Emmy Sitayo

Founder

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Emmy Sitayo

Founder

 

Matonyok was founded by a Maasai named Emmy Sitayo. In the early 1970s, she was the only girl in her village to receive an education. Emmy knows at first hand the importance of having an education to be successful and reach one’s potential in life. During her career as a nurse working with children with special needs she regularly came across children being ‘abandoned’ either as a result of their disability or social/economic family issues.  She herself could not ‘abandon’ these children in need and so kept ‘bringing them home’ – and, as a result, Matonyok Children’s Home was born.

Emmy continues to this day to accept referrals from the Government’s Social Work Department.  The Home does not receive any financial assistance as a result of accepting these children into the Children’s Home.