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​Nyarut Village Community Development Project began as an independent humanitarian aid project in 2004 serving the needs of villagers in rural Kenya.  In 2010, it was registered with the Alberta Government as a 100% volunteer-run Not-for-Profit Society with the name changed to Save-A-Village:  A Mission In Kenya Society Of Alberta.  Our Board of Directors are all active Volunteers and come from a wide variety of professional and experiential backgrounds.  We are not affiliated with any particular religious organization, we are not evangelical in nature, and we welcome anyone who may wish to serve the poor in rural Kenya, to work with us.  There are no administration fees.  All funds raised go directly to this Kenyan charity project to help alleviate poverty.


​Our Mission is to assist the poor in HIV/Aids affected rural Kenyan communities, and in particular the widows and orphans who have fallen victim to HIV/Aids, to attain:

·        Clean water

·        Adequate nutritious food

·        Improved educational facilities

·        Improved medical facilities

·        Self-sustainability


Leslee Greenaway,  MSc, BSc

Leslee has a diverse background in both sciences and the arts. She completed a BSc in biology and psychology in 1978. After working in medical and dental, practical and research related positions, for 10 years, she returned in 1986, to University of Alberta to do graduate work in Human Ecology, specializing in design. 

Throughout these years, Leslee served as coordinator of numerous cultural and fundraising events for various organizations (Glenrose Hospital, Camrose Lutheran College). She has also served as a volunteer on numerous Boards related to the arts (Alberta Arts Foundation, Alberta Handweavers, Spinners, and Dyers), heritage preservation (City of Edmonton Heritage Review Panel), and humanitarian aid (Alberta Distribution Relief Agency: Aid society international). She has supported herself as a Realtor working in the City of Edmonton, Alberta for the past 17 years.  

International travel to developing countries has been an interest Leslee has pursued yearly for 30 years. It is this interest that lead her to Africa in 2004 where she first developed the vision of assisting the poor in rural Kenya. Thus, Save-A-Village, a mission in Kenya was born. This mission has become her life’s passion.

Dr. Jayne Smitten,  PhD, MEd, RN

Dr. Jayne Smitten, Principal, RE/AC Consulting Inc., is an accomplished healthcare organizational development professional with 25+ years of diverse community leadership, administrative, research and teaching expertise.

Her international teaching and consulting experiences include working experiences in Canada’s Northern Territories, South Africa, South America, and the Middle East)

As a Registered Nurse (Alberta), her extensive clinical nursing experiences have focused on medical-surgical specializations as well as community/public health nursing care and community based healthcare planning. 

Dr. Smitten currently has Adjunct and Academic roles within Alberta Universities (University of Alberta, Athabasca) and serves in a diversity of leadership roles within healthcare educational organizations including the: Capital Care Foundation (CCF), International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL), Nursing Informatics Association of Alberta (NIAA), International Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), and Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Society Honor Society of Nursing.

Nora P. Shea, M.A., AFLCA

Nora is the President and Principal Consultant of Crowley Consulting – a firm that that provides training, human resources, organizational development, marketing and planning services.

A graduate of Carleton University, the University of Alberta and Central Michigan University, with extensive experience in overseas development projects and development education activities across Canada, she has worked as a manager and a consultant for over 30 years. She is one of the founders of the community-based Boyle-McCauley Health Centre, in Edmonton, and has worked for the UN/ILO, in Papua New Guinea.

Throughout her career, Nora has served as an Executive Board member, Executive Director and volunteer of several community health and social service agencies, as well as a manager in larger complex organizations, including a school board, a hospital and governments. An expert in governance, capacity building and change management with diverse groups, including Aboriginal and ethno-cultural organizations, as Executive Director of a multi-cultural centre, Nora managed the refugee settlement program for NE Ontario, for the federal government.

In addition to teaching in the Human Services Administration degree program at MacEwan University, preparing managers for leadership roles in the public and non-profit sectors, she works in chronic disease management. She leads fitness classes for older adults, in seniors’ residences.

Amanda Kraayenbrink, CA

Frank Au-Yeung, P.Eng.
Director At Large

Maya Rathnavalu
Director At Large

Joshua Au-Yeung
Director At Large


Alberta Distribution Relief Agency-Aid Society International  (received, donated, and loaded 2 container loads of humanitarian aid goods to go to Kenya) 2006

Universal Aid 
(Paid for the shipping of one of the containers)  2006

Adventist Development Relief Agency 
(Paid for the shipping of the second container)  2006

The WildRose Foundation, Alberta Government 
(Granted us $25,000 in matching funds) 2007

The Emmanuel Foundation
(Donated and personally installed state-of-the-art playgrounds at two sites and serving 500 children)  2009

Engineering Ministries International
(Sent 4 engineers to visit our two village areas in Kenya to teach in improving agriculture, irrigation, and sanitation; they also designed the roof for the medical clinic)  2010

Alberta Government, Community Initiatives Program 
(Granted us a second $25,000 in matching funds)  2011

The Tooth Fairy Children’s Foundation (Calgary) 
​(donated 2000 toothbrushes for us to distribute to children and adults while teaching hygiene) 2011  

to all our volunteers, sponsors, and proud donors. We could not have come  this far without you.



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