How Sadiki began

One of the Sadiki trustees, Susanna Long (née Watt), spent six months in western Kenya as a volunteer English teacher in 1999. She was particularly moved by the biblical challenge, "How does God's love abide in anyone who has the world's goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?" (1 Jn 3:17). Following a return visit to Kenya two years later, she set up Sadiki as a charitable trust in her then home country of Australia.

On moving to England with her husband in 2002, Susanna took up Swahili classes at the School of Oriental and African Studies. There she met her first fellow trustees of Sadiki. Together, they registered Sadiki as a charity in England and Wales in May 2003.

Sadiki grew slowly over its first few years and was entirely reliant on the voluntary assistance of local friends in Kenya. Working with a pilot group of ten women in Kwangamor, it also took time to develop an appropriate project strategy that was responsive to local needs, effective and sustainable.

At the end of 2005 Sadiki began employing a local Project Co-ordinator. The pilot group has grown to 30 women, and Sadiki works with a number of other women's and youth groups. Sadiki has a motorbike, and rents a small office space in a row of shops Kwangamor. Sadiki's income and expenditure exceeded £10,000 for the first time in 2006/07.