About the Founder

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I have seen, witnessed and experienced poverty first hard. I have seen my friends drop out of school and married at a young age as they had no choice. I have seen my neighbours children go without food and walk miles to fetch water. I have seen my friends die of HIV/AIDS leaving their children orphaned and under the care of their elderly parent/ parents.

About the founder

My name is Eila Elizabeth Petty founder and director of Mama Melissa Foundation formerly known as Make a Difference UK.

My background is social work and Public Health. I have specialised in programmes which promote education among the disadvantaged population especially girls and relief of poverty. Currently I am participating in health promotion and prevention ,addressing stigma of many illness e.g. HIV/AIDS and cancer, providing psychosocial care and enabling community empowerment through education programmes.

As a social work and public health practitioner I approach problems from a wider angle. I look for possible influence factors, trying to identify problems root causes and consequences that might not be obvious at first sight. This requires a critical thinking to identify the core problems and creativity across all disciplines to solve them which is useful everywhere.

I was brought up in the Mbeere South district in rural Kenya one of the poorest and dry parts of Kenya. Growing up as one of 10 children life was hard. But despite the hardship my parents encouraged us to work hard in School in order to get a good education as they believed that the  only way to get out of poverty was  to have a good education. In those days girls were more likely to drop out of school to work as house help or sex workers to support their family financially. I was lucky to have parents who saw the value of educating a girl therefore myself and my siblings were able to get a good education.

However I have seen, witnessed and experienced poverty first hard. I have seen my friends drop out of school and married at a young age as they had no choice. I have seen my neighbours children go without food and walk miles to fetch water. I have seen my friends die of HIV/AIDS leaving their children orphaned and under the care of their elderly parent/ parents.

The above prompted me to start a non profitable organisation when I got the chance to. My main focus was education by sponsoring the disadvantaged high achieving girls in the village to acquire secondary school education by paying their fees. I am passionate about education and believe that every young person deserve education. I am passionate about healthy living by creating HIV/AIDS and cancer awareness around the world and indeed in rural Kenya.

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