The initiative was founded during a two years stay of Maria Illing from Germany in Kenya, where she became friends with Damaris Mbulwa “Mamma Afreeka” and her family. They lived in Mathare, the oldest Slum of Nairobi.

Maria experienced fi rsthand the difficult lives of a group of women living in the slums. Together they worked to improve the living conditions of these women and their families.

Provisionally the wish arose to rehabilitate these families to their own land in the countryside and therefore enabling them to live a healthier lifestyle with a better standard of living.

Our collective the Mamma Afreeka Repatriation Initiative got registered officially in 2012 as Mamma Afreeka Welfare Association in Kenya.