Karen Osborn : Founder
Karen’s first trip to Malawi, Africa was in 2008. She loved working with the kids, and teaching them new sports. She saw an immediate growth in confidence and empowerment through the week and soon recognized her desire to find a way to continue encouraging kids through active play. Kusewera was created out of that passion. She enjoys combining travel, active play and volunteerism. When you mix Karen’s desire to keep kids active with her love for the kids in Malawi, you get Kusewera! Her hope is to empower these kids, giving them the support and encouragement to grow as positive individuals and become strong leaders in their communities. While Kusewera also took teams to the Philippines in 2014, 2015 and 2016, their project in Malawi remains the current focus. Karen manages the team at Kusewera Village and its US committee and organizes the volunteer trips.
Karen is also the Director for the Sports + Lifestyle Unlimited Los Angeles office, providing sports, fitness and lifestyle models for various projects. She handles the day to day operations of the LA office along with securing and negotiating print, commercial and Influencer collaborations for her team to fulfill.
Growing up, she was a 3-sport athlete and has continued her love for being active by enjoying a variety of sports such as running, yoga and hiking.