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About Us

Acacia in Kenya was founded in 2005 as an official outreach project of First Parish Waltham, a Unitarian Universalist congregation. In July 2012, it was granted its own 501(c)3 status. Acacia in Kenya partners with community leaders in Mumias, Western Kenya, to care for and educate high school girls.

Our Name

Why Acacia in Kenya? For the partners of this project, the acacia tree is a powerful symbol. Strongly evocative of Africa, it is a reminder that even dreams that seem out of reach can come true. For Joyce, just the thought of ever journeying to Africa and seeing Acacia trees up close seemed impossible at one time. 

OUR History

Acacia in Kenya was founded in 2005 by Joyce Mohr and Sammy Lutomia. Joyce had already become interested in traveling to East Africa through her work as a tax accountant with international clients when she met Sammy, who was returning to Kenya after 18 months working in the U.S.  

Our Mission

Our mission is to raise awareness and the funds needed to support and increase the educational, medical, and social services that the St. Elizabeth Lureko Girls’ High School provides to young women in Western Kenya. We also seek to provide scholarships for high school and postsecondary education for students achieving the highest grades on national exams.

Our Vision

Acacia in Kenya seeks a more hopeful and just world. By partnering with community leaders dedicated to the care (providing shelter, food, clothing, and basic supplies) and education of young women who might not have the opportunity to attend high school we believe that we can make the world a better place, one student at a time.