Ambassador Kenya

Ambassador Kenya

Hello, my name is Denis Juma. I was born and raised in Kibera from a family of five children, as I am the third born. I began my studies in 2003 at the primary level and completed my secondary education in 2016. For the past four years, I have served as a Facilitator & Youth Mentor as well serving as a Tour Guide for the Seed Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that addresses vulnerable students within the Kibera Community. I also volunteer as a voice to help share stories to our community leaders on the importance and significance of our youth and young children to get a proper education. I have taken many courses in leadership and management that has led me to opportunities such as mentor at the Carolina for Kibera (CFK) youth empowerment within the Kibera Community.

In my spare time, I enjoy both football (soccer) as well as arts, crafts, dance and music. These areas of interest have played an important part of my life. I had the privilege of accepting a representative position for Nairobi County Young Life. This is part of an international effort that focuses on transforming lives away from drug abuse and early pregnancy. Growing up in Kibera, the largest informal settlement in Africa, I have faced criticism, but I remained optimistic and eager to change the mindset of not only those in my community but outside of my community.

Relationship with Travis

I met Travis in 2018. He is a very special person to me because he changed my mindset and he believes in me. Travis has been interested in me as a person and this has led us to becoming great friends. I do consider him family, a friend and a great mentor. It also helps that we share the exact date for our birthdays! He has kept a close eye on my progression. I was excited when he began mentoring me, but our friendship has meant so much more. Through my efforts and his guidance, he offered me the role of Ambassador Kenya to WOAN. This was a life changing moment for me because it proved that he trusted and believed in me. I am grateful to him, WOAN donors and the opportunity to continue my work within the Kibera community.