Tunda is 29 years old from a polygamous Maasai family with three wives. She has fourteen brothers and sisters in total. She grew up in a small village in the Maasai area called Enaibelibel in the midst of the rich, beautiful and sometime cruel and biased cultural practices of the Maasai community. Being born female made her very vulnerable compared to a male child. Today she is one of the few women from the Maasai community who was never circumcised and escaped being married off at a young age.
Tunda is a university graduate with a degree in development studies and a master’s degree (earned recently) in international relations. Tunda joined Ngong Road Children’s Foundation in February 2010 as a volunteer caseworker as a way of giving back to the community. A year later she became a full-time caseworker, and was promoted to Department Head in 2012. She says she has learnt a lot from the kids; they have become part of her life and given her life a different dimension. She believes education is the backbone of success for any individual and for the development of any country.