Carolina for Amani is Chapel Hill’s branch of The Amani Children’s Foundation, a non-profit organization that seeks to build bridges between Kenyan and American communities, specifically by sponsoring The New Life Home Orphanages. Amani Children’s Foundation is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization based out of Winston-Salem, North Carolina and was founded in 2004. Through their partnership with the New Life Homes, Amani helps care for orphaned and HIV-positive children in six different locations across Kenya.
Amani is the Swahili word for peace, as they seek to bring peace and a positive living and learning environment for the more than 2.2 million orphans in Kenya. In 2003, Kenya elected a new government committed to anti-corruption and humanitarian policies by working alongside NGOs. These new policies have allowed the Amani Children’s Foundation and the New Life Home Orphanages to establish connections within government and make great strides in improving the care of orphaned children in Kenya, thus setting a precedent for the treatment of orphaned children across the developing world. Amani focuses on the infants because they are the most vulnerable portion of the population, but also the portion of the population with the most potential. Very little attention has been focused on abandoned infants due to a lack of financial resources and specialized care required to take care of babies. Yet, if a child is adopted or raised to become a positive, contributing member of society, they are reaching across cultural barriers and taking a stand for children and against the impact of HIV/AIDS and tribalism.
Carolina for Amani seeks to inspire college and university students across the nation to get involved with the social justice issues associated with Amani and the New Life Home Orphanages. Click here to shop the Amani Children’s Foundation Market online. Click here to find out more about Carolina for Amani founder Morgan Abbott ’12 and how Carolina for Amani was created.
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