Kenyan Field Reps

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. 

Benedict Kiage

Co-Founder and Kenyan Field Representative

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Benedict Kiage is one of the founding leaders of CMETrust. He lives in Mathare Valley with his family and 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 vulnerable children. The projects undertaken in this organisation include: education, talent promotion i.e. soccer, performing arts, theater, and art galleries, among others.

Benedict is also responsible for managing the School Feeding Program at MCEDO. The School Feeding Program ensures safe and secure storage of dry food stuffs, manages cooks, organizes proper preparation and daily distribution, and keeps accurate books and records. Benedict also works with Lifting The Bar Foundation, a project which works with MCEDO School to help educate girls through football, for development, education and change. Benedict coordinates all of the activities at MCEDO by networking with relevant organizations to secure funds, and mobilize resources for the effective running of the programs.

Titus Kuria

Co-Founder and Kenyan Field Representative

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Titus Kuria is one of the founding leaders of CMETrust. He grew up in 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 next generation can have access to a brighter future.

Titus is the founder of PaaMoja Initiative which is 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 the 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, and the recipient of the Bayer Young Environmental Envoy Award, among others. He is also a graduate of Social Innovation Management at the Amani Institute.

Titus is also an entrepreneur and the team lead of Manoki Events, a company that specializes in providing sound reinforcement solutions to corporate and social events.

He enjoys playing football, swimming, listening to music, and spending time with his family.

Monica Nyaga

Kenyan Field Representative

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Monica Nyaga is a champion for education & gender equality. She is Social Worker by profession and she has also done several short courses related to community development. She is a graduate of Moi University and currently completing her masters degree in Gender & Developmental studies at the University Of Nairobi. Monica is very passionate about advocating for boundless policies which promote access to education, promote children’s welfare, gender equality and youth empowerment

Throughout her life she has participated in several youth and women development 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 endeavors to encourage them to appreciate education, entrepreneurship and gender equality as key tools to poverty eradication & achieve SDG goal 1, 4 & 5.

Currently, she is a Policy Kenyan Field Representative at Canada Mathare Education Trust & Gender Based Violence Counsellor (PCW) at Japan Centre For Conflict Prevention- Kenya. Also, she runs Event Company called MOFair Events & consultancy firm called Community Empowerment Link.

Monica believes every person, family, community and nation has potential; it calls for self motivation and mentorship to unleash that potential. Education, exposure and skill is the key to adding value and ignite this potential.

During her free time, Monica loves to mentor girls, blog, listen to music, swim, and watch documentaries.

 

Esther Gathuiya Njenga

Kenyan Field Representative

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I am Esther Gathuiya Njeng. I was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. I hold a diploma in Social Work and Community Development and a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology. I have volunteered at the Gender Violence Recovery Center, at Kenyatta National Hospital and at the Children's Office in Westlands. I am currently a Kenyan Field Representative of the Canada Mathare Education Trust in charge of post secondary scholarships and alumni. I am driven by the desire to help and put a smile on people's faces especially vulnerable groups.

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