Who We Are
Our history is grounded in a burning desire to see boys and young men thrive. We’re individuals who use our gifts to make the world a better place for all human beings.
We all want to live in a world where women and girls are treated with respect, dignity and honor. That’s the burning desire that brought our founders together.
Today, as we take on the most complex societal challenges, our desire is that you will join us in this fight. Together, we will impact the lives of boys and young men across the 47 counties in Kenya.
Hawi James Ouma, our founder got a job as a Children’s TV Producer at KBC TV and started spending a lot of time with school children.
James met 100 male youth at Nairobi Remand Prison and begun weekly visitation with them. This included visiting families and police stations.
James is given an ultimatum to choose between his job and volunteer work with boys in prison.
2013 - 2015
Together with Edward Mbogo and other friends, Lifesong Kenya was resgistered as a CBO. Initial work and vision is kept alive by sewing torn clothes and replacing buttons.
James took a year-long break from going to prison work and almost gave up the whole idea. Spent the year running and competiting in duathlons.
A Place to Call Home
We moved our programs from Nairobi Remand to Kamiti Youth Correctional Training Centre. Started alternative dispute resolution and skills training.
We cycled from Nairobi to Migori Town to raise funds and create awareness about our work.
Nine (9) court cases were dropped after our team mediated between the boys, their families, the police and the people who had been wronged. Our team cycled from Nairobi to Migori Town for the second time.
Our team cycled from Nairobi to Malindi through Machakos, Wote, Kibwezi and Mombasa to raise funds and create awareness about our work.
We found a 3-bedroomed house that sits on half-an-acre and started turning it into a Halfway House.
Nov 21st - Dec 2nd, 2021
We cycled from Lake Victoria to Lunga Lunga through Kakamega, Eldoret, Nakuru, Nyeri, Nairobi, Voi and Mombasa.
January - October 2022
We piloted our Halfway House Program with 4 young men who needed housing.
Nov 21st - 29th, 2022
We cycled from our Halfway House in Ngong to Mombasa through Namanga Town, Arusha, Moshi and Voi to raise funds for our projects.
January 2023 to date
Started organic farming, chicken rearing and rabbit keeping in order to produce food for our Halfway House. Our plan is to increase our capacity to create jobs and earn income that will sustain our programs.