Feb 20, 2021

Confidence and Connection during COVID-19

In a year where many of us find ourselves disconnected, Amani has ramped up efforts to keep children connected to their families and help parents cope with stress. Our on-site social worker, teaming up with the social welfare office, led regular child protection and advocacy community seminars. We make sure even the chaos that the pandemic brings doesn't derail our community and on-site initiatives to advocate for children's rights.

Amani also facilitated holiday visits home for children whose families are able to host them. We had our big holiday celebration, reminding staff and children alike that even in the most difficult times, we find joy and hope. Students participated in graduation ceremonies with their families, sharing their achievements and celebrating their dreams for tomorrow. Finally, our rainy-season soccer games provide a chance for family, friends, and neighbors to connect. We've been hard at work fostering healthy relationships through fun, and it gives us all a sense of meaning despite this challenging year!  

Feb 20, 2021

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Amani's on-site garden helps us ensure we have a fresh supply of vegetables and greens for the children. It's a big improvement over the beans and corn diet that most people in our area rely on. As many children come to us suffering from the consequences of chronic nutritional deficiencies, it's vital that Amani can provide fresh produce month-in and month-out.

This winter, all hands were on deck to plan our center's garden. The kids love a chance to get muddy and play! The garden acts as a place to watch the natural sciences in action. The children learn about plant growth and the rain cycle in school, and then watch it come to life before their very eyes. We've got quite a lot of green thumbs over here! 

Thank you for planting seeds for a brighter future at Amani!

Feb 20, 2021

Graduations and Academic Success!

Despite challenges, Amani wrapped up 2020 with celebrations of academic achievement! Three of Amani’s children, Magreth, Neema, and Agape, graduated from Primary Level. The children have worked very hard throughout their primary school years and graduated with high marks in all their courses, including math and science! Hilaria and Zawadi, two other children of Amani, participated in a district-wide exam that included 35 schools in the Hai district. Among all Hai district students participating, Zawadi achieved Third Place, while Hilaria took First Place.

The ability of these children to thrive despite the chaos of the world today inspires us. Graduating from primary school is a huge achievement. In 2019, only 68% of children stay in school throughout all elementary grades and move onto secondary school. This accomplishment takes hard work - extra hours of studying, practicing skills like reading and math even when they're hard, and endless determination. Our children embody hope and resolve!


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