Empowering & Educating Children Through Active & Creative play programs

We EMPOWER, ENCOURAGE and LOVE – we see you.
 
Kusewera means “to play” in Chichewa, the language of Malawi, Africa
 
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Mission, History and Statement of Kusewera :
 
Mission : Kusewera believes every child deserves the chance for a bright future. Our mission is to empower and educate children through our active and creative play programs. We encourage community-driven development for sustainability, implementing locally-identified projects alongside community members. We aim to regularly examine our intentions and ensure that we are putting the rights, respect, and desires of the community first and foremost in our practices.
 
Our current project is a community center and sports complex in Malawi, Africa. Our Girl Power Initiative is global. In Malawi, we provide free preschool and kindergarten for the children in the community and after-school programs for the primary and secondary school children. We have sports teams, various groups and tutoring all year-round.
 
We organize activities such as sports, dance, music, art and more. All are integral parts of a child’s development and teaches valuable life skills. Our sustainable year-round after-school program empowers the children to be awakened to new goals for their lives, and to be positive leaders in their communities.
 
History : In 2008, Kusewera founder, Karen Osborn, took a trip to Africa, that changed her life. She worked with kids at Mtendere Village Orphanage near Lilongwe, conducting sport clinics. She realized her passion to help these kids set and attain goals for their future. She has continued that work and collaborates with a diverse group of people, working together to facilitate community-led initiatives and programs that educate, empower and encourage children and adults towards sustainable living and an impactful future. Kusewera was formed in 2010, and in 2012 became its own recognized, non-profit corporation under section 501(c)(3) under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.
 
Statement : We are a beautifully diverse group of people who promote the practice of love, unity, understanding and inclusion. We encourage everyone to show compassion in their own community, country and in the world. We believe in the acceptance and love for people of all colors, races, religions, genders or backgrounds and believe that everyone in this world is created with equal value. We reject any ideology of hate or discrimination towards any ethnic group, religion/faith or of anyone that might be different or look different than oneself. We acknowledge the negative effects colonialism has caused in Africa, the U.S. and in many parts of the world. We acknowledge the existence of inequality, oppression, privilege and unconscious bias and aim to be active participants in addressing the very real racial and systemic injustices. We encourage the understanding of diversity, inclusion and culture competency. We are not working in Malawi or anywhere else to fulfill anyone’s saviorism. This is about humanity.  
 
Many of our volunteers have found these books to be helpful in better understanding history and our current times: The Myth of Equality by Ken Wytsma, White Awake by Daniel Hill, White Fragility by Robin DeAngelo, Moving Diversity Forward – How To Go From Well-Meaning To Well-Doing by Verna Myers, What If I Say The Wrong Thing by Verna Myers
 
US Team
Malawi Team
 
Kusewera Policies and Guidelines
 
Kusewera is a registered U.S. 501(c)(3) – EIN 45-5577065
Kusewera is also a registered NGO in Malawi, Africa L/16/010
 
 
 
— Question: Is Kusewera a religious organization or connected to a specific church? Why or why not?
 
Answer from Karen (Founder):
When starting Kusewera, I wanted to be sure to involve people from all walks of life. I believe everyone who is focused on love and acceptance has something to teach and share, no matter their background, faith or life’s journey. There are various limitations to certain categories in the non-profit sector that I did not want to impose on our mission. As such, Kusewera is not a religious non-profit nor connected to a specific religious group. I am a Christian, some of our board members are too and many of our committee members and volunteers are as well. Other valuable board  or committee members and long-term volunteers are not, but all are full of love and believe in our mission, with amazing insight to share. I have specifically noted in our policies that we do not tolerate hate, prejudice or words and acts of discrimination or language that supports anything of the like. Promoting an ideology that doesn’t encourage unity and inclusion is prohibited. I firmly believe that, no matter what ones faith is. Malawi is a predominately Christian country at 71%, including 19% Catholics. Muslims make up 12% and 17% are categorized as other. A lot of the cultural songs the kids and adults sing in the villages are faith-based. Many Malawians have Christian beliefs that lean conservative and we keep that in mind when conducting programs and activities for both the children and adults we walk alongside.