The Mary Kaye Holmes Foundation (the Foundation) is an organization geared toward helping women survivors of gender based violence, child marriages, human trafficking and other forms of abuse. The Foundation began in Connecticut with after school programs for teen girls, Project Prom for at-risk high schoolers 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 it’s 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 will allow them 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.

Will You Join Us?

The Mary Kaye Holmes Foundation, in partnership with the Sprout Foundation and Waterbury Community Action Network, continues to be a voice for those who have no voice. We are dedicated to reaching and rescuing women and restoring their dignity. 

In 2021, we launched the Mary Kaye Holmes School of Entrepreneurship, a hub for job creation, economic empowerment, global trade, financial sustainability and empowerment for dignity and self-esteem.

We are just $2700 away from our goal of building our school in Lilongwe, Malawi. With your donation, we can make this happen. Please consider making a donation of 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.