Elphas was born in Kakamega County – Western Kenya where he attended his basic education before moving to Nairobi for his higher education. His early upbringing and experience made him understand the challenges the community is going through. His interest in the tourism industry saw him pursue professional training at Kenya Utalii College in Tour Guiding and Administration. Elphas has worked with major tour companies in different capacities and departments but mainly in customer care service. As a customer service expert, he has accompanied groups and families all over the country and outside Kenya on both holiday and humanitarian engagements. Such groups include Millennium Development Goals, Millennium Promise, World Vision and many others. His passion for service encouraged him to partner with friends to co-found Africa Untamed Wilderness Adventures and Akhonya Development Community Based Organization (A-CBO). His dream is to partner with friends to empower and impact the community.
Moses was born in a mud-and-stick hut in Namanga, a Kenyan village near Amboseli National Park. For most of his youth, Moses Pulei envisioned that he would spend his life as his father and grandfather spent theirs: raising and herding cattle across East Africa. Growing up in the shadow of Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro – which he has climbed more than 20 times – Pulei saw himself as a good herdsman. This work, along with being a good warrior, is the source of life and pride for Pulei’s Maasai tribe.
But Pulei also had an interest in education, despite his father’s concern: “Is it possible to hold a spear in one hand and a book in the other?” he asked his son. Like others from Namanga, he attended a school operated by the Roman Catholic Church and later became a Christian after meeting Americans from Young Life and World Vision, a Christian relief and development agency. They told him about Whitworth and Spokane. He received a scholarship from the private liberal arts school and sponsorship from Christian missionaries in Florida. As a student at Whitworth, Moses became so popular on campus that he was elected student body president and chosen to be the school’s homecoming king.
After graduation, he worked as a safari guide for the Kenyan government and also worked with Young Life. He continued to travel to the United States, where he earned a master of divinity degree and a doctorate in intercultural studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. His dissertation was titled, “Preachers of a Different Gospel: The Emergence of the Word-Faith Movement in Kenya and a Trans-National Religious Culture.”
Moses is particularly passionate about empowering the women who live there. He has since left World Vision to co-found Better Harvest Agricultural Company, a nonprofit that works with small-scale farmers in Tanzania to produce crops and sell at a profit. The groundwork that Pulei laid at Whitworth in establishing partnerships with East Africa continues to influence students’ lives and futures.