The Kiang’ombe School project is possible because of the passion and determination of our two teachers, Mercy and Hillary. Both have worked in preschool education and early development. Their lives have been forever changed as they witnessed first hand the changes preschool education can bring to impoverished children. This school is their dream and their vision. They found the buildings and worked with the elders of the community on a plan for this school. Ameena Project is coming alongside teachers Mercy and Hillary and supporting them to do their good work.
Mercyline Mukhwana – lives in Nanazi (about 5km from Kiang’ombe) with her husband and two boys. She is a college trained Early Childhood Development Teacher with a deep passion and talent for bringing out the untapped potential in vulnerable children. She has worked at Umoja Primary School, one of the lowest resource schools in Thika municipality. She also worked at the Karibu Centre, a preschool program for children living in extreme poverty. She has seen the changes in struggling children when they have the opportunity to attend an educational program that is creative, exciting, and that truly values each child. Her name says it all: Mercy is a true light in dark places. She is powerfully committed to lighting up the lives of the neediest of children.
Hillary Ghondi – Lives in Kiganjo (about 1.5km from Kiang’ombe) in a small flat with his mother and brothers. His mother sells maize at the local market and Hillary is the primary support for his family. He is a very bright young professional who spends his life helping others. Prior to formal employment, Hillary was a regional youth leader and volunteered for youth development activities in the community. Hillary continues to do this in his free time. He worked at Karibu Centre where he was surprised by his remarkable aptitude for working with small children. As a teacher’s assistant, he was trained and learned very quickly. Hillary brings his love for children to this project along with a dedication and commitment to make this a success.
Ameena project also employs a cook and two security guards from the local community to carry out daily operations and ensure the safety and security of program supplies and participants.