Jacob Okumu works with Rose Chege in the Ngong community.
He is a strong believer in change. Having worked as a teacher in an institution that at least offers a decent education for children from poor backgrounds, Jacob witnessed how poverty thwarts the pursuit of a better future for brilliant children. He has also endured the chilling cries of starving children.
Mr. Okumu had this to say, “this experience has left me determined to create n environment where every child will have a better life and a fair chance to achieve despite their situation.”
Just this week Jacob and Rose hosted their community forum in Ngong. Keep reading our blog to stay up to date on the work Jacob and Rose are doing in Ngong!
Have you ever felt like you were alone trying to do something that is way bigger than you are? Rose Wambui felt that way at one point. She joined Be The Change in February of 2012 as a volunteer and has since served as a team coordinator and lead organizer.
Rose comes from a humble background in a slum area called Kware. Her background is what pushes her to try and touch a life and her love for children is her dirving force. Tatua Kenya provides the perfect platform for her to serve the people she is passionate about.
Now she works with Jacob Okumo as a community organizer in the Ngong community. Jacob and Rose are planning an info session for April 13th in which they will share Tatua’s ideas of community development with attendees and invite them to join us in creating community lead initiatives for children living in poverty. Their goal is to get 50 people to attend event!
She has experienced a shift in the way she thinks because as she meets with the people in Ngong she says they are, “bringing me to a point of realizing that I am not alone in the journey, people are willing to walk with us and offer whatever resources they have.”
James Njoroge works alongside Tony in Rongai. He is 21 years old and was born and raised in Rongai so he knows the community well. He aspires to be a good role model to future generations and instill the desire to help in others.
His goal is to create a united country that tackles their own problems. Recently James led his first training out in the community. He taught about 1:1’s and relationship building. He says “I was very happy about the training. At first I was not very sure how it would be, but the moment I started teaching and seeing my students smile and start putting notes down on paper I was very happy and that made me feel like I want to do more.”