Amsha Africa Foundation Overview
Target demographics: Low income communities in Africa that live below the $2 a day threshold.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 5,000
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Help construct a rainwater harvesting system that would help a community secure water during the rainy season to be used in the dry season when water is scarce.
Programs: Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene (WASH) Program
Water, sanitation, and hygiene are all critical to reducing the burden of water-borne diseases. We work with a community based groups to find effective sanitation approaches that will contribute to a world where children and families lead healthier, more productive lives.
We aim to develop scalable business models and technologies capable of moving communities we work with from unsustainable to sustainable sanitation services across the sanitation value chain. We invest in technologies and methods for increasing sustainable access to clean water and hygiene.
Child Abuse Prevention Program
We work with our partner organization in an effort to stop child abuse and neglect and educate communities in Kenya. We support children who are forced to work for their survival and work with schools in Income Generating Activities to support children under situations that would lead to neglect and drop outs.
Our program helps create child protection teams within rural communities and helps create an organization of lawyers that offer free legal services to children whose rights have been violeted. We also participate in research activities on children's right, such as street children.
"Dear Friend" Pen Pal Program
The goal of the Dear Friend pen pal program is to sustain long-term, 1:1 relationships between as many pair of U.S. and Kenyan children as possible, and to help all participating children achieve literacy goals, heighten their cultural awareness, and feel the joy of knowing another child across the world cares about them.
This project will preserve the art of letter writing for our generation's children, teaching them to communicate well through the written word.
Child Abuse Prevention Program Successes:
Amsha Africa Foundation has created an organization of 20 lawyers that offer free legal services to children whose rights have been violated in Kenya. These lawyers have successfully provided free legal services on 42 cases and have 120 cases that are being worked on.
Amsha Africa Foundation has worked with over 12 community based groups and helped create child protection teams within rural communities. These child protection teams have helped reduce child in some rural communities by over 95% according to our surveys.
The Foster care program has encouraged and facilitates foster carers to look after children in need. There are currently 6 foster cares that AAF has helped form and the success of the children taken in these foster homes has grown exponentially from their previous abusive homes.
Dear Friend Penpal Program Success:
More than 200 children from the Kenya, the U.S., and Europe are currently participating in this program and from the surveys their supervising adults have provided, the program is extremely popular and successful. A number of children have significantly improved their cultural awareness and letter writing skills. A mother in the U.S. said that her 8 year old child wants to grow and join the peace corp and is now immensely interested in helping other under previledged children from Africa from the experience gained from this program