For over 15 years, I have been supporting orphans and vulnerable children in my community in Nakuru, Kenya. It gives me great inspiration and joy to see children and youth get a second chance in life. I help them understand they are not alone in this world because I care about how they live, what they eat, whether they have access to education and health services. Working with other concerned folks in my community, we created a scholarship fund called Future African Leaders Project (FALP). FALP supports promising Kenyan youth who face serious challenges in getting an education and maintaining their health. The project provides school fees, books and other supplies and where needed housing, a food allowance and health services. Also, participants receive leadership development training and assistance which enables them to participate in youth-led activities in Kenya. The cost of the project is minimal given its impact on children’s and youth’s lives. On average, each young person requires about $2,000 in school fees, health care and housing for a total budget of $32,000 per year. There are no salaries, consulting or administrative fees associated with the project as all work is voluntary.
Currently, FALPS supports 17 outstanding children and youth. 7 at the university level. 8 in secondary school and two in primary school. These children and youth will have a bright future becasue of your generosity.
I hope you will join us to make a difference in these children’s and youth’s lives and transform their lives for good. Have a great summer!
Below is my bio:
My name is Pauline Muchina and I come from the Rift Valley Province in Kenya, where my family still resides. I came to the U.S. to study and earned a Ph.D. in 2000. I am currently an independent consultant and I volunteer with Future African Leaders Project. Previously, I served as the Senior Partnership Advisor for UNAIDS for seven and a half years. I serve in several boards and advisory groups including, Foundation for Sustainable Development and the Global Room for Women. Also, is a member of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians.
I am the founder of Future African Leaders Project, designed to support promising African youth who face serious challenges in getting an education and maintaining their health. The project provides school fees, books and other supplies and where needed housing and a food allowance. In addition, participants receive leadership development training and assistance which enables them to participate in youth lead activities in Kenya.
My goal in life is to challenge injustice that render women, girls and marginalized communities vulnerable – addressing policies, structural, cultural and religious teaching and practices that undermine their human rights. I believe in saving lives, even when it means saving one life at a time. In addition to being an advocate, I devote my resources to educate children in Kenya and to support families affected by HIV and gender-based violence.
In 2011, I received the United Methodist Church Global Leadership Award. On March 8, 2014, the Huffington Post honored me as one of 50 women powerful international religious leaders. I hold a masters degree from Yale University and a Ph.D. from the Union Theological Seminary.