ADP -- AN Overview and History:
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Since 1985 the African Development Project has supported specific, effective programs in East Africa that enable participants to grow more food, improve their heath, education, and income, and care for the sick and orphaned. We have direct links with the leaders of these programs, many of whom have visited us over the years. This means that our supporters often feel a personal connection with those they are helping and are confident their donations are well used. Our assistance goes directly to these programs and involves no overhead expenses. We collaborate with Trinity Episcopal Church and many from the broader Charlottesville community.
Since the beginning we have worked with World Neighbors (WN), an international development organization with several projects in East Africa, and the Oyani Christian Rural Services (OCRS) in western Kenya, founded by our good friend the Rev. Peter Indalo, who died in December 2012. Many guests from Kenya have spoken at events such as our fund-raising dinners called “Harambees.” In 2011, Elkanah Odembo, then Kenya’s Ambassador to the U.S. and earlier a WN leader, spoke to us about his hopes for advancements in women’s rights, education, and economic development under the new constitution. In 2012 Janet Mumo, Director of the Kitui Development Center, spoke about women’s economic empowerment groups and their “table banking” system as well as the Rescue Center they are building as a place to rehabilitate children exploited by child labor. In May 2015, the new CEO of World Neighbors joined up to celebrate ADP’s 30th anniversary.
Descriptions of our current projects follow:
Kitui Development Center, led by Janet Mumo. Since 1998 ADP has been helping to support this project in central Kenya, east of Nairobi. KDC organizes women’s self-help groups to generate income and care for orphans. KDC’s recent additional focus is on preventing the worst forms of child labor. Janet requested funds for erecting a Rescue Center, a safe place for exploited children to recover and receive health care, counseling, food, clothing, and life-skills training, before being reintegrated with parents or guardians. ADP’s support helped KDC purchase land and building materials and the Center is now complete. Hundreds of children have been helped already.
World Neighbors MABUTA project in Mayuge, Uganda and other villages. Our friend Chris Macoloo, World Neighbors Vice President for Africa, has requested our help with this “young program” north of Lake Victoria. It is operated by a community-based organization and already benefits around 8000 people in six villages. The overall goal is to enhance capacities of community members in agricultural production and income generation and to improve access to health, education, and water. Key strategies are introducing dairy goat keeping, for both nutrition and income, and promoting high value crops, specifically bananas. Women and orphans are the primary beneficiaries of this project. Bev Wann visited this project with Chris in early 2014 and reported at the 2014 Harambee.
Privilege School, the primary school the late Peter Indalo asked us to support, near Migori, Kenya.
We are in communication with the school’s principal, Lydia Vusaka Esige. For two years we have been supporting 56 orphans with school fees, shoes, socks, and sweaters, and daily lunches. Our friend Naomi Imali, who lives in Charlottesville now, visited the school in early 2014 and reported to us on the great needs there for a roof on the building and a source of clean water, as well as funds for fees, clothing, and food. We recently sent $1000 to fund a water catchment tank and hope to be able to send at least $6000 for other needs.
Your generous contributions make the difference for these inspiring leaders and their projects.
Checks made payable to St. Paul's Memorial Church, with African Development Project in the memo line, may be mailed to: 1700 University Ave., Charlottesville, VA 22903. All donations are tax-deductible and go directly to help the projects described here. There are no overhead expenses.
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