Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.Helen Keller
Musa Hassan obtained degrees in Construction Management and Building Engineering from the Technical University of Kenya in 2002. He has worked for Natrola Building and Civil Engineering as a Site Manager and for China Geo International as a Surveying Assistant in the southern part of Tanzania. Musa then started his own construction company which he currently still oversees. In 2013, as someone who has always cared deeply about the most vulnerable in his society, Musa became a Founding Member of the Neighbor Kwa Jirani Foundation and assumed the role of it’s first Kenyan Director. Mr. Hassan is a resident of Riosiri in Migori County and is a practicing Muslim.
JAMES TONGI MASENO
School Services Manager
James Tongi Maseno received his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education in 1987 from Tabaka High school. After school he followed in his family’s tradition as a soapstone carver selling his works of art in Mombasa. He also trained as a driver at KAA driving school where he became licensed to drive all classes of vehicles professionally. James next worked for an American soapstone importer as their Kenyan lead exporter. At the same time he served as the Children’s Coordinator for a non profit that worked with orphaned children. In late 2016 he joined the Neighbor Kwa Jirani Foundation’s Amani School for Orphans, as it’s first School Administrator. Mr. Maseno resides in Kisii County and is a dedicated Christian.
Office and IT Manager
Babalah Mohammed has experience in the fields of guidance, counseling and computer and digital technologies. He also enjoys writing in the areas of personal inspiration, guidance and education. He especially enjoys writing about current events as they relate to young people. In 2018 he started working at German Kenya Training Institute, in Nakuru County, as a guidance and counseling coach to the computer science majors and as an information technology assistant. He left German Kenya Training Institute in 2021 to join the Amani School for Orphans as the Office/IT Manager and part of senior management. As a practicing Muslim, Babalah believes strongly in helping the poor and orphaned and has dedicated himself to helping the school’s orphaned children to the best of his abilities.
Head Teacher and Class 3 Teacher
NANCY AYAKO ESIPILA
Deputy Head Teacher and Class 2 Teacher
Nancy Ayako received her P1 Certificate from Kamagambo Teachers Training College in July 2016. She began her teaching career as a P1 teacher at Enos Abukutsa Memorial School. In January of 2020 she joined the Neighbor Kwa Jirani Foundation’s Amani School for Orphans. Nancy is currently serving as the Second Grade teacher Amani School in Riosiri where she also teaches English, Kiswahili and Mathematics. Madam Nancy is a Christian who resides in Rongo sub-county in Migori County.
Pre-Primary 1 Class Teacher
Frankline Moraira received his ECDE Diploma at Matutu Adventist College, located in Nyansiongo, Nyamira county, in 2013. He began his teaching career as an ECDE teacher at Nyansore Academy and in 2015 Frankline moved to Nyagichenche Junior Academy, also as an ECDE teacher. In July, 2017 he joined the Neighbor Kwa Jirani Foundation’s Amani School for Orphans. Frankline is currently serving as the Pre-Primary 1 teacher at Amani School in Riosiri. Mr. Moraira is a Christian who resides in Kisii County, Kenya
MOUREEN ANYANGO OBELL
Pre-Primary 2 Class Teacher
Moureen Anyango received her ECDE Diploma at Rongo University in 2016. Her teaching background is in general language, mathematics, C.R.E., and creative and psycho-motor activities. In 2017 she joined the Neighbor Kwa Jirani Foundation’s Amani School for Orphans. Moureen is currently serving as the Pre-Primary 2 teacher at Amani School in Riosiri. Madam Moureen is a Christian who resides in Rongo Sub County, Migori County.
Class 1 Teacher
Onsongo Kepha is a resident of Nyamarambe sub-county in Kisii County. He received his P1 certificate in the year 2016 at Nyanchwa Adventist College. In 2017 he worked with the Bridge International Academy up to the year 2018 as a P1 teacher responsible for English, Mathematics, and Kiswahili subjects. In 2019 Onsongo was employed at Down Town Annex Academy until 2021. In the Fall of 2021, he joined the Neighbour Kwa Jirani Foundation at Amani ECDE and Primary School where he is serving as a P1 teacher. Mr. Onsongo Kepha is a Christian.
Class 4 Teacher
Atieno Irene is a resident of Rongo sub-county in Migori County. She received her P1 certificate at Kamagambo Adventist College in the year 2015. After graduation she was employed at Nyagidha Primary School teaching English, Social Studies, and Environmental until 2019. Irene also worked with New Mercy Care Academy from 2019-2021. In the Fall of 2021 she joined the Neighbour Kwa Jirani Foundation at Amani ECDE and Primary School where she is serving as a P1 teacher. Madam Irene is a strong Christian who is ready to mold learners spiritually.
TO BE HIRED
Class 5 Teacher
ROSE AKINYI NGARE
Rose Ngare has been the Head Cook at the Neighbor Kwa Jirani Foundation’s Amani School for Orphans since it opened in 2017. She started out as the only cook for the first 18 orphaned students that first year. She is currently responsible for creating the school’s menus, ordering and managing all of the kitchen’s supplies, planning each day’s food needs and of course, cooking! Madam Rose is a faithful Christian and a resident of Riosiri in Migori County.
Jackie Maseno received her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education in 1990 from Riosiri Secondary School. After graduation she started and ran a small cafe business while also farming on the family land. Jackie also was employed as a Children’s Caretaker for orphaned children by an American NGO for nine years. In January of 2019 she joined the Neighbor Kwa Jirani Foundation’s Amani School for Orphans as a Cook. Madam Jackie is a Christen who is married to Tom Maseno, the Amani School’s Administrator and she is a resident of Kisii County.
Sherifa Musa was born in Tanzania and received her High School diploma there in 2001. As she grew up Sherifa always had a keen sense for business and used those skills to earn extra money for her family as she was tasked with caring for siblings while her parents were away from the home working. In 2013 Sherifa became a Founding Member of the Neighbor Kwa Jirani Foundation and assumed the role of it’s first House Mother for the Foundation’s orphaned children that lived in her home. Madam Sherifa is married to Musa Hassan, the Foundation’s Director and is a resident of Riosiri in Migori County.