Lilian Marwa - Co Founder & Director
Lilian is the loving heart and soul of Akina Ties, who is selflessly dedicated to the Akina Ties children and her community.
Lilian is a trained administrator and social worker, with a diploma in both. Until 2017, she worked as a personal assistant to the Kisii County governor’s wife. Prior to that, she was employed with the Kenyan government department of training as a student attachment officer and as a social worker in a baby orphanage in Nakuru.
Lilian is mother to, counsellor, advocate and dedicated defender of the Akina Ties children.
Mary Summerscales - Co Founder & Director
Mary moved to Kenya in 2004 to establish and run the first baby orphanage in the area. Ten years later Mary was Mum (literally) to 100 children ranging from new born to sixteen years of age.
Living and working in Kenya has given Mary firsthand knowledge and understanding of the poverty, barriers and social challenges so many families (especially women and children) face daily.
While living in Kenya, Mary met Lilian and quickly forged a great friendship which continues today. Mary and Lilian worked together both at the orphanage and on community projects. A promise they made to a dying mother is now being fulfilled by Akina Ties where both her sons are being cared for and educated.
For personal reasons Mary returned to Australia after ten years in Kenya and has supported Akina Ties since its inception.
Mary is a qualified case manger currently working in youth services and living in regional Western Australia with her husband and their two fur babies, Jellybean and China.
Jenny Belford-Dearling - Co Founder & Director
Jenny visited Kenya in 2010 and her heart was touched by the many women and children she met who were suffering because of poverty and abuse. As a result, Jenny (together with Mary and Lilian) started Heart4Change to empower local women. Akina Ties emerged from the Heart4Change foundation.
Jenny has worked as a support worker in a women's refuge for the last 20 years. She is a mother of two, nanna to four grandchildren (who are the light of her life) and lives in west Queensland Australia.
Julia Ramage - Public Officer & Secretary
Jules joined the Akina Ties Warriors in 2019 and is involved in a variety of aspects of the organisation.
Working at a children's home in Tanzania in her early 20s ignited a desire in Jules to continue to provide any help she can to the children of Africa.
Julia is a mum of two gorgeous children and is a trained corporate and human rights lawyer who lives in New South Wales Australia.
Kelly Wust - Director & Treasurer
Kelly joined the Akina Ties Warriors in 2019 and is involved in a variety of aspects of the organisation.
With a passion for empowering women and a soft spot for children in need, Kelly is determined to make a positive impact through Akina Ties.
Kelly is a full -time working mum of two who lives in regional Queensland, Australia.
Helen Short - Director & Fundraising
Helen joined the Akina Ties Warriors team in 2019 and is always willing to help with everything and anything.
Helen is committed to helping all children receive the education and happiness they deserve.
Helen is an infant school teacher and lives in England with her husband, two sons and her cat, Percy.
Helen Smith - Director & Fundraising
Helen joined the Akina Ties Warriors team in 2020 and is a dedicated fundraiser and all rounder, helping anywhere needed.
Having daughters of her own, Helen has a special interest in the Akina Ties Girlie camps, education and empowering young girls and women.
Helen is a Yorkshire (UK) lass, who now lives in Western Australia.
Noel and Kate Doyle - Long term dedicated supporters
Kate and Noel Doyle who are fondly know as 'grandma and grandpa', have generously dedicated their support to Akina Ties over the past 10 years.
Words can not explain how amazing these 2 beautiful souls are, but their actions alone have changed many lives for the better.
Thank you grandma and grandpa, know you are loved dearly by your Akina Ties family.
Sadie has been a supporter of Akina Ties and Lilian since 2013.
Sadie met Lilian in 2012 whilst running an orphanage in Nakuru and they’ve been great friends since. She was born in South Africa and lived in Kenya and Zimbabwe as a child - and her heart has never left Africa and her people.
Sadie is a single mum to two teenagers and a full-time solicitor in a general law practice in regional Australia.
Sarah is always willing to offer advice and was an amazing help when Akina Ties Australia Inc. was set up. Her dedication to the children of Kenya is unquestionable and a true inspiration. The world needs more Angels like Sarah.
Thank you Sarah for always making yourself available when we need advice.