The Imani Project is a partnership between Americans and Africans, dedicated to acting against HIV/AIDS and improving health conditions in rural Kenya. The goal of the Imani Project is to enable and empower Kenyan villagers to become educators, advocates, caregivers and HIV/AIDS activists in their own communities.
The Start of the Imani Project
The Imani Project began in 2004 when Marlene Anderson, a social worker from Portland, Oregon, first visited the Sabaki River delta on a birding expedition and met a young boy on the beach who introduced her to his village. Marlene saw the crisis wrought by the HIV/AIDS pandemic in rural Kenya: illness, death, poverty, and children without families to care for them. Determined to help, she returned, first alone, then over the years with volunteers. Today the Imani Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Oregon with a working Board of Directors here, and with a Director and volunteer staff in Kenya to manage operations there.
What Kinds of Services are Provided by the Imani Project?
- Sponsorship program for 80+ children who have been orphaned by AIDS
- School uniforms for orphans and other children deemed most needy
- HIV prevention education in schools and villages (in English and Kiswahili)
- Distribution of condoms
- HIV testing and referral
- HIV+ support group
- Transportation for HIV+ people to the hospital to receive medications
- Flour, garden seeds, beans, tea and rice to village families
- Education about diarrheal disease, and its prevention and treatment
- Medical supplies for local Community Health Workers
- A composting toilet for two villages
- Field plowing for HIV+ people unable to care for their own farms
- Online program to provide goats, ducks and chickens to families in need
Dates and Details
The American Imani Project was formed in January 2005 and incorporated as a Non-Governmental Organization( NGO) in January 2008. It received the 501(c)3 U.S. nonprofit status in March 2007. Our federal ID number is 26-1682325.