Owen Githanga

Topics: Adult Conferences, Child Advocacy, Compassion Alumni, Cross-Cultural Ministry, Marriage & Family, Poverty

Owen Githanga

Even when it felt like nothing more than a fantasy, Owen Githanga always dreamt of one day becoming an accountant. He is now living his dream as a Certified Public Accountant in Colorado, the journey to get there is nothing short of miraculous in his eyes.

Raised in a small village on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, Owen’s childhood was shaped by extreme poverty. While his single mom worked hard to support him and his two brothers, her income of $10 a month was simply not enough to make ends meet. Food was scarce, and lack of access to clean water caused frequent and significant health issues.

When he was 8 years old, Owen was invited to participate in a Compassion child development program at his local church, and that's when everything changed. Through his sponsorship, he received nutritious food, clean water, clothing, shoes, education, and, most of all, hope.

After graduating high school, Owen was chosen for Compassion’s Leadership Development Program, which provided him a university scholarship and made him the first in his family to attend college.

After earning his Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Nairobi, he received a scholarship to North Dakota State University, where he graduated with a Master of Accountancy degree.

Owen has a great relationship with his Compassion sponsor, whose name is also Owen. He calls him big brother. On Owen’s wedding day, his sponsor was his best man, and additionally his sponsor’s son Simon was the ring bearer.

An energetic and captivating communicator, Owen speaks to congregations, college students, and youth groups about the challenges facing children growing up in poverty and the strategic ways each person can make an impact. He is passionate about hope and grace, breaking the cycle of poverty, overcoming fear, and enjoys every opportunity to share the Gospel message through his personal story.

Owen lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado with his wife, Krystal, and three sons, Jerome, Warren and Ace. They are blessed to sponsor 3 kids through Compassion International. Bringing his story full circle, in April of 2021 Owen started working for Compassion International as a Manager of Accounting.