Winston-Salem is one of 12 U.S. cities that hosts the Amani Children’s Foundation. Their village market at 3279 Robinhood Road offers a wide selection of Kenyan-made jewelry, art and crafts, the proceeds of which benefit babies in Kenya orphaned by AIDS and poverty.
For one day onlym on Thursday, Nov. 3, the Amani Village Market is decamping for First United Methodist Church in Pilot Mountain in order to raise needed funds for New Life Home Trust in Kenya.
New Life Homes operates four homes for babies across Kenya, in Nairobi, Nakuru, Kisumu and Nyeri as well as two family homes in Kisumu.
The homes take in children orphaned by poverty, with special attention to babies orphaned by HIV/AIDS. The cause is dear to the heart of Barbara Wilkerson, of Pilot Mountain, and a number of other members of First Methodist. Wilkerson has taken on one Kenyan orphan, named Esther, and assumed financial responsibility for her. Now the church is attempting to help more of the kids.
Wilkerson also followed closely the plight of Daniel Kuhani, a little deaf boy who received a cochlear implant in Indianapolis earlier this year through the efforts of Amani and its volunteers. Daniel’s case illustrates the extreme care that Amani devotes to the children that come under their wing. An Amani intern returned to the US and found free surgery and therapy. Other volunteers raised the money for travel and the device.
New Life babies, though orphans, receive a better quality of care than most African orphans. The babies are cared for at New Life Homes until they can be adopted. According to Amani Foundation literature, nearly all of the children are adopted by Kenyan families in full, legal adoptions in the Kenyan high court, guaranteeing all rights, inheritance and privilege to these children. These adoptions defy the traditional tribal taboos of adoption and take a stand for the value of the children.
On Thursday, it will be possible to offer some help to these Kenyan orphans by shopping the Amani village market at Pilot Mountain Methodist Church, 210 Marion Street, Pilot Mountain, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. A wide variety of unique bracelets, necklaces, earrings, scarves and ornaments will be on offer. All of the proceeds go to Amani Children’s Foundation.
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