Co-Founders and Directors: 

Everyone involved in managing our projects does so on an entirely voluntary basis, alongside full time jobs, and motivated by the belief that our kids deserve no less than the best. 

Florence Muguna — Food and Sponsorship Manager   A qualified special-needs teacher, Florence spends her days providing quality education for children with mental disabilities with passion and love.

Florence Muguna — Food and Sponsorship Manager

A qualified special-needs teacher, Florence spends her days providing quality education for children with mental disabilities with passion and love.

Serah Chiuri — Food and Sponsorship Manager   Serah is deputy head at one of the largest primary schools in Kenya, and has spent her entire career looking out for the most vulnerable children in her community.

Serah Chiuri — Food and Sponsorship Manager

Serah is deputy head at one of the largest primary schools in Kenya, and has spent her entire career looking out for the most vulnerable children in her community.

Zoë Kelland — Fundraising and Communications   A passionate believer in the power of individuals to create change, Zoe also runs digital campaigns at  Global Citizen .

Zoë Kelland — Fundraising and Communications

A passionate believer in the power of individuals to create change, Zoe also runs digital campaigns at Global Citizen.

Annemarieke Blankestein — Impact and Communications   Outside of her Kenyan life, Annemarieke is studying for a PhD in Developmental Psychopathology.

Annemarieke Blankestein — Impact and Communications

Outside of her Kenyan life, Annemarieke is studying for a PhD in Developmental Psychopathology.

Rebecca Siddall — Fundraising and Events   When she's not cycling 100km to raise money for our kids, Rebecca is also a secondary school physics teacher in the UK.

Rebecca Siddall — Fundraising and Events

When she's not cycling 100km to raise money for our kids, Rebecca is also a secondary school physics teacher in the UK.


project MANAGERS:

Doctor Maranga — Construction Manager   As a local headteacher, you'll usually find Maranga either leading his kids with a beaming smile, or doggedly pursuing local authorities to invest in his primary school.

Doctor Maranga — Construction Manager

As a local headteacher, you'll usually find Maranga either leading his kids with a beaming smile, or doggedly pursuing local authorities to invest in his primary school.

Ruth — Food Project Manager   As senior teacher at Nyathuna Primary School, Ruth looks after countless kids in need, including overseeing our free meals programme at the school with love and devotion.

Ruth — Food Project Manager

As senior teacher at Nyathuna Primary School, Ruth looks after countless kids in need, including overseeing our free meals programme at the school with love and devotion.

Lucy Gathongo — Food and Sponsorship Project Manager   As teacher and exams officer, Lucy is the one who gets to announce when our kids rank top in the district — again!

Lucy Gathongo — Food and Sponsorship Project Manager

As teacher and exams officer, Lucy is the one who gets to announce when our kids rank top in the district — again!

Joseph Karanja — Construction Manager   Joseph led our first partner primary school to be amongst the best in the district — achieving better exam results than many private schools!

Joseph Karanja — Construction Manager

Joseph led our first partner primary school to be amongst the best in the district — achieving better exam results than many private schools!


the kenya team

Our staff in Kenya are essential to our running, and we are proud to offer them fair wages with which they can support their families with dignity. 

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Leslyne Shiruka — Social Worker

Faithful friend to our teenagers, it's Leslyne who takes responsibility for keeping track of our sponsored students. She follows everything from their performance in last term's exams, to the issue at home that's getting them down - and does so with love and belief in their futures. 

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Paul and Rachel — Cooks at Nyathuna Primary School

Paul is our first male cook — and is breaking down stereotypes on typical gender roles for our kids. Meanwhile, Rachel leads the kitchen with joy, often accompanied by her young daughters who attend the school.


THE GLOBAL TEAM — sponsorship coordinators

All working on an entirely voluntary basis, these angels help to write our sponsor updates, and ensure that our sponsor family know just how much of an impact their donations are having.

Louise Hopkins

Louise Hopkins

Makaela Jacobs-Pearson

Makaela Jacobs-Pearson

Amy Gallagher

Amy Gallagher

Claudia Vessey

Claudia Vessey

Claire Bromley

Claire Bromley

Charlotte Overton

Charlotte Overton


Interested in joining our team?

Right now, we're looking for volunteers who have skills in the following areas: 

  • Communications, particularly English or Dutch copy-writing (any location).

  • Fundraising and grant applications (UK or Netherlands).

  • Photography or film-making (Nakuru, Kenya).

Please contact us at info@hakuna-matata.org.uk if you're interested. 

We are also always looking for new supporters to join our family — click here to find out more.