UZIMA Foundation Africa board member

Role: Executive Director – UZIMA Foundation Africa


Malesi is the executive director of UZIMA Foundation, a position she has held since the inception of Uzima Foundation in 1996. She is the overall in charge of the implementation of the UZIMA programs. She sits on the board as an ex official.

Before joining Uzima, Malesi worked as the Executive Secretary of a Quaker organization, Friends World Committee for Consultation (Africa section). During this period she was involved in relief, peace and reconciliation work in Kenya, Burundi and Rwanda. She is the founder of a peace organization, Friends in Peace and Community Development through which workshops are held in various Peace Making and Conflict Resolution Skills. FPDC has trained UZIMA youths as facilitators in Alternatives to Violence project, as well mediation skills. She is the coordinator of the Quaker Peace Network, East Africa Region.

Malesi is a teacher by profession having taught Biology in 3 high schools in western province before taking earlier retirement. She was a choir director in schools and churches. She brings to the board her long experience of working with adolescents and her exposure to international work. Being a professional counsellor, a facilitator in the Alternatives to Violence Project, and a mediator helps her get a deeper insight in youth work. . She advices the board on the best implementation strategy using her hands on experience with UZIMA youth.

Executive Director’s message

In the initial concept paper of 1996 by Co-founder Miriam K. Were an emphasis was laid on the direct involvement of youth in problem identification and search for solutions. this has been our guiding principle.

Out of our interaction with the UZIMA Youth Groups in the last ten years, the youth have shown that the faith placed in them has not been misplaced as seen from the success listed in this briefing. Furthermore out of these interaction and successes we have identified the eleven program components of the strategic plan 2006 2010 highlighted in this document from page 8.

We in UZIMA FOUNDATION are very excited about what our youth can achieve as we as we look to the future. We invite you to join us as partners in making a positive difference in the lives of our youth.

Malesi Kinaro – Executive Director