A brief history of
The Amani Children’s Foundation
Amani Children’s Foundation is a 501c3 organization founded by Drs. Chad and Jane Stephens in 2004 to serve children orphaned by AIDS and poverty in Africa. The Stephens, whose medical and educational work in Kenya began over 30 years ago, were serving a 6-month stint in a rural hospital in Kenya with their four teenagers in 1999 when they met and adopted their two youngest children, Julie Wambui and Joseph Amani, who were infants at the time. Chad is a physician and Jane is an English professor, and they were able to return to the US with Joe and Bui who are currently seniors in high school.
Amani partners with New Life Homes in Kenya. Since 1993, New Life Homes has rescued over 1600 infants; most of them have been adopted by Kenyan families. There are now 4 New Life Homes for babies across the country in Nairobi, Nakuru, Kisumu, and Nyeri. There are also family homes in Nairobi and Nakuru. The homes have strict financial accountability and are highly respected in Kenya for their high standards of care and loving environments.
Amani is proud of its creative nontraditional fundraising. From first graders who share their birthdays parties with a birthday buddy in Kenya to help raise funds for one child to university students who sponsor Amani events to churches and friends who work together, everyday people have found unique ways to raise funding for The Amani Children’s Foundation. Kenya’s Kazuri Beads partners with Amani by providing “seconds” and discontinued” beads and volunteer artists make jewelry to sell for Amani. Volunteers across the country host a wide array of cultural and artistic events on behalf of Amani.
Because Amani is a volunteer-run organization, the overhead is low and all of the overhead is covered by the Amani Arts program, allowing 100% of all donations to go directly to Kenya. The net proceeds of our Amani Arts program go to serve the babies as well. We are committed to connecting people in the US to the hope that is stirring in Africa and to letting them know that a real difference can be made in this crisis—and we are always looking for new ways to do so. If you have a great idea for an event or if you would like to learn more, contact us 3279 Robinhood Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106 and at (336) 253-7857. Visit us at www.amanichildren.org or find us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rev. Janet Mutinda, National Director of New LIfe Home (second from left)
Dr. Jane Stephens, volunteer Director, Amani Children's Foundation
What a difference it makes. . . .
The drought across east Africa this year has been devastating. And, as usual, the infants have suffered the most. This spring, the beds at New Life Home for abandoned infants are fuller than ever.
But once a child arrives at New Life Home in Kenya, the drought for him or for her is over. She is given a name, food, warmth, care, medical attention, and love, lots of love. On the first day of a child’s arrival, all of the staff members, from cooks to caregivers and accountants along with the toddlers and volunteers come out to the courtyard to welcome her with songs and prayers. They have welcomed nearly two thousand children since the home opened in 1993—most of them tiny and barely hanging to life, many of them testing positive for HIV.
This little girl Winnie just recently arrived. God willing, she will be leaving with a forever Kenyan family before her first Christmas! But in the meantime, Winnie is cared for by donations and love from around the world. During these months of her life, it is our privilege to hold her. Please join us.