The spirt of community sharing and care is inspiring. When a woman receives a goat as a source of livelihood, she returns the first kid to the group, and cares for the goat to reproduce more kids for her family's livelihood. That is the same spirit for chicken or proceeds from a small business.
Educating girls can lead to lifetime change and empowerment for Maasai and Kisii girls in remote villages of southwestern Kenya. Education reduces risks such as school drop-out, early marriage, violence, female genital cutting, early or forced pregnancy.
Every woman's story counts. The stories are inter-generational. As a group of story-tellers, the women identify their own challenges and come up with solutions. They build a community of resilience and protection. They raise their voices to end violence against women and girls.
Over the last 20 years, Dr. Kerrie Urosevich’s work has been rooted in local and global community mobilization and peace building.
Dr. Jackie Ogega is the co-founder and president of Mpanzi. She has over 16 years’ experience designing, implementing and managing large, complex international development programs involving multiple partners, and in developing countries. Jackie is a senior associate for gender at Creative Associates international. She has worked for various international development, humanitarian agencies including World Learning, Project Concern international, Catholic Relief Services, Religions for Peace, and Caritas. A survivor of violence, Jackie uses her personal narrative as a lens for her work.
Now documenting women’s risks and new experiences in the second half of life, Ms. Diana Coleman has been a nonprofit organization and fundraising director for numerous organizations.
Our mission is to advance the empowerment of women and girls, and eliminate violence against them. We believe education, livelihoods, peace and non-violence benefit women and girls, and the community at large.
Dr. Ann Jennings has been involved for over 27 years in influencing fundamental change in how mental health service systems view and treat people with histories of unaddressed childhood trauma.
Mpanzi is led by a dedicated board that is commited to empowering women and girls.
Ms. Christine Mangale serves as the Program Coordinator at the Lutheran Office for World Community in New York, an advocacy office at the United Nations.