About US

Kianda Foundation was founded by four determined women:- Olga Marlin (USA), Mary Mahoney (USA), Margaret Curran (Ireland), Teresa Temes (Spain)

They arrived in Kenya in 1960 at a time when racial segregation was the norm, with a clear mission to ensure that women in Kenya have equal access to opportunities for education


Foundation's Vision

A dignified life for every woman in Kenya through quality education.


Foundation Mission

To provide quality and personalized education to women and girls, developing all aspects of each individual to the full


Our Board of Trustees

The Foundation was set up by a group of professional women in Kenya who decided to place their education, management expertise, time and knowledge at the service of women in this country.

  • Dr. Olga Emily Marlin - M.A. H. Dip. Education (Founding Trustee) 

  • Prof. Christine Gichure - PhD (Philosophy)

  • Dorothy Khamisi, B.A. (History and Linguistics), Masters in Educational Management

  • Wilfreda Chepkoech, H. Dip. Pharmacy

  • Seraphina Mwangi, H. Dip. Business Studies

  • Bernadette Musundi, M.A, Administration and Management

Management Board

Mercedes Otaduy

Managing Director 

Jayne Njoroge

Administrator and Financial Controller

Susan Kinyua

Public Relations Manager and Outreach Program Director

Sylvia Wamalwa

Programs Manager

Penninah Maina

Accounts and Administration Services

Everlyn Tiren

Project Coordinator


Kianda Foundation relies on funding from donors both in Kenya and overseas. Expenses of the running of the Trust are kept at a minimum, employing only the essential staff and relying heavily on the volunteer work of dedicated professionals.

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