Who We Are
Here is some information about Malawi and Educate Malawi, Inc.
Karen Hardy is a substance abuse counselor retired from the State of CT. Department of Correction. She is currently employed by New Directions, Inc. in Enfield, CT. She comes from a long line of volunteers in her family and they have partly inspired this effort of helping the people of Malawi. This organization was begun as a result of Karen's 2007 trip to Malawi with her daughter, Shannon. Her heart was moved to help the children receive an education that they want and deserve. The schools are very overcrowded with limited resources. Educate Malawi, Inc. continues to explore the ways that best serve the people of Malawi and enable them to prosper. She has combined her love of bike riding with her love of Malawi and the organization has held 3 bike-a-thons and Karen has begun a new ride, Karen's ride for Malawi.
VICE PRESIDENT AND TREASURER
Stephen has been self employed in the home repair business for over four years after working many years in landscaping/construction and in retail management. This is his first involvement in a non-profit organization and has has been a part of it since its inception in 2008. He has a strong desire to help improve the lives of the people of Malawi.
Shannon Massey has been involved with the country of Malawi since June 2005 when she first traveled there at the age of 16. After graduating from West Springfield High School in 2007, she spent two months volunteering in Malawi with Karen. While attending Holyoke Community College, Shannon helped found Educate Malawi, Inc. and attained her Associates degree in Liberal Arts in 2010. She is currently serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer and plans to complete her Bachelor’s Degree at UMass Amherst in Sustainable Food and Farming. Shannon’s passions include caring for animals, listening to music, reading books, running, and gardening. She is committed to serving the people of Western Mass as well as the citizens of Malawi – and plans on continuing to do so
(former) BOARD MEMBER
Leah Kaira - Leah has been a valuable member of the board for 2 years and has recently resigned her position. She continues to consult on the scholarship committee for the girls of Chancellor College.