Onyango Otuoma Timothy was born in Homa Bay county to working-class parents. His father, Charles Otuoma Ndege, soon after leaving the banking industry, set up a local pickup transport business. He later sold all his vehicles and set up a cafeteria business (Christian Resort), which he ran until his demise in October 2016. Onyango’s mother worked at a public hospital as a nurse; she also ran a private clinic called Gloria Medical Centre. She has been a staunch Christian who has devoted her life to serving God. In the early 1990s she set up and helped run a local Christian church called Body of Christ Ministries in Oyugis town. In 2002, she applied for early retirement due to her painful back.
Growing up in the 90s, Onyango spent most of his childhood in Oyugis town. Onyango went to multiple primary schools, including Kasimba, Mawira, Oyugis, Kako Junior, Highlands, Agoro Sare and Ober Boys Boarding. He went to three high schools, namely Agoro Sare High, Nyang’iela Secondary, and Maranda High.
Onyango pursued a Bachelor’s Degree of Environment Sciences at Kenyatta University between 2009 and 2013. While at Kenyatta University, Onyango was elected and served as the congressperson in the school of environmental studies. Still at Kenyatta University, he also served as the student representative for the university’s mentoring program. After his bachelor’s graduation, he received a sponsorship to study Geographic Information Systems at the University of Nairobi. After completing his master’s degree, Onyango has taken multiple training courses on coaching, mentoring, and social emotional learning (SEL). He also completed a training on the art of hosting – a tool used to host and ensure meaningful participatory conversations.
Onyango is an environmental scientist with a keen interest in the provision of social and environmental equity to marginalised communities. He is skilled in research, coordination, and project planning and management. Onyango has more than five years of working experience with both national and international organisations. Until January 2019, he had been serving as the eastern and southern Africa regional coordinator with the World Peace Initiative foundation. He has been privileged to work with individuals from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Onyango is a mentor and coach who wishes to exploit his knowledge, skills, and experience to see a substantial number of people become better and win so that society would tilt towards a better place for all. He is the co-founder of Mindful African Initiative and Kasipul People’s Movement. He also sits in the steering committee of Karanga.
Mindful African Initiative (MAI) is founded on the passion to tackle social and behavioural issues MAI aims to enable individuals to create space for making conscious decisions in the face of current everyday challenges. MAI sets out to intervene in the unconscious routine in communities, intending to tap into as many individuals as possible by equipping them with the skills and ability to find meaning in their existence and lead more mindful and balanced lives. MAI’s vision is to build communities with people who are fulfilled, happy and pursuing mindful, meaningful and self-defined objectives.
Karanga: The Global Alliance for Social Emotional Learning and Life Skills. The Alliance advances the awareness, knowledge and understanding of skills for learning and life. It bridges the perceived divide between academic knowledge and social and emotional skills.
Kasipul People’s Movement aims to influence the Kasipul people to take responsibility for their social, cultural, economic, and political growth through organising prospective workshops and training aimed at facilitating meaningful community-led conversations that might lead to a flourishing community and offering support along the way. Among its objectives are developing the spirit of common interest, responsibility, and sacrifice, for a better community, fostering cooperation between individuals and groups in improving the overall well-being of the community members, and creating platforms for dialogue that touch on social, political, and economic challenges that lead to dissatisfaction among individuals with the aim of creating awareness and suggesting solutions.