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WHO WE ARE- A Canadian - African Charity working in Kenya

Village woman gifts pineapple to Leslee

Leslee Greenaway is Licensed Realtor, and the Visionary and Project Manager of this Humanitarian Aid Project.  She has an academic background with a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Psychology, and a Master’s Degree in Human Ecology, both from the University of Alberta, Canada.  During a safari Vacation in Kenya in 2004, Leslee developed a love and respect for the people of Kenya, Africa …..their never-ending hope, faith  and their constant smiles, despite the seemingly insurmountable hardships they face daily.   Leslee has made several humanitarian aid trips to Nyarut Village since 2004.

‘Save-a-Village’ is a rapidly growing non-profit, charitable, humanitarian aid organization, focusing on African charity in Kenya.  We have a grass roots & holistic approach to improving health, living conditions and survival for the severely poverty-stricken in Nyanza Province, western Kenya.  Through the provision of clean water, improved food production, and development of medical & education facilities, our volunteer charity work benefits all, but is especially needed by the surviving victims of HIV/Aids…..the many orphans, the grandmothers raising their orphan grandchildren, and children raising children.   

 ‘Save-a- Village’ is 100% volunteer-run.   All funds raised go directly to this African charity to help alleviate poverty.  There are no administration fees!  The goal is improved health, improved education, and self-sustainability for thousands of beautiful and heart warming, rural Kenyans who ultimately, despite their dreams of a better life, have known only a life of struggle and extreme poverty. 

Volunteer Norma with children Okiro is our Contractor Assistant, John, has lunch at Gideon's home Leslee eats Breakfast of unga in our Nyarut 'home'
Volunteer Norma with children Okiro is our Contractor Assistant, John, has lunch at Gideon's home Leslee eats Breakfast of unga in our Nyarut 'home'

All project work is by invitation… through the people…. for the people.  Local community volunteer involvement is essential!  Sustainability is the Goal! 

MISSION STATEMENT

Our ‘Save-a-Village’ goal and charity work, is to promote the betterment of basic life needs, clean water, proper nutrition, education, and medical care to the poverty-stricken orphans, widows, grandmothers, and families in rural Nyanza Provence of Kenya, Africa.
‘One village at a time’……….  The ultimate goal is Self-sustainability.

WHY WESTERN KENYA?

The mission was inspired after a safari vacation to Kenya in 2004, left visionary, Leslee Greenaway, overwhelmed by the abject poverty in the country.  The contrast with the Kenyan tourist vacation was heart-breaking and she felt driven to find some way to help these wonderful people. 

The 2006 Kenya National Human Development Report states that over 50% of Kenyans live below the poverty line, with Nyanza Province being the poorest province in Kenya, Africa.  In Nyanza 63% live in chronic poverty at less than $1 per day and their average life span is the lowest in Kenya at 41.7 years.  The residents of this community struggle against the natural elements and the lack of resources, as they attempt to provide basic necessities for their families.  They do not have reasonable access to health services, doctors, water, or proper nutrition. ..… basic necessities for human survival.  Agriculture production is hampered by the long droughts of the dry seasons alternating with flooding rains during the wet season.  Crops don’t survive.  Disease prevails.  Malaria remains the leading cause of illness and deaths, followed by HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis.  Nyanza province has the highest incidence of people ages 15-49 living with HIV/Aids (10.2% of men; 16% of women).   In the worst seasons, they face also typhoid and cholera.  The nearest medical facility (with no electricity) is many kilometers away.  They have no means to get there other than by foot or by bicycle.

"I AM ONLY ONE BUT I AM STILL ONE.  I CANNOT DO EVERYTHING BUT STILL I CAN DO SOMETHING; AND BECAUSE I CANNOT DO EVERYTHING, I WILL NOT REFUSE TO DO SOMETHING THAT I CAN DO."    Helen Keller

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