CMETrust’s Kenyan Field Representatives organize and implement all of CMETrust’s activities in Mathare. Titus and Benedict co-founded the organization with Victoria in 2006, and have been an integral part of the organization ever since. Monica joined the team in 2015 to focus on the alumni and post-secondary aspects of our programs.
All of our Field Representatives receive a fee-for-service in recognition of the many hours they contribute towards ensuring CMETrust’s programs and scholars succeed.
Co-Founder and Kenyan Field Representative
Benedict Kiage is one of the founding leaders of CMETrust. He lives in Mathare Valley with his family and so has a good understanding of life in the slum. Benedict is the coordinator of Mathare Community Educational and Development Organization in Mathare, which was formed in 2001 and registered by the government. It runs a community school called MCEDO-Beijing School which caters for the needs of orphans and the vulnerable children. The projects undertaken in this organisation include: education, talent promotion i.e. soccer (boys & girls), performing arts, theatre, art gallery among others. Benedict is also responsible for managing the World Food Programme School Feeding Programme at MCEDO: ensuring the safe and secure storage of the dry food stuffs, managing the cooks, organizing proper preparation and distribution daily, and keeping accurate books and records. Benedict coordinates all of the activities at MCEDO by networking with relevant organizations to secure funds, mobilize resources for the effective running of this programme.
Co-Founder and Kenyan Field Representative
Titus Kuria is one of the founding leaders of CMETrust. He grew up in the Mathare Valley and has a good understanding of what life is like in the slum. Titus, popularly known as Tito, believes that to say life in Mathare is challenging is an understatement. It’s these barriers that he endeavours to alleviate through his contribution and participation in CMETrust so that the upcoming generations could have an easier access to a better future.
Titus is the founder of PaaMoja Initiative an organization that equips Mathare’s residents with life skills, resources, and most importantly, the opportunity to design and execute programs to give back to their community. He is also a facilitator with JUMP! Foundation – a social enterprise that envisions a world where young people fulfill their true potential as individuals, community leaders, and global citizens. Throughout his community work, Titus has been very fortunate to have been involved in a myriad of organizations and initiatives; he is a fellow of NairoBits School of Digital Design, an alumnus of InWent, recipient of Bayer Young Environmental Envoy award, a member of Action Beyond Limits network, and a trainer with Sambaza Peace initiative amongst others. He is also a graduate of Social Innovation Management at The Amani Institute.
Titus enjoys playing and watching football, swimming, wind surfing and spending time with his family.
Kenyan Field Representative
Monica Nyaga is a social worker by profession and she has done several short courses related to community development. She is an alumni of Moi University. Apart from CMETrust, she is also a volunteer member with Change Mind Change Future organisation and a youth mentor with Action Vijana Empowerment Program in Majengo slums.
Monica is very passionate about empowering vulnerable community members economically, especially women, youths and children. Throughout her life she has participated in several youth and women empowerment initiatives. She strives to be a change maker and gives vulnerable communities hope for a better future. She sees both opportunities and challenges when working closely with informal settlement inhabitants and endeavours to encourage them to appreciate education and entrepreneurship as key tools to poverty eradication.
Monica believes every person, family, community and nation has potential; it calls for self motivation and mentorship to unleash that potential. Education is the key to adding value and igniting this potential.
During her free time she likes to do beadwork, listen to music, swim and watch documentaries and comedies.