To go directly to the African Grandmothers website click here.




Moreen Gatwiri, CEO of African Grandmothers

About Moreen

My name is Moreen.

I am seventeen years old and in Form Three at the Kenya High School.

My hobbies are playing football, watching films and listening to music.

I am industrious and always working for the best in all I engage in. I am future oriented, passionately dedicated to achieving the best in all I do. I am a team builder, organized enough to associate with people well, with the aim of bringing out the best, and striving to be cooperative and respectful to everyone despite the age and position of the person.

I also strongly stand against injustice, corruption, and gender inequality and wish to bring up a platform for equality and equity for all. Moreover, having been brought up by my grandmother, I have learnt to be confident, determined, and to uphold good character such as obedience and honesty and to continuously sharpen my life skills and dream big despite my background.

About the African Grandmothers project


Moreen is working with the PFA students here in California to celebrate and document the Ubuntu (community spirit) service of African Grandmothers. Her first assignment will be to interview local grandmothers in Kenya. To read Moreen’s first interview, with her own grandmother, click here.

Thank you for sharing Moreen’s interview (my thanks to Moreen for conducting it). I am always so amazed by how much I learn from our PFA students as they share their perspectives and those of their community across the globe.  

Reading this interview by Moreen was no different…

… The importance of education, “fitting in or standing out” and gender equality are universal themes. It’s stunning when a few paragraphs can easily and simply remind us that what we have in common far exceeds our differences. We’ll be discussing this at our kitchen table tonight over dinner!

 — Joyce Meringolo, PFA Executive Board Member

Meantime, PFA Teacher and Mentor Chyah Weitzman has begun a quilting project together with a team of volunteer local quilters in Marin County, to donate quilts to volunteer African Grandmothers in Uganda, that selflessly nurture the children of the Nyaka Orphans Project.


As can be seen on the African Grandmothers website, the PFA high school students, as well as 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders, have made hand print designs for these quilts.

In this African Grandmothers social enterprise, led by Kenyan student CEO Moreen Gatwiri, we see many of the qualities the PFA program stands for: A recognition and an appreciation, of ‘ordinary people’, such as the African Grandmothers, doing extraordinary community service work; a global community of students such as the PFA students and the Akili Dada students, working together for the ideals of promoting peace and progress; and a responsible and ethical deployment of twenty first century Educational Technology, that utilizes technology as a practical tool to break through both classroom barriers and cultural stereotypes, to promote a kinder and stronger understanding of our global neighbors within a world that we all share together.