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Cultivating Gratitude Practices to Strengthen Cross-Cultural Team Building

Sharing gratitude cross-culturally to strengthen our team's effectiveness in advancing our organizational mission.

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Heshima Kenya is the first and only organization of its kind to provide holistic programs that meet refugee girls at the full spectrum of their needs, from the most basic to self-realized. Our comprehensive programs take place in Nairobi, Kenya and our Chicago office serves as the development headquarters. Our Executive Director and a team of 8 full-time staff are in Chicago supporting fundraising and advocacy efforts, while our Country Director and field-staff are in Nairobi working directly with our various programs. Having a cross-cultural team strengthens the work of our organization because it allows us to critically analyze the myriad of challenges facing the population we serve though many different lenses and expertise. However, working cross-culturally also presents challenges, some of which are the 8-hour time difference between teams as well as the cultural differences in communication. Our idea to highlight a Kenya staff member on our website each month will strengthen our Chicago team's appreciation of our team in Kenya, further strengthening our collaborative efforts. This will also make our US-based audience more aware of the dynamic of our team. In turn, our Kenya team will feel more supported in their work. 

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

Heshima Kenya strongly believes in the benefits of having a cross-cultural team. Through this challenge we strive to provide that an organization's mission and impact is only as strong and effective as its team is. Cultivating gratitude strengthens communication, improves trust and upholds team morale.

Tell us about yourself

Heshima Kenya is a 501c3 organization and NGO operating in Kenya with offices in Nairobi and Chicago. Our expertise is extensive in humanitarian aid, refugee rights and advocacy, and sexual and gender-based violence prevention.


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Hi Azra Husejnovic ,

Great to see you sharing your provocations around this topic and bringing your voice to the Gratitude Challenge Community!

From the insights shared in your post, we think it may be particularly interesting to for you to attend our Gratitude in the Workplace Webinar with University of Washington positive organizational leadership expert, Ryan Fehr tomorrow, Oct 13 @ 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time. He’ll be discussing recommendations for designing Ideas for this topic.

You can register for the webinar here

We hope to see you there!

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