Esther Kuhn

Esther Kuhn was born in Leiden, Netherlands. In her role as the sole program consultant for World Renew, Esther is responsible for operations in Senegal. She works with our partners on programs and administration, manages their Global Affairs Canada granst, manage and supports our national staff, and supports partner staff with field visits.

Esther’s strong expertise is in the area of community development. She works closely with youth, particularly with uneducated girls in Senegal.

Esther holds a Master of Philosophy in African Studies.

Previous to joining World Renew in 2012, Esther worked as an academic doing anthropological research in Mali.

Esther is the mother to Johanna Kuhn.

Dec 7, 2018 by Esther Kuhn

Where Partnership Transcends Religious Divides

SENEGAL - World Renew Senegal has long cooperated with the Lutheran Church of Senegal as a member of the Evangelical Committee for Health here. This 7,000 member church is among the largest Protestant denominations here and does great work in education, agriculture, and healthcare. After a few years of discussion, we are pleased to finally be partnering with them.

Sep 20, 2018 by Esther Kuhn

Reasons to Celebrate

SENEGAL - Encouraging news from Linguére and Dakar! The Adolescent Health groups organized by our Senegal team and local partners celebrated the completion of their trainings with successful community events.

Jun 13, 2018 by Esther Kuhn

One Daughter's Demise

SENEGAL - In Senegal, we often follow the school year and so the team is nearing the year’s end of the Adolescent Health Program in Dakar and the Orphan and Vulnerable Children program in Linguère. The reactions from parents and participants in Dakar have been very encouraging.

Mar 13, 2018 by Esther Kuhn

A Little Less Vulnerable Now

Not long ago I visited Mariame Hanne in Linguére to learn more about the program that she runs serving orphans and vulnerable children. Mariame works with our partner organization, The Lutheran Association for Development in Senegal (SLDS). The program also supports caretakers of children under 1 whose mother has passed away, a common circumstance in a country with a high level of maternal mortality. Giving birth is dangerous here, as is life in general.

Dec 19, 2017 by Esther Kuhn

Caring for the Vulnerable with a Garden

In my last post, I talked about the orphan and HIV/AIDS program we are working on in partnership with the Senegalese Lutheran Church Organization. I have since visited the program again and was again impressed with the staff’s care and support of the many vulnerable children and adults who often have no on else to talk to about their plight. HIV/AIDS is still taboo here so patients hide their status from relatives, perhaps protecting them from stigma but leaving them lonely and unsupported.

Apr 7, 2017 by Esther Kuhn

Shalom in Salemata

Dear Friends: A few years ago, I wrote about a visit to Salemata in southeastern Senegal, where I had met with people and we had discussed their communities and challenges. Since then, I have traveled to the region a few more times, and last month we finally went with the whole team to do a workshop in Kedougou.

Apr 22, 2016 by Esther Kuhn

Sarata's Changed Story

This has had a major impact on the girls, their families, and the communities, but it was often hard for program staff not to be able to help more poor girls (in an already poor community) who had dreams but no means to achieve them. Sarata Camara

Mar 19, 2015 by Esther Kuhn

Fama Fané Makes Her Dreams Happen

(SENEGAL) “When her father died, I had to take my daughter Fama out of school because I did not have enough money for tuition,” says Rokhyay Diop.

Sep 26, 2014 by Esther Kuhn

Children Teach Parents About Health

(SENEGAL) “I thought that my daughter was just learning to sing and dance in this program because I heard her practice at home each day” said a parent from Pikine village. “Then I saw her do skits with her friends and ask the audience questions during their presentation, and I was touched and happy. I realized that they learned many things about health that will be useful to them in the future.”

Aug 13, 2014 by Esther Kuhn

On Working With Partners

(SENEGAL) Last month, with my colleagues Jatu and Ndeye and my daughter Djessou, I visited a potential new partner organization in Salemata in Eastern Senegal. Since the 1990s, World Renew has worked through partner organizations in most areas where we are present, with the exception of those places where that is not (yet) feasible. Examples of exceptions are South-Sudan and other (post-)conflict situations.