Vincent Mutuku, Director
From a young age Vincent Mutuku understood the concept of community. Growing up in Mukuru, the second largest slum in Nairobi, he watched his mother care for HIV neighbors whom she washed and then fed from her own family’s meager meals. She did this with love and compassion-- the backbone of the Mutuku family values. Today, Vincent amplifies those same values in his own work. In 2008, when Vincent was 22 years old, he found an outlet for his natural talent. Believing the youth in Mukuru needed to be given the opportunity to rejoice in their own value as diamonds in the rough, he shared with seven students some basic self esteem and leadership building exercises. As they began to understand their own potential and the role they themselves could play in Mukuru, the platform for an organization was formed.
Annastacia Ndila , Chier Operating Officer
Annastacia grew up very aware of the cycle of poverty most children were trapped in. Many children would be forced to drop out of school due to lack of parental support, often following the death of parents from HIV/AIDS. There was no career guidance or motivational opportunities and this would lead to drug abuse or early pregnancy, and a continuation of the cycle. This awareness motivated Annastacia to enroll as a student at Premese Africa Development Institute and pursue a Diploma in Community Development with a specialization in Social Work. She has received additional training by Hope Worldwide Kenya in Peer Education and Women as Partners (WAP) and teaches on the following subjects: Gender and Sexuality, STIs, HIV/AIDS, Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health, Participatory and Experiential Learning, Facilitation Skills, Behavior Change Communication, Drugs and Substance Use, Awareness of Sexual and Domestic Violence, Male and Female Sexual Health. Working as a team leader for Huru International under Dreams for our Daughter's Project, she was certified with the following competencies: Mobilization, Recruitment, and Facilitating Participatory Sessions on Relationships, Life Skills, Financial Planning and HIV Prevention as well as Monitoring and Reporting on Activities. All these skills give Annastacia the power to be a change agent in her community. One thing that inspires her each morning is knowing that there are youngsters waiting to be mentored and empowered as leaders, thanks to G-Thamini.
Daniel Sila, Finance Officer and Quality Assurance Personnel
Daniel was "born and bred" in Mukuru. He graduated in December of 2012 from the University of Nairobi with a Bachelors of Commerce and a major in Operations Management. In 2008, Daniel began volunteering at Pamoja Mtaani as a game master and peer educator. During his time there, he received training in entrepreneurial skills. He has built on this foundation with additional training in Peer Education. At G-Thamini, he serves as the assistant secretary and the quality assurance personnel, but what he enjoys most is being with students, mentoring them, and telling them all about life.
Francis Mburu , Finance Officer and ICT Department
Francis has spent much of his life in Mukuru. After high school, he joined faith link networks and Zetech College where he studied computer packages, web design development and graphic design. He has been trained by Hope Worldwide Kenya in the following topics: Facilitation skills, Behavior Change Communication, Drugs and Substance Use, Sexuality, STI's, HIV/AIDS, Partcipatory and Experiential Learning, and Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health. Unhappy with the way the boy child was being treated and the social injustices they suffered, the birth of G-Thamini, provided Francis with the opportunity to give back to his community, by inspiring and motivating these young boys to set their sites higher and make healthy life choices.
Benjamin Kyalo, Children and Youth Department Director
Benjamin lives with his younger brother Michael in the Mukuru slums. He is a quality analyzer for digital data and divide networks and attends Kenyatta University where he is currently getting a Bachelor of Information and Technology. Through his service at Pamoja Mtaani, as a game master, he had the opportunity to train as a Healthy Choices and a Peer Education Facilitator. Benjamin is known as a pied piper with the children. He believes that every child deserves memorable moments of happiness in their lifetime and treasures this opportunity to give back to his community.