As a Program Assistant, Ruth supports Firelight’s early childhood development, early learning, and secondary education initiatives.
Ruth has 5 years experience working with CBOs from low-income communities where she provided project support and worked closely with their founders in developing and applying suitable community-led social and economic interventions for vulnerable and marginalized groups such as orphans and vulnerable children, women affected by HIV and AIDS, and female ex-prisoners. Ruth also has 7 years of experience in writing and research assisting in projects focusing on entrepreneurship in Africa, the role of religion in politics in Kenya, and secondary school arson in Kenya.
Before joining Firelight, Ruth was a lead consultant writer and editor for The Olympic Christian Centre (OCC) in Kibera slum and Samburu Girls Foundation, where she led the content development for publication for both organizations – one on the social, spiritual, and economic impact of the church on residents of the slum and the second on the cultural practices of the Samburu Community with regard to the girl child specifically harmful practices such as early marriage, female genital mutilation, and beading. Ruth is passionate about children’s access to education, creating safe play spaces for children in urban informal settlement areas, and participation in the creative arts for the same. She has also written and published three children’s story books under the recently implemented national competency based school curriculum in Kenya. Ruth earned her Bachelors degree from the University of Nairobi and a Masters in Business Administration from Wilmington University.