Margaret Apudo is a single mother of four daughters, and is the current CEO of Fathers Hand Limited, a private company in Nairobi, Kenya and the founder of Help Child/Mother Organization (HCMO).
Between 1973-1976, Margaret earned her first degrees at Nairobi University, graduating with honors on the disciplines of Sociology, Criminology, History, and Geography.
Margaret then went on to further her education at Syracuse University, New York, USA where she was admitted for the MA program in Sociology, Criminology, and the Social sciences. Later on she was awarded a Research Fellowship for her Ph.D. coursework in the Social Sciences and Afro- American studies.
Ms. Apudo believes that everyone has a duty to help and empower someone else in one form or another; she has found her duty, and through what she does she hopes to inspire Kenyans to follow suite.
Upon her return to Kenya, she worked as a welfare officer and lecturer in different prisons in Nairobi. She retired from the prisons in 1987 and worked as an administrator at International Faith Outreach Ministries.
In 1990, she joined Daystar University as a lecturer in Community Development, where she was eventually promoted to a senior lecturer. She was responsible for developing the Community Development program in Daystar from inception. In 1996, she left Daystar and travelled to the U.K for further studies. She lived in Oxford, England for seven years and later travelled to the U.S.A for five more years.
Upon returning to Kenya, she decided to pursue her passion of working with the disenfranchised communities through her Help Child Mother Organization NGO. Margaret is known to be a woman who demonstrates compassion through action. If there is a need, she will do all she can to meet it.
She often states, “I am not going to wait until I have it all to start, I will help people with the little I have!”
Margaret believes that it is the job of Kenyans to help their own, instead of having to primarily rely on the international body. Ms. Apudo’s motto is to reach and empower as many disenfranchised families as possible, especially homes with single mothers. She wants to see children going to school and finishing university. She also has a great passion to clean up the slums and build up the lives of those living there.