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Janet
From 'burden' to provider

As an Elimu sewing graduate Janet proudly announced “I am no longer a burden to my parents!” Later her parents passed away and she became the provider for her siblings.

Margaret
From deadend to a college grad!

Margaret’s dream of flying didn’t seem possible with no one to pay high school fees. But Elimu did that and she made it to aviation college where she trained as a cabin crew.

Rose
From a dropout to empowered educator

Rose dropped out in Grade 4. By age 18 with two children she was desperate. With her sewing training from Elimu she is now giving her children the education she never had.

Magdalene
The 1st of 9 to complete secondary

Her seven siblings never made it to high school and Magdalene’s fate looked the same until Elimu got involved. Today she is the first high school graduate of her family.

David
From uncertainty to leadership

David used to be sent home for lack of school fees. So he would jump the fence and sneak into class. Elimu helped him complete high school. Today he is putting himself through university.

Caroline
Opportunity knocked and she dove in.

The last of 8 Caroline’s future was to be early marriage like her sisters. But with Elimu helped her start her own sewing business. She is making a name for herself in her community.

Janet
From voiceless to a youth advisor

As the last of 10 Janet had no hope of education. But Elimu gave her a sewing business and digital skills. Today she is volunteers as a community youth advisor in her village.

Sarah
Made it to high school and college

As the oldest at Nyumbani Kwetu Home, Sarah is the first in the family to complete high school and achieve a college diploma as well. The rest are following her footsteps.

Ibrahim
From doodler to designer

Ibrahim did not realize as a child that his drawing was his future. But with a little guidance he found his talent. Today, he is an Interior Designer building his own business.

Maryam
Running her own clothing line

After graduating from our sewing project, Maryam wanted to get to work immediately. She branded her business Superwoman Designs and sews garments inspired by the superwomen in her life.

Pendo
Her machine speaks for her

When everyone had lost hope in Pendo’s ability to learn, she worked hard and graduated with a certificate in tailoring. Her machine now speaks for her as she makes beautiful garments and even looks forward to teaching her mother the craft of sewing.

Harriet
Microcredit group changed her life

Before joining our microcredit group for parents, Harriet was a small business owner struggling to educate and feed her children. Today, she can take loans to boost her business in tough times. She saves regularly and prepares for the future!

Peninah
From Penniless to Business owner

Not having a source of income, Peninnah could not afford food for her family. When she joined Elimu’s SILC for parents, Peninnah started saving and was able to set up a sewing business. She now comfortably provides for her family.

Lavender
Honing her passion in journalism

Her volunteering experiences at the Centre motivated Lavender to grow her skills in photography and journalism. She is now headed for a career in the media field!

Christine
From unsure to IT enthusiast

When Christine finished high school, she was unsure what would become of her life. But through volunteering at Elimu, she found her passion in IT and help to procure a bursary for college.

Wanjiku
From shy student to STEM instructor

Wanjiku started  her internship experience  shy and  reserved . She sharpened her people skills by volunteering in our Cisco Networking Academy . She is now at  university  and volunteers teaching children and youth STEM approaches to education.

Dancun
From night guard to school president

With no one to  pay fees, before Elimu, Duncan worked as a night guard to pay his own way. He missed many school days but he never gave up . He is now the president to the student leadership  at his school.

Stahl
Leaving her mark in ICT

From a college diploma, she now inspires girls and women in the community to find their spark in ICT.

Mark
Sharing his creative energy with the world.

It started as a passion working behind the camera. He now he does what he does best; creating engaging content.

Neema Mutanu
Program Officer, Elimu Sewing Project

With a degree in Fashion Design from Kenyatta University, Neema is the first trained fashion designer to work at Elimu. She builds on her creativity with a good foundation in organization and planning skills and a high level of flexibility. Her past experience includes working with community projects engaging young women in economic development.

Neema leads the Elimu Sewing Project where she oversees key project areas including Elimu’s Artisan Makers Space and the Elimu Girls’ sewing sponsorship program. She joined the Elimu team to support the agenda of long-term sustainability for the organisation. Through collaboration, she is helping to create opportunities for economic growth for our sewing alumni. She is also steering the development of the Artisan Makers Space to increase the type and breadth of skills we offer our sewing alumni and to scale it to make it available to more artisans in the Malindi community. She manages Elimu’s Fashion and Design program which aims to journey with our sewing graduates to foster thriving tech-savvy artisans. Neema also leads the Pendo Artisan Ragdoll production, supporting Elimu’s engagement with various partners in Kenya and abroad to develop new markets for the doll.

Kristina Brummer
Board Member

Kristina is the Founder & CEO of The Spectacular Middle,where she works with Entrepreneurs as they grow their businesses and activate their own CEO status. Bringing her years of experience working behind the scenes to the forefront to support growing enterprises to bring their big visions into reality.

Jennifer Lavoie
Chairperson

She brings 20+ years of public relations, fundraising and marketing skills to Elimu. She runs Lavoie Public Relations and is an international business advisor with non-profit clients in emerging economies such as Nigeria, Vietnam, Macedonia, Ethiopia and the Yukon. With Elimu, she assists with global communications and fundraising. Jennifer fully supports Elimu’s community-wide approach to learning, which empowers children, families and communities to build better livelihoods and realize their dreams. She holds a bachelor of public relations from Mt St. Vincent University, a masters in management from University of Ottawa, and a certificate in international community development. Jennifer teaches inner-city kids how to cook and coordinates a winter shelter in Nanaimo.

Maureen Monaghan
Secretary / Treasurer

She is a native of Quebec City but has lived in Ottawa for over 45 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Mathematics from St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She spent her entire 33-year work career with the federal government as an economist and policy advisor in the Energy Sector of Natural Resources Canada, retiring in 2008. Maureen served for two years as treasurer of the Ottawa District Golf Association. She then became treasurer of the Ottawa Heart Institute Auxiliary, a position she held for 20 years. After retiring from the public service, she assumed the position of Managing Director for the Auxiliary. Maureen was also the treasurer of a small investment club for 15 years and has participated in a number of committees in her church, including 3 years on the finance committee.

Sospeter Gatobu
Board Member

Based in Waterloo, Ontario, Sospeter is the Director, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation and Learning (R, ME&L) and the Kenya Country Director at Learning for Humanity (Waterloo, Canada), and divides his time between Canada and Africa. He has been involved in knowledge translation/implementation research in diverse areas with local and international organizations to improve education, health, food security and community development especially for the rural poor in Africa. As a trained teacher, he tackles many issues from the educational perspective and has shared his expertise with stakeholders on the development of Kenya’s Competency Based Curriculum. He also has in-depth experience with offline education technology for the classroom. Sospeter is a member of the Centre for Leading Research in Education (CLIRiE) of the Wilfrid Laurier University, and a visiting lecturer at the Nairobi University. Sospeter has a PhD in Health Studies and Gerontology from the University of Waterloo, Master of Arts (Communication) from Daystar University (Kenya), and a Bachelor of Education from Kenyatta University (Kenya). He is proficient in English, Swahili, and four other Kenyan languages. He enjoys photography, reading and writing.

Paul Davidson
Board Member

Currently retired in Burlington, Ontario, over the years Paul has consulted with executives in for-profit organizations in North America and Europe, and with not-for-profit and charitable organizations in Canada, typically in terms of their organizational development and leadership needs. During his career, Paul has had extensive manufacturing, marketing, sales, general management, executive officer and board experience in a variety of industries including construction, automotive, environmental services, healthcare, refrigeration, executive development, insurance, wireless communications, film studio marketing, finance/leasing, and not-for-profit/charitable sectors. His responsibilities have ranged from managing development stage technology firms to leading multinational companies at both divisional and corporate levels. He has business experience in North America, Europe, Australia, and the Far East and has lived and worked in both Canada and the USA. Paul has a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University and is a graduate of Mahler’s International Advanced Management Skills Program. Paul is married, enjoys golf, tennis and fishing and is a dual citizen of Canada and the USA.

Greg Yost
Board Member

Greg Yost, Director, resides in Ottawa. He is a lawyer who spent 17 years with the Manitoba Department of Justice and 22 years with Justice Canada before retiring in 2020. Volunteering in the community has always been part of his adult life.

He has shared his skills and energy, often in leadership positions including president, chairperson and treasurer with organizations such as the St. Norbert Community Club in Winnipeg, the Heron Emergency Food Centre in Ottawa, the Parish Pastoral Council of his local church in Winnipeg and in Ottawa, the Holy Cross Council of the Knights of Columbus, and the Ottawa chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. He is the proud father of five children and of 9 grandchildren.

His position on the board of Elimu represents a welcome new challenge in dealing with an overseas charity working to build a sustainable future.

Kamotho Ndung’u
Chairperson and Co-Founder

An entrepreneur in his own right. He holds a Commerce Degree from Kenyatta University and owns a successful automotive business in Malindi. He is in charge of Elimu’s Kenyan operations, handling all aspects of management and administration including financial planning, budgeting and accounting. He works closely with the President and shares the responsibility for liaison with the Canadian board of directors and the Kenyan team. He is in charge of human resources and mentors youth in our programs, especially high school graduates in employability and entrepreneurship. Prior to Elimu, he worked as Program Manager—Business Development at Kenya Enterprises Resource Centre (KESREC) helping local community groups with business planning and start-up including savings and loan training, budgeting, business plan writing and resource mobilization.

Nina Chung
Vice-Chairperson and Founder

Nina divides her time between Kenya and Canada. She leads the Kenyan team in collaboration with the CEO and manages the liaison with the Canadian board of directors. She is responsible for Kenyan and international outreach for funding, resource and partnership development. She left a successful business to her partner in Ottawa, Canada in 2004 to volunteer in Kenya. During that time, she began assisting children with education and entrepreneurship training and established Elimu to make her projects sustainable. Nina has over 30 years’ experience in project management, partnership development, international marketing and business strategy planning. She worked over 14 years marketing international travel and cultural exchange programs and services to youth and student markets. In 1996, she started a successful marketing consulting firm in Ottawa. She has conducted market research and implemented communications programs for culturally diverse consumer markets. She has lived and worked in a variety of cultural environments. Nina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Western Ontario, Canada.

Maureen Monaghan
Secretary / Treasurer

She is a native of Quebec City but has lived in Ottawa for over 45 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Mathematics from St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She spent her entire 33-year work career with the federal government as an economist and policy advisor in the Energy Sector of Natural Resources Canada, retiring in 2008. Maureen served for two years as treasurer of the Ottawa District Golf Association. She then became treasurer of the Ottawa Heart Institute Auxiliary, a position she held for 20 years. After retiring from the public service, she assumed the position of Managing Director for the Auxiliary. Maureen was also the treasurer of a small investment club for 15 years and has participated in a number of committees in her church, including 3 years on the finance committee.

Penina
From dead end to a new start!

Penina is the only girl in her family to complete primary school, but she couldn’t get to high school. Elimu started her off with her own business and now she helps support her single mum.

Jackson
Fending for himself

When his mum died Jackson had no one to rely on. Elimu got him through high school and helped him apply for his first job after graduation. Today he provides for himself.

James
A late start to a bright future!

James started school late because of lack of fees. But once enrolled by Elimu he caught up and excelled. Today he is in college working his way to a career in journalism!

Maria
She rose above the challenges!

Poor health got Maria labelled ‘weak’ but her true quality is perseverance. Sewing skills changed her status and made her a provider. She proudly owns livestock.

Joseph
From out-of-school to top of class!

Joseph’s happiest day was his first day of school! It nearly didn’t happen. Elimu’s support and all the school supplies he needed made him top of the class. Now he is at university.

Hosea
Tech changed his future!

Volunteering at Elimu Resource Centre, Hosea gained digital skills that he couldn’t get at school. Today he is pursuing computer science at university.

Njoroge
In future you’ll call him Dr. Njoroge!

Before Elimu schooling was on and off. But with resources and mentorship Njoroge gained 125 marks in just one year! He is currently at college pursuing his dream of becoming a doctor.

Merciline
From no way to her own way!

Merciline started sewing college and loved it but fees ran out. Elimu stepped in, kept up her training and gave her a machine. Now she is saving to open her own workshop.

Mariamu
She fought for a different path!

Her sister was married in primary school, but with Elimu Mariamu followed a different path. Her sewing income gave her the freedom to move her business to another village.

Priscah
From dependence to self-reliance!

Priscah and 10 siblings depended on one brother for everything. With Elimu she found the joy of starting a sewing business. She’s helping put her siblings through school.

Nancy
Seeing a brighter

All 12 sisters were married off. But Nancy’s sewing skills and machine set her on a different path. She’s a breadwinner and recently bought her first pair of eye glasses.

Naomi
From almost giving up to aiming high!

Naomi would have dropped out but with Elimu she completed high school. As an intern at Elimu Resource Centre she gained digital skills and the guidance to make it to university.

Mary
Modelling entrepreneurship!

Mary was to be married off but her local priest brought her to Elimu. Now she runs a sewing business and built herself a traditional home with a room to rent for extra cash.

Dorothy
She escaped child bride after Gr. 8!

Her parish priest helped Dorothy join Elimu’s sewing program instead of being married off after Grade 8. Her skills gave her freedom to start her business away from her rural village.

Salome
From no options to teaching girls.

As one of 8 children, Salome’s options after Gr. 8 were few. But with sewing training from Elimu and a new machine she started her own business and now trains other girls in her village.

Amina
Resistance led to following her dream!

Amina fought for her voice. She worked as a “house girl” to pay for sewing training but the salary was too little. Elimu sponsored her and two years later she started her business.

Anthony
From getting a boost to boosting his mum!

With no one to pay his school fees, before Elimu, Duncan worked as a night guard to pay his own way. He missed many school days but he never gave up. He is now the President to the student leadership at his school.

Miriam
from hopeless to inspired

Miriam had given up hope when her mother could not afford to keep her in school. When Elimu came in and paid her high school fees in a boarding school, Miriam found inspiration to study and aim for a career in nursing.

Ian Ndirangu
Office Assistant

Ian is in charge of normal operations at the office and organizing and maintaining all aspects of our physical plant. He has vast experience in this field and a singular dedication to excellence. Ian brings to Elimu a wide range of experience in first aid, fire safety, disaster management, as well as conferencing and warehouse management among others.

He recently completed the Cisco Networking Academy online course in IT Essentials – receiving his certificate from the Canadian High Commissioner during Elimu’s Youth Info Forum in December, 2019. He’s now a certified Cisco technician. Prior to joining Elimu, he worked at Pope Francis Rescue Centre and at Kenya Red Cross Society. He also has strong interpersonal skills that allow him to engage with the Elimu beneficiaries and the general community in a variety of settings. Ian is ‘jack of all trades’ and a team member who is depended upon by his colleagues.

Rosemary Nyambura
Coordinator Communications

Rosemary brings years of experience to the Elimu team in the creation and implementation of communications strategies, especially for digital media and media relations. With her strength in storytelling and love of the written word, she showcases the success stories from our program beneficiaries to share with those who make it all possible. Rosemary manages Elimu’s social media platforms and website, keeping Elimu’s image lively and up-to-date. With her keen eye and ability to see into peoples’ character, she manages the photography and videography needs at Elimu. You will find Rosemary behind the camera at most Elimu events and activities, though she also gains a lot of joy training the youth interns under her charge.

Rosemary has a degree in BSc. Journalism and Mass Communication from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology. She coordinates Elimu’s internal and external communications efforts and develops the annual communications plan. Her efforts have helped to increase visibility amongst key stakeholders such as the Ministry of Education, other government bodies and program partners. She also manages the front desk operations at Elimu Resource Centre ensuring a welcoming environment for our guests. Her sensitivity to the connectedness of people and her training in human-centered design thinking have motivated her to find solutions to challenges facing her community especially the youth. She thrives in a team-focused environment and enjoys the challenge of working with others to co-create and implement the educational and skills development programs at Elimu. At Elimu, she has found the means to integrate her career goals with the social impact goals for her own life.

Pauline Ogango
Program Officer, Education

Pauline helped to design and structure Elimu’s Mobile Digital Reading program which takes the ERC digital tools out to schools during the term, when students cannot easily make it to the Centre for their studies or reading. She enjoys being in the classroom with students and working hand in hand with teachers in identifying and addressing students’ difficulties in various subjects. She is in charge of training teachers on eLearning and is skilled at handling the edtech digital platform which provides a variety of relevant educational content for students in the Kenya education system.

Her personal goal at Elimu is to promote literacy and improve performance for primary and secondary students. She also works to sensitize youth about how to access the Kenyan University and College Central Placement Services (KUCCPS) and Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) to ensure that after high school they get to join universities and colleges and pursue a career that will make them contributing members in society. Pauline has always been very active in sports with short distance running and netball being her major strengths. During her free time, she coaches netball in a nearby high school.

Tabitha Wambui
Program Officer, Social Welfare

Wambui is in charge of enrolling and keeping up-to-date with all of the beneficiaries in our projects. She administers Elimu’s School Sponsorship Program and follows up our sponsored children at school and at home. She runs the microfinance table-banking group for parents at Elimu Resource Centre. Wambui has been dedicated to Elimu for over a decade.

She originally headed the household of Nyumbani Kwetu as housemother. During that time, with fifteen children under her care and a household to run, she successfully pursued a self-directed study program to complete her high school education and received her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education in 2015. Then in 2017, she completed a college program in Social Work. Wambui is guardian of Elimu’s mentorship approach and liaises with staff on any issues related to the social welfare of children in our programs.

Esther Sayo
Front Office Coordinator

Esther started her career journey at Elimu as an intern before joining the Elimu team to support the Skills Development department in the area of Entrepreneurship. She is now in charge of all aspects of welcoming guests to Elimu Resource Centre. She ensures a positive welcoming experience and atmosphere at our reception. She liaises with all project areas to coordinate data collection and reporting. She supports the executive team as well as all departments with administration activities and assists with registration and record-keeping for all beneficiaries. She works with the team that trains our sewing students on financial and social literacy skills and helped design the curriculum for the entrepreneurship and life skills training for our sewing project.

Esther has a big heart for community service. Her background is in Social Work with a degree from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology. She brings her concern for the welfare and development of all people especially children and youth to her work at Elimu as she supports the team with all aspects of engagement with our beneficiaries.

Anthony Mung’aa
Programs Manager, Skills Development

Anthony is an IT enthusiast with a degree from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology in Information Technology (IT). He is certified Cisco Networking Academy instructor and launched Elimu’s Cisco NetAcad in August 2019. He loves technology and enjoys working with youth.

He leads our IT club that brings together a network of young Cisco alumni who are passionate about technology. He is active with Elimu’s community-based activities and keenly engages in sensitizing the community on the importance of technology which today is found in every part of life. He also loves music and playing musical instruments. He set up the eHub at ERC to host the Cisco courses and is responsible for procuring and maintaining the digital equipment for the program.

Maina Gikaria
ICT & Education Technology Manager

Maina began as a volunteer with Elimu when operations were run out of our founder’s home. Today, he heads up the technical and training development aspects of Elimu’s e-Learning programming.

He manages all aspects of the Kolibri edutech platform and coordinates with our Education Program Officer on content development. He also manages our media facilities and equipment and works with our Communications Coordinator on print and video production.

Peter Mugambi
Director of Business Development & Finance

Peter established the financial record keeping procedures for Elimu and created the digital accounting records for our annual financial reporting. He liaises with Elimu’s Treasurer in Canada to maintain all the necessary financial reports. He produces the annual financial statements for the organisation and oversees the annual financial audit of the Kenyan accounts, which form the bulk of Elimu’s annual financial reporting.

He also set-up the staff payroll system and other internal control measures within the organisation and ensures that Elimu meets all the required standards for record-keeping and filing of relevant data to the government. Peter has a Bachelor of Business Management (BBM) from Mount Kenya University and he is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with more than 15 years experience.

Jonah Ndung’u
Programs Director

An expert in community development, majoring in sociology, Jonah has over ten years’ experience working with local and international NGOs. At the Kenya Red Cross, he set up a successful community resource centre. During a placement in the UK with VSO-Jitolee, he was attached to Peace Child International, where he worked in Be the Change Challenge, a program designed for schools focusing on change of behavior to help ease global warming. He also worked with Meadows Children Centre, where he designed a very popular program that enhanced the involvement of fathers with their children by creating a “Footie Fives” football team. Jonah has worked as project officer with CRS/Caritas on a water and sanitation program where he was in charge of the social aspect of the project, as well as liaison with state and non-state agencies.

At Elimu, he is responsible for policy development, program design and implementation, community relations and mobilization and program capacity building to ensure long term sustainability of projects. He was instrumental in the design and set up of Elimu Resource Centre (ERC) in 2016 and the successful move to its larger private premises in 2018. Under his able management, ERC was awarded 2nd prize in the community library category at the Kenyan Library Maktaba Awards in 2017 (just 15 months after launching) and again in 2018.

Kamotho Ndung’u
CEO & Co-Founder

An entrepreneur in his own right, Kamotho holds a Commerce Degree from Kenyatta University and owns a successful automotive business in Malindi. He is in charge of Elimu’s Kenyan operations, handling all aspects of management and administration including financial planning, budgeting and accounting. He works closely with the President and shares the responsibility for liaison with the Canadian board of directors and the Kenyan team.

He is in charge of human resources and mentors youth in our programs, especially high school graduates in employability and entrepreneurship. Prior to Elimu, he worked as Program Manager—Business Development at Kenya Enterprises Resource Centre (KESREC) helping local community groups with business planning and start-up including savings and loan training, budgeting, business plan writing and resource mobilization.

Nina Chung
Secretary/Treasurer

She is also founder and president of Elimu (Canada). She divides her time between Kenya and Canada. She leads the Kenyan team in collaboration with the CEO and manages the liaison with the Canadian board of directors. She is responsible for Kenyan and international outreach for funding, resource and partnership development. She left a successful business to her partner in Ottawa, Canada in 2004 to volunteer in Kenya. During that time, she began assisting children with education and entrepreneurship training and established Elimu to make her projects sustainable. Nina has over 30 years’ experience in project management, partnership development, international marketing and business strategy planning. She worked over 14 years marketing international travel and cultural exchange programs and services to youth and student markets. In 1996, she started a successful marketing consulting firm in Ottawa, Canada. She has conducted market research and implemented communications programs for culturally diverse consumer markets. She has lived and worked in a variety of cultural environments. Nina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Western Ontario, Canada.

Shannon Ashford
Board Member

Born and raised in Southern California, she describes herself as too curious for my own good. Her favorite colour is yellow and she will gladly make pancakes for anyone who asks! She learned to sew as a girl from a neighbor. She would wake up early to make herself an outfit to wear to school and eventually even made prom dresses for her friends in high school. She sews because it makes her happy. She started Tomfoolery.la to create problem-solving designs and make people’s lives better.

She designs jumpsuits because she believes they are the perfect manifestation of the energy and adventure of a tomboy packaged as a classy lady.

Wendy Harrop
Advisory Board Member

Wendy is an entrepreneur. She runs a historic farmhouse Bed & Breakfast in Massachusetts, and also leads workshops and retreats that empower women to be themselves and to see themselves in new and inspiring ways.

Kristi Nellor
Advisory Board Member

Kristi believes that creativity is freedom and describes herself as an artist, maker, designer and creativity catalyst. She is a speaker, author, a podcast host and leads retreats and workshops for entrepreneurs to unlock individual and team creativity.

Nina Chung
Founder / President

Dividing her time between Kenya and Canada, Nina leads the Kenyan team in collaboration with the CEO and manages the liaison with the Canadian board of directors. She is responsible for Kenyan and international outreach for funding, resource and partnership development. She left a successful business to her partner in Ottawa, Canada in 2004 to volunteer in Kenya. During that time, she began assisting children with education and entrepreneurship training and established Elimu to make her projects sustainable.

Nina has over 30 years’ experience in project management, partnership development, international marketing and business strategy planning. She worked over 14 years marketing international travel and cultural exchange programs and services to youth and student markets. In 1996, she started a successful marketing consulting firm in Ottawa, Canada. She has conducted market research and implemented communications programs for culturally diverse consumer markets. She has lived and worked in a variety of cultural environments. Nina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Western Ontario, Canada.