This section provides a short overview of some of the community projects and case studies initiated by Tutu Fellows. It is by no means comprehensive, but illustrates how Fellows are demonstrating leadership through change in their communities or as a result of their experiences with the Tutu Leadership Programme.

Fort Hall Eye Project

IMG 4804In one of the most troubled county's in Kenya, 2017 Tutu Fellow Samuel Kariuki has launched a project called Fort Hall Eye.  Located two hours from Nairobi, Murang’a County is one of Kenya’s more densely populated rural districts. Historically, the county was a leading coffee producer, accounting for the bulk of Kenya’s world famous Arabica exports. However, mismanagement has led to a decline in the county over the last two decades, with a majority of farmers, often small-holders, abandoning the crop and resorting to subsistence farming. The resulting increased poverty levels over the last 20 years has had a significant impact on the social fabric.  The Fort Hall Eye Project is an agro-entrepreneurship program coupled with micro-loans for vocational training offering skills training and mentoring, starting with a 15-acre farm being used as a kind of live incubator.

Tswelopele Girls Club

Geci Karuri-Sebina

Geci Karuri Sebina - a 2009 Tutu Fellow - established a girls' club Alexandra Township, Johannesburg, South Africa called Tswelopele with two other concerned local women. The girls club focuses on girls’ self-development project, aiming to increase their life chances under difficult circumstances by emphasizing self-awareness, responsibility and growth.

Patient access to medicine

Ogejuma Emmanuel

In his role at GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceutical Nigeria, 2012 Tutu Fellow Ogejuma Emmanuel began an inititiative to that set as its aim the goal of providing affordable and quality medicines to the destitute living living in semi-urban and rural areas.

Victor Ochen

Victor OchenBackground/Challenge:

Born and raised in Abia, one of northern Uganda’s camps for displaced people, Victor spent most of his youth amid war, witnessing an array of human rights abuses. In 2003, the Lord’s Resistance Army abducted his elder brother and cousin. To this day, no one knows what happened to them.

Mwangi Githiru

Mwangi GithiruBackground/Challenge:

20% of the world's annual greenhouse gas emissions come from the destruction of tropical forests. Rural residents in African countries containing tropical forests depend on these ecosystems for their livelihoods, including the extraction of timber and hunting. How does one improve biodiversity protection and community livelihood, as well as protect endangered wildlife such as elephants and big cats?.

Dr. Tariro Makadzange


The Parirenyatwa Hospital Family Care Centre (PHFCC) is one of the largest HIV treatment and care centres in Zimbabwe, providing services to more than 500 patients each day. The PHFCC is also involved in research, as well as the training of healthcare professionals. Connecting the knowledge and experience of clinicians with researchers to identify pertinent research questions has been a perennial challenge.  Dr. Tariro Makadzange opened an infectious disease research laboratory to find solutions for HIV-associated infections and train healthcare professionals.

Saul Kornik

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Africa Health Placements, or AHP, is a project to place medical personnel in rural areas.  The case study began in the Amathole district, Eastern Cape, South Africa and has been ongoing since 2005.  In South Africa 43.6% of the country’s population lives in rural areas, but only 12% of doctors and 19% of the country’s nurses work in rural health facilities. AHP exists to help plan for, find and keep the workforce needed to deliver health for all.  Tutu Fellow Saul Kornik is AHP CEO and co-founder.  To solve the disparity rural areas face regarding health care, he ensured AHP worked closely with the National Department of Health, the Eastern Cape Department of Health, and the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

Shane Immelman

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Over 95 million school children in Sub Saharan Africa do not have the benefit of a classroom desk. This affects the development of the child's literacy and academic performance, as well as their ability to concentrate in class.