Did She “Bring Yoga to Africa” or Did She Just Bring Chaos to Kenya?

No White Saviors
8 min readMar 16, 2021

How Paige Elenson, founder of Africa Yoga Project, has weaponized her whiteness and mental health to avoid accountability

Paige Elenson, founder of Africa Yoga Project, posing for a photo with Maasai people.

Content warning: Mentions of sexual assault, sexual exploitation of children, transactional sex, self-harm and suicidal ideation

Disclaimer: Allegations brought to our attention against U.S. national Ms. Paige Elenson have been substantiated by multiple sources including but not limited to her: former employees, friends, ex-romantic partners, board members and former donors. Due to the serious nature of the following accusations, we interrogated each and every claim. We also held a phone call with Ms. Elenson and some of her current employees at Africa Yoga Project.

It is our hope that this piece will drive proper, thorough investigations by the appropriate authorities in Kenya and the United States. To protect witnesses from retaliation, we will not disclose the identities of our sources. As always, we are firmly against any threats of physical violence or harm toward the individuals we are holding accountable.

Whiteness, by design, is never supposed to be held accountable for the harm and violence it inflicts on Black people. Perhaps one of the most sinister elements of the white savior industrial complex is that it comes in the…