Dr. Grace Jepkemboi is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education. Her teaching and research interest include child development and family relations, curriculum development, Working with children and families affected by HIV/AIDS, orphaned and vulnerable children, and policy in Kenya since independence and their impact on literacy, poverty eradication, gender empowerment, health, and other wellbeing indicators.
Jepkemboi founded the Kenya Heritage Foundation (KHF), with a goal to 'give every child a chance at life.' The organization supports children and families affected by HIV/AIDS through education—providing children with school supplies, shoes and clothing, power breakfasts, and financial assistance to stay in school. In addition, it encourages community empowerment and poverty eradication by helping families become self-sufficient through sustainable projects. It also promotes health through partnerships with local hospitals to provide medicine and home-based care to people with HIV/AIDS, provides adequate nutrition to people affected by HIV/AIDS, and works to improve food and water security.