Past Chogoria Staff
Current Chogoria Staff
Kajira was born in Chogoria and moved to the United States at age 16. He graduated from UCLA for college and law school. He established Village Hopecore in 1982 and began operations in Chogoria in 2000. After living for forty years in the United States, he now lives full time in Chogoria managing the operations of the organization.
Managing Director- Albert Juma Wafula
Wafula joined HopeCore in June 2008 as an accounts clerk, a position that had been left vacant following demise of Councillor Pius Mugo. A year later, Wafula was promoted to serve as the Finance Manager, a position he held for four years, until his appointment as the Managing Director in August 2013. Prior to joining HopeCore, Wafula worked with Kimwa Holdings Ltd as the Chief Finance Officer for three years. He also worked with Pyrethrum Board of Kenya for three years as an accounts clerk and four years with Friends’ School Kamusinga in different capacities. Wafula worked with an Auditing Firm in Nairobi for one year as an audit assistant. Wafula studied at Mabusi Primary school for his primary education, Moi Forces Academy, Nairobi, for his secondary education and Proffesco Business Trainers(PBT) for his accounting courses, CPA. He is currently attending Kenyatta University and is pursing his B.COM (Bachelor’s of Commerce), Finance Option. Wafula is God fearing and an active member of his church, Faith Celebration Ministries. He is married with two children.
Receptionist- Christine Mwende
Christine joined HopeCore in 2011. She studied at Kianjagi Secondary School, not far from the HopeCore offices. Christine oversees basic day-to-day office operations.
Finance & Accounting Coordinator – Charity Nyakio
Charity joined HopeCore in 2012 as the Micro Enterprise Assistant Coordinator and became the Coordinator six months later. She holds a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics and is studying to become a Certified Professional Accountant. Before coming to HopeCore, Charity worked as a mathematics and business studies teacher and an economics tutor.
Finance & Accounting Assistant – Madris Muthoni
Accounting for International Development (AfID) Volunteer – Mike Griffiths
Micro Enterprise Team
Microenterprise Coordinator – Mark Murugu
Mark came to HopeCore in May 2015 with a Diploma in Business Administration from Meru Technical Training Institute and a Bachelors Degree also in Business Administration from Kenya Methodist University (KEMU). He also has had three years for experience working with the Youth Enterprise Development Fund, is trained and experienced in bank tellering and micro-credit operations, and has worked with the Joyful Women Organization, an NGO that empowers Kenyan women through table banking.
Mark enjoys working with the ME department because he aims to transform the Chogoria community through economic and information empowerment. He is married and a faithful follower of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Microenterprise Assistant Coordinator – Jillo Gubal Shamzad
Jillo started as a volunteer with HopeCore in July 2014, though this is not her first time working with the organization. Jillo was an intern from April 2012 to July 2012, and HopeCore is happy to have her back. Jillo graduated with 2nd class honours upper division from Moi University with a degree in Community Development. Jillo is a change agent within her community and strives to empower those around her.
Microenterprise Field Officer – Dickson Mwandiki
Dickson completed his studies and exams for his diploma in Business Administration from Presbyterian University of East Africa, Chogoria Campus, in December of 2013. He has been a life-long member of the Chogoria community and an active member of the congregation at Faith Celebrations Church.
Microenterprise Volunteer – Alice Kaimenyi
Alice began volunteering with HopeCore in October 2014. She has her diploma from Mount Kenya University and is a teacher by trade. Because of this, she is very talented and effective when it comes to educating the microenterprise clients about business, health, goal-setting, and other life matters. She also has many other various responsibilities at HopeCore, including writing success stories and updating loan group contacts. Alice is constantly busy, whether it be in the office or field, but she loves having “endless” work to do because she knows she is doing much to empower the Chogoria and Tharaka Nithi communities while working with HopeCore.
Microenterprise Senior Global Fellow – Nyokabi Muhu
Nyokabi joined Village HopeCore as a Micro-Enterprise Global Fellow in September 2014. She holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and a Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR) from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. She also holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Riverside (UCR). Nyokabi has previous experience working with humanitarian relief and development assistance organizations in Nigeria and Switzerland, and with public policy and governmental organizations in the United States. She is passionate about promoting human rights, good governance, and sustainable economic development across the continent of Africa.
Microenterprise Junior Global Fellow – Renee Rotberg
Microenterprise Intern – Jane Nelly Nywaria
Jane is with HopCore on her internship attachment for the months of May, June, and July. She is currently a student at Chuka, University, studying Community Development. She is originally from Chogoria and is happy to return home to empower her community with HopeCore.
Public Health Team
Public Health Coordinator – Joyce Wangoi
Before joining HopeCore in March 2015, Joyce Wangoi had 4 years of work experience in Kenya working in District-level hospitals, with Youth Initiatives in Kisumu, with Family Health Options Kenya (FHOK) providing sexual and reproductive health information to the community, conducting research through CDC-funded projects, working as a project social worker, and most recently as a Project Assistant with the Centre for Research in Environment Kenya.
Working with the community to improve and maintain the good health that contributes to a healthy and developed nation is Joyce’s passion. She is very glad to have the chance to do this through HopeCore, and hopes that her work with HopeCore will influence a healthier, happier Maara Sub-County. Joyce is married and is blessed with one daughter.
Public Health Educator & Assistant PH Coordinator- Lennah Mwende
Lenah holds three certifications: teaching, accounting, and computer studies. Before coming to HopeCore, she worked as a teacher at Kairuni Primary School and Sweet Angels Academy. Lenah joined HopeCore in May 2012.
Community Health Nurse- Winjoy Ruguru Micheni
Winjoy was born on August 31st, 1978. After graduating from secondary school, she entered Clive Irvine College in Chogoria to pursue nursing and graduated in 2003. She is married to Kenneth Micheni, blessed with two sons, Victor and Camey. She worked with an NGO as a Community Health Nurse for many years in Western Kenya before returning to her home town of Chogoria. She joined Village Hopecore in November, 2010 and has been contributing to the community ever since.
Community Health Worker- Stella Kagendo
Stella has been working with Hopecore since 2010. She graduated from Maua Girls Secondary School in 1992. She enjoys going to church with family, singing, and visiting friends.
PPG Coordinator & Community Health Worker – Faith Kainyu Mugambi
Faith brings a tremendous wealth of knowledge and experience to Hopecore. She has certificates in HIV/AIDS Control Programing as well as several computer packages. Faith also has completed her diploma in business management from Kabete Technical Training Institute. She has previously worked in the Chogoria community in the finance department of the PCEA Chogoria Hospital and as a teacher at AMSTEP Computer College. Additional experience Faith is able to bring to Hopecore comes from her time working at the Ecuminical Centre for Justice and Peace, where she worked on human rights issues and proper use of community resources.
Community Health Worker/Driver- Martin Murithi
Martin has been a part of the Hopecore team since June 2013. He is a leader in his community as a pastor at Maximum Miracle Center Chogoria. Martin loves working with the community to increase access to health care and help people move beyond poverty. He resides in Mutindwa with his wife and son.
W.A.S.H. Program Assistant- Dave M’Rewa
Dave joined the Hopecore team in mid-2013 one of the parts of his job that he enjoys the most is interacting with community members to increase education about water sanitation and hygiene. As an assistant pastor at Jesus Tabernacle Church, Dave and his family including his wife and three children are very active members of the Chogoria community.
Community Health Worker – Victoria Nyawira Kaburu
Victoria Nyawira Kaburu graduated with her diploma in Nutrition and Dietics from the Kenya Institute of Social Work and Community Development. She was previously working with Village HopeCore as a data entry clerk and became a Community Health Worker to help the community by raising awareness about, and educating people on how to prevent various health conditions.
Community Health Worker – Mercy Muthoni Mbuthia
Mercy Muthoni Mbuthia has her certificate in Community Health from the Ministry of Health. She previous worked with APHIA-Plus at the Ikuu Community Unit. She decided to work with Village HopeCore because she wanted to help the community improve their health and spread awareness about how to eradicate poverty in their communities through health-seeking behaviors.
Community Health Worker – Armstrong Mutwiri Njagi
Armstrong Mutwiri Njagi is a graduate from Mt. Kenya University with a diploma in Community Development and Social Work. He has previously worked at the community level at Chogoria Mission Hospital as a Social Worker, where he enlightened people on the importance of living in an HIV/AIDS-free society. He wanted to work in HopeCore to continue his dream of helping the people with the basics of health, capacity building, and empowerment.
Senior Global Public Health Fellow – Anne Gildea
Anne joined Village Hopecore as a Global Public Health Fellow in April 2014. She holds a MSc in Health, Community, and Development from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in Sociology from Boston College. Anne has previous experience working in Nairobi, Kenya with grassroots NGOs and a children’s home, and in Boston working for an international public health consulting organization. She enjoys working with people to improve the health in their communities, as well as developing systems to improve program implementation and monitoring and evaluation. In her first year, in addition to all of the exciting work conducted in the field, Anne has most enjoyed getting to know the staff at HopeCore and working with them to build their skills and knowledge.
Junior Global Public Health Fellow- Angel Farrell
Public Health Intern – Melavin Muthamaki Gitonga
Melavin is at HopeCore on his internship attachment from Kenyatta University. He has just completed his third year of study in the Population Health Department. Previously, he attended Ikuu Boys High School. He enjoys working with and learning from the Village HopeCore team and gaining valuable on-the-ground experiences from HopeCore’s various public health programs.