Humanitarian Mwangi Ndengwa Mukami, who sought asylum in the US in 2009, announced plans to send youth from California to benchmark Kenya's cultural heritage.
The trip, estimated to cost Ksh10.3 million, aims at informing, inspiring, and empowering the next generation of leaders to learn more about Africa.
"Africa's story is not always about epic strategies; it is also about Africa'a beauty, the potential and global opportunity in Africa's marketplace," a human rights activist stated.
The trip was scheduled to proceed from June 17 to June 27 and include visiting local and regional international schools in Nairobi and a 3-day, 2-night visit to a game reserve.
"Through this trip, the foundation hopes to give young people a unique opportunity to learn about African culture, history, and contemporary issues through the eyes of Africans by immersing them in local communities and allowing them to participate in various cultural activities," Mwangi remarked.
Various organisations in the US have supported the program to offer more young people a chance to visit Kenya.
Mwangi runs the MLIFE foundation that supports under-resourced children experiencing learning poverty to read and write, mentors next-generation leaders to lead and thrive, and elevates families living on the margins to meet their basic needs.
MLIFE, established in 2017, sought to empower high-potential and high-impacting youth ages 18-27 to realise their educational, career, and entrepreneurship goals.
While in Kenya, Mwangi worked as president of the Kenya Children's Cabinet (2003), founding youth president of the National Youth Parliament of Kenya (2004), and Chair for Africa of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Africa Foundation.
The entrepreneur holds a Master of Public Affairs from UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy and a Bachelor in Political Science and International Relations from San Francisco State University.
He is the youngest of nine children, born and raised in poverty but fought against the odds to establish the organisation in a foreign country.