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MALAIKA – MUH-LIKE-UH – Means Angel in Swahili.

Founded in 2009 by malaria survivor Kristen Kenney and her best friend Anna Wascher after experiencing first hand the veracity of malaria in Tanzania, Africa. Thanks to our angels like you we have provided malaria medicine to over 40-thousand people in Tanzania, Africa.



TANZANIA, AFRICA – In 2009 reporter Kristen Kenney found herself in a life/death situation in Africa. She had contracted a deadly bout of malaria from a mosquito bite. She was forced to travel by bus for six hours to the closest health facility. Malaria can kill you within 24 hours. The pain was unbearable. The possibility of never seeing her family again started to become even more apparent. As the hospital began intravenously supplying her with lifesaving medicines, Kristen began to finally feel some relief. She spent 4 days in that hospital in a town called Bukoba. Her bill was $7USD. Because of her firsthand experience with malaria, Kristen made it her goal to bring awareness to the disease while also helping raise funds to provide Africans with the lifesaving medicine she received for just $7 American dollars.



Our slogan makes donating simple and tangible: “Buy a Bracelet. Save a Life.”  With every bracelet purchase you are saving a life from malaria AND providing a source of income for the creator of your bracelet.



Every minute a child dies from malaria. That’s about 600-800,000 a year. Malaria costs Tanzania 240 million dollars a year in lost productivity. That means parents are not able to work and kids are not able to go to school. Malaria is entirely treatable and preventable, but lack of access to affordable medicines is a big contributor to needless deaths caused by malaria.

Through donations and bracelet sales we raise money to purchase lifesaving malaria medicines that we distribute to 42 clinics and 14 hospitals in the Moshi region of Tanzania.

Women Bracelet Making


When you buy a bracelet you are also supporting the creator of it. Our bracelets are handmade by a women’s group in Arusha, Tanzania called Tupendane – which means ‘let’s love one another. This group consists of widows and mothers and provides them with micro-financing and income generating opportunities.


Thanks to your support, malaria cases have dropped 70% in our target area of Moshi, Tanzania! We have purchased over 40,000 bracelets from women in Arusha, Tanzania, providing them with a source of income. And we have purchased malaria medicine to save over 40,000 lives.

Malaika For Life 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.

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