Meet the People Behind Our Mission
Annie Coppedge Karuiki
Annie grew up in Marietta, GA and attended the University of Georgia where she obtained a degree in Child and Family Development with an emphasis in Child Life. Her emphasis in Child Life included one year spent at the Medical College of Georgia interning at their children's hospital. She also went on to attend school at Atlanta Technical College to become an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician.
She first visited Kenya in 2007 and immediately fell in love with the warm and gracious people there. Upon finishing school in 2012, she was able to become a missionary for Project 82 Kenya and promptly moved over to Kenya to help set up Neema House Infant Rescue Centre, a transitional home which cares for babies who have been abandoned or are in need of care and protection. She is incredibly honored to work amongst an amazing team who puts the best interest of children first, day after day.
Annie is married to Josh Karuiki. She is the legal guardian to two beautiful Kenyan girls and considers Kenya her permanent home and is hopeful to spend many more years there.
Favorite part of the job: Seeing babies and young children leave Neema House to go back to their biological families whenever possible, and if not--adopted into local Kenyan families. Also, seeing children who were at risk of removal from family able to stay in their families as we come alongside of them in support and encouragement.
Elly grew up in the central part of Kenya. She has a degree in social work from University of Nairobi and a masters in Project management from Jomo Kenyatta University of science and technology (JKUAT). Her passion to work with children was nurtured early on in her life as a Sunday school teacher since her late teen years. As a student at the university, her attachment placement was at the Child Welfare Society of Kenya and later on at a Compassion International Project in Mathare. Working in those two places, the calling to serve the vulnerable was evident.
When the opportunity to serve in Project 82 came in April 2012, she gladly accepted and has never looked back. At Projects 82 she has served in different capacities ranging from social worker to home manager.
She is grateful to be part of a team God is using to raise up vulnerable children so that they can reach the purposes they were created for. She counts it a privilege to serve alongside a wonderful team that advocates for the rights of children so passionately. For Elly, seeing families reunited and children going home to their forever families is an indescribable joy.
Elly is married to Paul Muchiru and together they have two children, Nasha and Jesse.
“Not to us but to God be the glory!”
Molo Community Child Advocate
Rhoda, mother to five wonderful children is honored to be serving Kenya’s vulnerable children in two of our locations, Nanyuki and Molo. She has worked with children all her professional life, a desire that blossomed from a simple visit, at an early age, to her late maternal grandmother’s home in Bondo, Siaya County. Rhoda observed that her aged grandmother would work for hours on end to fend for her grandchildren (many of whom were affected by HIV/Aids), and she noticed the children were perfectly happy knowing that she would always be there watching over them. She could see their struggles at each visit prompting her to share some of her little savings to help her grandmother cater for some of the family’s needs. She made a prayer commitment in her heart that would, after a few years, be a part of her testimony.
That prayer took a deeper meaning when she got married to Jectone Oyugi, who was also caring for orphaned children. Jectone had taken up the family responsibility at a tender age when he became the head of his larger family unit after losing both his parents and all his older brothers. Rhoda embraced the family as her own; serving alongside her husband to nurture it.
Serving in Project 82 continues to give her the joy of seeing both the children in the program and their families remaining close knit and thriving together as a unit for posterity. She is thankful that Project 82 works tirelessly to ensure that each child in care experiences loving and working relationships in a family setting.
Brandon felt the call to ministry when he was 18 years old and he has been serving in the church ever since. As a life-long learner, he has received a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry degrees from Asbury Theological Seminary. Brandon has been married to his wife Kelli for 14 years and they have three children, Kenzie, Caleb, and Zendaya. As both foster and adoptive parents, they have a passion for serving the vulnerable and a desire to mobilize the church in impacting the lives of others. Brandon gets to live into this passion by being a pastor at Embrace Church in Canton, Georgia and by serving as the Executive Director of Project 82 Kenya.
Ferrell Coppedge - Board Chair
Stan Hodges Jr.
Dr. Vicki Bunke
Dr. Jody Ray
Dr. Brandon Dasinger
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