The story of Mutunga Foundation started in the year 2000 with Mama Silla, fondly known as Susu (Susu is Kamba for grandmother) and a drought ravaged Makueni area. On her way from Nairobi, Susu was one day stopped by six children who were hungry and she was moved by their plight. She took the children home and fed them.
This day marked the first of many days when hungry children would throng her home for food. Before long, Susu was feeding up to 30 children a day! Majority of the children that came for food were either HIV/AIDS orphans or children from extremely poor families. Most were living with grandmothers and mothers who were not engaged in any income generating activity, therefore, they could not provide for their children. The circumstances of these families led Susu to seek the support of her family; she set up a small feeding center in her home. Susu then noticed these children were not in school and so she started alongside the feeding program basic literacy classes. Susu enlisted the services of a local lady to serve as a pre-school teacher. The teacher for her service was supported by Susu to enroll and complete teacher training. This feeding center became known as Mama Silla Children’s Center. Itembukatu Ndiwa Self Help Group comprising the mothers of the children was formed; they would contribute to the feeding by collecting firewood and preparing the food. In 2004, Mama Silla Children’s Center was registered as a Community Based Organization (CBO). In 2009, Mama Silla Children’s Center was registered with the NGO Board as Mutunga Foundation.
Who are we
Mutunga Foundation (MF) is a non-profit organization based in Thange Ward, Kibwezi East, Makueni County. It is dedicated to creating a world where communities can determine their own lives, and live free from poverty.
How we work
We support women and youth to lead change for themselves, for their families and for their communities because we are committed to creating tangible change, we are also committed to doing things a little differently. We combine our Christian values Fruits of the Spirit Galatians 5:22 of love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control] with our enthusiasm for business principles and continuous learning to allow us to be responsive when it comes to creating change.
Community ideas and aspirations drive our work; Communities identify opportunities; MF develops the ideas that address these opportunities;
MF raises funds to make these ideas and aspirations happen; we offer support that builds on community knowledge and capabilities in order to increase their impact and sustainability.
By working in this way, MF ensures that support given is relevant and useful and leaves power firmly in the hands of women and youth.
Our desire is to see poverty eradicated in our lifetime; we create the change we want to see together, from the ground.