Founded in 2009 by malaria survivor Kristen Kenney and co-founder Anna Wascher, we are a grassroots initiative on a mission to save lives from malaria. Malaria is a mosquito borne disease that kills 655,000 people, mostly children. The cost to treat malaria can be as little as $7.
The MALAIKA bracelet is a symbol of our mission.
Why Malaika? Malaika means "angel" in Swahili, a powerful symbol for an initiative that has provided malaria relief for over 20-thousand people and jobs for 150 women. MALAIKAFORLIFE was founded in 2009 and operates as a Non-Profit Corporation IRC 501(c) (3) under Hope Through Opportunity, a California non-profit whose mission is to bring education, healthcare and self-sufficiency to the people in Africa in order to help them create and sustain a better future. We are the only voice for many of the people we serve. We have no middle men, our staff is all volunteers and all donations go directly to help the people of Tanzania.
Buying a bracelet provides a woman with a job .
MALAIKAFORLIFE invests in women's self-sufficiency through our bracelet production partnership with Tamiha, a non-profit program based in Arusha, Tanzania that provides micro-financing and supports women's entrepreneurship.
We have provided beads and materials for 150 women of the Tamiha women's program to make our signature MALAIKA bracelets.
When you buy a bracelet you are supporting a livelihood for someone.
Faraja, pictured to the left, is an example of someone's life who has been impacted by our bracelet program. She is a 33 year old mother of four. Faraja has been happy to make our MALAIKA bracelets since 2010. The money she has earned from this job has allowed her to set up a stand where she can sell vegetables and fruit. She has now been able to provide food and healthcare for her family and pay for school fees.
Tamiha women's program meets weekly to offer handson education on micro-financing, banking, saving, investing and business development. Many of the women, like Faraja, have gone on to start other income-producing projects.
TAMIHA women's program meets weekly to offer handson education on micro-financing, banking, saving, reinvesting & business development. Many of the women, like Faraja, have gone on to start other income-producing projects.
Malaria kills 655-thousand people a year, mostly children.
90% of malaria cases occur in sub-Saharan Africa. Malaria accounts for the majority of deaths in Tanzania, mostly under the age of five. It costs Tanzania 240 million dollars a year in lost productivity. Total cases of malaria at Huruma Hospital since 2011: 12,143. Total HIV cases: 148.
Malaria is entirely treatable and preventable but lack of access to affordable medicines and treatment is a big contributor to needless deaths as seen with Mama Koku and her daughter pictured left. Mama Koku, like many Tanzanians, keeps her family alive on less than $1 a day. When her twins came down with malaria she went to one hospital that didn't have the medicine. She then walked a full day to our hospital with her twins on her back. By the time she arrived, her boy had died. Her daughter survived.
Your donation of $100 can save 10 children's lives from malaria.
We work with our fiscal sponsor Hope Through Opportunity and the Moshi Diocese of Tanzania to educate communities on malaria and to save children and women from malaria. The Moshi Diocese is responsible for the health and well being of the Kilimanjaro region (approx 200-thousand people) and serves 14 hospitals and 42 dispensaries. Father Aloyce, pictured left, runs our malaria program. As the Secretary of Health for the Moshi Diocese, he is responsible for making connections with the indigenous and rural communities to educate people on the importance of seeking medical assistance when malaria strikes.
With malaria resistance growing, drugs are often changing. Our frontline drug for malaria is Artemisinin Combination Therapies and Quinine.
Kristen Kenney | Founder & Malaria Survivor
We do not pay salaries at this time; therefore, we depend on passionate voices and volunteers to spread our word across the United States. You can visit our team of angels to learn more by clicking here