Mombasa Relief Initiative

An Education, Health and Economic Enrichment initiative for the children of Mombasa, Kenya.
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What We Do

MRI is the collective vision of Americans and Kenyans who wanted to find a uniform way to provide help and assistance to the children of Mombasa, Kenya.


The theme of the February 2017 trip to Mombasa by the MRI was children’s health. To that end, our medical mission team led by Dr. Syeda Shergill out of Pittsburgh, Pa and joined by nurses Anna Seboru, Mombasa Kenya, Rose Okendo, Chicago, IL, and Jane Shigali, Green Acres, FL, Dewormed over 700 children in four different schools.

In addition, the children also received School supplies, dignity kits, and sporting equipment. The next trip is planned for October 4, 2017 which will focus on children’s education.





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.

Economic Enrichment

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

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.
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.
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

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

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.
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).




MRI built chicken coops and worked to provide chickens for the students. The eggs add protein to their diet, the students are taught the proper way to raise chickens and cows, and they can sell enough eggs for the program to be self-sustaining.




​Helping a Village Raise a Child


We invite you to be part of the MRI family in a new and different way, MEMBERSHIP.

For many years, many of you have asked about membership. We’ve been listening and would like you to help us kick off our 2017 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 below to pay for your membership.

We appreciate your support!


Membership Form





The mission of the Mombasa Relief Initiative is to assist the youth of Mombasa, Kenya through three key initiatives: Health, Education and Economic Empowerment. Over the past 15 years we have been providing resources to several schools in the Mombasa area, here is a small list of some of our accomplishments: 



  • Shipped four ocean freight containers of school and medical equipment during 2002, ‘04, ’06 and ‘10
  • Funding nutritional programs at three schools that feed 300 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 from 2007 – present
  • Provided mosquito nets for 100 special-needs students



  • Facilitating annual HIV/AIDS awareness seminar since 2002
  • Providing educational sponsorship for over 100 students in 15 years since 2001
  • Provided enough medical equipment to furnish a entire medical clinic in 2006
  • Paid salary of two teachers (2001 -2008)
  • Provided farmers with hand tools to increase production
  • Supplied computers for two computer labs
  • Donated a milking cow to a school
  • Creating a program (Girl Power) to empower young female students
  • Built a coop that provides eggs to 5 schools
  • Built a library at two schools



Annual Trip

Join Us for our Annual Meeting and Volunteer Service Trip to Kenya


We would love for you to join us on our 2018 trip to Mombasa, Kenya.  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.


10 Days / 8 Nights Resort Accommodations

September 5th 2018 – September 15th 2018

(Dates may be subject to 1-2 days of flexibility)
$2,999 – Double Occupancy or $3,499 – Single Occupancy

1st non-refundable deposit $500 due May 5th 2018
2nd non-refundable deposit due by July 5th 2018

                                                                                   Final Payment August 5th 2018



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 5/5/2018
  • $500 non-refundable deposit due 7/5/2018
  • $500 payment due 5/5/2018
  • $500 payment due 7/5/2018
  • Balance due by 8/5/2018
  • Rates are subject to change if initial $500 non-refundable deposit is not received by 5/5/2018.
  • 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


Room options


NOTE:  Please add 2.5 percent if you are paying via PayPal. There is no extra fee or check or money order.

Once we receive the completed form above and/or your payment, we will contact you. Should you have any questions before paying, please call Kelvin Bledsoe at 561-352-3364 or email



Mombasa Relief Initiative

A 501(c)3, tax-exempt, non-profit organization serving the needs of Kenyan children for over 20 years