Growth Through Learning enthusiastically introduces our new Executive Director, Ms. Wanjiku Mwangi. Wanjiku comes to us with extensive background in program management, research and grant writing, and inter-cultural skills relevant to our mission of providing a high-quality, secondary education to promising young girls in East Africa. Originally from Kenya, Wanjiku has relocated to the U.S. and is currently raising her family in the Boston area. Her ties to Africa remain strong and she is looking forward to using her connections to advance GTL’s goals.
Recent current events have elevated global awareness to the plight of young women in Africa. GTL hopes to capitalize on this awareness by promoting our programs to charitable organizations and foundations which provide educational grants and other funding. Ms. Mwangi’s background in grant writing, along with her connections locally and abroad will be a great asset in accessing these establishments. In addition, the GTL Board of Directors, Development Committee and Ms. Mwangi are developing consistent promotional messaging, enhancing our web site, and sourcing appropriate areas for tuition and educational program enhancements. We’re looking forward to a highly successful 2014/2015 school year. Please join us in welcoming Wanjiku!
From Judy Nielsen
Please join us in welcoming Wanjiku K (Shiku) Mwangi!, GTL’s new Executive Director. Wanjiku comes to us with extensive background in development, human rights, and program management.
Originally from Central Kenya, Wanjiku was strongly influenced by stories of her mother’s childhood. Her mother’s family had seven children, including five boys and two girls. All of the boys were sent to school, but the two girls were not able to attend. It was not the custom to send girls to school then. The girls tended to their own chores, as well as their brothers during the school day. Wanjiku recalls how her mother would tell her, “If I were educated, I’d be a pilot today”.
“Having been raised in East Africa, I have a first-hand experience with gender inequalities and the plight of poor young women in Africa. Working with GTL provides me with a wonderful opportunity to be part of a group that is making positive changes in education for girls in East Africa.”
Wanjiku earned a BA at the University of Nairobi and has a Master’s Degree in International Development from the Development Studies Center, Dublin, Ireland. She has worked for the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative in Uganda and for the Kenyan Human Rights Commission, British Council, and United for a Fair Economy in Boston.
“We’re excited that Wanjiku has such close ties to the area we serve,” states GTL Board Member, Judy Nielsen. While residing in the US, Wanjiku’s ties to Africa remain strong. She is looking forward to using her connections to advance GTL’s goals.
According to Wanjiku, “The impact we are having on the lives of the girls and their families is very rewarding. I want to extend this opportunity to more girls.”