Empowering & Educating Children Through Active & Creative PLAY

 
 
We EMPOWER, ENCOURAGE and LOVE – we see you.
 
Kusewera means “to play” in Chichewa, the language of Malawi, Africa
 
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Mission and History of Kusewera :
 
Kusewera’s mission is to empower and educate children in Malawi, Africa through active and creative PLAY. We encourage community-driven development in all areas which include education, health and sustainability. We organize activities such as sports, dance, music, art and more which are all integral parts of a child’s development. Children learn valuable life skills by being exposed to such things. This sustainable year-round after-school program empowers the children to learn, laugh, play. Kusewera’s hope is for the children to dream for a better future, to be awakened to new goals for their lives, and to be positive leaders in their communities. We are committed to the children of Malawi! We are people helping people help themselves
 
The current project is the Community Center & Sports Complex near the capital city of Lilongwe, Malawi. 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 wanted to create a way for volunteers to be able to take a humanitarian trip, and make a difference in the lives of kids in need across the globe using active and creative PLAY. 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.
 
 
Kusewera’s goals :
 
Education – the children learn life skills such as leadership, discipline, perseverance, goal-setting, sportsmanship, teamwork, focus, and healthy living.  etc.
 
Empowerment – Giving these children the ability to see possibilities they haven’t ever thought of, to dream for a better future and to learn that they have a choice to make a difference in their communities.
 
Encouragement – When a child can see, feel and know that someone cares, they strive to do better and be better.
 
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 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 church. I am a Christian, our board members happen to be Christians and many of our committee members and volunteers are as well. Other valuable committee members and long-term volunteers are not, but all are full of love and have a strong belief in the mission of Kusewera, 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 predominately a Christian country at 71%, including 19% Catholics. Muslims make up 12% and 17% are categorized as other. We have always welcomed Christian groups and pastors who want to schedule activities such as lead a bible study, vacation bible school or other faith based activities. No volunteer is required to participate but all are encouraged to join in when interested! 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. Kusewera aims to observe a more conservative perspective out of respect, when conducting programs and activities for both the children and adults we serve.