To be close to the rural communities we serve, the Kenyan Team is based in Narok, a rural community west of Nairobi. Today, they currently oversee programs in 15 Counties and working toward expanding into 12 more.
CHARLES WAIGI, Board Chairman
Raised in Kenya, educated in USA at Williams College, and a graduate degree in Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He served as an Assistant Secretary in the Trade and Economic Division of Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Central Bank of Kenya and Kenya’s Industrial and Commercial Development Corporation (ICDC). In 1999, Charles and his wife Teresia, a teacher, founded the Jeremy Academy in Limuru, Kenya. With the help of Asante Africa Foundation and other donors, this tiny nursery and primary school that began in the couple’s backyard has grown into the best school among twenty-one in their zone.
MOSES NGWARE, Director & Board Secretary
Moses has been a research scientist at the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) since 2007. His current research and policy work interests are in quality and access to education in Africa; in particular teaching and learning processes, and learning outcomes.
He has published or contributed to more than 20 research papers in peer reviewed journals; and more than 15 working discussion papers on topical issues in education. Moses has an MPhil and a PhD in Economics of Education.
HITAL MURAJ, Director
Hital is a Manager of Corporate Affairs at Cisco Systems, Kenya and has worked at Cisco for seven years. Previously, Hital maintained tenure at Microsoft. She received recognition from Microsoft for advancing technology for developing communities and has been nominated as one of Kenya’s top most powerful women under 40 for two consecutive years.
Her hard work has earned her awards such as Global Ambassador for Youth from Usher’s New Look Foundation, Cisco’s diversity Ambassador for Middle East Africa, Catalyst Award, and Champion Award from Cisco.
JOEL ZAKAYO NCHOE, Director
Advocate Joel Nchoe has 20+ years as an educator having worked with the Kenyan Ministry of Education in various capacities as a teacher, headmaster, and school inspector and later an education officer in Narok, Kenya.
Joel has been a practicing advocate for the last 11 years and is currently the senior legal advisor of the Kenya Assemblies of God churches in Kenya.
FRED LESAKALE, Honored friend and co-worker
In memory of Fred Lesakale.
Fred Lesakale began his career working with rural communities in Northern Kenya on projects and programs identified and prioritized by the target communities.
His accomplishments include child sponsorship projects supported by World Vision and Child Fund, and several community empowerment projects supported by partners such as Tear Fund, Bernard Van Leer Foundation, Mennonite Central Committee, Ten Thousand Villages, British High Commission and National Aids Control Council.
BOB OTIGO, Finance and Operations Manager
Bob holds a bachelor of commerce and finance option degree from Masinde Muliro University Kenya and is a Certified public Accountant (CPAK) Finalist from Vision Institute of Professional. Bob has worked with the National Council of Churches of Kenya and at Kakuma refugee camp under refugee services sponsored by UNHCR.
He is passionate about improving the livelihood of youth and community as a whole by empowering them through leadership and education.
CAROLYNE SUNTE, Girls' Advancement Program Associate
Carolyne Sunte is a young entrepreneur and Alumni of Asante Africa Youth Leadership Program. Carolyne holds a Diploma in Project Management from the Kenya Institute of Management (KIM).
She is passionate about advocating girl-child education and empowering the youth. She is skilled in coaching youth on financial skills and conducting Leadership training. Through her passion as a mentor, she embrace a fanatical interest in leadership and so has founded the Angaza Foundation (community Based organization).
Carolyne has a keen interest in media studies and is enthusiastic to become an outstanding and successfully renowned Journalist advancing issues specific to marginalized groups.
ANNE MUENI MULI, LEI Program Coordinator
Anne Muli is the owner of Boon Investment Enterprises in Kenya, a mobile Banking enterprise, currently working for three banks in Kenya (KCB Bank, EQUITY Bank, FAMILY Bank and Safaricom), originally trained in purchasing and supplies management from Kisii University in Kenya, she has interned with Coca-Cola and compassion international. She has a certificate in certified public Accountancy part IV.
Anne currently works for Asante Africa Foundation as the Leadership and Entrepreneurship program Manager, a program that provides vulnerable youths from deeply rural areas of EA with hands on skills and opportunities for rapidly changing and expanding EA economic landscape.
ANDERSON HUSSEIN, Scholarship Associate
Anderson is an alumni of Asante Africa Foundation’s Leadership Entrepreneurship Incubator. He has impact well over 2000 lives in his last three years thorugh entrepreneurship, his leadership roles, and his mentoring of younger youth.
He is skilled in conduction, public debate training, and leadership training, including dream mapping and exam preparation.
EMILY THURANIRA, LEI Regional Coordinator (Isiolo County)
Emily Kithira Thuranira is an undergraduate from the Kenya medical training college, holding a certificate in health records and information technology, she is a chairperson of a community based organisation by the name Angaza Brainstomers C.B.O,which is nonprofit comprised of youths with like minded ideas of paying back to the community through the”payitforward” platform.
Emily has landed an opportunity to volunteer as the ASC youth livelihoods program coordinator/supervisor Isiolo county Region courtesy of Asante Africa Foundation being one of the long served, alumni and beneficiary of their programs.
AMOS LEKAIRAB, LEI Regional Coordinator (Samburu Central)
BIO COMING SOON.
“To be a proactive citizen who can adapt to any dynamic in the society”
“Great men are little men expanded, great lifes are ordinary life’s intensified “
SAMOSON NYONGESA, Alumni Staff
Samson was born in Western Kenya and grew up in a polygamous family of 15 children. While his mother struggled to support him through primary school, paying for high school was financially impossible so he was forced to drop out.
Samson met Asante Africa in 2008 while living in a IDP –Refugee camp after the 2008 prose election violence. Over the next 3 years, he proceeded to graduate #2 in the school district winning him a scholarship to the University of Nairobi. Thanks to his USA sponsor he has now recently completed his Bachelors in Economics.
STEVE UMILE, Alumni Staff
BIO COMING SOON
GEOFFREY LEMAIASIA, Youth Livelihood Regional Coordinator
A resident of Samburu county,Wamba location. Geoffrey is 23 years old and not yet married. He recently graduated from Meru Teachers College as a p1 teacher and thereafter joined Asante Africa Foundation to work as a Regional coordinator in Wamba to help implement the ASC-LEI Programme that started June this year.
Geoffrey chose to be a teacher because he believes that teachers have a better chance in forming and transforming our children in schools and to help shape their lives and make them a productive people/citizens of tomorrow’s society.