Jitegemee, Inc. exists to provide street children with access to formal and vocational education. We believe every child with the desire to learn and the will to succeed should be encouraged to do so. We are dedicated to removing the obstacles that prevent children from attaining their educational or vocational goals—whether these obstacles are hunger, homelessness, or lack of schooling.
Verity Norman-Tichawangana, Executive Director, splits her time between Machakos, Kenya and Boston, U.S.A. She joined Jitegemee in 2016, and oversees our fundraising, program management, and strategic development. Verity is originally from Cape Town, South Africa, and has worked extensively in international development in Zimbabwe and the U.S.A., most recently for World Education, Inc. She holds a Master’s degree in International Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Cape Town.
Elizabeth Nzivo, Teacher and Office Assistant, enthusiastically manages our Primary School Support Program, as well as our Parents Empowerment Program and Feeding Program. She also assists in teaching Jitegemee’s vocational students during their rehabilitation program,with a focus on our “Living Values” curriculum, designed to help young people make better choices in their personal lives. Elizabeth has been with Jitegemee for more than ten years, and before that taught at a local high school. She is currently enrolled in a Project Management Diploma program at Kenya Institute of Management.
Alex Mutiso, Senior Founding Teacher, is a teacher in the Ministry of Education’s Adult Education Department who has worked with street children in Machakos for more than two decades. He is seconded to Jitegemee by the Ministry, and has been instrumental in designing Jitegemee’s vocational training program. Alex teaches basic math, literacy, and communication skills to vocational students in the first phase of our rehabilitation class. He also provides training and support to their guardians. He also helps Jitegemee stay in touch with program graduates, and helps coordinate our alumni activities.
Joshua Muema, Social Worker, joined Jitegemee in 2017 and oversees our Secondary and Post-Secondary Education Support Programs. He provides guidance and counselling to all Jitegemee students and is also part of the Vocational class teaching team. Joshua previously worked as a social worker at the International Centre for AIDS Care and Treatment Program and Machakos Level 5 Hospital, as well as Gatanga Furaha Children’s Centre, Watoto Wenye Nguvu International Orphan Care, and has also supported the Government Probation Department. He completed his Diploma in Community Development and Social Work at Thika Technical Training Institute.
Hiram Kioko, Accounts Officer, joined Jitegemee in 2015 and has been a huge asset managing the program finances and transitioning Jitegemee’s accounts to Quickbooks. Before Jitegemee, he worked for World Vision, Kenya, also as an accountant on their school sponsorship program. Hiram is a CPA and also a Kenya Accounting Technician finalist, and studied at Vision Institute of Professionals.
Kenya Advisory Board
Jitegemee’s professional advisory board in Machakos, Kenya provides direction for and oversight of the program activities and finances. They also leverage their connections in the community and garner support and local funding for our programs.
Terry Wavinya Mutuku, Chair, is former Manager of Daima Bank and also a former school inspector.
Dr. Peter Nduulu is a medical doctor, a veterinarian and a businessman.
Benedicter Musau runs a local ECD centre.
Rasto Omolo is the District Children’s Officer in Machakos.