Wairimu Mwangi - Founder & CEO
Wairimu Mwangi is a Creative Artist, a Writer and the Founder & CEO of Literature Africa Foundation (LAF), an NGO with a mission to advance access to education and economic empowerment opportunities to vulnerable young people living in rural areas and urban informal settlements of Kenya through academic and literacy support, skills training and mentorship. She is passionate about raising a generation of self-reliant individuals through LAF’s 3 programs; the Book_a_Child Campaign, the ILead Program & the Somo2kazi Program. To date, over 4,000 children and youths have benefitted from the programs since 2015.She has authored eight Educational Books, five of which have been approved for use in schools across Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Ghana by the relevant Curriculum Development Centers. Her book titled “Disability is not Inability” published by The Jomo Kenyatta Foundation has been rated among top 5 books in Schools and Library Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa by Worldreader for 2 years (2016/2017). In addition, Wairimu is the Co-Founder of Ubunifu Studio and currently serves as Africa Director for KAHINI, a global platform whose writing programs provide the space and opportunity to create, revise, and develop new literary work so as to deepen the creative practice and finalize work for publication or public performance. An alumnus of the Leadership in Business Institute of Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (USA), Wairimu is a 2019 Mandela Washington Fellow, a 2016 Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) RLC East Africa Fellow and was among The 2018 Top 40 under 40 Women in Kenya Award recipients.
Valentino Amanya - Community Outreach Co-ordinator
Valentino Amanya is a lawyer, mentor and a leader. He is the managing director at Motisha Foundation, a nonprofit organization aimed at empowering a successful generation of young people in the areas of entrepreneurship, leadership, academic excellence and self development.
He is passionate about mentoring young people because he believes that a country's greatest natural resource lies in the young people and we cannot always build the future for the young people, but we certainly can build the young people for the future.
He is also an enthusiastic reader and loves reading books on world democracy and governance, African literature and memoirs of great individuals.
Lucy Wacera Muiruri - CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT & EDUCATION SPECIALIST
Lucy Wacera is currently a High School Teacher in a Nairobi Secondary School with over 6 years' experience. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education (Arts) from Kenyatta University & a certificate in inclusive Education from the Kenya Institute of Special Education. She is a Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Center, East Africa Cohort 6 Alumni-Business & Entrepreneurship track.
She has a special interest in empowering & mentoring Youth as well as creating & running businesses. She is the Managing director of Ostium Limited.
Julie Mzame - Public Relations & Events Coordinator
Julie Mzame is a Journalism and Public Relations graduate from the Technical University of Kenya, a trained facilitator in youth transformational programs, team building and outdoor experiential activities. She has extensive experience in running children and youth transformational programs having previously worked with Peak Performance International and Infinity Outdoors.
She believes in the infinite potential in children & youth; that they can achieve greatness. This has driven her into working with teachers, children and youths, in empowering them to shift their mindsets from aspects that prevent them from unleashing their immense potential.
In her three years of practice she has worked with over 200 students from various schools including; Moi Girls High School, St. Hannah’s School, and the KCB Foundation scholars.
Marian M. Deche - Programs Co-ordinator
Marian M. Deche is currently a postgraduate student at Kenyatta University in Environmental Studies (Community Development), and at University of Nairobi in Environmental Management and Planning.She has extensive experience in ornamental horticulture and agriculture having worked five years in the industry before taking a break for personal development and to pursue her postgraduate studies.In addition to that she has experience in auditing and is currently registered as an associate environmental auditor under the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) in Kenya.
Her interest in community work has made her to be involved in several volunteer work including, mentoring high school students on good agricultural practices, peer education in HIV/AIDS sensitization, children's worker, children’s digital literacy campaigns and training, mentoring of high school students in life skills and education matters. She is a Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Center, East Africa Cohort 6 Alumni-Civic Leadership Track, a member of the YALI Kenya Alumni ChapterEvents and Networking Committee and one of the Coordinators of the YALI Kenya Chapter Gender Equality Taskforce.
Marian has deep interests in art & crafts which led her to venture into her own business which deals in art work, décor, design and event planning. She also enjoys travelling, reading, cooking, singing and mentoring of young courting couples.
Linet Nyawira - Programs & Admin Assistant
Linnet Nyawira brings to the team her administrative experience, office management and programs' support. She manages day to day operations and general customer service. Linnet holds a BA in sociology, with Information Technology from Maseno University. She enjoys doing social work, cooking, reading and traveling.
Roselyne Mukuhi Mugo - Assistant Programs Co-ordinator
Roselyne Mukuhi Mugo is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Nairobi (Parklands) pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Law. She is also the Editor-in-Chief and Research Co-ordinator of the Students Association for Legal Aid and Research (SALAR) which is part of the organizations that we partner with in our ILEAD Program. She is a Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Centre, East Africa Cohort 6 Alumni under the Civic Leadership Track. She is also part of The MasterCard Foundation’s Youth Think Tank as a Youth Researcher engaging in means of increasing youth livelihoods.
Her interest in community work stems from her love to improve the everyday lives of the community around her and this has led her to be involved in various causes including but not limited to mentoring primary and high school students, outreach to various community shelters, sensitization of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and her personal favourite the ‘Book A Child’ campaign.
Roselyne is passionate about the youth as she believes that a country’s treasure lies in its youth and fights for the end of youth marginalisation. She enjoys reading extensively (your modern day kind of bookworm), listening to music, collecting stamps and watching movies.