Phone: 416-912-7087

Kutana Wema:
A Hope-Building Project

Travel with a purpose

Annual Program Dates:January 4-15, 2025

Upcoming Info Sessions:
Monday June 3, 8:30 pm EST 
Thursday July 18, 8:00 pm EST 

Join Kutana and let Wema make a difference in you. The Wema Centre in Mombasa, Kenya rescues, rehabilitates and reintegrates street children. The Kutana Wema fundraising program offers an opportunity for a cross-cultural knowledge share in your area of expertise, with the children and staff at Wema Centre.

Program highlights

Travel Design by Leila is proudly one of the community sponsors for Kutana Wema. They are the recommended partner for Kutana Wema participants to assist you with flight arrangements and any holiday extensions or extras you might be interested in.


Kutana Wema accepts financial sponsorship gifts of any amount.

$1,000 USD, sponsors in-full, a Kenyan Counsellor from additional organizations to attend OR provides a subsidy to a non-Kenyan participant who is in financial need.

Program costs

Part 1 Program Cost: $2,500 USD

Donation: $1,000 USD

All participants are asked to contribute a financial donation to Wema Centre. This can be raised through fundraising efforts, or simply be a donation made by you. A receipt will be issued from Wema Centre for your contribution.

Optional: $2,500 USD Kutana Wema Part 2:
Integration Retreat Program in the Masai Mara

Kutana means “to meet” in Swahili

Love never fails

Open to anyone interested in a profound personal growth experience, Kutana Wema is a once-in-a-life-time opportunity! Wema has over 25 years of experience in street / slum children related interventions and has qualified staff who are experts in the field of social services.

Listen to Lucy Yinda, Founding Trustee/Director and the girls of Wema Centre.
Read the inspirational stories from Wema Centre’s incredible years of service and care.

Community Sponsors

Project Leaders

Barbara Brown

Barbara Brown is the Clinical Director of Redbird Therapy Centre and Co-Founder of KUTANA Wema. She is a highly esteemed Registered Psychotherapist with 35 years
of experience working with marginalized communities for empowerment and social change. Barbara provides pre-session coaching programs that ensure readiness for cross-cultural exchange. She also leads daily integration sessions that ensure a wholesome and fulfilling experience.

Fareen Samji

Fareen Samji is a distinguished community leader born and raised in Mombasa, Kenya. Alongside her family, she is an avid supporter of the WEMA Centre and is driven by her fervor for its mission. She is fluent in Swahili and divides her time between Kenya and Canada. For over two decades, Fareen has spearheaded trips to Kenya and leverages her extensive local knowledge and network to provide ground logistics and support for the program.

Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world.
All things break. And all thing can be mended.
Not with time, as they say, but with intention.
So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally.
The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.

L.R. Knost