In Appreciation

Without the non-profit, Amani Childrens Foundation, located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, The Nyanya Project would never have existed. It was with Amani, which serves orphanages in Kenya, that TNP’s founder, Mary Martin Niepold, first went to Africa in the summer of 2006. She was a volunteer and visited several orphanages in Kenya where many of the babies are AIDS orphans who have, literally, been thrown away at birth by their mothers. As a grandmother, Niepold had heard of grandmothers all over Africa who had buried their own sons and daughters to AIDS and were now providing care for their orphaned grandchildren. That summer in Kenya, she kept asking, “Who is caring for the grandmothers?” She kept hearing, “Nobody.” Jane and Chad Stephens, founders of Amani, opened Niepold’s eyes to the enormity of the problem and served as inspiration for her to help the orphan crisis by focusing on African grandmothers of AIDS orphaned grandchildren. Visit: www.amanichildren.org.

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