Esther holds a Masters degree in community development, a Bachelor of Arts degree in development communication and a Diploma in management. She is currently working on a Masters in Human Resource Management. Esther has a wealth of experience in human resource management, project management, and community development. Esther successfully managed the following projects as a human resource manager and program manager: 1) APHIA II Rift Valley informal workplace prevention program 2) ADRA Abstinence and Behavior change for Youth (ABY) 3) MTV Staying Alive Foundation’s Magnet Theatre Outreaches 4) Mobile VCT for prisons and community projects, 5) National Aids Control Council’s Total War on AIDS (TOWA) projects at the District Technical Committee (DTC) and Constituency AIDS Control Committee (CACC) levels and 6) the Civic and Voter education on the constitution project under UNDP’s Amkeni Wakenya. She has also worked as a research assistant with Princeton, Emory, and St Paul’s Universities. She has written several papers that were presented at various conferences. Esther was a youth representative at the Constituency Aids Control Committee (CACC). Esther was acknowledged for being the best peer educator in support and commitment by Family Health Options Kenya and also awarded by the MTV Staying Alive Foundation for extraordinary efforts in HIV Prevention. Esther is married, has 2 kids and enjoys being a Sunday school teacher.
Oscar has a passion for pioneering and helping to develop social impact ventures. He joined Naomi’s Village in January 2014 as the Director of Administration. He currently serves as Director of Ministry Development at Cornerstone Preparatory Academy. From 2004 – 2012, Oscar was the Director of Administration at Bethany Kids, a medical ministry specializing in paediatric rehabilitative and corrective surgery, based in Kijabe Hospital. Convinced of the potential and of the need to develop a local resource mobilization component for this ministry, Oscar served as Bethany Kids Kenya’s Director of Resource Mobilization in 2012- 2013. While at Bethany Kids, he was also instrumental in the growth and development of the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Kenya (SHAK), a nationwide support group network for parents of children with spina bifida and hydrocephalus and their kids, for which he still serves as an advisory board member. He was also a co-founder and director of the Philemon Trust Prison Ministry from 2002 – 2004; an intern in the Worship and Missions Department at the Nairobi Chapel in 2001; a marketing research assistant for East Africa Industries (now Unilever Kenya); and an assistant quantity surveyor for Costek Quantity Surveyors. Oscar is a qualified building economist (quantity surveyor). He received his Bachelor’s Degree in building economics and management from the University of Nairobi and is finalizing his Master of Business Administration in strategic planning from Kenya Methodist University (KEMU). His skills and training as a building economist have proved very useful in several major construction projects undertaken both by Bethany Kids and Naomi’s Village.
Oscar spends his spare time on various worship projects as a singer and guitarist. He also loves reading books and writing songs and poetry.
Oscar’s wife, Josephine, works for a disability rights organization based in Nairobi.
Pastor Tony, as he is commonly known, is a highly dedicated young pastor with the call to lead our students to participate fully in the word of God. He joined our ministry in 2017. He began his calling as a youth pastor and chaplain at KAG Church upon graduation from Gospel Garden Bible College. In the Children’s Ministry there, he taught both small children and teens about the word of God. He is a counselor for young kids and youth in the community, and actively participates in organizing Vocational Bible Study (VBS) and motivational talks. He helps lead interdenominational camps, and conducts outreach programs for secondary schools into the surrounding communities. Tony is married with one child. His main hobbies are sharing the word of God to young people and playing soccer.
James is in his final year at Kenya Methodist University, where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration (Human Resource Management). He is also a qualified chef who holds a Higher Diploma in Hotel and Restaurant Management. Prior to working for Cornerstone, James worked in various management roles with leading fast food restaurants and hotels in Kenya for over 5 years. He has gained additional experience in management and leadership by successfully running the Cornerstone catering department as its catering supervisor. Due to his outstanding performance, he was appointed to Human Resource Assistant in 2020. James is married to Leah and they are blessed with a son, Ethan. During his free time, he loves playing volleyball, swimming and reading the word of God.
Mr. Ongwae is the Administrative Principal at Cornerstone Preparatory Academy. He is the chairman and founder of St. Stephen Catholic School in Mathare North, Nairobi since 2018. He has been Executive Director of Alliance Hills Academy in Nairobi for two years. He also founded and grew to full length The Jabeli Education Centre and Adult School. He co-founded and grew Jimtra Tours and Safaris before selling the company. Mr. Ongwae is a former teacher of Kiswahili & CRE at Starehe Boys Centre and School where he also served in different capacities as class teacher, head of outdoor activities, clubs coordinator and executive assistant at the projects office. He has experience in teaching at several schools, including: Starehe Boys Centre and School – Nairobi, Mutunguru Secondary School – Muranga, Raila Education Centre – Kibra, Nairobi, Obanga Primary and Secondary Schools – Suba South, Nyagwethe Secondary School – Suba South. He also worked at the maintenance department at Catholic University of East Africa (CUEA) and has been a supervisor for Kenya Statistics Bureau conducting census in 2009. He has a Bachelor’s degree in education arts from Catholic University of Eastern Africa and Masters of Art in project planning and management from the University of Nairobi. He is currently pursuing Post Graduate diploma in monitoring and evaluation (Univ. of Nairobi)
He is a certified member of The Kenya Association of Project Managers (KAPM), a trained peer trainer with I Choose Life Africa (ICL), and is trained and experienced in leadership.
Mr. Ongwae’s hobbies are reading, swimming, travelling, constructive discussion, football, karate, singing, and listening to music. He is married to Mrs. Davine Moraa Ongwae and they have two sons, Jimson Ongwae, Jr. and Jeyden Graham Ongwae.
Purity is a passionate social worker who has over 5 years experience in offering child protection services and community development. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and a Higher Diploma in Counseling Psychology. Her greatest passion is to bring healing to children who have gone through traumatic experiences and watch them grow emotionally, spiritually, and academically. She also enjoys participating in charity work and spending time with little children. She is married and has a daughter, Ariah.
Erick has a passion for developing and improving the wellbeing of individuals so that they reach their full potential in society. He is currently working with the Maendeleo Initiative at Cornerstone. Erick previously worked as a volunteer around Maai Mahiu in organizing sports, events, seminars and workshops to educate ,sensitize and bring awareness about drug abuse ,HIV/Aids, gender-based violence, sexual assault, FGM, child marriages ,STD’s, etc. Erick later joined the Kenya National Youth Service to acquire more skills in service and particularly community development. During 5 years of volunteering with the KNYS, he participated in basic paramilitary training for endurance and discipline, youth mentorship programs, agriculture and environment conservation, disaster management, firefighting and first aid, construction training, and leadership training. He also holds a Diploma in Food and Beverage Management. Erick spends his spare time on kid’s talent projects, reading books, and coaching and playing soccer.