The charity arose from one woman going to Africa on holiday and seeing the reality of life; deprivation, poverty but the desire to improve their lives and hope.
"The idea of a safari in Kenya seemed very romantic and it certainly lived up to and exceeded all our expectations. I never imagined when planning my honeymoon to Kenya back in 1984 that it would lead to the setting up and running of a charity to help disadvantaged children in Kenya. Out Of Afrika is a registered charity founded in UK in 1995 (Registered in 2000) and later became a registered non-governmental organisation in Kenya."
Julie always said that "......my life has been enriched by my involvement with the charity and the people I have met through it. I feel lucky that I have been able to make a contribution and have achieved something worthwhile. While I was working in a boring job in my early twenties I dreamt of joining something like VSO but lacked suitable qualifications. I would never have believed then that I would end up not just being a volunteer for a couple of years but actually starting and running my own charity.
It’s true, once you have visited Africa, you are never the same, it changes you and leaves you with a longing, a longing to go back again and again and again. I spent my honeymoon in Kenya and fell in love with that country and my life changed forever."The late Julie Martin, Founder , 1956-2013