I_Rep Foundation(I am Responsible Foundation), is a Community Based Organization (CBO) based in West Pokot County,Kenya.The organization was founded in 2010 to advocate for the eradication of harmful cultural practices,promote education for the marginalized girl child and women empowerment.
The organization works with all members of the community;community leaders,policy makers ,service providers and duty bearers to change the attitudes towards harmful cultural practices, promote the rights of girls and women, and to support victims and survivors of GBV .
- Sensitize community members on the negative implications of harmful cultural practices;female genital mutilation and child marriages.
- Support and improve access to education of the marginalized girl child within the community
- Foster and facilitate synergies and cooperation between actors in the community and beyond in order to better address violence against women and girls.
- Raise awareness and increase understanding and receptiveness among the community about the Kenyan Laws, the health and psychological risks of FGM and child marriages
- Create safe spaces where victims of gender based violence can access psycho-social support, shelter
Director, I_Rep Foundation
Women’s and girls’ empowerment is a collective responsibility and I_Rep Foundation is a call to action to make our society better. It is something by us for us.
Domtila Chesang is the founder and the current Director of I_Rep Foundation. She hails from West Pokot County where FGM prevalence is over 75%, though in some remote villages the prevalence is still as high as 100%. She is a full time girl rights defender. Having trained as a high school teacher, she chose to put aside her profession and champion the end of harmful cultural practice in her community.
She is recognized both locally and internationally for her frontline campaign work. Because of her passion, determination and achievements, she has received a number of awards and recognitions.
Child Protection Officer
Board of Directors
Domtila Chesang is the founder and the current Director of I_Rep Foundation. She hails from West Pokot where FGM prevalence is over 75%, though in some remote villages the prevalence is still as high as 100%. She is a full time girl rights defender. Having trained as a high school teacher, she chose to put aside her profession to champion the end of harmful cultural practice in her community. She is recognized both locally and internationally for her frontline campaign work. Because of her passion, determination and achievements, she has received a number of awards and recognitions. Among these awards include the Presidential Head of State commendation (2020), Human Rights Defender (2019), African Youth Leader (2018) and the Queen’s Young Leader Award (2017).
Mr. Lokeris is a teacher by profession with over 20 years of experience. He is currently, the deputy headteacher at Ortum Girls Boarding Primary School which acts as a safe house for I_Rep Foundation. He is passionate about women and girls rights as he has worked tirelessly in the anti-FGM campaigns .Besides that, he is good at creating a good rapport with the community thus making it easier to work with the community. He has also trained and sensitized members of the community on the negative effects of FGM.
A very passionate women's rights advocate,a goal-oriented and caring individual with a firm commitment to social care.She holds a bachelors degree in Education arts and a Masters degree in Linguistics.Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in Linguistics. Jamas is the current principal of Propoi Girls High School.She has excellent observational and listening skills which are effective when interacting with vulnerable persons in the community.She is focal in raising awareness on issues such as; child abuse, early marriages ,FGM, offering financial, emotional and moral support in a professional manner.Besides, she advocates for quality basic education and opportunities for women and girls.
Gideon Gitonga is a business analyst with a master's degree in commerce from Kenya College of Accountancy University (KCA).Also, he has skills in screening potential business deals ,strategic vision and formulation of ideas.He has been helpful to the organization's in terms of developing strategic plans . With his vast knowledge in gathering market intelligence to enhance management of fund, he has been beneficial in providing training on budgeting processes. Also,he is an expert in ensuring business risks are analyzed, mitigated and a remarkable decrease in customer complaints and business losses within the organization.
. Judy Amunga Ndibo is a Community Development Worker as well as a Consultant with years of experience. Her key qualifications include a Bachelor of Laws degree (University of Nairobi) Post graduate diploma in Mass Communication (University of Nairobi), Peace Building and Good governance Fellowship, on a United Nations Scholarship (University of Ghana, Legon campus), Training of Trainers certification in Children Legal issues ( Children Legal Action Network),Media training in Agenda setting(United States International University). Judy as Project Coordinator with an organization known as Tatua Community Based Organization has received vast training in the areas of financial management for Small Ngos( Mango UK), Monitoring and Evaluation( Dr Katy Newell – Jones, Feed the Minds UK, Programme Director and Breinscope Consultants-Kenya), Management Coaching and Leadership( School of Journalism and Feed the Minds UK Staff team), Networking and Resource Mobilization( Feed the Minds, training, Moving from an Idea to a Project) Judy is passionate about peace building and tackling Gender based violence as it affects women and the girl child. To this end, Judy has trained several women group leaders and social agents of change to work towards securing the rights of vulnerable women and girl children. In addition to her qualifications and experience as a Community Development Worker, Judy has helped coach and structure several community based organizations so that they are more effective in their development programs.