Meet Our Visionary Leader


With a deep-rooted commitment to social impact, and her belief in the potential of young people to drive transformative change, Charlene Ruto founded the SMACHS Foundation. As the Founder and Patron, she provides visionary leadership, strategic direction, and unwavering support to the organization’s mission of empowering youth to lead the fight against hunger and climate change.

Charlene’s leadership has propelled the SMACHS Foundation to become a relatable example for young people across Kenya. Under her guidance, the foundation has implemented innovative programs and initiatives that have positively impacted thousands of young people and farmers, ushering in a new era of youth-led and climate-smart agriculture.

Charlene’s unwavering commitment to creating a more just, equitable, and sustainable world inspires all those who have the privilege of working alongside her. Through her visionary leadership and tireless dedication, she continues to drive positive change, leaving a lasting legacy of empowerment, resilience, and hope for future generations.

Charlene’s philosophy centers on the belief that sustainable agriculture is not only essential for food security but also for mitigating the adverse effects of climate change. She envisions a future where young people are empowered to leverage cutting-edge technologies and innovative approaches to cultivate resilient, climate-smart farms that not only feed their communities but also protect the planet for future generations