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Pat Helmholz


Year Joined MKLM: 2008

Country: Kenya

City: Voi

Focus: Education, Justice and Peace

Project: Tsavo Children’s Village, Marungu, Taita-Taveta County

Population Served: Orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV

Description: children’s village promoting integral human development and inclusion


Project Goal:

With transparent accountability, support the management team of the Archdiocese of Mombasa in establishing a self-sustaining holistic village that promotes the integral human development of HIV-infected or affected children in terms of moral integrity, physical capabilities, academic excellence and economic empowerment while preparing them to reintegrate into Kenyan society after completing their education.

Personal Data:

Born 1941 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Most recently residing in St. Dominic’s Parish, Benicia, California
Stanford University, BA Economics and Thunderbird School of Global Management, MBA
Employed by USN, Boeing Aircraft Corporation, Bankers Trust Company and Bank of America
Lived and worked for extensive periods of time in eight different foreign countries
Lifetime professed in Dominican Laity

Pat first came to MKLM in 2008 from St. Dominic’s Parish in the Diocese of Sacramento, California. Prior to moving to Kitale, he and his wife spent 18 months in Mombasa, where they worked together on a Village for Aids orphans in the Taita Hills. Prior to joining MKLM he was a professional in commercial and investment banking.

Having accomplished as much as they could in the implementation of the Taita Hills Children’s Village project, and waiting on the Government for the title of the property, Pat and his wife moved from Mombasa to Kitale in November, 2010.

Pat served as the Kitale diocesan development coordinator for the implementation of a USAID funded Home Community Based Care project to provide care and support to over 5,000 people living with HIV/AIDS, their families, and children orphaned and made vulnerable due to HIV/AIDS. The project is aimed at strengthening local community structures to care for children and families infected or affected by the pandemic.

Pat was also the development coordinator for the European Union-funded Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, which contributes to informed and effective citizen participation in policy and reform implementation, effective lobbying and monitoring of governance, human rights, justice and rule of law institutional actors. The area of his advocacy support encompassed a footprint of 25 parishes and 450 outstations.

In the area of administration, Pat acted as a finance, accounting and project management consultant, helping the Kitale diocese accomplish its objectives in bringing a systematic and disciplined approach to effective risk management, project coordination, control and governance processes designed to help build capacity while improving structural transparency and accountability.

Together with his wife, Ilona, Pat rejoined in 2018 to work on project management consulting for Tsavo Children’s Village.