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American Friends of Kenya, INC.
What We Do

"We are on a journey with the people of Kenya.  They select the destination."
- Emely Silver, Former Executive Director

In tandem with our networks and partners, AFK's major activities include:
Shipment of Supplies:
We collect school supplies of all kinds, books (fiction and non-fiction) for all ages and levels, library materials (including processing materials and metal shelving), laptops (Pentium 4 or better, 1 GB RAM), medical supplies, and assistance devices (wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches). We make regular shipments to our partners in Kenya who then distribute them to our network of schools, clinics and libraries in rural and urban slum areas of Kenya.
Click here for a detailed list of In kind donations.

Volunteer Trips:
We organize annual trips during which volunteers have the opportunity to work with our partners and see firsthand the fruits of their efforts. In addition, they get a taste of beautiful Kenya and its wildlife. The teams (education, library, health education) provide professional development activities as requested by our Kenyan partners in hospitals, schools or libraries.

After returning home, individual team members provide ongoing professional consultation and support to the individuals and organizations they worked closely with when in Kenya.

Orphan Sponsorship Program:
In partnership with Voluntary Counselors Kenya and through the Orphan Sponsorship Program we offer individuals interested in helping an orphaned child the opportunity to sponsor them by committing to a monthly donation that will go towards that child's nutrition, education, clothing, necessary medications and shelter. Each child receives the education, training and guidance to become a self-reliant adult and contributing member of their community.
Read more about the Orphan Sponsorship program.

Expanding Opportunities for Girls, Women and People with Disabilities:
AFK works with partner organizations to set up and supply materials to libraries serving girls, women and disabled individuals throughout Kenya. These include: Kibera School for Girls, Starehe Girls Centre, Kaaga School for the Deaf, Thika School for the Blind, and Meru Blind and Associates Library. Donations of audiobooks, Braille materials, and assistance devices for the visually impaired from America have been instrumental in building these collections.

We also provide support and assistance to the Kaaga School Deaf/Hearing Children's Theater Project. This project originated during AFK's 2011 trip when a volunteer (former drama teacher, proficient in sign language) worked with a Kenyan deaf education teacher to develop a regional touring group consisting of both deaf and hearing children who perform together, raise awareness build bridges between deaf and hearing individuals.

Special Projects:
As opportunities arise, AFK supports other project in Kenya including:
  • The development of Little League baseball in Meru (coaches traveled with the teams during the 2013 trip and AFK included equipment in our annual shipping container)

  • Providing a roof, lighting, books, school supplies and annual wellness checks for children of the Jamii shelter for street children in Kibera

  • Contributing tuition support and professional guidance to a promising young Kenyan library school student

  • Partnering with PET international, Inc. (makers of personal mobility carts for physically disabled children and adults) to transport the carts and identify potential recipients

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