Topics: Child Advocacy, Compassion Alumni, Discipling Teens, Formerly Sponsored Children, Poverty
Passionate about science and education, Ben Mwangi is a teaching assistant and graduate student at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, where he lives with his wife Stefanie and their first daughter Zemma.
Ben grew up in one of the largest slums in Nairobi, Kenya, where extreme poverty, drug and alcohol abuse, crime and gang activity are rampant. He was rescued from that vicious cycle when he was introduced to Compassion’s child development program at a local church. His sponsorship provided him a refuge from the chaos, safety from gangs, and hope for his future.
Ben's diligence and hard work in school paid off, and he received a college scholarship through Compassion’s Leadership Development Program. He graduated from the University of Nairobi with a degree in Education Science before relocating to the U.S. to pursue his graduate degree in Physics.
Having experienced it firsthand, Ben firmly believes that education is the best pathway out of poverty. A gifted and natural teacher, he loves sharing his passion for education and the Church with college students and congregations.