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 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.
Our current project is a community center and sports complex in Malawi, Africa. Our Girl Power Initiative is global.
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 and 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 and backgrounds and believe that everyone in this world is created with equal value. We reject any ideology of hate, discrimination, prejudices or displays of disdain for any ethnic group, religion/faith or of anyone that might be, think 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.
To better understand our position and to educate yourself on the purpose of our statement, these phenomenal books are a great start: 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’s goals :
Education – Children learn life skills such as leadership, discipline, perseverance, goal-setting, sportsmanship, teamwork, focus, problem-solving and healthy living.  etc.
Empowerment – Giving children the ability to see possibilities they haven’t ever thought of, to dream for a bright 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, 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 have a belief in the mission and statement 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. For our programs in Malawi, it 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. As such, Kusewera aims to observe a more conservative perspective out of respect, when conducting programs and activities for both the children and adults we serve. We will always stand by our statement (above) in any project, program or country we work in.