About Us

Governance

Precious Sisters is registered as a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) under the jurisdiction of the NGO board in Kenya

Precious Sisters is registered as a Charity (1115306) under the jurisdiction of the Charities Commission in the UK

There are two boards of Trustees – One based in Kenya and the other in the UK.
 

How we are run

There are two boards of trustees, made up entirely of volunteers who are not paid and give their time to many of the tasks associated with running the charity. The UK board focuses on fund raising and marketing while the Kenyan board focuses on operational implementation and governance.
We have been a UK registered charity since 2006 and we registered as an NGO in Kenya in 2011. Trustees bring a breadth of experience from educational, charitable and business sectors and a number of trustees sit on both Boards.
 

On the ground

 

Progamme Manager – Ann Waweru

“As the Programme Manager I run the charity on a day-to-day basis in Kenya. I liaise with the schools’ administration on the key processes that we carry out through the year” – Ann Waweru
 
Having joined Precious Sisters in 2013, my most important work is following up the girls for 1-1 sessions during term time to ensure that they are keeping to the commitments made during the mentoring event, ensuring they are keeping to good study schedules and they are not focusing on home issues that could be difficult and that could affect their academic performance. This kind of follow-up means I spend most of the time during term time doing school rounds.

From my session with the girls and from the mentors’ notes and girls’ commitment forms, I write up information sheets for each of the girls that are updated every term. This forms part of the package that I email to sponsors at the end of every term.

I am in touch with sponsors through email and keep them updated with the girls’ progress and Precious Sisters as a whole. I also answer questions sponsors may have on girls they are sponsoring or PS.
Being part of the process of transforming the lives of girls from poor backgrounds who feels lost in high school, has low self-esteem and is worried over how her parents will pay her school fees; seeing these girls sponsored, mentored and supported through 1-1 sessions in school to the extent that they excel as leaders in the schools, score highly in the KCSE and go on to excellent universities is the most satisfying part of my work with Precious Sisters.
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Mentoring Progamme Officer – Rosemary Wambui

“My job with PS requires that I have a listening ear, a caring heart and an ability to give tough love when need be.
” – Rosemary Wambui
 
Having joined the charity in May 2017, my work has included having one-on-one sessions with the girls during the school term as well as being part of the mentoring event for all sponsored girls and alumni that happens at the beginning of every term; talking to the alumni on a regular basis to see how they are faring, and doing regular reports.

My sessions so far have been with three of the ... Read more
 

Our Trustees

Kenyan board

 
 
 

Jane Karuku
Chair Person
I am currently the Managing Director of Kenya Breweries Ltd, a Diageo subsidiary in Kenya. I have held a number of senior positions in leading organizations such as the President – Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Deputy Chief Executive Telkom Kenya Ltd and Managing Director ... Read more
 
 
 
 

Gerald Maithya

Founder
My sister Caroline was the inspiration behind the creation of Precious Sisters. She passed away at the age of four and I wanted to do something appropriate to celebrate her short life. The idea was to offer young girls from deprived backgrounds the gift of education and the chance to fulfill their dreams. Little did I know that this humble idea would touch the hearts of so many people who have kindly joined us in sponsoring the education and mentoring of these young and ambitious girls. ... Read more
 
 
 
 
 

Debbie Ajwang’-Ogada

I am an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a Certified Company Secretary. My areas of specialty are Commercial and Banking law and Corporate Governance. I attended Precious Blood Secondary School, Riruta and thereafter Moi University, Eldoret where I attained a degree in Law. I am a member of ... Read more
 
 
 
 

Nick Macharia Kamunyu

I am a certified accountant and hold a MBA in Finance from the University of Hertfordshire in the UK. I have over 15 years of leadership experience working in finance and commercial roles in the UK, Uganda, Mozambique and Kenya.
Education has always been an area of keen interest for me and I look ... Read more
 
 
 

Kimani Njoroge
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Wallace Garland
I have lived in Africa for over twenty years and have seen how important education is. I am married to a Kenyan, and her family is able to what it does because my father in law was the first in his family to go to school. Read more
 
 
 

UK board

 
 
 

Mark Reckitt

(Acting Chairperson)

I am a non-executive director and chair the Audit Committee at two FTSE 250 plc’s, Cranswick and Hill & Smith. I am a chartered accountant, and joined Cadbury Schweppes plc in 1989 working in both the beverages and confectionery businesses before joining head office in 2000 where I worked on ... Read more
 
 
 
 

Keith Sleight – UK, Secretary
I first became aware of the work of Precious Sisters through my friendship with the founders Gerald and Connie, and realised what a simple and brilliant idea it is. Giving “Bright Girls the Chance to Shine” is a great cause. I have been very lucky to travel with work and through seeing different ... Read more
 
 
 

Ute Oswald
I hold degrees in a number of subjects and am currently a doctoral researcher in the History of Medicine at the University of Warwick.

I first got involved with Precious Sisters in 2008, when a friend of mine, who at ... Read more
 
 
 
 

Maggie Steel
My career began by encompassing a variety of specialised fields of nursing until my enthusiasm for teaching and research accumulated in me working for Oxford Brookes University for 20 years, holding a number of posts ... Read more
 
 
 
 
 

Sandra Ferreira

I came across Precious Sisters when talking to a friend of mine, Connie, who was one of the founding trustees, about wanting to get more involved with giving back to charity somehow especially those with a focus around supporting females. When she told me about the works that Precious Sisters does ... Read more
 
 
 
Jane Karuku, Gerald Maithya and Wallace Garland also sit on the UK Board.