The Nairobi Play Team
The Nairobi Play Project is not an NGO, non-profit or social enterprise. It is a global movement with the goal of spreading and scaling a successful model to international organizations, ngo's, governments and community-based organizations focused on refugee education and intercultural dialogue initiatives.
Founder + Global project Lead
Ariam Mogos is a learning technologist, designer, educator and Eritrean. She currently leads digital learning programs for Global Kids in New York. She has also led the implementation of mobile and web based technologies for problem-based learning across Sierra Leone, Kenya and South Africa, the State Department’s TechGirls MENA program, and the American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Science Literacy, Education and Technology. She is a 92Y Women inPower fellow and Coaching fellow. She received her M.A. from Columbia University in Human Rights and Global Development and her B.S. from Cornell University in Industrial and Labor Relations with a focus on International and Comparative Labor.
project lead, kenya
Shamm Petros is a former refugee from Eritrea, dedicated to providing protection and education services to displaced people around the world. Shamm's work has taken her across Egypt, Oman, Jordan, Iraq and Kenya serving the needs of refugees in various capacities. Currently, Shamm is working with Heshima Kenya, a safe house for young refugee women and orphans, to strengthen the reach and depth of their education programming. Shamm graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Sustainable Development and Arabic studies. She is a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium scholar, a Coca-Cola Scholar, and a Global Citizen fellow. As a former Eritrean refugee, her professional and academic endeavors have been driven by a deep sense of responsibility to the region and field.
As Director of Partnerships & Programs for the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at 92Y, Kait helps to develop and scale innovative programming across all of 92Y’s multidisciplinary areas. One such initiative is #GivingTuesday, a national day of giving on the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. In its fourth year, the #GivingTuesday movement united more than organizations in the U.S. and around the world to raise nearly $117 Million for charity. Kait manages operations and partner outreach for #GivingTuesday, and helps curate the educational program. In addition, Kait helps oversee the Center’s leadership initiatives, including 92Y Women inPower Fellowship program, NYC Venture Fellows, and NYC Fashion Fellows. She also serves on the programming team for the annual Social Good Summit, a 2-day event during UN Week that brings world leaders together to explore how technology can help solve the world’s biggest issues. Prior to joining the Center for Innovation & Social Impact, Kait worked at 92Y on corporate sponsorship and foundation and government grants. She has also worked in development for The New York Botanical Garden and Oxford University.