MOMBASA RELIEF INITIATIVE

An Education, Health and Economic Enrichment initiative for the children of Mombasa, Kenya.
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The Mombasa Relief Initiative (MRI) was conceived based on the collective vision of seven Americans and two Kenyans who wanted to find a uniform way to provide help and assistance to the children of Mombasa, Kenya. Beginning in 1993, these individuals started going to Kenya on vacation to buy art for sale in the U.S. These trips grew into a great love for the people and culture of Kenya. Eventually, in March 2001, they formed MRI, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. MRI’s mission is to serve the children of Mombasa, Kenya through three key initiatives: (1) Health (2) Education and (3) Economic Empowerment. These initiatives are addressed in several programs, one of which is our Feminine Products Program.

What We've Done 2021
  • Shipped four ocean freight containers of school and medical equipment during 2002, ‘04, ’06 and ‘10
  • Funding nutritional programs at three schools that feed 600 kids per day, providing lunch and a snack since 2006
  • Built chicken coops at two schools that enable the schools to produce their own poultry and generate income since 2009
  • Installed water lines, pumps, reservoir tanks, bathrooms and electricity at five schools
  • Funding a female hygiene program for school-aged girls requiring them from 2007 – present
  • Provided mosquito nets for 100 special-needs students
  • Facilitating annual HIV/AIDS awareness seminars and providing condoms since 2002
  • Providing educational sponsorship for over 500 primary and secondary students 20 years since 2001
  • Provided enough medical equipment to furnish a entire medical clinic in 2006
  • Supplement salaries of teachers at three since 2001
  • Provided farmers with hand tools to increase production
  • Supplied main frame and lap to computers to two schools
  • Donated a milking cow to resident school for students with disabilities to provide fresh milk to the students: Cows now in the third generation
  • Created a program Girl Power Program to mentor and empower young female students
  • Created a Boys to Men Program to mentor young male students
  • Built 4 chicken coops that provides eggs to 5 schools
  • Built a library at two schools
  • Provided mosquito nets for 100 special-needs students
  • Created a feminine hygiene program
  • Created a pen pal program that ties Primary schools in Mombasa Kenya to selected schools in the United states
  • Conduct semi-annual trips to Mombasa Kenya to provide supporters a chance to work on sponsored projects
  • Painted Victoria Baptist Church
  • Painted four rooms at Mnazi Moja Primary School
  • Painted 4 rooms at Peter of the Rock School for children with mental disabilities
  • Rebuilt and Painted Girl Power Classroom at Victoria Baptist Primary School
  • Painted and refurbished the Teacher's Lounge at Victoria Baptist Primary School
  • Conducted Medical Mission that had over 600 children dewormed
  • Conducted Educational Seminars that trained teachers on multiple teaching strategies
  • Created employment pathway with corporations and businesses to transition and employ students graduating from Secondary School (High School)
  • Formed a partnership with the Government of Mombasa and Kilifi counties to provide services to their youth
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Our education initiatives have provided the tools necessary for students to be successful, such as student sponsorships, text books, desks, electricity and other basic school supplies.

Our Health programs focus on education and intervention to address basic and critical health needs. We provide feminine products, HIV/Aids workshops, mosquito nets, nutrition programs and much more.

We empower Kenyans through our Poultry Program, Cow Purchase Program and other training programs that allow them to provide their own food and resources.

Education Programs

  • STUDENT SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM

This is MRI’s oldest running program. It pays the annual school fees of deserving students and seeks to create a relationship between student and sponsor. Since its inception this program has paid the school fees of hundreds of students. This program is actively seeking donors to sponsor students.

  • TEACHER'S SALARY PROGRAM

This program either pays for school teachers’ salary or provides a bonus to teachers at select schools. In 2016, all teachers at one school were provided a bonus of one month’s pay from MRI.

  • SHIPPING PROGRAM

High risk, high reward program. The reward is the shipping of much needed school and medical supplies to Mombasa via an ocean freight container. The risk is dealing with the Port of Mombasa which can be frustrating due to corruption. This program was started because of the lack of desks and books at the schools we support. We have shipped 4 ocean freight containers over the last 15 years and now there are desks in every classroom. At this time we have no plans to do another shipment.

Health Programs

  • FEMININE HYGIENE PROGRAM

Female students were missing school every month due to lack of sanitary napkins. Since 2007 we have provided sanitary napkins to 200 girls every month. This program also provides undergarments for female students.

  • LUNCH PROGRAM

MRI provides lunch for two of our sponsored schools two to five days per week. Additional sponsorship is needed in this area.

  • HEALTH CLINIC PARTNERSHIP

We currently partner with Tumaini Children’s Home. This is a thriving school for children who are impacted by the AIDS epidemic.

Economic Enrichment Programs

  • GIRL POWER

In Kenya young girls face more obstacles than any other group or demographic. They are the last to be educated and the first to be exploited. Since our inception in 2001, the Mombasa Relief Initiative has always been sensitive to the needs of young female students. Student sponsorship, girls’ seminars and feminine hygiene program are all geared to empower girls in Mombasa and keep them in school. In 2014 we started an all-encompassing program named “Girl power” this program will provide educational, vocational and internships to the female students we support.

  • INFRASTRUCTURE INITIATIVE

While not a program this initiative has included installing water lines, water pumps, reservoir tanks, electricity, bathrooms, computer labs, libraries and other vocational equipment in the schools we support.

  • EGGS FOR EMPOWERMENT

This program incorporates all three of the initiatives listed in our mission statement. The 500 layers add protein to the students’ diet (Health); the students will be transported to the chicken coop daily and will be taught the proper way to raise chickens and cows (Education); and the coop will sell enough eggs to be self-sustaining (Empowerment).

  • BOYS TO MEN

Boys to men is a program designed to improve the self-confidence of young men through sports and social interaction.

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Membership Neewws

We invite you to be part of the MRI family in a new and different way. For many years, many of you have asked about membership. We’ve been listening and would like you to help us kick off our 2021 Membership Drive in a big way. Join MRI for only $25 and help us have a great drive. Invite others to join!

  • 1 year membership from the date payment is received
  • A hand-carved MRI membership keychain
  • MRI newsletter (okay, you can get this even if you’re not a member)
    A priceless opportunity to be part of an organization that is making a huge difference in the lives of 1000’s of children!
  • We’re working on special offers that will be available to our members, partners and sponsors! We’ll keep you posted.

There are two steps to completing the membership process.

First, complete the registration form to the right. To receive a hand-carved membership keychain, you must provide your full mailing address with zip code.

Second, you will need to click the “Donate” button above to pay for your membership.

We appreciate your support!

Membership Form

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    In 2021 the Mombasa relief Initiative will host two trips to Mombasa, Kenya.We would love for you to join us. We encourage our volunteers, donors and those who want to experience a mixture of a mission trip with a wonderful vacation to join us. We have years of experience in coordinating trips to Kenya.

    March 8th – March 18th 2022
    (Dates may be subject to 1-2 days of flexibility)

    $3,200– Double Occupancy or
    $3,499 – Single Occupancy
    (non-refundable deposit – $500 October 5th 2021)
    2nd payment – $500 November 5th 2021
    3rd payment – $750 December 5th 2021
    4th payment – $750 January 5th 2022
    Final payment – $750 February 5th 2022

    August 2022
    (Dates may be subject to 1-2 days of flexibility)

    $3299- Double Occupancy
    or $3,499 – Single Occupancy
    (non-refundable deposit – $500 January 5th 2022)
    2nd payment – $600 Feb. 5th 2022
    3rd payment – $600 March 5th 2022
    4th payment – $600 April 5th 2022
    5th payment – $500 May 5th 2022
    Final payment – $500 June 5th 2022

    Trip Includes:

    • Round trip airfare from Chicago o hare airport
    • Accommodations, Pride INN Paradise Beach Hotel and Spa
    • Safari with accommodations, safari and meals, Tsavo East National Park
    • Dinner Boat Cruise and other outings such as Fort Jesus
    • Breakfast, dinner and non-alcholic drinks
    • In-country scheduled transportation
    • Welcome orientation and reception
    • And more!

    Trip Details:

    • $500 non-refundable deposit due 9/5/2020
    • $750 payment due 10/5/2020
    • $750 payment due 11/5/2020
    • $750 payment due 12/5/2020
    • Balance due by 1/5/2021
    • Rates are subject to change if initial $500 non-refundable deposit is not received by 9/5/2021.
    • If payment has been made and there is a need to cancel trip prior to us purchasing airline ticket and/or other paid/committed services, we will refund amount paid minus the initial $500 non-refundable deposit.

    Trip Information Form

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