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Our Story

  

Upendo Educational Foundation was created through a friendship formed by Anna Mwalagho and Jay Wind. An amazing friendship of two unlikely pair, Jay Wind a busy 67-year-old longtime Arlington resident, marathon champion, race planner and director, Anna Mwalagho a renaissance woman and a performing artist who hails from East Africa Kenya.  Their passion for nurturing cross-cultural exchange through music and marathon sport was the bridge that connected them.  They are both very passion driven, have genuine concern for humanity and strive for Justice and peace in the world. Their common goals enabled them to create a partnership, therefore founding Upendo Educational foundation in October of 2016. 


Since the founding of the organization we have partnered with Upendo Education and Rehabilitation Center, a non-profit in Kenya and where we have been able to sponsor students from  impoverished families by paying for their tuition, catering for school lunches and also supporting the teachers with a stipend, their center is located in the slums of Huruma East of Nairobi. 


In the USA, our organization has been able to plan and facilitate a women-wellness day, SICEP (Swahili Immersion Cultural Education Program)  with local after school programs such as  Carpe Diem Arts  and also create summer camps. 


  

Upendo Educational Foundation is an IRS approved 501c3 organization so all donations are 100% Tax Deductible. 

Our EIN # is 81-4215891



Meet Our Team

ANNA MWALAGHO, PRESIDENT & CO-FOUNDER

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Anna Mwalagho was born and raised in Kenya, East Africa, she is a true remarkable renaissance woman and a triple threat performer. A comedian, poet/spoken word artist, singer/songwriter, actress and storyteller. She has won numerous national awards in her native Kenya and here in the USA. 

Internationally recognized as the “Queen of spoken Afro beat” and also “Mama Africa.” She has captivated many with her blend of comedy, spoken-word, songs, acting, African dance, and storytelling into an electrifying one-woman show.   

She has opened up shows  for two international legends, the king of Afro Jazz Hugh Masekela and International acclaimed legend of Afro pop Oliver Mtukudzi famously known as “Tuku Music” of whom she even collaborated with him doing her poem “Flavored world.” 

She has performed at major venues such as : Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Museums, World Bank, Manhattan Center, festivals, universities and many more. 

Anna Mwalagho believes in service for humanity and the culture of  "Ubuntu" (I am because you are and you are because I am)  Her goal in life is to support others to reach their highest good through  cooperation, determination and persistence. This organization is very instrumental in her mission to give back to society.

JAY WIND, VICE-PRESIDENT & CO-FOUNDER

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Jay was born in Chicago, Illinois, and got his start running to and from Evanston Township High School. He moved to Arlington in 1978.

As of June 2013, Jay has finished 150 full-distance 26.2-mile marathons and more than 3,000 shorter races. His fastest marathon was Boston 1980, where he finished 68th in 2:27:25, just 5:38 short of qualifying for the US Olympic Trials. He ran the last 30 Marine Marathons, finishing 25, winning the 50-54 age-group twice; and he has run Boston Marathon 29 times, including the last 19 in a row. As late as age 57, 

Jay served on Arlington’s Park & Recreation Commission 1991-1998, including two years as chairman. He chaired Arlington County’s bond issue campaigns for parks and recreation every two years 1992-2012, raising over $500 million for Arlington’s parks. For this work, he received a Certificate of Appreciation from Northern Virginia Regional Parks Authority. He serves Arlington County Civic Federation as its Park & Recreation Committee chair and received its Certificates of Appreciation in April 2001 and April 2004.

He serves Safety and Health Foundation as a director and contracts with a dozen DC-area races each year as their expert consultant for document design, registration, and results. 

Jay Jacob Wind’s mission is to see Arlington recognized as one of America’s top communities for the sport of running.

EVA KEELING, BOARD OF DIRECTOR

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Eva Keeling is a clinical director at Inova Health System. She  has a heart for service, she has contributed to many charitable organizations and has a lot of expertise in the medical and hospitality field. She enjoys travelling,  cooking and spending time with her family.

SUSAN CHAUDRY, BOARD OF DIRECTOR

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Susan Chaudry is a retired pediatric nurse practitioner in Washington, DC.  Mama Susan, has a heart for mission. She has collaborated and worked with many not-for-profit organizations to facilitate medical missions in developing world. She enjoys dancing, music, and yoga.


BRANDON GREEN, BOARD OF DIRECTOR

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Brandon Green is a senior accountant and community organizer. He is passionate about people, culture and diverse communities. He supports different charitable organizations in the hope of seeing these organizations thrive. He enjoys sports, music, traveling and spending time with his family.