About Kongoni Network

My Story

The journey to Kongoni Network was built on a foundation of trust and a dream. In 2007, Elphas Ongong’o, the founder and director of Kongoni Network, was working as a tour operator when he first met Jean and the late Tom—affectionately known as Mama Safi and Baba Tusker—an American couple traveling back to the US after their safari in Amboseli National Park. They exchanged contacts and promised to send a package of toys, storybooks, and school supplies for children living in a village near the gates of Amboseli. True to their word, the package arrived, and Elphas arranged for its delivery.

When he confirmed to the couple that the package had reached its destination by sending photos of the happy children with their gifts, the Pennys trusted him from that moment on and began making all their trip arrangements to Kenya through him. Their friendship grew with each visit. Elphas shared his dream with Mama Safi and Baba Tusker: to change his community through books. This was his vision and passion.

The couple later introduced Elphas to the American Friends of Kenya (AFK), a non-profit organization that sends books, medical supplies, and sports equipment to Kenya every year. When he received AFK’s first shipment of books, he started supplying them to schools in the western part of Kenya, in the Kongoni area of Likuyani sub-county. However, he was frustrated to find that the books were not being used. Seeking a solution, he looked for space to establish a library and found a location at Kongoni Youth Empowerment Centre (YEC), a space owned by the government of Kenya. Unfortunately, this site only lasted a couple of years before he had to move to another location, Kongoni Primary School. These challenges motivated him to operate from his own premises.

Elphas began mobilizing funds through partners and friends, which led to the establishment of the Kongoni Community Library, Resource, Recreation, and Empowerment Centre. This was just the beginning. The centre operates under Akhonya Development Community Based Organization, a non-profit organization registered in Kenya, with registration No. KAK/LIK/CCSD/CBO/003/2016.

Board of Management

Meet the team

Elphas Ongongo

Founder & director of Operations

Evans Munanga

Co-founder & Board Secretary

David Moshi

Accounts Director

Moses Pulei

Co-founder & Chairman