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KENYAN TRUSTEES

Sarah Vohya is the founder of Maisha Trust, which was established out of her compassion for the poor and passion for empowering others.  Sarah was born and raised in Surrey in the UK, but now lives with her husband, Tom, in Nairobi, Kenya.

She first set foot in Kenya in 2006 during her Gap-year between secondary school and university, not knowing that it would later be her permanent home.  Sarah’s love for helping people culminated in her starting an informal kindergarten school in Kibera slum, which has since evolved to become Oasis Kindergarten.

 

Tom Vohya is the Chairman of Maisha Trust.  Having shared the vision of empowering the poor in Kenya, he supported Sarah in managing the kindergarten school long before they got married. 

Tom is Kenyan and spent most of his childhood in Mombasa, before moving to Nairobi to study ICT at college.  He is now self-employed, running a business that specialises in website design and graphics design.  He is also actively involved in his local church and along with his wife, foresees a future in full-time Christian ministry.

UK TRUSTEES

Alex Capewell
Alex, 25, was born in Edinburgh and graduated from Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, in 2007 with a first class degree in Geography and Management Studies.

Alex is responsible for range of activities for the charity, including web development, PR and fundraising, performance monitoring and risk management.

At university, Alex majored in development studies, economy and history, and brings a business background to the team, through his time studying at the Judge Business School, Cambridge.
He now works in corporate strategy for London-based energy trading company Gazprom Marketing & Trading. Alex has gained further experience at global strategy consultancy firm L.E.K. Consulting; Deloitte and Touche accountants and Aon Ltd insurance brokers.

In his spare time, Alex takes an active part in the UK Scout Association, working with a local Group and sitting on a executive committee that manages the high-level operation and decision-making.
Alex became a Trustee in May 2008 after meeting Sarah at Fitzwilliam and being inspired by her work.

Susannah Shucksmith
Susannah is the ordinary mother of an extra-ordinary daughter, who phoned home from Nairobi one day and said, 'I've been asked if I will help set up a school for children who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford it, in Kibera slum, and finance it from the UK. Will you help me?' Being a supportive sort of mother, who likes to encourage her children in all their exploits, she blithely said, 'yes', and that is how it all started.

Susannah teaches the harp and runs a harp ensemble of about ten harps with some of her pupils, which plays at charity events. In her spare time she runs the Junior Church the Youth Group and the Music Group at her local church.

Michael Dagnell  
Michael, 76, qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1955, and became a partner in a firm of Chartered Accountants in 1958, from which he retired in1997 but continued as a consultant until recently.

His interests are the theatre, food, wine, history, holidays and five grandchildren!

Francis Montague
Francis, 56, is a partner in Bennetts, a firm of solicitors in Wrington, near Bristol. He has been a practicing solicitor for 30 years and now specialises in property and commercial work. His firm specialises in charity law.

He is married to Olivia and is strongly committed to his parish church in Wrington, where he is a lay reader.

Francis worked in Kenya as a lawyer for four years with Hamilton Harrison and Mathews, one of the largest law firms in Nairobi. During that time, he frequently visited Starehe, one of the best-known secondary schools in Nairobi, which was founded specifically to give an education to those who could not afford the fees. Because Sarah Junior School has the same aim, he is very pleased to be a trustee and to support its work.

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