About The Founder
Loise Kahenya, popularly, known as Mumbi was born in Kenya, the last of eleven children - to Josphat Mwaura and Lydia Mumbi. Her parents who lived to be 108 and 102 years old respectively, were Christians who worked hard and struggled to send each of their children to school. Josphat and Lydia were very loving, understanding and did not conform to popular traditional practices of denying education to the girl-child. They treated all their children with equal importance and always made them feel appreciated. It is because of what her parents instilled in her at a very young age, that her life as a girl matters, that Loise has been able to go to school, start and run small businesses and want to undertake the task of starting this nonprofit organization to give back and hopefully, help some African families' lives through education.
Loise had the vision to work with African children for many years to bring quality education to them. Her mother who was from the Masai tribe was a very strong-willed woman who, though, did not have any formal education, was the pillar and rock of her family. Her father, worked for the colonialists as a ranch overseer. He taught himself to speak English by listening to the British farmers talk, as a result, he was often called upon to translate instructions to other workers. Together, Loise's parents raised eleven children, and gave them the gift of love and education. They both lived to be over 100 years old and the work of this organization is dedicated to them.
About Save African Families (SAF)
Save African Families believes in the power of knowledge that will help young people create a brighter, happier future by alleviating poverty. The right education from an early age will help children create solutions which will help them and their communities. Education will enable young people to start small businesses, help their younger siblings with homework and assist parents effectively run their small businesses, leading to healthier, more positive, fulfilled lives.
A lot of children and young adults in poverty-stricken parts of Africa do not attend school, either because there are no schools close to their homes, or their parents cannot afford to pay school tuition. In some communities, like the Masai, the girls are married off at a very young age in exchange for money or livestock. Save African Families and our partners' goal is to provide solutions that are sustainable to help the disadvantaged children gain solid education.
The founder's background and her deep knowledge about the cultures will greatly help us to interact with the communities in their own environment, work with, and rely on them in a respectful manner to develop sustainable and viable solutions, tailor-made for their particular needs.