Our Kenyan Team

Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.

Helen Keller

MUSA HASSAN

Director

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 Administrator

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.

ESTHER ATIENO OTIENO

Head Teacher and 3rd Grade Teacher

Esther Otieno received her P1 Certificate at Kericho Teachers Training College in 2016 with Honors. She began her teaching career as a P1 teacher at Kasere Junior Academy teaching Kiswahili and Mathematics. Esther was later employed as the Deputy Head Teacher at Holistic Space Academy. In the Fall of 2017 she joined the Neighbor Kwa Jirani Foundation’s Amani School for Orphans. Esther is currently serving as the Head Teacher and the Third Grade teacher at Amani School in Riosiri. Madam Esther is a resident of Rongo sub-county in Migori County and because she has a strong Christian faith she is always looking for new ways to help mold the lives of her orphaned students spiritually.

To Be Hired

Office Manager

FRANKLINE MORAIRA

Pre-Primary 1

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

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.

To Be Hired

1st Grade Teacher

NANCY AYAKO ESIPILA

2nd Grade 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.

ROSE AKINYI NGARE

Head Cook

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

Cook

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

House Mother

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.