Mary Kaye Holmes Global

In connection with Waterbury Community Action Network, Inc.

Waterbury Community Action Network, Inc. is the fiscal sponsor of Mary Kaye Holmes Global, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women survivors of gender based violence, child marriages, human trafficking and other forms of abuse.  We started in Connecticut with after-school programs for teen girls, Project Prom for at-risk high school teens, and college scholarships for underprivileged youth. We launched our first international projects in Lilongwe, Malawi and Lima, Peru in 2021.

With the help of generous private donors, Phase One began in Malawi with The Shirley Rose Tailoring Academy launching on September 20, 2021 with ten women in its first cohort. The students learned sewing skills and entrepreneurship as they learned to sew masks, petticoats, undergarments, reusable sanitary napkins, skirts, shirts and accessories. The Foundation rented space at a local orphanage where the women learn and meet for weekly group therapy sessions as well.

Phase Two of the project began January 2022, with a campaign to build a school for the students. This provided a dedicated safe space to learn, sell their products and receive wrap around services to give them a dream and vision for a better life.  The main components of the building were completed later that year and ongoing efforts continue as we strive to provide other necessities such as bathroom facilities, electricity, and lighting.        

Will You Join Us?

Mary Kaye Holmes Global partners with the Sprout Foundation of Malawi to be a voice for those who have no voice. We are dedicated to reaching and rescuing women and restoring their dignity. 

We launched the Women’s Entrepreneurship Center to provide a hub for job creation, economic empowerment, global trade, financial sustainability and empowerment for dignity and self-esteem.

With the support of those like you, we reached our goal of building our school in Lilongwe, Malawi!  With your continued financial support, we can sustain the ongoing expenses of running the school and providing the necessary supplies to provide quality training to the students.  Please consider donating any dollar amount today. You can also set up monthly recurring gifts as well. All donations are tax-deductible as we are a 501(c)3 organization.