corner of the world. She also adores her grandbabies, of which she has 3!
One of her favourite quotes: “My business is not to remake myself, but to make absolute best of what God made.” - Robert Browning
Stephen was born and raised in Matangwe Village, which is precisely where the vision behind Caring Partners Global began. Matangwe is approximately 7 kilometres from the nearest town, Bondo, and Stephen knows this part of Kenya extremely well as he grew up, moved away, and is annually returning to further plant his roots further. As a young man, Stephen and Sylvia moved to Canada, and Stephen obtained several designations, and landed at Waterloo Collegiate Institute, as a science teacher, where he remained for many years. To add to his list of achievements, he is also a co-founder of Caring Partners Global and that Matangwe Community Health and Development Programme with his wife, Sylvia.
He has a deep love for his family and truly has a compassionate heart for individuals who are in need or who are suffering (whether it be because of hunger, poverty, lack of health accessibility, lack of consumable water, etc). Stephen enjoys reading, listening to music, watching movies, meeting and speaking with people, and doing chores around the house! He believes fully that life is a journey - we are to live it well, wisely, and do no wrong to people. One of his favourite quotes is, the words of Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."