Kweyu Kevin is an IT field officer for Usawa Foundation on the interactive whiteboard system project. As both an IT and education enthusiast, Kweyu has been helping set up interactive whiteboard systems across schools in Kenya, mainly in Kisumu, Nanyuki and Msambweni. With a fresh mind full of ideas on how technology can impact lives of pupils positively, Kweyu, together with his partner Stephen, have been able to get teachers and their students to enjoy and benefit more on the interactive whiteboard system introduced by Usawa Foundation. Kweyu believes that with everyday improvement in technology, education can be made better and fun for everyone.
Stephen is a tech enthusiast who has a passion for children and the marriage of the two (Tech & Kids) for the betterment of African Society. Working with Usawa Foudndation’s Interactive Whiteboard Project, they install, train and support this interactive system in Public schools around the Kisumu County and beyond. It can never be emphasised enough how much technology can change the African setting, with exposure and practice comes the birth of an enlightened African generation, that will spearhead sustainable change through application of tech solutions for the hopeful future of Africa. Stephen strongly believes in this and its what drives him to serve where needed in applying technology especially for the benefit of Children.
Joyce Kiragu is an adventure instructor based in Kenya. Joyce did competitive mountain biking before joining Rift Valley Adventures. These bike events took her to some very remote schools and communities. She was able to witness how girls missed school because of their menstrual period. She is very passionate about students welfare especially the girl child – especially on matters of menstruation. Reusable sanitary towels are a cheap and effective option for girls, especially in the rural areas where very crude and unsafe methods are applied. Joyce coordinates Usawa Foundations work in partnership with Goods For Girls. She believes it is possible to make clean sanitation, shoes and books/tablets available to school going kids.
Sajni Shah is the Co-CEO at Amex Auto & Industrial Hardware Ltd, one of the leading and fastest growing aftermarket automotive player in East Africa with a strong entrepreneurial and passionate team spirit. Sajni has 8 years progressive experience in senior management in private business in Kenya. Prior to moving back to Kenya, she worked in investment banking in the UK for 4 years starting her career as an equity research analyst at Societe Generale, progressing to a hedge fund of fund analyst at J.P. Morgan Chase and a hedge fund analyst at RAB Capital. She holds at BSc in Physcial Sciences (University College London). Sajni believes in mentoring and grooming young Kenyans through internships in the private sector. She delves into exploring ways of providing education and capacity building in a practical and cost effective way. Sajni is the Founder of the Usawa Foundation.
Dipesh Pabari is currently a Director for Rift Valley Adventures, a leading outdoor adventure company in East Africa. Prior to this, Dipesh served as the General Manager for Camps International Africa Office.
Previously, he worked as an independent writer and consultant providing training, facilitation, technical assistance and research in the areas of ICT, Media Campaigns, Fundraising, Strategic Communications, Education and Event Management. He holds an MA in Social Anthropology (School of Oriental and African Studies) and has a teaching degree and has published widely on various topics. In 2006, Dipesh edited a short story anthology for children that was translated into Kiswahili and was also accepted as a recommended reading book for Primary Schools in South Africa. He served on the Editorial Board for Awaaz (a journal for South Asians in Diaspora) and Wajibu (a journal of Ethical and Social Concern). Dipesh is deeply passionate about the environment and education and is involved with various initiatives on a voluntary basis including the Flipflopi Expedition and as a board member for Animal Kind International.