Kenya Keys is a vibrant example that one person really can make a big difference. The organization was founded in 2005 by Rinda Hayes, of Lake Oswego, Oregon and Joseph Mwengea, of Taru, Kenya.
Kenya Keys’ Mission Statement
Kenya Keys bridges two cultures, becoming a catalyst for education and leadership development where opportunities are untapped and potential abounds.
Kenya Keys is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All donations to Kenya Keys are tax deductible.
Our work is guided by these hallmarks of belief:
- Education is the most important tool we can use against the ravages of poverty.
- Volunteerism is crucial to success. An organization run by volunteers remains vital, dynamic, and free of corruption. It also connects people as global citizens in a meaningful way.
- Cultural exchange and exposure is vitally enriching for Americans as well as Africans.
- There should be no giving of things that run out or wear out. Such giving only increases dependency, invites discontent, and isolates the givers from the receivers. We provide opportunities, not handouts.
- All essential decisions should be made by local people, giving them crucial ownership and accountability, as well as the opportunity to develop critical leadership skills. Africans have the ability within themselves to solve their deep-seated problems. We just facilitate a supporting framework.