Mama Rita

Dr. Rita Lugogo served as CHOICE Humanitarian's Kenya In-Country Director for twenty-five years. In that time, she implemented the CHOICE Model of Leadership Development, raising the standard of living for thousands of individuals and co-founded Yehu Microfinance Services, which provides microloans to over 35,000 clients, many of whom are women working to build businesses. While Rita has changed the lives of thousands of individuals through the CHOICE model and the founding of Yehu, her deepest passion has always been education. She personally provided scholarships to students throughout Kenya, changing the course of their lives through continued education. To hundreds of thousands of rural Kenyans she is known as "Mama Rita" a mentor, an advocate, and a friend.

We are thankful for Rita, her years of service, and her significant impact improving lives throughout Kenya. She has retired from her position as CHOICE Kenya In-Country Director, but her legacy will live on for years to come. See the opportunities below to join in celebrating Rita and continuing her legacy.


Rita Lugogo Scholarship Fund

As Rita was a fierce advocate for education, we are excited to honor her through the Rita Lugogo Scholarship Fund and continue to provide education in her name.

Below are the annual costs for education in Kenya, but please know that any donation makes a difference.


one year of high school education for a student in Kenya


one year of university or trade school education for a student in Kenya

We want you to see your impact! When you donate to the Rita Lugogo Scholarship Fund, you are matched with a student that you have empowered to continue education. You will receive updates from the student about their experience in school and how continuing education is creating new opportunities in their life.

Donate Towards Scholarships That Will Change Lives





Photo Book

We are honoring Rita by gifting her a compilation of photos, stories, memories and thoughts from her CHOICE Family. Please help us honor Rita and her legacy by contributing to this project.
Rita Lugogo Photo Book
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