SBS Founder Accepts Segal Family Foundation Award

October 3, 2018

Segal Family Foundation Honors Leaders in African Development

Nairobi, Kenya, September 24, 2018– On October 5-6, Segal Family Foundation (SFF) will host nearly 400 partners and friends to celebrate the work of more than 200 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that the foundation supports in Sub-Saharan Africa. The event will be held at the Radisson Blu on Elgon Road in Nairobi’s Upper Hill district. The SFF Annual Meeting returns to East Africa after being hosted in metro New York in 2017.

Founded in 2004 by Barry Segal, Segal Family Foundation believes in a world where development is steered by grassroots leaders and power is shifted into the hands of communities. Segal Family Foundation has given over $72 million in grants since its inception. In “The State of Global Giving by U.S. Foundations: 2011-2015” report, The Council on Foundations recently named Segal Family Foundation as the fourth largest funder in Sub-Saharan Africa. SFF will distribute $12 million in funding to partners spanning 20 African countries in 2018.

Amidst the learning and networking, a select group of leaders will be honored at Friday night’s Awards Gala for their exemplary work. This year’s award recipients include Willie Mpasuka, co-founder and Executive Director of Rays of Hope Ministriesin Malawi, as the Rising Star honoree. After being labeled a “slow learner,” Mr. Mpasuka nevertheless was the only one of his nine siblings to graduate from college and committed his life to helping students complete school with excellence. Since graduating from SFF’s Social Impact Incubatorin 2016, Rays of Hope has shown steep growth, going from working with 75 kids in its afterschool program to working with over 120,000 students just two years later. Mr. Mpasuka is one of SFF’s select African Visionary Fellows.

Dr. Robert Kalyesubula, Founding President of African Community Centre for Social Sustainability (ACCESS) in Uganda, will be honored with the Grassroots Champion Award. Dr. Kalyesubula has worked with his team to establish a nursing school with more than 200 students. Over 15,000 patients receive medical services annually from ACCESS, working alongside a network of 120 trained community health workers, while over 500 orphans and vulnerable children have received scholastic support. He has established several national and international collaborations for global health using community health worker models to improve patient care in rural areas. Dr. Kalyesubula is also an African Visionary Fellow.

Julius Mbeya, Managing Director of Lwala Community Alliance in Kenya, will receive the Angel for Africa Award. He is an international development expert with more than 17 years experience, as well as a published author with several books and articles. Mr. Mbeya believes that when communities lead, change is drastic and lasting. For example, Lwala Community Alliance recently demonstrated a significant decrease in child mortality rate in the communities it serves—from 104.8 per 1,000 live births to 29.5 per 1,000—in a peer-reviewed study.

The System Innovator Award will be presented to Devin Hibbard, founder and CEO of Street Business School—an entrepreneurial training program based in Uganda that helps women living in poverty go from an average income of $1.35 to $4.19 per day by starting their own businesses. Through a social franchise model, Street Business School is now active across Africa. Ms. Hibbard is a speaker, teacher, mentor, and thought-leader in social entrepreneurship, women’s economic empowerment, and micro-business creation as a means of eradicating poverty.

Additional highlights of the Annual Meeting include the African Visionary Showcase, live storytelling event “Values Out Loud,” and a public concert at The Alchemist featuring Vanessa Mdee and Kidum.

Follow the event on Twitter (@SegalFoundation) and Facebook by using the hashtag #Segal2018.

ABOUT SFF: Segal Family Foundation (SFF) is building an equitable community of visionary organizations—both doers and donors—across Sub-Saharan Africa so that together they can improve the lives of millions. For more information, visit


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