OUR VISION

We envision a world in which communities are empowered to create a safe and healthy living environment, while preserving their own cultural values and practices. We believe that effective and sustainable community development must come from within. High-quality, community-based education is the first and most necessary step to positive community change. 

OUR STUDENTS

OUR TEAM

Graduate of Orkeeswa's First Class

"When I was a student in that church, I could never have imagined Orkeeswa School would be what it is today."

Elly Nnko
Elly Nnko

Head of School

Peter Luis
Peter Luis

Founder / Executive Director

Hosea Isaya
Hosea Isaya

Assistant Head of School

Baba Mzee
Baba Mzee

Community Leader / Parent / Advocate

Lisa Heinert
Lisa Heinert

Director of Operations

Mama Danny
Mama Danny

Orkeeswa Cook / Parent

Mzee Lesinet
Mzee Lesinet

Campus Manager

Moses Parmelo
Moses Parmelo

Teacher / Head of Professional Development

Mama Koyo
Mama Koyo

Cook

Nickson Obedi
Nickson Obedi

Pre-Form One Coordinator

Tunu Makamula
Tunu Makamula

Communications Manager

Michael
Michael

Driver

Mama Rose
Mama Rose

Orkeeswa Cook / Parent

Elizabeth Nichols
Elizabeth Nichols

Director of Strategy

Hamadi Ali
Hamadi Ali

Driver

Monica
Monica

Orkeeswa Cook / Parent

Peter Leon
Peter Leon

Chair of School Board

Estahappy Mariki
Estahappy Mariki

Vice Chair of School Board

Jim Keller
Jim Keller

Chair of Board of Directors

Youth Board
Youth Board

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"Students are used to thinking, 'Only teachers can teach. Only teachers can lead students in class.' But when students are given a chance to lead others, even the ones being led can see: 'One day I can do the same.' And they see that they, too, can increase their own potential and self-confidence."

– Sioni, Orkeeswa Graduate

"I like to work at Orkeeswa because the school has taken me a long way. It took me out of poverty. Our community has changed a lot since the school was formed. I think it was the greatest change that has happened in this area. In the past there were very few people who were educated, but now there are many. Some of them work, some of them are in univeristy. It's helped to make the community an educated one."

– Mama Danny, Orkeeswa Cook & Parent

 

OUR TEAM

 

MEET HOSEA

 

James R. Keller, Board Chair
President, Rengo Packaging, Inc.

 

Cynthia R. Beams
Photojournalism and Marketing Communications

 

Jeffrey K. W. Britton, Board Secretary, Education Committee
Educator, Consultant and Professional Speaker

 

Katie Bunten-Wamaru, Development Committee
Program Partner, Imago Dei Fund

 

Hyla Cushner, M.Ed., Education Committee
Global Studies Instructional Coordinator, Semester at Sea

 

Dr. Ken Cushner, Ed.D., Education Committee Chair
Emeritus Professor of International and Intercultural Teacher
Education, Kent State University

 

Megan Harlan, Strategic Plan Committee
Director of College Counseling, Groton School

Dr. Seth B Heinert, Ph.D., Education Committee
Agriculture Educator, Ogallala High School

 

Beth Killeen, Education Committee
English Language Arts Teacher, Hudson Middle School

 

Mark Luthringshauser, Finance Committee Chair
CFO, Cross Pens

 

Tim McMullen, Strategic Plan Committee
Software Executive

 

Jane Moore, Development Committee
Founder, Pencils and Dreams

 

Ash Rogers, Development Committee
Executive Director, Lwala Community Alliance

 

Thomas Walker, Finance Committee
Self-employed

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

OUR PARTNERS