About Right 2 Thrive
Our mission is to break the cycle of poverty through multi-generational empowerment and education.
Right 2 Thrive believes that education and skills training are keys to breaking the cycle of poverty. Lack of parental education leads to minimal income, which results in the parents’ inability to care for themselves and their families. A child’s education is a luxury too few living in poverty can afford. When children are unable to attend school because of a lack of school fees, they inevitably become the next generation of uneducated residents continuing the cycle of poverty.
Our goal is to break the cycle of poverty through multi-generational empowerment and education of adults and children in the community of Dagoretti, in Nairobi, Kenya. We aim to help residents embrace their own worthiness, become empowered and learn new skills so that they may reach their full potential.
Janet Patry shares the story of why she started R2T and how the mission has evolved in this interview with WTNH's Ann Nyberg.
What We Do
We work in partnership with the community to build culturally relevant programs, which leverage local talent and resources and help residents become independent and self-sufficient. Our programs provide residents with necessary skills to earn an income, increase their employability, build their own businesses, and develop leadership skills. They help participants increase the likelihood that they will have the financial means to send their children to school, keep their family unit together, improve their overall health and wellbeing, lift themselves out of poverty, and assist in the economic development of the community.
Janet Patry, Founder and International Executive Director
Connect with Janet
Right 2 Thrive was founded in 2009 by Janet Patry after she spent several weeks volunteering at a children’s home in Nairobi, Kenya where the children were not in school due to a lack of fees. Upon returning to the United States, Janet started the charitable organization to pay school fees for the children and improve their living conditions. Janet later discovered many of the children were not orphans but had been abandoned by their families because of extreme poverty. In an effort to reunite the children with their families and help the entire family break the cycle of poverty, Janet relocated from New York City to Nairobi in June of 2012. Utilizing her experience as a Life Coach and Corporate Trainer & Curriculum Writer she designed and implemented R2T's Empowerment Program which consisted of personal empowerment, income generating skills training, and business workshops with a one-on-one mentoring component to help local women earn a stable income and provide for their children.
As Right 2 Thrive's International Executive Director, Janet's primary responsiblity is to raise money and manage donor relations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, is an accomplished Human Resources professional, a certified Life Coach, and a certified Master Trainer and Curriculum Developer; and has many years of experience in coaching, team building, strategic planning, diversity training, as well as in quality and performance improvement.
Janet enjoys living in Nairobi with her husband and remains inspired by the local residents as she witnesses their personal transformations to living an empowered life of purpose. Janet believes in the potential of the human spirit to rise above any and all circumstances and find a meaningful existence which is why she remains committed to her vision of a world in which all people embrace their right to thrive.
Kurt Davis, President
Kurt is an Investment Banker with Houlihan Lokey focused on the Middle East and Africa. Prior to Houlihan Lokey, he worked with Barclays Investment Bank focusing on the natural resources sector. He is a seasoned investment professional with demonstrated success in completing complex financial transactions and operational transformations, especially in emerging economies: with Crescimento Inteligente, an investment management and advisory firm in Africa; with Schulze Global Investments, a private equity firm in Africa, Asia and South America; with Kukula Capital, a venture finance firm in Africa; with the African Development Bank; with Swicorp, S.A., a private equity fund manager with $1.4 billion under management for the MENA region; and Bear Stearns (now part of J.P Morgan Chase), a global investment bank. Kurt has authored numerous articles exploring opportunities and economic change across Africa for the publications of Ventures Africa, Africa.com, and has published articles for the Harvard Africa Policy Journal. He is a member of both the New York and Massachusetts State Bar Associations having earned his J.D. in Tax Law and Commercial Law at the University of Virginia’s School of Law. Kurt earned his M.B.A. in Finance, Entrepreneurship & Operations from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and his B.A. from the University of Virginia.
Meet Our Amazing Team
Right 2 Thrive recruits team members from the community we serve. Our staff is fully immersed in the community and therefore can serve as effective change agents on the ground.
Regional Executive Director
Wafula joined Right 2 Thrive in January 2013 as an English Instructor. He has grown with the organization, working as an Empowerment Instructor and Mentor, Program Manager and now Regional Executive Director. Wafula has a degree in Communication and Swahili from the University of Nairobi.
"I am passionate about transforming peoples' lives through teaching, coaching, and mentoring. As a Director, I want to exercise transformational leadership to help our staff grow." -Wafula
Joyce joined Right 2 Thrive as a student in January 2013. She took both handcraft classes (paper bead and crocheting) and then business classes. Upon completing all classes she joined our staff as the Paper Bead Instructor. The paper bead class has now evolved into an economic empowerment project called Kustawi. It consists of 20 women who are learning the skills necessary to start their own independent organization. Joyce now works across all programs as the Programs Coordinator.
"I want to empower the community to better their living. I want to work toward breaking the cycle of poverty so the future is brighter for the people of Kenya." -Joyce
Dagoretti South Constituency of Nairobi, Kenya
Right 2 Thrive works in Dagoretti, a community in western Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. Most of the community lives in extreme poverty and lacks sufficient basic human needs including; adequate housing, nutritious food, clean water, decent healthcare and quality education. These resources are available around Dagoretti, but it is difficult if not impossible for the poor to access them without employment and a livable income. We address this need by connecting residents with the educational opportunities necessary to break the cycle of generational poverty.
Lack of a sewage system and access to sanitary toilets which leads to illness
Limited means to access basic healthcare, medicine and vaccinations
Lack of clean water and nutritious food
Harsh Living Conditions
Small, unsafe and often illegal shacks as homes
Limited access to electricity or running water
Corrupt government and local authorities
Violence against women in the community and the home
Lack of skills and education, illiteracy, and tribalism are roadblocks to employment
Unpayment from employers with no legal recourse
Lack of income keeps kids out of school or forces parents to send them to children’s homes