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The Board – Hitaji Development Initiative

This is the board of management which strategizes and formulates the policy which the organization is governed by. The board consist of professional in various fields. Majority have a stable background on women development and empowerment, education systems in Kenya, pastoral care, among others. Most of the board members are based locally in Kenya with a few being in the United States of America.

As the organization grows there are spaces still to be occupied by the board members so as to strengthen the operationalization of the organization’s vision, missions and goals. Currently in the board, there are nine members with 6 being female and three male. Of these a number are principals of secondary schools in Kenya, lecturers at various universities in Kenya and other professionals.

Asenath Dande
Founder and CEO of Hitaji Development Initiative


Asenath Dande had a humble beginning as a child having lost her mother during childbirth as a result of heavy bleeding while on her way to the hospital, which was many miles away. Poor roads and lack of reliable public transportation to the much needed services cut short her mother’s life and thus growing up under the care of her father for much of her young age.

Growing up in the rural parts of Tanzania during primary school, I had the privilege of attending many traditional ceremonies during girls and boys rites of passage into adulthood. This meant that girls and boys had to go through the circumcision ritual conducted by elderly women and men using unsanitary knives. Read More

Victor Charo

Programs Coordinator (Volunteer)

Victor Charo, Programs Coordinator (Volunteer), Hitaji Development Iniatitive

Victor has extensive experience in project management, public health, and community development with special interest in womens’ and girls’ empowerment. He has worked with non-governmental organizations and the Ministry of Health, Kenya. He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental health science from Makerere University, Uganda, and certificates in epidemiology and biostatistics from the University of Washington/University of Nairobi, and in project planning and management, monitoring, and evaluation from World Vision.

He also serves as the Nuru Kenya Healthcare Program Manager, where he leads the women health volunteers in implementing community health strategy, and he has designed and implemented projects in other countries as well—recently, in Ghana. Victor is a 2017 Mandela Washington Leaders Fellow (a flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative) at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA and earned a certificate in civic leadership.

Carren Anyango Aron
Board Member  


Carren Anyango Aron is a teacher of English language and literature at Witharaga High School in Kenya. She received her bachelor's of education degree at Kenyatta University and has taught in many schools in Kenya. She is currently pursuing her master's degree in guidance and counseling at Laikipia University and works as the deputy principal of Witharaga High school.                         

In addition to teaching, she works as a volunteer member of  Young Women Christian  Association where she works with women and girls in the  community. She resides in Migori_Kenya with her husband and three children.

Peter Arama
Board Member

Peter Arama, Hitaji Development Initiative Board Member

Peter Arama is a trained agriculturalist specializing in crop protection. He currently serves as head of department of agricultural economics and agribusiness at Rongo University, as well as a management board member of Nyaranga Sub-County Hospital in Migori County. He has worked for the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development and Extension-Research as a liaison officer, the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) (presently KALRO) as a research scientist, the Research Institute for Plant Protection (IPO) (Wageningen, The Netherlands) as a visiting scientist, the International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE-Duduville, Nairobi) as a research fellow and Maseno University as a lecturer.

Peter is keenly interested in the empowerment of women economically through advances in crops production, value addition, and training in entrepreneurship skills. He has mentored many students pursuing their undergraduate and graduate studies in the natural sciences, and his family is paying fees for two orphaned girls—one in secondary school and another at Rongo University—to pursue their studies.

Jeremiah Onunga 

IT/Grants Manager (Volunteer)





Jeremiah is the IT and Grants manager (volunteer) at Hitaji Development  Initiative (HDI). In his   position, Jeremiah is responsible for IT and grants  management, resource mobilization, and overall website management. Jeremiah works with HDI planning and program development as well.

Before coming to Hitaji, Jeremiah was an IT/Research officer at the Office of the County Member of Parliament, Migori County. He also has a background in project management and monitoring & evaluation of projects

Jeremiah holds a Master of Science degree in Information Technology from Rongo University, Kenya, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Gretsa University, Kenya.

Established in 2011, HDI is one of the county’s most experienced rural girls and poor women organizations. It has developed a full complement of programs to assist sociologists, researchers, educators, policymakers, community healthcare providers, and most important, rural women and girls to address changing rural environments by identifying and researching rural health issues, analyzing community empowerment initiatives, strengthening local capabilities, developing community-based alternatives, and advocating for rural women and girls concerns

Martha Ouma

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Martha Ouma is a teacher by profession and a senior principal of Oyugi Ogango Girls, an extra county school in Migori County. She has been a principal for the last 20 years. This has enabled her to mentor many young adults. She is currently the treasurer of Rongo Sub-county Heads Association and a board member of a secondary school and at her local church.

Martha received her bachelor's in education arts at Kenyatta University in 1987 and completed her master's in education management at Maseno University in 2012. Currently, she is pursuing her Ph.D. in educational management at Bondo University. She served as the secretary of the former Kisumu District Heads Association for seven years and as chairlady of the music committee at Rongo sub-county for four years. She has been involved in mentoring students in their academics in the sub county.

Martha is a frequent speaker at youth functions in Migori County. She serves as the Chairperson, Board of HITAJI, which is a non-profit organization. She is married with four young adults, has a passion in serving young people. She lives in Rongo, Migori County, Kenya, is interested in music, drama and enjoys travelling.


Get in Touch

United States
Hitaji Development Initiative
P.O. Box 7748
North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Hitaji Development Initiative–Kenya
P.O. Box 338-40400
Migori, Kenya

+254 702 351 176 / +254 755 881 197

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