We help students in underprivileged schools map their careers.

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AboutNobody is born wise (African proverb)

Ramani Life Group is a community-based organisation registered in Kenya in 2016 to organise career days in less-advantaged schools.

These career days connect the dots between the students secondary and tertiary education; inspire them to think beyond the circumstances they find themselves in; and motivate them to remain in school, improve their performance and take the steps necessary to build productive lives.

Ramani Life Group was founded by Uduak Amimo after her observation that prestigious international, private and national public schools had the confidence, resources and social capital to connect their students to professionals and foundation-building, life experiences. So what happened to the children in low-income schools, whose parents and guardians struggled to make ends meet, who did not have the access and opportunity to meet professional role models?

A social entrepreneurship fellowship in late 2014 in Puerto Rico, the Global Social Impact House offered by the University of Pennsylvania, helped turn Uduak's idea of serving students in marginalized schools into a community project. Uduak was a 2015 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow, a program run by the African Leadership Institute. That experience helped grow the project into a trust and brought with it a Leadership Team.

What

Ramani is taken from the Kiswahili word for map. What we do is help students attending less- advantaged schools plan and prepare for their futures
by holding career days to expose them to an array of professional fields.

Where

The schools chosen are located outside Nairobi because they have little or no access to professionals, and are very often underserved and overlooked in other ways.

Why

We organise career days because career guidance is lacking in less-advantaged schools; administrators in these schools work with little resources, which they must prioritise; and, Kenya, like the rest of Africa has an overwhelmingly young population, a youth bulge, so we must harness this potential early and constructively for the country and the continent's benefit.

When

We present only one career day for every school term. The Kenyan school system has three terms in a year.

How

Volunteers in different careers donate their time and resources towards sharing their professional experiences with students during the career days.

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Benefits to Students

Students benefit from the experience because it helps them identify their strengths, talents and interests, and how to align them all into academic and eventually, professional choices. The experience also provides real-life role models.

Benefits to Teachers

Teachers benefit from having professionals inspire and motivate their students, and are themselves inspired and motivated.

Benefits to Parents

Parents benefit from learning how to navigate the educational system and are empowered to support their children in making the best choices for their futures.

Leadership Team The Ramani Life Group Leadership Team

  • Ramani Life Group Partners and supporters - Ramani helps underprivileged students plan for their future by organizing career days
    Uduak Amimo Chairperson

  • Ramani Life Group Partners and supporters - Ramani helps underprivileged students plan for their future by organizing career days
    Fred Murimi Vice Chairperson

  • Ramani Life Group Partners and supporters - Ramani helps underprivileged students plan for their future by organizing career days
    Merab Olang Secretary

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    Jina Langu Kazi

  • Ramani Life Group Partners and supporters - Ramani helps underprivileged students plan for their future by organizing career days
    Samson Kamara Treasurer

Profiles

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Uduak Amimo
Chairperson

Uduak Amimo is the host of Cheche, a weekly, current affairs talk show that airs on Citizen TV, East Africa's leading television station.

Uduak's career in journalism started in Nairobi, Kenya as a television producer with Reuters TV, after she had graduated from USIU with a BA (cum laude) in International Relations. She moved to Washington, D.C. where she had won a scholarship and teaching assistantship for her MA in Communication and Public Policy at American University. She went on to work at the Voice of America in Washington.

Uduak then moved to London to work for the BBC, presenting, producing and editing the flagship programs, Network Africa and Focus on Africa, and helping craft editorial policy as the organization's Senior Editorial Advisor. She also was the BBC correspondent in Ethiopia and covered the African Union as part of that assignment.

Uduak has reported from and trained journalists in several African countries. She has also interviewed many of Africas leaders and luminaries. She was one of the moderators of Kenyas first ever, live, televised presidential debates.

Uduak is a trustee on the board of Uraia, a national civil society organization in Kenya. For her social responsibility, Uduak focuses on young people and education, and mentors high school girls and journalism students. She was a 2014 Global Social Impact Fellow, a program offered by the University of Pennsylvania's Centre for Social Impact Strategy. Uduak is a 2015 Tutu Fellow of the African Leadership Institute.

Uduak Amimo
Chairperson
Ramani Life Group Partners and supporters - Ramani helps underprivileged students plan for their future by organizing career days
Fred Murimi Ngari
Vice Chairperson

Fred works with Centum Investment Company, East Africa's largest quoted Investment Company and serves as the Director Centum Capital, in which role he oversees execution of Centum's 3.0 strategy. The strategy focuses on the development of investment grade opportunities across eight sectors: Financial Services, FMCG, Power, Real Estate, Agribusiness, Healthcare, Education and ICT. Fred previously served as Centums Group Corporate Affairs Director & Company Secretary until June 2015.

Fred has over 10 years experience in the investment industry. Prior to joining Centum in January 2013, Fred worked in the investment banking industry with Dyer & Blair Investment Bank and later with Renaissance Capital as Vice President Legal & Compliance. Fred has also worked with the Capital Markets Authority, Kenya.

He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B) from the University of Nairobi, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from USIU-Africa and is qualified as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and as a Certified Public Secretary (CPS). He is a member of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) and the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK).

In 2014, he was awarded Certified Secretary of the Year in the Champions of Governance Awards by ICPSK. Fred is a 2015 Archbishop Tutu Fellow.

Fred is married to Anne and together they have twin boys; Isaac and Jacob.

Fred Murimi Ngari
Vice Chairperson
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Merab Olang
Secretary

Merab is a Human Resources practitioner currently working in the pharmaceutical industry with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) as HR Director, overseeing its business operations in East Africa and South Africa. She has over 15 years' experience in the profession. Prior to joining GSK, Merab worked with Safaricom Limited as a Senior Manager, at KPMG as a Consultant serving clients of the organisation across the East Africa region and has also served as an Assistant Human Resource Manager at Mater Hospital.

Merab has a Bachelors Degree in Banking and Finance from Kenyatta University. She is a graduate of the Senior Management Leadership Program at Strathmore Business School; a member of the Institute of Human Resource Management in Kenya; and she is a 2015 Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellow.

Merab is married with two children, she is a sister to many and an aunt to even more nieces and nephews of all ages. She loves rugby, travelling the world and improving on her already impressive culinary skills.

Merab Olang
Secretary
Ramani Life Group Partners and supporters - Ramani helps underprivileged students plan for their future by organizing career days
Samson Ruligirwa Kamara
Treasurer

Samson is a co-founder of EG BrandHouse, a marketing products company based in Kenya and serving the East African region. He is the company's Chief Operating Officer, a role that involves International Sourcing and Logistics, Budgeting and Cost Control, Research and Development, and New Business Development. EG BrandHouse was started in 2002 to provide clients with high quality, elegantly designed, branding products.

Samson started his career in the Internet industry with Swift Global, in various business development capacities before joining AccessKenya to head the Client Relations department.

Samson is married to Seraphine Ruligirwa-Kamara, a partner at EG BrandHouse and an executive coach with the Institute of Ultimate Potential. They have three children. His passions are spending time with his family, travelling, good food, camping and the outdoors.

Samson has a Bachelors of Science degree in International Business Administration from USIU-Africa, in Nairobi.

Samson Ruligirwa Kamara
Treasurer

  We believe in:

  • Excellence: We do our best; we give our best; we expect the best.
  • Responsibility: We lead, we serve, we are responsive, we are accountable, we are reliable; we volunteer our personal time and other resources for the benefit of our community and society in general.
  • Inclusivity: We welcome the perspectives and contributions of others to our work.
  • Transparency: We are honest and generous in our interactions; we communicate our ideas and actions openly.
  • Dignity: We value our beneficiaries, benefactors and volunteers, respect their decisions and support their growth.

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