TO SEE TRAUMA FOOTPRINTS REMOVED FROM YOUNG PEOPLES' LIVES THROUGH JESUS CHRIST

Kutoa Project is a non-profit that works specifically with Kenyan youth and fostering their development through therapeutic services. We are a passionate group of individuals who desperately want to see children have an opportunity to heal from all past experiences. Our goal is that we provide a safe environment where youth can come as they are and be restored through the power of Jesus Christ. Our services include: individual and group therapy, case management, bible studies, education to community leaders on trauma and working with youth, along with our future goal of having a crisis center for individuals who need immediate medical or therapeutic care.

KUTOA PROJECT

Our team looks forward to working with youth in Kenya in partnership with other organizations and homes. Together, we will begin establishing a trauma informed community and therapeutic programs for youth. 

We are dedicated to creating environments where youth can come as they are and have an opportunity to change their future.  We recognize that youth are destined for great things, but may have the barrier of past trauma and insecurities keeping them from obtaining their dreams.  The staff of Kutoa Project has ongoing supervision, training workshops, and follow-up reviews to ensure that all youth will be receiving the best quality care. By creating a place where youth can constructively work through these experiences, youth can become a generation that see their dreams become reality. We believe that working through a child’s past will allow them to move forward with their life in a way that their past no longer defines them or holds them back. They will know that they are loved, not only by us, but by our Savior. 

training

Kutoa Project is dedicated to ensuring that all of its staff members and partners are equipped for working with youth who have experienced trauma. Kutoa Project hosts regular, local training workshops and larger conferences to address trauma care, child development, the process of assessing at-risk youth, crisis assistance, and leadership. These training are available not only to the staff and partners of Kutoa Project, but also to any locals who have the desire to see change happen in Kenyan youth.   

Community involvement

Like many of us, we realize that youth need outside support to be successful. This is an area of Kutoa Project our Founder is most passionate about.  How do we get the youth involved in their community and local churches so they are surrounded by positive support systems?  Many of the youth we work with are living in institution type settings like children’s homes and rescue centers where they have a lack of positive support systems outside of that institution.  We desire to create ways for these youth to get off campus, get plugged into their community, and find positive support systems so when they leave the institution they have a group of people cheering them on.  Kutoa Project has started doing this by providing opportunities for the youth to be involved in sports where mentorship is a focus and finding local leaders to come and mentor the youth. Our goal is to create more programs where the community will come and support these youth so no youth feels like they are alone. 

FUTURE GOALS

Our goal is that one day permanent locations would be established to serve communities - Love Houses. Theses will not only be places for counseling to resolve past trauma, but also a place where we can assist youth in the midst of crisis including sexual abuse, suicidal thoughts, domestic or family violence, or gang-related violence.  We would love to have a medical room where these individuals could come and receive immediate care, have a social worker there to assist with their crisis, receive resources, and give them a temporary safe place to stay. We believe God can make all things possible, and we will continue to pray expectantly for the opportunity to provide this service to Kenyan youth.  In the meantime, our focus is on establishing Kutoa Project to provide therapeutic services to Kenyan youth.

 

If you our your organization would like to enquire more about our available services and HOw they could benefit your work, please contact us at info@kutoaproject.org

 

We are a collection of people from different walks of life, trusting and believing that God has brought us all together for such a cause as this.

 

 

 

SHAÉ BROWN

Founder & Executive Director

Shaé has years of experience in the social work field both domestically and internationally.  She has worked extensively developing and implementing successful programs for youth, specifically young women, throughout the world.  Domestically, Shaé's experience includes working with foster youth and their families in Indianapolis, Indiana and working with families who have been affected by abuse, domestic violence, and crisis situations. Although she has visited and worked in eight countries, the focus of her work is in Kenya.  Shaé has a strong desire to provide a safe environment where young people can come and heal from their trauma.  Shaé and her husband currently reside in Kenya for most of the year and enjoy outdoor activities, being around family, and finding new places to adventure both abroad and in the US. Shaé has her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Ball State University, her Master’s in Social Work from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, and is a Licensed Social Worker in the state of Indiana.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Cody Goshert

President

Cody has served in ministry for the past 6 years. An Indiana native, Cody now lives with his wife in Atlanta, Georgia, where he works as the Director of Executive Initiatives at Orange, a Christian non-profit that equips and trains leaders to impact the next generation. Cody considers Kenya a second home, having worked for an organization that had him living and working out of the capital, Nairobi. If you don’t find him working or cheering on IU, you can find Cody outside enjoying sunshine or spending time with the people he loves most. Cody has a BS in Life Science Education from Indiana University.

Colton Streeter

treasurer

Colton and his wife, Cassie, live in the Broadripple neighborhood. He and his wife have been in Indianapolis for about two years, moving there for his job at Ernst and Young. Colton then transitioned from Ernst and Young into his current role with Capin Crouse which is a smaller audit firm that specializes in working with Non-Profit Organizations. He serves a wide variety of Non-Profit clients assisting them in auditing and consulting services. Outside of work Colton enjoys spending time outdoors, riding motorcycles, cooking, and roasting coffee. Colton has a BS in Accounting and Business Administration from Grace College and is a CPA.

Sharon Mibey

Sharon resides in Indianapolis, Indiana and is originally from Kenya. She started her career as a Sociologist in Kenya and later transitioned to become a Mental health Consultant and Stake holder for Ideal Consultancy Firm. She is a Licensed School Counselor, Certified in Family Centered Treatment, Certified Sexual Abusive Youth Counselor, Nurturing Parent Program, Kenyan sign language and Voluntary Counseling and Testing services. Sharon currently works as a Regional Clinical Trainer and Support Specialist at Centerpointe Community Based Services and Resolute Treatment Center. She is also a committee member of "Stand up Speak up Networking to Success", “STARS Prevent Child Abuse Indiana” and is involved in Real Estate and catering businesses in Kenya. Sharon is passionate about serving the community through creating awareness, program development and providing supportive services that foster growth and resilience in families and their communities. 

Michael Coon

VICE President

Michael has nearly 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and orthopaedic industries in roles including research, sales, training, marketing and health care compliance.  During this time, Michael was awarded four U.S. patents related to shoulder implant design, instrumentation and surgical technique.  He has also received numerous awards for his ability to bring teams together, think strategically and for his integrity and passion to be results driven and customer focused. Michael has his BS in Zoology (Pre-Med) from Butler University and his MBA from Indiana University.

Christine Coon

Secretary

Christine has twenty-five years of experience in various roles of public education as a teacher and volunteer with several non-profit organizations focused on youth development.  As a counselor, she focused on pre-marital, marriage and women’s counseling at Warsaw Community Church Counseling Center.  She served many years on the Women’s Ministry Team at WCC and served as the Children’s Ministry Director at another local church. Christine previously served as executive officer on the board of directors for the Greater Warsaw Cooperative Preschool and has had several opportunities to teach bible studies and lecture at events and conferences focused on marriage and women’s issues.  Recently, she was an adjunct professor for Behavioral Science at Grace College. Christine has her BA in Elementary Education from Purdue University and her Masters in Counseling from Grace College.

Nicole Wallick

Nicole resides in Warsaw, Indiana with her husband of 19 years, Mike Wallick, and their children, Ian and Jillian. A graduate of The Ohio State University's College of Social Work in 1997, she has worked with treatment foster children and in addictions, and has been employed with the Kosciusko County Alcohol & Drug Program since 2007.  Nicole discovered Kutoa Project through a Missions special during a service at WCC and was struck by this very special Mission, to address the trauma experienced by women and children in Kenya.  Since most missions seek to help spread the Gospel through acts of service, Nicole recognized how different Kutoa serves women and children, by ministering to them not only from a spiritual perspective, but also a mental health approach.  Nicole's history of both personal and professional experience with mental illness has enabled her to lean closer to our God in both realms.  She has a deep desire to share her faith and experiences with involvement in Kutoa Project, and hopes to be a humble servant in this way.

 

MEET OUR STAFF

 Betty Uwamahoro is privileged to be Kutoa Project first employee in Kenya. She did Social Work in her early professional training and later Theology (Biblical Studies), among other things. She has a passion for vulnerable children and women. She met Shae at a Trauma Healing Training courtesy of American Bible Society, and Trauma Healing Institute and it turned out to be a divine appointment. Shae carries a right and kind spirit, and her compassion for young people with past traumatic experiences made their connection possible.  It confirmed in a way what God had been laying in her heart for many years now. She is quite excited about Kutoa Project's vision because being a blessing, especially to orphaned children, has been her passion. She understands well from experience how it feels to navigate through this world without parents. Her childhood dreams were shattered after the tragic loss of her parents and most of her family members. It was so devastating and she got hopeless until she found new hope when she received Jesus Christ Savior and Lord. It was so reassuring to know that God loves her and that he still has a wonderful plan for her despite her somber past.   “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?...Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us”. Rom. 8:35-37.  The entire 8th chapter of Romans is one of her favorite scripture, especially this particular portion comprising verses 35 through 37. She personally understands “more than a conqueror” as one who has not merely escaped from an adversity (a survivor), but he who has reached a point whereby he is able to pursue and overcome it (an overcomer) and help others overcome their own.  She finds the opportunity of working with Kutoa Project as part of God’s plan for her. It is her hope and desire that God will use what she has and grant her all that she needs to impact children and young people which Kutoa Project is reaching out to through its therapeutic services. She is open to learn and to collaborate with Shae, Jason and every member of staff who will be getting on board as she believes in the power of teamwork.      

Betty Uwamahoro is privileged to be Kutoa Project first employee in Kenya. She did Social Work in her early professional training and later Theology (Biblical Studies), among other things. She has a passion for vulnerable children and women. She met Shae at a Trauma Healing Training courtesy of American Bible Society, and Trauma Healing Institute and it turned out to be a divine appointment. Shae carries a right and kind spirit, and her compassion for young people with past traumatic experiences made their connection possible.  It confirmed in a way what God had been laying in her heart for many years now. She is quite excited about Kutoa Project's vision because being a blessing, especially to orphaned children, has been her passion. She understands well from experience how it feels to navigate through this world without parents. Her childhood dreams were shattered after the tragic loss of her parents and most of her family members. It was so devastating and she got hopeless until she found new hope when she received Jesus Christ Savior and Lord. It was so reassuring to know that God loves her and that he still has a wonderful plan for her despite her somber past.

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?...Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us”. Rom. 8:35-37. The entire 8th chapter of Romans is one of her favorite scripture, especially this particular portion comprising verses 35 through 37. She personally understands “more than a conqueror” as one who has not merely escaped from an adversity (a survivor), but he who has reached a point whereby he is able to pursue and overcome it (an overcomer) and help others overcome their own.

She finds the opportunity of working with Kutoa Project as part of God’s plan for her. It is her hope and desire that God will use what she has and grant her all that she needs to impact children and young people which Kutoa Project is reaching out to through its therapeutic services. She is open to learn and to collaborate with Shae, Jason and every member of staff who will be getting on board as she believes in the power of teamwork.

 

 

 I am Margaret Wangui. I was raised by my loving grandmother after the death of my mother. I have been privileged to be part of Faith House Family, a safe and a love filled home that saw me afford a stride in life by providing love of sisterhood, shelter and above all teaching me more about the unending love of our Lord. I hold a Bachelor of Education in English and Literature from Daystar University. I am also completing my Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology in the same institution through the grace of God, as well as planning my wedding. I have been a teacher and a long time friend to many young people that we have interacted with at home, in and outside class. It is through the reminder of the plan that God has for my life that I have been patient to come this far. It has always been my joy to walk with my fellow young people one step at a time with the hope of a better day in their life. Reminding them that it is never too late to keep trying.   I am grateful that the Lord has seen it fit for me to be part of Kutoa Project as an intern. I look forward to working with the team as we encourage those that we shall work and walk with to motivate them in life as we work towards wholistic growth of the individual for the glory of our Lord.

I am Margaret Wangui. I was raised by my loving grandmother after the death of my mother. I have been privileged to be part of Faith House Family, a safe and a love filled home that saw me afford a stride in life by providing love of sisterhood, shelter and above all teaching me more about the unending love of our Lord. I hold a Bachelor of Education in English and Literature from Daystar University. I am also completing my Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology in the same institution through the grace of God, as well as planning my wedding. I have been a teacher and a long time friend to many young people that we have interacted with at home, in and outside class. It is through the reminder of the plan that God has for my life that I have been patient to come this far. It has always been my joy to walk with my fellow young people one step at a time with the hope of a better day in their life. Reminding them that it is never too late to keep trying.

 I am grateful that the Lord has seen it fit for me to be part of Kutoa Project as an intern. I look forward to working with the team as we encourage those that we shall work and walk with to motivate them in life as we work towards wholistic growth of the individual for the glory of our Lord.