After her first trip to Kenya in 2013,

Cara could not forget the children at El Shadai or their amazing smiles, the abysmal condition of the orphanage, or the ideas she had to improve their future.  So she founded SAWA immediately upon her return to the USA.  She committed to address the root of their problems, move them away from their dilapidated rental property, and into a new facility to care for children for years to come!  

A letter from our founder, Cara

"Back in 2013, I found myself in a bit of a quarter life crisis. I had turned 24, and I wasn’t anywhere near where I thought I’d be at that age. I started thinking about my long-term goals. Something that kept coming to my mind was that someday when I look back on my life, I want to be proud of the work I’ve done on this earth. I had always wanted to travel to Africa.
I realized, maybe it was time to pursue that dream. 
I am so grateful to everyone who has contributed even $1 to this cause.
Thank you for taking the time to read about my kids, and thank you for having an interest in Someone A World Away. 

With love,


Cara graduated from Chapman University in 2011 with two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music Education and Choral Conducting. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Organizational Development at the United States International University in Nairobi.