Moving Mountains KenyaUlamba Children's Home
Sharon Morah - Social Worker & Ulamba Manager
Sharon is one of the more recent additions to the Ulamba team, joining as a volunteer initially in November 2013 she quickly established herself as a firm favourite with other staff, volunteers, visitors and in particular the children who call Ulamba their home. She has built up a strong relationship with the kids and helps with all their development needs in her role as Ulamba's administrator and social worker, as well as caring for her own son Shayne. To most of the kids she is their big sister and best friend, always looking out for them and ensuring their healthy development.
Sharon completed her Secondary education in 2007 at Chemamul High School in Kericho and in July 2012 she completed her Diploma in Social Work at Siaya Institute of Technology. Before joining Moving Mountains at Ulamba Children's Home she volunteered with Action Aid International, Kimilili District Hospital and with YWCA (Young Women's Christian Association) at Siaya. In all these positions Sharon was dealing with child welfare.
Wycliffe Odongo - Caretaker & Volunteer Coordinator
In the early days of Moving Mountains in Western Kenya Odongo lived in a one room hut near to the location of the original Adventure Alternative guest house and he would help out with students volunteering in schools or hospitals but his English was very broken so the staff in Kenya encouraged Odongo to return to the education system. Odongo had dropped out of Primary School at a very early age to work and bring in an income to help support his family but despite being an adult he welcomed returning to the neighbouring Wagai Primary School where long term friend of Moving Mountains, Maurice Odindo, was the head teacher at the time. He spent the next 4 years finishing his KCPE (Kenya Certificate for Primary Education) and hasn't looked back.
Odongo is now the full-time caretaker at Ulamba Children's Home and Community Village and is the support staff and volunteer coordinator for all the medical students and volunteers who spend time at Ulamba. Odongo also helps out on any of our international development trips in the area and is a very popular person with both the staff and anyone who visits Ulamba. He has climbed Mount Kenya a number of times now despite his fear of heights and the cold! He
Charles Onyimbo - Head teacher & Ulamba volunteer
Charles studied for his KCSE (Kenya Certificate for Secondary Education) at Lake Nakuru Secondary School, completing it in 1986. In 1994 he completed his Primary Teaching Certificate at Bondo Teachers College and has since built up a reputation for developing under-performing Primary Schools as a head teacher. He lifted both Komouk Primary and Barkawandu Primary from bottom of District School league tables to top and in 2017 he was given a new project at Wagwer Primary by the local Education Authority.
Charles is also involved with 'Extension Scouting' (programme within Scouting in East Africa which caters for young people with special needs and children from difficult circumstances) and in 2009 he successfully completed the British Council Premier Skills Football Course. He's also a qualified football referee, as well as a keen football manager, helping to develop our football programme in Western Kenya. Charles character is larger than life and he's been involved with Moving Mountains and Adventure Alternative since the late 90’s where he brought groups from Extension Scouts to our large 'Sisi Kwa Sisi' camps at Rowallan Scout Centre in Nairobi. Charles is a frequent visitor to Ulamba and oversees the smooth running of the Home, he also gets involved with our international development trips and recently found a love for the mountains, when he summited Mt Kenya with a team of Northern Irish Scouts in 2014.
Thomas Owala, Shadrack Okumbe and Vitalis Oyombi - Security Team
Thomas, Shadrack and Vitalis are our trusted security team and work day and night to ensure that all visitors, staff and children at Ulamba enjoy a safe, happy and secure atmosphere without cutting Ulamba off from the surrounding community. With the Early Child Development school and community borehole on the grounds of Ulamba we get many people coming through the gates on a daily basis so it is essential to have a good set up with a team that are well known and very well respected in the community.
Thomas Owala heads up the team and has years of experience as a security officer. Before joining the Ulamba team in 2006 Thomas had worked in a similar position at Shepherd New Apostolic Church, Ngiya Girls Primary School and at Ngiya Health Centre. Thomas studied at the neighbouring Wagwer Primary and is our on-site pastor. Like Thomas, Shadrack Okumbe joined the Ulamba team back in 2006. Previously Shadrack had worked at Kenya Railways, Dominion Farms and JRS Group Ltd. Shadrack studied at another local Primary School and Moving Mountains development project, Wagai Primary and he gained a Diploma from Bible College. Vitalis Oyombi started working at Ulamba in 2008 as a volunteer before working part-time to relieve the full-time staff during their holidays and eventually in a full-time role in 2013 after we developed Ulamba to accommodate more children and visitors and volunteers.
Lilian Akinyi - Main Carer
After the tragic loss of Mama Rose in the summer of 2015 we had to take a step back and think about how we were ever going to replace a woman who was so loved, respected and gave her life to the care and development of every child that came through the gates at Ulamba, as well as her own extended family... This was never going to be an easy task and we didn't want to rush the process, with Sharon, Odongo and the rest of the team, as well as other volunteers we had in place a team that could oversee the smooth running of Ulamba and continue with the care that all the children deserve so we decided we wouldn't be rushed and we waited until we found someone that could follow in the footsteps of Mama Rose.
In January 2017 the Moving Mountains Kenya team found that person and Lilian Akinyi joined the team as the main carer. Lilian studied at Mumias Complex Primary School and has previously worked at Wananchi Marine Company before following her passion for cooking and transferring to a local bakery. Lilian is an excellent cook and has lots of experience providing meals for large numbers, something obviously essential to working at Ulamba. She was also in a position to move in to Ulamba on a full-time basis and after impressing on her 3 month trial the Ulamba committee and Moving Mountains Kenya board members agreed that she would continue in her new role as the new 'Mother to All'.