by The Arena Kenya
We’re officially 3 weeks away from the Social Changemakers edition of MatchMentor! How exciting!
If you haven’t bought your advance tickets, you can purchase one for Kshs 700 via Mpesa Paybill 531300 Account Name The Arena Kenya. Tickets at the gate will be Kshs 1000.
This event, we’re capping the numbers at 70 people so tickets are *very* limited! Don’t miss out!
Since last week, we’ve been unveiling the mentors attending the event. Here is a compilation of them all so you can have the full view of who’s attending!
- Aloys Lavern Otieno– President, Daystar University Students Association
- Boniface Mwangi– Activist and Aspirant, Starehe Constituency Member of Parliament (MP). He is a Change Maker and Leader who has spent his life fighting for justice for the ordinary mwananchi (citizen).
- Daisy Amdany– Executive Director, Community Advocacy and Awareness (CRAWN) Trust. Daisy is a governance, development and women’s rights specialist and activist with several years’ experience working in the field. She is the Coordinator of the National Women’s Steering Committee- NWSC which brings together over 50 organisations drawn from the National to county level working in women’s rights and women’s advancement.
- David Kimani– Founder and CEO, Second Chance Learning Centre. David, 21 years old, is the second runners up of the Blaze BYOB TV Show (Season 1). He started Second Chance Adult Learning Centre, Kilifi, which is a community based resource centre that aims at eradicating illiteracy among the youth and young adults. On top of being a third year student at Pwani University, he believes in the involvement of the youth in making social change in the society.
- Eric Onyango Otieno– Co-Founder, Fatuma’s Voice. Fatuma’s Voice is a unique educational forum based in Kenya that focuses on youth empowerment. The forum stands out because of its distinct use of Art, Poetry and Music as a tool for youth to express themselves.
- Faith Nafula– Activist and Director, Brydges Center Skills Development Project. Brydges Centre is registered as a charitable trust under the Ministry of Lands and is a charitable children’s institution – Reg. No.CS No. 000321 (under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Services). Brydges Centre consists of a childrens home (65 children), outreach program (70 children in two nursery schools also known as drop in points) and two community skills training centres with an intake of 20 teenage girls and boys each year respectively.
- Fiona Okadia– Student and Founder, Amira Africa. Amira Africa provides a platform for encouragement, motivation and elevation of the younger generation of mothers.
- Irungu Houghton– Activist and Associate Director, Society for International Development (SID). SID is an international network of individuals and organizations founded in 1957 to promote social justice and foster democratic participation in the development process. Through locally-driven programmes and activities, SID strengthens collective empowerment, facilitates dialogue and knowledge-sharing on people-centered development strategies, and promotes policy change towards inclusiveness, equity and sustainability.
- Kennedy Odede– Founder and CEO, Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO). SHOFCO combats gender inequality and extreme poverty in urban slums by linking tuition free schools for girls to holistic social services for all.
- Kinuthia Mwangi– Coordinator and Co-founder of the Mathare Social Justice Centre (MSJC). MSJC have led advocacy campaigns that have focused on issues such as the normalisation of extrajudicial killings, police abuse, land grabbing and political accountability. He is currently a student of Law at the Strathmore University, and aims to practice human rights law when he is done with his studies; informed by his own life experiences he wants to focus on defending the rights of the urban poor who have been marginalised in realizing the letter and spirit of the Constitution of Kenya and majorly, in achieving their human potential.
- Nduko O’Matigere– Educator, Activist and Independent Worker. Nduko specialises in program development and management; strategic citizen engagement and advocacy, capacity development for activists and their organisations, partnerships, impact assessment and research. In his practice, he gives special focus on finding and experimenting with creative ideas and ways to inspire millions of ordinary people to take charge of their lives through imaginative exercise of voice and applying their numbers and power to massively cause shifts in social, economic and political power arrangements to their benefit, and in ways that secure their self-worth, dignity and quality of life.
- Njeri Kabeberi– Executive Director, Greenpeace Africa. Greenpeace is an international environmental watchdog and lobby group. Ms Kabeberi is an opinion shaper in the areas of equality, governance, democracy and human rights, evidenced through her writings, interviews and media engagements. Njeri has unequaled experience working impartially in both the political as well as the civil society sector. She is recognised for the protection of human rights defenders and as a key leader in Africa in the political and governance sector.
- Purity Kagwiria– Executive Director, Akili Dada. Purity is an active member of the feminist/women’s rights movement. She is committed to analyzing private and personal spaces and developing strategies that lead to the emancipation of women. Purity became the Executive Director of Akili Dada in 2014 and begun working at the organisation in 2011 as its first full time staff member.
- Samanthah Maina– Businesswoman and Kileleshwa MCA Aspirant. Aspiring MCA for Kileleshwa ward under Ukweli part. Believer of a just and inclusive Kenya. A business woman, rather a hustler, hardworking and passionate. She’s 26 years old, born and brought up in Nairobi County. Samanthah is also in pursuit of higher education, currently in her last year at Daystar University pursuing a Business degree with intentions of doing a Masters in Public Policy.
- Scheaffer Okore– Program Officer for Civic Engagement, Siasa Place. Scheaffer Okore is a democratic literacy mentor and champion who pushes for emancipation in every way. She’s an amplifier of voices, staunch activist, social justice advocate, feminist, human rights defender, cancer and GBV soldier. She believes in the impact of collective responsibility in social, economic and political issues. She is also the Vice-Chair of Ukweli Party.
- Wanja Kibuki– Social Entrepreneur, Vitabu Vyetu. Vitabu Vyetu is a social enterprise that deals with education, mentorship and economic empowerment
- Wawira Njiru– Founder and Executive Director, Food4Education. Food4Education is a non for profit organisation that works with vulnerable children in the public school system to improve their lives and school performance. Founded in 2012, Food for Education’s pilot program is based in Ruiru Primary School Kenya. We provide lunch every school day, mentorship and tuition aimed at improving their health, school performance and increase their chances of getting into good high schools in a merit based high school entrance system.
- Sitawa Wafula– Nomadic Mental Health Crusader. Sitawa Wafula is a multi-award winning blogger and nomadic mental health crusader. Through her blog, My Mind My Funk, she provides people in Africa with the necessary information and support to not only handle mental health conditions but also deal with everyday life. Her major interest is in the social and preventative aspects of mental health in Africa and she dreams of an Africa where there is access to mental health information and appropriate support for everyone.
In addition to the mentors, we are hosting:
- A Panel Discussion on ‘The Future of Social Engagement’
- A Skills Session on ‘How to Mobilise People for Social Change’
- A Panel Discussion on ‘Financing Social Change’
- Of course, our highly anticipated Speedmentoring
We look forward to seeing you there!
Date: Saturday 29th July, 2017
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Venue: Desmond Tutu Conference Centre
The A-Team is the backbone of The Arena, an organisation that creates media and events to inspire young people to make empowered decisions for themselves and the world they live in.