Janet Patry, Founder and International Executive Director
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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.