Maisha is committed to bringing hope to the hopeless and light to the darkness. Since its inception, Maisha has worked with the abandoned, orphaned, and destitute children of western Kenya. Our on-the-ground operations are run by local Kenyans who are trained in development, education, HIV/AIDS counseling, and home-based care. To meet the goals of Maisha, we initiated projects to address the most pressing needs of water, hunger, shelter, education, health, and economic security. Maisha projects give the people we serve the tools they need to transform their community.
Through our projects, Maisha serves children from newborns to teens, feeds children daily, provides sponsorships for education, brings home- based care to people living with HIV/AIDS, hosts economic empowerment training, and facilitates community development projects. Thousands of lives have been impacted and set on course for a bright future. As we equip and train our staff and volunteers, they are able to create brighter futures for each person we serve.
Legacy of Hope began when Anna Lanson, a Swedish missionary, gave Maisha’s founder Beatrice Williamson a scholarship for education. Anna gave Beatrice a chance to succeed in life and tell her story. We offer you the same opportunity to sow into the future of a child through Maisha’s Legacy of Hope child sponsorship project.
Orphans and destitute children all over the world suffer in silence. Born into poverty, these children live without access to education, medical care, adequate housing, clothing, appropriate food, or a chance for a better future.
The Maisha Feeding Project was started in 2006 by Beatrice’s mother, Grace Ochieng or “Mama Grace,” a former schoolteacher. Seeing children falling asleep in class due to lack of food, she brought them home for lunch.
Shambas of Maisha means Gardens of Life. Agriculture has been the way of life on the Kano flood plain where Maisha is located for hundreds of years. The people are very willing to work; in fact they do backbreaking work, but are unable to produce enough to feed their own families much less provide a source of income.
Living Positive addresses the crisis of HIV/AIDS, which has left over 1.2 million children orphaned. According to UNAIDS, as of December 2011, 1.6 million people in Kenya were living with HIV and had already claimed the lives of 1.7 million more.
To meet the health challenges of our growing Maisha community, a full-service clinic was built in 2012.
Thank you for your interest in coming alongside Maisha to bring hope to the hopeless and light to the darkness. Our volunteers who serve on Kenya missions are called “Team Maisha.” Four or more teams travel to Kenya every year.
Maisha Marketplace promotes economic empowerment, creating business and commerce. Maisha trains youth and adults in making hand-crafted goods, dressmaking skills and holds weekly forums of the community-owned table banking project.
As Maisha grows and continues development, it is critical for water and sanitation needs to be met to ensure the health and safety of the people we serve. Plans are in place to build an overall system to harvest and store rainwater, creating a sustainable water supply for generations to come.