The ChallengeAid Africa team consisting of Sophia, Michael and Fatuma are right at the heart and soul of ChallengeAid. The team are in and out of our Schools of Hope daily to monitor everything from facilities, equipment, academic progress, teacher and students well being and anything else necessary to keep our schools thriving. This team ensures that ChallengeAid has the most authentic understanding of local needs, cultural nuances and challenges. We believe that this fosters more effective, sustainable, and community-driven initiatives, as those directly impacted contribute firsthand knowledge, promoting inclusivity, trust, and empowerment in the charitable efforts.
Meet our team
Sophia serves as the Country Director for ChallengeAid Africa Trust (CAAT); spearheading partnerships for promoting access to quality education for young people disadvantaged by poverty. Sophia is responsible for programs in Kenya and Tanzania. Previously Sophia served as the Partnership and Sustainability Manager at a National Organisation dedicated to promoting the right to the city for slum residents. Sophia holds a Masters’ Degree in Development Studies from the University of Dares Salaam and a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Kenyatta University.
Michael Nyaga Gichunge
Michael is Program Officer at ChallengeAid Africa. He joined the Trust in May 2018 as a volunteer while still a University Student undertaking a Diploma in Education at Kenyatta University in Nairobi.
Michael who was brought up in Majengo Slums; and aspires to see children from low-income households access quality education that will enable them rise from the poverty that they were born in.
Fatuma Mola Abdi
Fatuma is a Program Officer at Challenge Aid Africa, she joined the Trust in 2016 and is an alumni of our School of Hope Program.
Fatuma is passionate about girls acquiring education and realising their full potential and feels that her purpose in life is to empower girls to be the best that they can be. She does this by facilitating girls’ ‘clubs’ in Schools of Hope. In the ‘clubs’ the girls meet with Fatuma and discuss any topic that the girls wish to. The girls receive sanitary pads and inspire each other to excel academically, in sports and to be bold as they face the world!
taking children out of poverty through Schools of Hope
ChallengeAid Africa is making a significant impact in alleviating child poverty by providing education opportunities that empower children to break the cycle of poverty and build a brighter future.