Since 2010 Nyumbani has had a very special relationship with Princeton in Africa, a post-grad fellowship program dedicated to developing young leaders committed to Africa’s advancement. Each year Princeton in Africa places approximately 50 college graduates with organizations all across Africa. The organizations are engaged in many different sectors such as business & economic development, community-level development, education & youth capacity building, environment & conservation, and international humanitarian aid & development. In addition the organizations vary greatly in terms of size, country and environment (rural and urban).
One of these organizations is Nyumbani. For the past six years there has been a Princeton in Africa fellow placed at Nyumbani Village, approximately two and a half hours outside Nairobi. Each fellow works in the Village for one year serving as the volunteer coordinator and sustainability fellow. They manage all volunteers and guests while also developing environmental projects. They live in the Village in the volunteer guest house and become fully integrated into the Nyumbani community. In order the past PiAf fellows have been Chris Courtin, Amanda Ramcharan, Steve Tuozzolo, Kristen Conroy and Maggie Cochrane.
This year, the current Piaf Fellow is Kara Poppe, an alumni of University of Northern Iowa. She is eight months into her fellowship and doing an amazing job. Kara recently wrote a touching article about her experience spending Christmas in Nyumbani Village. Read her piece here:
Thank you to Princeton in Africa and all past Nyumbani fellows for their contributions towards the betterment of Nyumbani!