Children's Voice September/October 2008

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The Amani Children's Foundation

Though most of the children at New Life Homes are adopted within Kenya, a few have been adopted by American families. One family, Jane and Chad Stephens of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, were able to adopt two infants, Joseph and Wambui. Since that time Jane's cousin, Rene Barnard, and her sister, Jean Corey, have adopted children from New Life as well.

All three families had teenagers at the time, and they worked together to found the Amani Children's Foundation in 2004 as a way of expanding the network of homes that have made such a difference for their families. Amani works to develop partnerships of service, creativity, and leadership between Kenyans and Americans to serve the orphaned children at New Life Homes.

Amani groups in North Carolina, Tennessee, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Georgia work to raise funding and awareness for the homes. They do so through local parties, sports events, lectures, African bead parties, and other creative community events. Because Amani is volunteer-led, 100% of donations go directly to care for the abandoned children at New Life Homes in Kenya. Though Kenyan business families have provided for building and outfitting the homes, Amani provides about 50% of the operating costs. To learn how to become involved, go to or e-mail

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