George supports all participants on our Kenya programs. He coordinates airport pickup, arranges housing (often hosting volunteers himself), does strategic planning, and manages the 24-hour onsite emergency phone.
George is the Director of VOCAL, a group using the performing arts for education and development in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. He has also served as the Deputy Director of Culture, PR, and Marketing for Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA), an organization with over 17,000 members in dozens of slum areas in Nairobi.
George is a graduate and International Fellow of the DeVos Institue for Performing Arts Management at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington D.C. He also holds a certificate in jazz and Norwegian folk music, dance, and Norwegian culture and language from Sund Folkhogskole School in Norway.
George is a prolific musician and artist. He has traveled and performed in many countries, including the United States, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Canada, Senegal, Switzerland, South Africa, Tanzania, and the Czech Republic. George also starred as the protagonist in Peace Wanted Alive, a 2008 documentary on post election violence in Kenya that won second prize for best documentary in a prestigious African Movies Awards in Nigeria. Most recently, George developed the music for Generation Firimbi, a Kenyan musical on corruption.
George has also represented Kenya in many development initiatives. He was a consultant for UN-Habitat on “Image-In the MDGs”, a project aimed at empowering youth through photography. This venture has developed into a program called Shootback that now uses digital media of all kinds to promote Nairobi’s slums, and employs many young people to better their community. He has led delegations to Geneva for an anti-child labor summit, Vancouver for a UN-Habitat World Urban Forum, and Dakar for the African Cultural Diversity Conference, among many others.
In addition to his native tongue of Kikuyu, George speaks English, Swahili, Norwegian, and Luo.