After the 2007 election, Kenya erupted into violence; neighbors turned on neighbors and ethnic-targeted attacks surged. I left school and began organizing thousands of youth for peace. But after leaving one sub-county for another, youth would return to violence; they were being given as little as five dollars to riot and burn property.
Just before a planned mass rally in 2008, we raised $500 and spoke to 20 youth ringleaders of the violent mobilization. We asked them to work with us at a sugar plantation instead of participating and we could split the money; every single one did. Neither ethnicity nor political ideologies were the source of their anger; economic frustration was
We have an eleven-member, full-time team in Kenya. Coming from highly diverse backgrounds, our five-person leadership team has a combined total of 66 years of experience in the academic, humanitarian, NGO, philanthropy, peace-building, social enterprise and finance.
On the side of our beneficiaries, our frontline staff conducting business development have a combined total of 25 years of experience in education, management consulting, micro-finance, agribusiness, and value chain development across public, private, and civil sectors.
Our two boards in US and Kenya have between them 18 people, leaders in their fields. They include among many an ED of UBS, presidents of family foundations, a partner at Deloitte, a conflict management professional who sat on the Truth and Justice Reconciliation Commission in Kenya, the founder of one of the largest social enterprises in Kenya (Kickstart), the chief architect of the Kenyan constitution, the former CEO of the largest investment bank in East Africa, the Vice-Chancellor of the largest private university in Kenya, and a senior advisor to the Cabinet Secretary of Devolution and Planning on youth issues.