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The Outback Program is Kenyan-led, founded by naturalist Peter Liech and his daughter Kathy.


Founder and Executive Director

Peter is a Naturalist, Photographer, and a Gold-rated safari guide by the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association (KPSGA).  He has spent over 20 years exploring East Africa as a guide, and is recognized for leading highly personalized trips into the most remote and wildlife-rich areas. 


In November 2019, he launched his book African Treasure – co-authored with Dr. Lawrence J. Broutman in Chicago, and has since been invited for speaking engagements this June 2020 at the Portland Oregon Zoo, Columbus Zoo in Ohio, and Desert Botanical gardens in Phoenix Arizona.  Peter is a member of Nature Kenya and Kenya Museum society, and won the society’s top volunteer award – a cast of “Homo erectus” skull dating back to 1.5 million years in the year 2000.


The Christian Children’s Fund (now Child Fund) assisted Peter as a beneficiary through his high school years.  In 2003, he founded Nyashep Education Trust to make it possible for many bright children from poor backgrounds to access and acquire quality high school and college education.  He and his daughter Kathy created the Outback Program to help Nyashep students increase their well-being, confidence, and resilience.


Program Coordinator

Kathy graduated from the Holderness School in NH and Hobart and William Smith Colleges in NY with a degree in Psychology.  When she returned to Kenya after her studies in the United States, she found that many Nyashep students were struggling with their mental health during and after they received their educations.  Inspired by her experiences during the Out Back Program at Holderness, she and her father Peter combined their respective passions for mental health and nature to create The Outback Program to empower Kenyan students to overcome their inner challenges and grow more hopeful, connected, and resilient into the future.

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Program Supporter

A safari guide with over 25 years of experience, Stanley earned the coveted Silver certification by the Kenya Professional Guides Association.  


A gifted storyteller, his enchanting charisma keeps the students motivated, involved, entertained, and united.  He sings and plays the guitar, too - serenading them with traditional Swahili songs.  Stanley is also a certified First Aider.   



(Coming Soon!)

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