KAWE was established in Nairobi in 1982 by Mrs. Caroline Pickering to address the problem of epilepsy in Kenya. She became
interested in the condition after her daughter developed epilepsy at the age of twelve and it was quite apparent to her that there was very little knowledge about the extent of the problem of epilepsy in Kenya;
social support for people with epilepsy was inadequate and there was a lack of appropriate medical care.
From an organization with an initial staffing of one person in 1982, KAWE has grown into a national entity governed by a
voluntary Board of 6 directors, two of them parents of children with epilepsy. The directors have different professions and backgrounds. The Chairman, Dr Osman Miyanji, is a respected child neurologist with vast knowledge in epilepsy management. He was also one of the founding directors in 1982 and he started the first KAWE epilepsy clinic. The Board Secretary is Mr. Maurice K’Anjejo, formerly the Corporate Affairs Manager at Total Kenya.
The Board Finance Director is Mr. Paul Anthony Spence a UK Chartered Accountant who is a former Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK). The other 3 Board members are Mr. Lawrence Rweria who works at CBK and is a parent of a child with epilepsy, Mr. Samuel Mwaniki, an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and Mrs Diana Kuria a senior executive with Price Waterhouse Coopers.