The Michelle Richmond Foundation

About Us

We often think of Charity as an action. But I think of Charity as a State Of The Heart.

Women and children are the heart of our community, the heart of our future!

The Michelle Richmond Foundation was established in October 2014 as a Tax Deductable Australian Charity with the ACNC for:

‘The relief of human poverty, sickness, suffering, distress, misfortune, disability, destitution or helplessness unrestrained by age, gender, race, sectarian belief or political ideology for the betterment of the quality of life of the disadvantaged in the community.’

Providing:

Critical care and safe passage for women and children who are neglected, abused, exploited, traumatised, discriminated against or abandoned primarily in but not exclusive to  Australia and Kenya.

Education and Empowerment for grassroots women and children through the provision of the ‘BEing ME’ holistic health and learning programs, supporting them to build a sustainable future and live a safe, happy and healthy life.

WHY KENYA?

‘When Kenya became my second home, the children of Kipchamgaa became my second family. Whilst other countries have services that support women and children in dire circumstances, Kenya has very little.

After working with women who had become homeless in Australia for 3 years, working with women who had become sex workers in Kenya took my level of understanding of what poverty looks and feels like to a whole new level. Whilst one cannot compare one person’s experience to another’s, the resources and support available in Kenya is growing, but virtually non existent which sees women having to sell their bodies for 20 shillings (US .20 cents) just to feed their children and live in a brothel to have a roof over their families heads.’ Michelle

As the richest country in East Africa, Kenya is a country of incredible contradictions. With $840 income per capita, Kenya is the closest to meeting the international middle -income threshold of $1,000. This is a significant rite of passage, but that annual income is still less than $3 per day. With high unemployment, the number of Kenyans living in poverty is rising and some 4 million now rely on food aid.

There is a lot to be done to address the plight of women and children in Kenya. Harnessing the private sector for both their resources and innovative solutions brings tremendous potential to make an impactful change in the lives of women and children.

According to the Kenyan Ministry of State for Devolution and Planning’s National Development and Vision 2030, “Women and girls must be at the heart of any future development policies. This is key to saving lives, advancing economic development, promoting environmental sustainability and advancing well-being, equity and social justice”.

The cycle of ill health and poverty in Kenya cannot be broken in its entirety, we can however give an opportunity to women and children to live a better quality of  life and create ripples of change in their communities.

The Foundation is 100% voluntary, 100% of funds raised goes to the specific projects.

THE TEAM