Ian May is co-founder of Ameena Project. He moved to Kenya in 2009 and, with his wife Anne, started and managed all aspects of a comprehensive humanitarian project in Thika. By living and working in an isolated location surrounded by slums, he gained a unique understanding of the great obstacles and powerful potential of working in impoverished communities in Kenya. Ian and his family returned to Portland, Oregon in 2010 and formed Ameena Project in 2011 in an effort to continue work in Kenya while living in the U.S.
Currently, Ian works for a county mental health department as the wraparound program supervisor. He supervises the work of multidisciplinary treatment teams for the most acute and complex children and families. Ian returns to Kiang’ombe on a regular basis to provide oversight, professional development, and support to Kenyan staff. He loves ugali, sukumawiki and buzzing around Thika on the back of a boda boda.
“Early in my life I said and did many things that negatively impacted people around me. Life can be so hard, so dark, and so overwhelming. Peace, purpose, and strength are hidden in actions that meet the needs to others. I am grateful when I have something to give that someone else truly needs. In meeting that need, something powerful and positive happens for everyone involved.”