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The Action Foundation to Host Mountaintop Fellow

Nairobi, Kenya, August 15, 2023 – The Action Foundation, a nonprofit working to end exclusion, discrimination, and violence towards children, women, and girls with disabilities in marginalized communities, is delighted to announce that it will be hosting a Fellow in partnership with Mountaintop, a US-based nonprofit. As a host organization, The Action Foundation was selected from a highly competitive candidate pool due to its demonstrated impact, innovative model, and trusted leadership.


The Mountaintop fellowship program provides Fellows with a paid, one-year, full-time service experience, enabling them to contribute to their home communities' development by working on critical challenges alongside high-impact locally-led NGOs, government agencies, and social ventures. Mountaintop amplifies Fellows’ potential for impact by providing a world class experience including mentorship, grants, a lifelong community of inspiring peers, and a two week leadership institute hosted in Cambridge, USA at Harvard University’s Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Ethics.


Maria Omare, Founder and Executive Director of The Action Foundation, expressed her excitement about the partnership: “Our partnership with Mountaintop is very timely, as we prepare for our next stage of growth. We're looking forward to working with a fellow that will be part of supporting our efforts toward scale and sustainability.”


Founder and CEO Reed Shafer-Ray emphasized the organization's mission, stating: "In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose "Mountaintop" speech called for a locally led movement to stir our global consciousness, Mountaintop cultivates transformational local leadership and strengthens communities in places worldwide where success too often means leaving and not coming back. In line with that mission, we could not be more proud to partner with The Action Foundation as a Mountaintop Fellowship host.”


Over the years, The Action Foundation’s work has grown from providing direct service to a small group of schools, parents, and children with disabilities to widening otheirur social impact through creative empowerment, advocacy, and capacity-building approaches. Our interventions strive to enhance the quality of life for marginalized children, women & girls with disabilities by catalyzing access to health, education and economic empowerment.


The fellowship application is now open to support exceptional emerging leaders with a commitment to serve Nairobi and Kenya as a whole over the course of their careers. The deadline for submitting applications is September 30th, with the fellowship beginning July 13, 2024. Interested individuals can apply through Mountaintop's website at https://www.mountaintopfellows.org/fellowship.


About The Action Foundation: The Action Foundation (TAF) is a community-driven organization registered in Kenya that is working to end exclusion, discrimination, and violence towards children, women, and girls with disabilities in marginalized communities. We work to reach those furthest from necessary services and opportunities by working with their caregivers and the community around them. This helps these vulnerable groups build better lives for themselves, grow their resilience, and cultivate lasting change.


About Mountaintop: Mountaintop is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works toward a future where every community can solve its own problems in order to build a just, loving, and peaceful world for all. In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose "Mountaintop" speech called for a locally led movement to stir our global consciousness, Mountaintop cultivates transformational local leadership and strengthens communities in places worldwide where success too often means leaving and not coming back.


For media inquiries, please contact:

Maria Omare

Founder & Executive Director, The Action Foundation

maria@theactionfoundationkenya.org


Note: Additional information is available upon request.

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