Former ambassador visits credit union

Words of wis­dom: Bruce Foulke (left), pres­id­ent and CEO of Amer­ic­an Her­it­age Fed­er­al Cred­it Uni­on, met for sev­er­al hours with Elka­nah Odembo, vice pres­id­ent of the Africa re­gion of the World Coun­cil of Cred­it Uni­ons Inc. The meet­ing took place in the of­fices of AH­FCU on Red Li­on Road. MICHELLE ALTON / FOR THE TIMES

Amer­ic­an Her­it­age Fed­er­al Cred­it Uni­on Pres­id­ent and CEO Bruce Foulke re­cently hos­ted former Kenyan am­bas­sad­or to the United States, Elka­nah Odembo, at AH­FCU’s Bustleton headquar­ters to dis­cuss the ex­pan­sion of the cred­it uni­on mod­el in­to Africa and AH­FCU’s on­go­ing sup­port of an orphan­age in Odembo’s home na­tion.

Odembo, who stud­ied bio­logy, so­ci­ology and pub­lic health at Amer­ic­an uni­versit­ies, is also a former Kenyan am­bas­sad­or to France. On Oct. 2, the World Coun­cil of Cred­it Uni­ons presen­ted him as its vice pres­id­ent of the Afric­an re­gion, over­see­ing the coun­cil’s stra­tegic ini­ti­at­ives for its or­gan­iz­a­tion­al mem­bers and the donor com­munity in the re­gion.

Foulke was ap­poin­ted to the World Coun­cil’s board of dir­ect­ors in Au­gust 2012 as a res­ult of his lead­er­ship in com­munity in­volve­ment at home and abroad, par­tic­u­larly his sup­port of cred­it uni­on de­vel­op­ment in Kenya.

Un­der his lead­er­ship, AH­FCU con­tin­ues to col­lect fund­ing and sup­plies to sup­port the Busia Com­pas­sion­ate Centre in rur­al West­ern Kenya. Em­ploy­ees col­lec­ted back­packs, note­books, cray­ons, mark­ers and oth­er items that were pack­aged and sent to the East Afric­an na­tion by the World Coun­cil. In 2013, Amer­ic­an Her­it­age em­ploy­ees have col­lec­ted $4,335 in mon­et­ary dona­tions for the orphan­age, fol­low­ing $6,000 in dona­tions in 2012. ••

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