Chogoria Staff


Founder & President- Kajira (K.K.) Mugambi

Dr. KK Mugambi - Founder, President, and CEO

Dr. KK Mugambi – Founder, President, and CEO

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

Albert Wafula - Managing Director

Albert Wafula – Managing Director

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 later joined Kenyatta University for his B.COM, Finance Option. Wafula is God fearing and an active member of his church, Faith Celebration Ministries. He is married with two children.We are lucky to have such a kind, hard working and dedicated member on the Hopecore staff.

Financial Manager - 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.

Financial Department Assistant- Madris Muthoni

Accounting for International Development (AfID) Volunteer

Hopecore has established an ongoing Partnership with AfID, a UK based social enterprise, which places experienced finance professionals with international charities and grassroots community based organisations. The main focus of the AfID volunteer is to develop and enhance the skills, confidence and potential of the permanent employees, in turn helping to increase the financial management capacity of the organisation. Steven Masters, the first AfID volunteer is with Hopecore for a three month period from February through May. Steven is a Chartered Accountant (ACA) with seven years post qualification experience in the Investment and Banking Industries.

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.

Micro Enterprise Team

Micro Enterprise Program Coordinator- Gerrard Murithi 

Gerrard holds a B.A, in Economics. A local community member, he joined HopeCore in April 2012. Previously, he worked in banking and human resources.  Gerrard’s primary duty is to work with defaulting loan clients to implement strategies that increase timely repayment.

Micro Enterprise Assistant Coordinator- Martin Kimathi Kirimi

Martin holds a B.A. in Commerce and is working towards becoming a Certified Professional Accountant. He is proficient in QuickBooks and other accounting software and assists Albert with financial data entry and analysis. Martin joined HopeCore in 2011.

Community Economic Development Volunteer – US Peace Corps – Edward Pikaart

Edward is married with four children and one grandson and is from North Branford, Connecticut, USA. He has worked as a US Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant and Certified in Financial Management for almost 40 years serving small and growing businesses and their owners providing management advisory, accounting, tax and financial advice.

Micro Enterprise Fellow - vacant

Intern- Dickson Mwandiki

Dickson is expecting to complete 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.

Volunteer- 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 2013 to July 2013, 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.

Intern- Esther Nyaga

Esther is a community development third year student at Moi University main campus in Eldoret town. She joined Village HopeCore in December 2013. Her vision is an empowered and developed community in all aspects. She is an active member of Jesus Tabernacle Church.She enjoys playing the keyboard and making friends.

Public Health Team

Public Health Team Local Staff From left to right: Martin Murithi, Lenah Mwende, Stella Kagendo, Winjoy Micheni, Dave Mwandiki, Faith Kainyu

Public Health Team Local Staff
From left to right: Martin Murithi, Lenah Mwende, Stella Kagendo, Winjoy Micheni, Dave Mrewa, Faith Kainyu

Public Health Educator & Assistant PH Coordinator- Lenah Mwende

Lennah Mwende - Public Health Coordinator

Lenah Mwende – Public Health Coordinator

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 Mucheni - Community Health Nurse

Winjoy Ruguru Mucheni – Community Health Nurse

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 Kagendo - Community Health Worker

Stella Kagendo – Community Health Worker

Stella has been working with Hopecore since 2010. She graduated from Maua Girls Secondary School in 1992. She lives with her parents and siblings and enjoys going to church with family, singing and visiting friends.

PPG Coordinator & Community Health Worker – Faith Kainyu Mugambi

Faith Kainyu - PPG Coordinator, Community Health Worker

Faith Kainyu Mugambi – PPG Coordinator, Community Health Worker

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.

Global Public Health Fellow- Anne Gildea

Anne Gildea - Global Public Health Fellow

Anne Gildea – Global Public Health Fellow

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.

Global Public Health Fellow- Natasha Abadilla

Natasha Abadilla - Global Public Health Fellow

Natasha Abadilla – Global Public Health Fellow

In July 2014, Natasha joined Village Hopecore as a Global Public Health Fellow. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Biology from Stanford University, and after working for a year with HopeCore, plans to pursue a career in medicine. Natasha has had previous global public health experience working with NGOs in Guatemala and the Philippines. Her favorite part of global public health work is empowering and encouraging people in under-served communities to become proactive in improving the health in their own communities.

Community Health Worker/Driver- Martin Murithi

Martin Murithi - Community Health Worker, Driver

Martin Murithi – Community Health Worker, Driver

Martin has been a part of the Hopecore team since June.  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 the Chogoria area with his wife and son.

W.A.S.H. Program Assistant- Dave M’Rewa

Dave Mrewa - WASH Program Assistant

Dave Mrewa – WASH Program Assistant

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.

Volunteer- Margie Pikaart

Margie volunteers time with Hopecore International while visiting her husband Ed, a Peace Corps volunteer with Hopecore International for 2 years. She has had the privilege of spending time with the Public Health team, visiting schools in the area. She is a Physical Therapist and has used her skills to assist several students and teachers. She will also spend some time in Chogoria hospital in the Physical Therapy department.