CREATING A FUTURE
“Thamini” is a Swahili word that means “to value.” The G-thamini Youth Group is where personal values take root. G-thamini is dedicated to empowering our youth with positive self-awareness and self-esteem in order to make the right choices in life. They operate within the primary and upper schools in the Mukuru slum of Nairobi, Kenya. G-thamini is registered as a Community Based Organization (CBO) with the Kenyan government. MPower Now established its relationship with G-thamini in December of 2012 and is proud of their continued impact on the community together.
THE G-THAMINI LEGACY
G-thamini was founded in 2008 by a dynamic group of 6 young Mukuru residents, all of whom had benefited from the opportunity to attend higher education. Vincent Mutuku, Annastasia Ndila, Francis Mburu, Benjamin Kyalo, Daniel Sila, and Lucy came together to cultivate values of self-worth in the younger members of their community.
They were determined to create opportunities for the youth of Mukuru and started the work by sharing books and motivational talks with the children. This grass roots project has grown tremendously over the past 15 years, from reaching 150 students in its infancy to now having impacted tens of thousands of youth.
Please consider donating directly to G-thamini Youth Group. They are a registered CBO (Community Based Organization) with the Kenyan Government.
They accept in-kind donations (please email them to arrange for donations of books, school supplies, art supplies, sports equipment, etc.)
If you are wishing to donate funds, they accept donations through MPesa.
Pay bill: 4080871
Account: If you wish to donate to a specific program, please list it here. For example: Mobile Library, Sanitary Napkin Program, Art Program, etc.
USA based Donations
Please consider a tax deductible donation to MPower Now so the G-thamini Youth Group can continue to nurture and stimulate the young minds of Mukuru.
Please make checks payable to:
1266 West Paces Ferry Rd NW #110
Atlanta, GA 30327-2306
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MEET THE TEAM
Francis has a great aptitude for numbers and manages the financial operations at G-thamini. Having spent much of his life in Mukuru, the birth of G-Thamini provided Francis with the opportunity to give back to his community. As a founding member, he was motivated to inspire and guide the youth of Mukuru to set their sites higher and make healthy life choices. Francis studied computer packages, web design development and graphic design at Zetech College. He has also been trained by Hope Worldwide Kenya. Francis has studied towards an Accounting Technicians Diploma (ATD).
YOUTH DEPARTMENT AND IT DIRECTOR
Benjamin is known as a pied piper with the children. He is a founding member of G-thamini and recently graduated Kenyatta University with a Bachelor of Information and Technology degree. Through his service at Pamoja Mtaani, as a game master, he had the opportunity to train as a Healthy Choices and a Peer Education Facilitator. Benjamin believes that every child deserves memorable moments of happiness in their lifetime and treasures this opportunity to give back to his community.
Director of Academics
Michael is a Nairobi native, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Moi University. He currently helps coordinate the scholars’ program and sets curriculum. His favorite part of working with G-thamini is having an opportunity to impart values he considers useful to the students, such as respect, honesty, and integrity.
Director of Extracurricular Activities
Noor has worked with G-thamini since 2014 in many roles. In addition to his role as a facilitator, he also coordinates G-Club activities. He organizes the yearly soccer tournament that brings the community boys together and creates a safe place for them to explore the issues such as crime and drugs. Noor also manages the after-school Art Program, helping the kids develop their innate talent.
RECKY AMONDI OMULO
Recky is an energetic young lady, born and raised in Nairobi. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Kenyatta University. She serves as a facilitator with G-thamini, where she treasures the chance to impact the lives of the youth and give them hope for a better tomorrow. Recky directs the Thomas Court Library including the recent expansion of our Mobile Library.
Mobile Library Driver
John is the newest member of the G-thamini Team and was recruited specifically to assist with the new Mobile Library Project. John has been driving professionally since 2009 when he received his certificate. This father of three loves being able to use this skill to serve the kids of Mukuru. John loves watching Formula 1 and marathon running.
Mukuru kwa Njenga is the second largest slum in Nairobi, Kenya with an estimated 700,000 people living within 36 square miles (50km). This is an area with a high crime rate, vast poverty, and complete lack of sanitation.
Mukuru began as a quarry in Nairobi’s industrial district but was eventually closed down. It was left full of hazardous shafts and crevices and became a mosquito breeding ground. This was a death trap to children and adults alike, so the government converted it into a garbage dump. The trash filled the caverns and soon people began to build homes from the trash. Cardboard boxes turned to wood ant tents and then later into what it is today– a massive settlement with eight townships and homes made of discarded wood, garbage, and sheet metal. There is no running water or waste removal which makes sanitation a major issue.
The G-Thamini Youth Group was founded by members of the Mukuru community who dream of better conditions for themselves. Through youth outreach, they are cultivating the leaders of tomorrow for sustainable change.
MAP OF THE WARDS
Attn: Donna Rohling
1266 W. Paces Ferry Rd NW #110
Atlanta, Georgia 30327