Evans WadongoExecutive Director and Chairman, Sustainable Development For All-Kenya, Kenya
Evans Wadongo (born 11 March 1986) is a Kenyan engineer. He is a graduate in Electronic and Computer Engineering from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya. Evans was born in Western part of Kenya, where he grew up with his 4 brothers. He went to a rural primary school-Bisunu Primary school, where he walked over 10 km daily to reach the school. His home and school had no electricity. Evans is single and a last born in a family of five. Both his father and mother are teachers. Evans braved the odds to join Kakamega High School where he managed to graduate with top marks, and was listed among the top 100 best students in Kenya. He later joined Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and graduated in July 2009 with a BSC in Electronics and Computer Engineering.
While at the university, Evans was an active member of the Rotaract Club (part of Rotary International), where he participated in various community initiatives, such as donation of clothes to children homes, street clean up campaigns among others.
He did his internship at UUNET Kenya (Now MTN Business Kenya) in 2008, and at Metsec Ltd in 2007 and at Kenyatta national hospital in 2006. All his internships were in the fields of Electronics and Telecommunications.
Evans designed a solar lamp which he calls ‘MwangaBora (Swahili for good light) in 2004, as a way to address poor education, climate change, health and poverty in rural areas in Kenya. Evans named the entire project ‘Use Solar, Save Lives’ program , as he aimed to use solar technology as a way to save lives in poor communities. He joined Sustainable Development For All-Kenya (SDFA-Kenya) a non profit in 2006. SDFA-Kenya was officially registered by the NGO Coordination Board in June 2007 and its primary focus is environment, education and economic empowerment. Evans was the founding Chairman. SDFA-Kenya adopted the ‘Use Solar, Save Lives program’ as its main focus program as it combines the three aspects of education, environment and economic empowerment.
SDFA-Kenya is transforming into an international organization in order to expand its programs to other countries. SDFA-US has been incorporated in Washington as a tax exempted US charity. SDFA-Nigeria and SDFA-UK are being registered.
Apart from being the Chairman of the organization, Evans doubled up as a Project Manager from 2006 to 2008. From 2008 to July 2010, Evans was the Chairman and Programs Director. He is currently the Executive Director and Chairman of SDFA-Kenya and the President of SDFA-US.
Evans Wadongo and his story have been featured on CNN, MBC South Korea, K24 TV, NTV, BBC Radio, German Radio, KISS FM Radio, Capital FM, Nation Newspaper, The Star newspaper, The People newspaper and several online news sources.
Wadongo was voted one of CNN’s top ten heroes of 2010.