It’s the next 2013 Changemaker Nomination suggested by a chocolate lover like you!
Congratulations to Transform a Person Africa (Johnson Migwi): transformaperson.org
Here’s what Bobby has to say about this fearless organization:
“I believe that TAPA [Transform A Person Africa] truly exemplifies the attributes you express in your definition of champions and changemakers. TAPA is a charitable non-profit located in Nairobi, Kenya and brings change and hope to women and children in Kibera, the second largest urban slum in Africa.
Fearless — TAPA fearlessly faces the challenges of rampant HIV/AIDS, poverty, and abandonment that define the Kibera slum. They work in this environment every day to create a safe haven and bring hope to the destitute.
Champion — Johnson Migwi, the founder and director of TAPA, was born and raised in Kenya. He was educated abroad and received an MBA from Oxford. He left a career in banking to return to Kenya, create TAPA and being helping in Kibera in 2007.
Changemaker — TAPA is effectively transforming lives in Kibera, one at a time. They have founded a school in the slum, providing early childhood education, clothing and sustenance to approximately 300 children and orphans. They also provide training and skills development for parents and caregivers, teaching them start or improve their small businesses to generate income to support themselves and their families.
TAPA is a dedicated, needs-focused organization, putting it all on the line day after day to transform the lives of people in Africa.”
A little more info:
“TAPA (Transform A Person Africa) is a non profit making charitable organisation, based in Nairobi, Kenya. The organization was founded and registered with the Government of Kenya in September 2007 by Johnson Gachuri Migwi and has 7 Board of Trustees. We seek to address the plight of Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC), parents and caregivers (some living with HIV/AIDS) who find themselves in the unfortunate situation of lacking the life basic necessities for survival. TAPA is based on the understanding that human life is precious and that everyone has the right to live a dignified life as God intended. We therefore exist to bring hope to the destitute living in the slums by providing means for them to access education, food, Medicare and creating business opportunities.”