Ms. Estelle F. Strizhak is the program director for Kenya Social Ventures (KSV), an organization that seeks to provide college and university Interns – local and from overseas – with practical fieldwork experience of assisting in humanitarian projects in Kibera slums. She is also a project developer for the ”For Children’s Sake Initiative Association” (FOCHISAAS), a 5-year project in 6 member primary schools in Kibera slums to improve learning in English and Mathematics in Standards 4-8.
Ms. Strizhak has over 25 years of experience in project design, supervision and evaluation. Her major expertise is in working with urban refugees and education in both the private and public (government) sectors.
She has worked in the United States, Africa (primarily Kenya) and India. She is also an Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow, an award given for her innovative teaching methods.
Ms. Strizhak has a Bachelors and Masters Degree from the University of Wisconsin, U.S.A., is a former Fulbright Scholar and a National Defense Foreign Language Fellowship holder. She is fluent in English, French, Spanish, Russian and 3 Indian languages (Telugu, Tamil and Hindi). She is the adoptive mother to four siblings from Conakry, Guinea. Her oldest adoptive daughter has a baby girl, making her a new grandmother.