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.
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
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 2013. 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 Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting Option, degree and is working towards becoming a Certified Professional Accountant. He is proficient in QuickBooks and other accounting software, assists Albert with financial data entry and analysis, and is currently working in the microenterprise department. Martin joined HopeCore in September 2012.
Micro Enterprise Global Fellow - vacant
Microenterprise Volunteer – 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- 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.
Public Health Team
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.
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.
Global Public Health Fellow- Natasha Abadilla
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 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.