Born and raised in rural Kenya gave me a unique view of the world and what it means to be a part of a community. It is through this lens that my passion for community empowerment work has grown. My community organizing work begun in Kenya as youth organizer, creating awareness about HIV/AIDS in the different communities. This involved going from community to community where I tested and counseled community members. After immigrating to the U.S in 2010, I worked with the International Rescue Committee as a program assistant for the Refugee Farming Program. This involved working with and supporting the newly arrived refugees on merging their farming knowledge with American farming practices.
I am currently a community organizer with SAY San Diego Crawford Community Connection, a school-based family resource center. My role is to work with the members of the Parent-Student-Resident Organization (PSRO) to create a platform where parents and students can advocate for their community schools. Most of our membership is made up of refugee and immigrant families. I am committed to creating and maintaining relationships between the different communities, language groups, and cultures to have a common voice in the decision-making processes.