KARIKA is an acronym of Kenyan Aged people Require Information, Knowledge & Advancement. This is a registered community based organization CBO, under the ministry of culture and social services in the year 2003, located in Dagoretti South Riruta location next to police station. the land in which we are located belong to the government of Kenya and we were located here by the Authority of the local leaders after we had been forcefully evicted by the landlords we used to rent their house next to K-REP BANK when they had a family land dispute in the year 2013.
Mwega’s father died when he was 14. His mum was then disinherited by his fathers family leaving her with only one plot of land to live on and putting her under huge financial strain. Mwega wanted to continue his education and took it upon himself to write to the head master of the school to explain his situation. Luckily three teachers agreed to pay for his fees and he completed Form Four. He got a job with the Government as a civil servant and managed to put his brothers and sisters through school as a result. Unfortunately, his fathers family tried to claim the final plot of land which caused a family feud and caused great stress to his mother. She finally died from health complications.
Through this experience Mwega realized the pain and suffering experienced by ageing people and orphans. Over the years his need to do something got stronger and he gathered the courage to leave the security of his job with the civil service where he worked for 15 years. He has since dedicated his time to this project.