10543624_10101440842412379_1076611080512973273_nDan Odour – Founder & Director

Dan is a resident of Kibera and the Founder of ROCK.  Dan started ROCK in 2003 with the intention to support youth in his community by providing mentorship, guidance, and peer support.  Faced with the all too common situation of seeing youth in his community drop out of school and make poor decisions, Dan started ROCK to provide a safe haven for youth in Kibera and and provide them with a positive outlet to express themselves through sports, creative arts, and community service.  He has continued to guide that vision as ROCK has evolved to include a scholarship program and tutoring program, a critical component to provide the kids in his community with the skills they need to succeed and be leaders for the next generation. Dan manages the day to day activities of ROCK and is also a member of ROCK’s Executive Team, which provides oversight of ROCK’s ongoing activities and deals with longer term planning and strategy.

 

JasoJason Lee – Executive Officer

Jason initially met Dan in 2005 through the local NGO network while spending a summer teaching in a Kibera school.  They forged a friendship grounded in their common passion for the youth of Kibera and kept in touch when Jason returned to the USA to pursue further studies.  As fate would have it, Jason relocated to Kenya for work in mid 2011 and reconnected with Dan to help roll out the Scholarship and Tutoring program. Jason co-leads the Scholarship and Tutoring Program and serves as part of the Executive Team. In his professional capacity, Jason works with the IFC as an advisor to sovereign and sub-sovereign governments throughout Africa to assist them in structuring and financing infrastructure projects. 

 

Ghoncheh Lee – Executive Officer

Ghoncheh was introduced to ROCK through Jason in early 2012 and immediately became an indispensable part of the ROCK family as co-lead to the Scholarship and Tutoring Program.  Ghoncheh also is part of the Executive Team and leads ROCK’s fundraising efforts.  Ghoncheh initially came to Kenya as an Acumen Global Fellow.  However, the lure of ROCK and Kenya proved too strong and Ghoncheh elected to stay in Kenya at the conclusion of her fellowship.  After working in several Kenyan startups, she has returned to Chicago to support her family’s business, also in the education space.