EPN HERO: Lilly Oyare

Founder of the

Little Rock ECD Centre

For the well-fed,  well-sheltered, and well-warmed, poverty may seem a world away. Often good fortune obscures the horrific misfortune of others.


Lilly  Oyare, founder of Little Rock,  has spent her entire career educating children. What she noticed is "If we do not do something now, it's like a time bomb waiting to explode, and it will affect every one of us. Love is about others not self." Lilly and the pupils she mentors are demonstrating how we  all benefit from ensuring that each child is given the love and education required to reach their full potential.

Lilly Oyare is the remarkable educator who founded the Little Rock Inclusive Early Childhood Development Center. Lilly was born in Mombasa, Kenya, the first born of 8 children -- five boys and three girls. Her father worked for Kenya Railways, thus the bulk of her childhood was spent in Nairobi. Through primary school and high school Lilly earned high marks. Her father held his children to high standards, requiring that they be well disciplined and studious. Whereas many of her classmates enjoyed nights out shopping and going to the movies, Lilly's non-academic activities centered around church life. After high school Lilly went to Asumbi TT college, becoming a teacher after graduation.


Later on in her career, Lilly  vistied the slums of Kibera. She was overwhelmed by the poverty she encountered there, and was motivated to use education as means of delivering children from Kibera from the a lifetime of destitution.


If you'd like to learn more about Lilly and her amazing story click here. You can also support her great work by visiting the Little Rock Scholars Page.

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