"Kelly is a Kenyan-American journalist based in Atlanta, Georgia. During her journey as Miss Kenya 2014, she created this nonprofit organization as a way to give back and empower young girls in Kenya. Kelly received her master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and bachelor’s degree in communication and African American studies from UCLA."
The “Running Free” Mental Health Initiative is aimed at providing free counseling and therapy sessions to young Kenyan boys and girls in schools where students do not have access to a licensed therapist or counselor on school staff. This initiative will also offer individual therapy sessions on a case-by-case basis.
Kelly W. Davis Running International Foundation is partnering with Satir Marriage and Family Institute of Africa to fulfill this initiative. The therapy sessions will be conducted by exceptional, hand-picked student interns that are currently pursuing their Master’s and/or Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy and Clinical Psychology at Pan African Christian University and United States International University Africa.
Running International Foundation partnered with Wichita Transit to build a bus shelter on the corner of 21st and Rock Road in Wichita, KS. See Wichita Bus Stop Photo
Running International traveled to Nairobi, Kenya where Kelly spoke to Loreto Valley Road Primary and Secondary School. These girls were intelligent, God-fearing, young ladies with big dreams. Kelly spoke to the girls about being open with their parents, taking their studies seriously, nurturing their talents and putting God first. Some of the girls are graduating this year and have very bright futures ahead
Running International traveled to Olosho-Oibor, Kajiado to visit the Beloved Daughters Olosho-Oibor Rescue Center. These young ladies were so special - all God-fearing girls who were so dedicated to their studies, and wanting to better their lives. Their stories were so powerful. The girls either had been orphans, rescued before undergoing FGM, or had been rescued before being married to men with multiple wives. The girls ranged from 8-15 years of age. Seventeen of the girls are graduating this year.
"You are an important part of Running International Foundation’s mission to make a positive, lasting impact on vulnerable communities worldwide. Thank you for partnering with us! "