Meet the 3rd batch of WYA Africa’s Internship Team

WYA Africa is pleased to welcome the team that is joining as Batch 3 for 2016. We have a diverse representation with members from different academic fields and regional representation from Eastern and Southern Africa. It is an honor to have this team on board and we trust for greater accomplishments for WYA during this period.  We welcome you to read their profiles, below.


William Okochi Achibo, was born and raised in Kenya. He studied his Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics at University of Eldoret, Kenya and  is a Certified Public Account of Kenya (CPA-K).

He has experience on “Infor SunSystem” Financial Integrated accounting system. He’s values integrity and is passionate about matters concerning youth empowerment which led him into initiating Kwicha Alala Youth Group (KAYG) which aims to inspire and empower youths towards economic development and being self-employed.

He joined World Youth Alliance to promote the sense of human dignity, solidarity and enrich youths to understand and practice their human rights. By being at World Youth Alliance, he hopes to gain more practical experience in advocacy. He enjoys travelling, watching football, movies and interacting with youths.

Paul Chege Paul Ng’ang’a graduated with bachelor’s in mechanical engineering this year (2016).  He’s likes music and is an avid book reader. Moreover he is passionate about people (youth and children) and dignity of man. Previously, with SDA in campus he visited and gave household items and clothing to the less fortunate in children homes. He joined WYA due to the values they uphold concerning human dignity and he’s ready to learn more. Changing the world one step at a time.
onyari-nyameino Onyari Douglas Nyameino is from Kenya. He has pursued bachelor of law from Moi University School of Law and holds a Diploma in International Relations, Conflict Resolution and Peace Building from Kisii University. He has worked as a legal intern in the reputable firm of Roseline Odede and Company Advocates for one year.  His passion for human rights has seen him participate in legal aid programs in rural Kenya targeting prisoners, university and secondary school students, government employees and local business operators to make them aware of their rights as enshrined in the constitution and other legislations so that they are not taken advantage of and that their dignity is preserved at all times. He also loves to interact and share ideas with people. He joined World Youth Alliance to get a greater understanding of human dignity and how to carry out advocacy on the same.
Juliet chepkurui is a Kenyan native born and brought up in small town called  Kapsabet.She pursued  Bachelor of Commerce finance major at the Co-operative University College of Kenya  and currently doing Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in section five. She has a passion for art and impacting the society in a positive way through culture this will be made possible through her term of internship at the World Youth Alliance .She is an outgoing person who loves nature visits, hiking, swimming, making new friends and travelling. Besides that she is an open minded individual, fast learner, self driven, team player, goal oriented and a humble individual ready to learn. She has a passion for youth empowerment on entrepreneurship through quality education .She believes during the period of time she will use her knowledge and skills to the best of her ability in order to achieve individual and organizational goals also being a participant in the growth of the organization.
Lisa Thelma Sidambe is a Sir John Monash Medallist and Mandela Rhodes Scholar who completed her Honours in International Studies (summa cum laude) at Monash South Africa. Before that she completed her Bachelor of Social Science degree at the same institution with a double major in Philosophy (summa cum laude) and International Studies (summa cum laude). Ms Sidambe has a deep seated passion for human rights and has advanced her knowledge of that field though completing an Advanced Human Rights Course with the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria.  Lisa has been student ambassador for various leadership and community engagement programmes in Holland, Belgium, China and the United Kingdom. She also has been a research and advocacy consultant for projects that are aimed at advancing, promoting and protecting human rights on the African continent. Ms Sidambe describes securing the W.Y.A regional internship as both an opportunity and a priviledge – an opportunity to demonstrate how contemporarily relevant leaders should be committed to sustainable policies that are reflective of absolute and utmost acknowledgment of human dignity as an intrinsic human value and a priviledge to competently serve those who have been relegated to the periphery of the justice system. Lisa’s career and academic interests lie in global governance, diplomacy and public international law. She aspires to someday serve the continent as a diplomat.
Leila W Kamweru is lawyer by profession, a daughter, a sister and also an aunt. Being a lawyer has always been a dream of hers ever since she can remember as she has always wanted to defend the human race and protect their rights, like a superhero but through law. She would like to also be a lecturer in future.

She studied law at Jomo Kenyatta University of Technology where she graduated with a Second Class, she went to Loreto Convent Valley Road for her secondary school education and Riara Road Primary School was where she finished her primary school education.

Leila likes to make other people happy, and her spirit of helping is very contagious. Her positive vibe is felt in everything she does. She would like to be a Judge one day, an ambassador for the youth. World Youth Alliance is the perfect platform.

Cynthia Wangari Maingi is a Kenyan citizen, who studied a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, conflict and peace studies in the University of Nairobi. She is a diligent and industrious lady who is deeply passionate about children and is constantly volunteering in children’s orphanages, and participating in missions to improve the life of the girl child in Mashuru area, Kenya. These experiences have taught her the value and importance of upholding human dignity for people of all backgrounds, regardless of social class, age, race or gender. World youth Alliance has provided her with a formal platform to work to promote human dignity, by undertaking projects and conducting programs aimed at improving people’s lives.  She hopes to use her education background and experiences to impact the society positively and create better living conditions especially for children.
Maureen Andwati is a Kenyan born citizen. She attained her Masters of Arts Degree in INGO Management at Webster University Campus in the Netherlands and her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Communication from the University of Nairobi. She is a certified Monitoring & Evaluation practitioner and excels in Administration.

Maureen began her journey with the Youth in 2007 working through different organizations and thematic areas. Her passion for working with the youth has never subsided and she continues to support in different capacities to make a positive difference in their lives.

She enjoys travelling and interacting with new cultures, her favorite sport is field hockey which she has played both locally and internationally.