Florence Kekibuga, Honoree
Florence is an Ugandan mother who has dedicated her life to take care of children and poor people in her community. In 2011, the President of Uganda, Yoweri .K. Museven, honored her with the country's honor of a Hero Medal for her extraordinary humanitarian work.
In 2015, her daughter, Penny Leon, renamed her foundation to Florence For Youth In Action in honor of her mother. Her mother saved her from an arranged marriage at 15 by selling her car and sending her on a bus to Kenya to further her education. Penny has been giving other children the same opportunity since.
Penny Leon, President
At the age of nine, Penny told her mother that when she grows up she would not have children of her own, instead she will take care of those orphans who need help. Inspired by her mother, Florence raised 20 children; Six of her own and 14 from the local neighborhood.
She completed the schooling her mother sacrificed her to obtain and moved to the United States, where she resides in LA with her husband. She held true to her promise and adopted and raised five orphaned girls, three of which have completed university in Uganda.
Penny listened to God calling her to show love and mercy on those hurting and bringing a voice to the voiceless in her native country and began the Florence for Youth in Action. It is in honor of her mother, of whom she gives the credit of her life's work.