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How We Started

Uraia is the premier National Civic Education Organisation in Kenya. It has been in existence since 2000 and has been working to contribute towards the progress of Kenya through the development of Kenya’s most important resource – Kenyans. Uraia began its journey as the National Civic Education Programme (NCEP) when a formal partnership was struck between 70 local Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) – who became Implementing Partners (IPs) – and a group of Development Partners, who signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that outlined the basis for cooperation between the Development Partners as well as the joint funding mechanisms of the Programme.

uraia trust is born

Uongozi bora U mikononi mwetu.

In 2010, Uraia began initiating mechanisms through which the Programme could become more self-sustaining and less dependent on the basket fund provided by donors. Uraia Trust, established in 2011, will allow for longer-term planning and bring synergy to the Programme. This will enable it to reach a larger number of citizens and stakeholders wishing to be part of the country’s reform agenda.

The true measure of a just nation is built on the value and recognition it places on all her citizens


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Our Values


Uraia is committed to the highest standards of truthfulness and honesty in all its operations and interactions. Uraia believes that integrity is essential for its Board of Trustees, Staff, Partners and  other stakeholders, in order to ensure open and truthful partnerships. Uraia endeavours to contribute to Kenyans internalisation of the guiding principles of leadership and integrity as laid out in Article 73(2) of the Constitution of Kenya (CoK).


Uraia is committed to the highest level of diligence, skills and competency. Uraia will endeavour to ensure that its  Board of Trustees and Staff act with the highest level of professionalism at all times and levels in order to ensure that Kenyans are able to benefit from the work of the organisation.


Uraia strives to be continually cooperative in the interests of the organisation’s Vision and Mission. Uraia will at all times seek partnerships and opportunities that bring together stakeholders in a common vision of enabling Kenyans to realise their constitutional aspirations.


Uraia is committed to ensuring that individuals and groups have access to the necessary resources and support that ensure equal opportunities. Uraia is committed to contributing to equality and freedom from discrimination as enshrined in Article 27 of the CoK. In this respect, Uraia shall apply affirmative action in its operations and programmes in order to promote the interests and needs of marginalised and minority groups.


Uraia strives to ensure impartiality in all its decisions and interactions.


Uraia shall be objective and independent in its work and will not be affiliated to any political party. Uraia will ensure that its resources will not be used for any partisan activities or contribute to partisan initiatives. Uraia recognises that every Kenyan is free to make political choices as espoused in Article 38 of the CoK and therefore to ensure that this right is realised by all, and will not be affiliated to any political party.


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the team


Uraia’s Secretariat is composed of 23 staff that support the civic education, civic engagement and institutional transformation work. The Secretariat is headed by an Executive Director.

Our staff are committed to democratic transformation that leaves no one behind. We believe that justice should be the shield and defender of everyone within Kenya and we work to ensure that the promise of unity, peace, and liberty are realised within our lifetime and secured for future generations.

Executive Director

Oliver Waindi

Oliver Waindi joined Uraia Trust as Executive Director in March 2022. He has over 23 years of working experience in progressively senior management roles with leading international organizations. His experience has been in community and youth development; civic education; health, humanitarian; education, and food security programs.

He is pursuing a Ph.D. in International Relations and Diplomacy (University of Nairobi); holds a master’s degree in International Relations (University of Nairobi); a BA (Kenyatta University); Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management (College of Professional Management, Liverpool); Diploma in Business Management (Kenya Institute of Management) and advanced certificates in French and in Project Management.

Oliver’s interests include sports. He is a former boxer with Kenya’s national team.

Paul Wanderi

Director of Programmes

Gladys Maina

Gladys Maina Head of Finance & Support Services

Nadhir Ali

Executive Officer and Information Technology Officer

Maureen Maina

Administration Officer

Helen Mudora

Civic Education Manager

Marjory Githure

Gender and Inclusion Manager

Aloyce Moyi

Civic engagement manager

Ann Mathei

Finance Officer

Robert Waweru

Grants Officer

Elvis Magai

Finance Officer

Hildah Chao

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Tom Okelo

Finance Officer

Pauline Daudi

Civic Engagement Officer

John Kamande

Civic Education Officer

Samson Mwondi

Logistics Officer

Basil Oketch

Communications Officer

Mary Maina

Procurement Officer

Maurine Okoth

Administrative Assistant

Alice Karuga

Resource Mobilization Manager

Jacinta Mueni

Logistics Officer

EliJohn Gitau

Logistics Officer

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