Topics: Child Advocacy, Child Sponsorship, Compassion Alumni, Human Trafficking, Leadership Development, Poverty
Anthony Wanjiru is passionate about developing leaders and utilizing technology to transform lives. Those passions intersect in his current work as a Network and Computer Administrator at Valor Christian High School and an advisory leader at the iSSACHAR Center for Urban Leadership.
Anthony was born and raised in Kawangware, one of the largest slums in Nairobi, Kenya, and a community plagued by extreme poverty and crime. His alcoholic and abusive father eventually abandoned them, leaving his mom alone to provide for the family. Despite her working four jobs, food was still scarce and life grew increasingly challenging. All of that changed when Anthony was sponsored into Compassion’s child development program through a local church. With his nutrition, health, and educational needs met, he began to hope and dream for his future. More importantly, he learned about the life-changing power and love of Christ.
Through Compassion’s leadership development program, Anthony had the opportunity to earn his bachelor’s degree in computer science and robotics from Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology. He then went on to obtain a master’s degree in leadership from Denver Seminary.
Now living in Denver, Colorado, Anthony is a warm and vibrant communicator who enjoys every opportunity to share his story that began with hopelessness and now brims over with hope and potential.