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Sisters Arise Executives

MARGARET NJOKI KARANJA – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Margaret Njoki Karanja has been an Educator with over 13 years experience. Her career began as a high school teacher in her former high school, the Bishop Gatimu Ngandu Girls High School in Mathira Division, Nyeri District, Central Kenya. Margaret taught History, English, Geography and Christian Education between the years of 1971-1975.

In May of 1975, Mrs. Karanja was promoted and became the Principle of South Tetu Girls School situated in her home division of Mukuruweni, Nyeri District. She held this position from 1976 to 1983. Besides overseeing the overall administration of the school, she also taught English Literature. Margaret’s rising star was still shining and in recognition of her devotion to education, she was sponsored by the Ministry of Education to pursue a Bachelors degree in Education Management. Margaret attended the prestigious Sterling University in Scotland from September 1983 through to 1985. Upon her graduation, she returned home and was offered a top job as a Trainer of Trainers at the Kenya Education Staff Institute (KESI).  In 1992, Margaret re-careered and joined the Entrepreneurship world as a business woman and investor.

Margaret’s heart has always been in education and it would only follow suit that she would conceive and begin a Non Governmental Organisation called Sisters Arise Project (SAP). SAP’s aim is to alleviate the suffering of poor children from the slum areas around her neighborhood along Kiambu Road. Her drive is to ensure these OVC’s Go to and Stay in school, Get Quality education and Learn prevention measures against getting infected with HIV AIDS as well as escape the vice of child labour.

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ALICE WAIRIMU KARANJA – ADMINISTRATIVE SECRETARY

Alice Wairimu Karanja, the Administrative Secretary of SAP, is a horticulturist by profession. Having completed her “A” Levels in 1981 and proceeded to undertake and successfully complete a Diploma in Horticulture at Egerton College now University and worked as an Area Technical Supervisor in charge of Flowers and Vegetable Production and Marketing in Kenya. During her work she attended and organized various exhibitions and shows within the country and abroad in countries like Sweden, Holland, Belgium, Milan-Italy, Britain and the Middle East. She has a wealth of experience in the areas of flower production and marketing, post harvest handling of fruits, flowers and vegetables and marketing of the same.

Alice a married mother of four had a burning desire to touch a child’s heart and therefore choose to resign from formal employment and bring up her children. Since then, she has been involved in running a family business as well landscaping on a minimal scale. She has also undertaken the following courses; A diploma in Theology, a Certificate in Information Technology and a Certificate in HIV Management.

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PERPETUA WANJIRU GATOME – PROJECT COORDINATOR / TREASURER

Perpetua Wanjiru Gatome retired from teaching in 1988 after 17 years experience teaching in various schools in Kenya where she rose to the position of Senior Teacher. She thereafter set up a successful business in the oil industry which she has been running for over 15 years. She has now retired from the oil industry and is currently running a business in the motor industry.

Since 1993, she has been involved in working with children’s homes including Bethlehem Community Center, which is a home in Soweto Slums Nairobi with over 250 street children and St Monica’s Children Home which caters for orphaned girls, some who are HIV positive. Within these children’s homes, Perpetua has worked in various capacities from Board member to Chair of the Board and her role involved development projects, education projects, general management of the homes, counselling children and fund raising.

She has also chaired five women’s groups since 1994 which have successfully empowered women through various financial, motivational and spiritual projects. Perpetua has a certificate in teaching from Kagumo Teachers College, Nyeri, Kenya. She also has excellent networking and people skills, leadership skills, fund raising skills, high organisation and planning skills, strong initiative, resourceful, ambitious and highly motivated. She is committed to all projects undertaken which has led to her success in both business and charitable activities.

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POTENTIAL IMPACT

  • To change the holistic attitude towards life in general by the OVC’s.
  • The OVC’s will in turn transform their families through education. Change their communities and indeed country at large.
  • Poverty eradication through ensuring the children GO TO and STAY IN school.
  • Raise awareness in the lives of the slum dwellers where the OVC’s live.
  • Encourage the OVC’s to attain post primary education and vocational training.
  • Eradication of hand-to-mouth poverty syndrome in the slums through the self-sustaining projects undertaken by the Grandmothers and guardians.
  • Empowering the OVC’s to look beyond their current state and envision bigger and brighter dreams through Christian Based Counseling.
  • Encourage the OVC’s to desire to become mature, responsible citizens.

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