Rural Teenagers Support Programme was founded in 2012 by George Warui and Lucy King’ori following their experience with teens facing social challenges due to low family incomes in rural Kenya. There are many teenage girls who lack disposable sanitary pads, while boys are unkempt due to poor personal hygiene.
In September 2012, RTSP was therefore registered as a Non-Governmental Organization by the NGO Co-ordination Board of Kenya under certificate number OP.218/051/11-0429/7681, and authorized by the Ministry of Education Quality Assurance Department to run Hygiene and Life Skills Training programs in Kenya’s public schools. The key objective was to have a legal organization that would mobilize resources through partnerships and donations that would be used to address challenges faced by school going teenagers through provision of Hygiene Kits and Life Skills Education.
RTSP commenced work in January 2013, we have been working in the Kiambu County area, our aim is to spread the benefits of our programs in Kenya and beyond, improving the lives of many vulnerable teenagers in Kenya. Our office is located on 2nd Floor, Bishop Njenga Complex, Biashara Street, Kiambu town.
RTSP is managed by a competent Board of Directors and management team that is passionate about empowering teens in rural areas of Kenya. The team implements day to day running of the organization ensuring efficiency in management of resources to implement projects . Meet the team:
Founder and Chairman of the Board: George holds B.A. Social Sciences degree (Kenyatta University, Nairobi). He has vast work experience locally and internationally, having worked in Elections management, management of local firms and is also an entrepreneur. He consults for renowned governance and health NGO - The Carter Center, based in Atlanta, USA as an Elections Observer. George has a passion empowering and mentoring young people, and also fostering good governance.
Founder and Treasurer of the Board: Lucy holds a B.A. Counseling Psychology degree from Pan Africa Christian University Nairobi, and Higher Diploma in Counseling Psychology from Maranatha College of Counseling. She has many work hours facilitating life skills training for teens and youth. She consults for NGOs in Nairobi in the area of family empowerment. She is committed to alleviating teenage challenges.
Secretary to the Board: Joanne holds a Certificate in Management at Kenya Institute of Management. She has over 10 years’ experience in office management for private firms, and currently is the Administrator at Park Lane Construction Ltd, Nairobi. Joanne has a passion for young people, and volunteers to serve the youth at her local Church and neighbourhood.
Hannah holds a Higher Diploma in Nursing from University of Nairobi. She worked as a Senior Nursing Administrator, Counselors Tutor, and Community mobilizer for the Government of Kenya till her retirement. She also sits on the Board of Beta Care Hospital, Githunguri. She has a wealth of experience in health and counseling, and is passionate about youth matters and community health.
James is a digital print equipment Technician. He enjoys his role as a Teens Counselor facilitating the Life Skills Training Program. He has a vast experience working with teens and parents. He also volunteers in the hygiene program ensuring teens are counseled during donation of hygiene kits.