Baba Diana & The Kibera School for Girls
Baba Diana currently serves as the Chairman of the Parent’s Board at the Kibera School for Girls, the first tuition-free school and only school for girls in the Kibera slum. He has proved in his own life that he can defy any obstacle in his path. Born in impoverished rural Kenya,
Baba Diana suffered a disease in one leg that was misdiagnosed, mistreated, and ultimately left him with a severe limp at a very young age. However, this disability did not prevent him from pursuing a better life, starting a family, and dedicating his life to his wife and three children.
When Baba Diana moved from his rural village to Kibera for better job opportunities, he found himself facing a new round of daily struggles that accompanies life in the urban slum. Poverty, gender-based violence, and health issues plague the slum. When Diana, his only daughter, was accepted to the Kibera School for Girls two years ago, he vowed to become fully involved in her education by chairing the Parent’s Committee. “The Chairman,” as those at the Kibera School for Girls know Baba Diana, devotes countless hours to helping unite the parents of Kibera’s brightest and neediest girls.
He oversees parent volunteers, supports the staff, conducts meetings, and loves to help ensure that the school garden is as green as ever. Diana is now a Kindergarten student, and is excelling in her studies. She is a quiet but determined student who is very serious about her education, just like her father. After school she rushes home to share stories of the day with her father. Baba Diana hopes that one day his daughter will finish her education and help build a brighter future for their entire family. Diana dreams of being a doctor when she grows up.