• AAF Aquaponics Project

    AAF Aquaponics prototype project with a simplified and affordable design.

  • AAF Water & Sanitation Program

    AAF Water & Sanitation Program - clearing land for borehole construction.

  • AAF Water & Sanitation Program

    AAF Water & Sanitation Program - constructing a borehole with the community

  • Child Abuse & Prevention Program

    AAF works with local communities and partner lawyers to help prosecute and stop child abuse and neglect and educate communities in rural Africa.

  • AAF Eyeglass Distribution

    AAF Eyeglass Distribution in Kisumu, Kenya in partnership with Eyes on Africa

  • Helping Harvey evacuees from South East Texas

    We are working with a number of organizations directly assisting the Harvey evacuees that are looking for volunteers and collecting supplies. Read more here.

  • AAF Eyeglass Distribution

    AAF Eyeglass Distribution in partnership with Eyes on Africa in Mombasa, Kenya

  • AAF Community Outreach

    AAF community outreach program in rural Africa.

  • AAF Tree Planting Program

    AAF Tree Planting Program. Over a million trees planted around Africa.

  • AAF Dear Friend Program Participants

    AAF Dear Friend Program Participants

  • GuideStar awards AAF the Gold Star
  • AAF Aquaponics prototype

    Harvest of lettuce in our aquaponics prototype after 3 weeks.

  • AAF Eyeglass Distribution

    AAF Eyeglass Distribution program in partnership with Eyes on Africa in Nairobi, Kenya

  • AAF Humanitarian Program

    AAF Humanitarian Program partners with various community organizations in distributing famine relief and other supplies to help communities suffering in difficult times.

  • AAF Aquaponics Project

    AAF aquaponics prototype project - floating raft.

  • AAF Water & Sanitation Program

    Completed borehole construction in Taita region of Kenya.

  • AAF Orphanage Assistance Program

    AAF has assisted hundreds of orphans in rural Africa gain meaningful education and move to safe institutions which AAF helps construct and sustain.

  • AAF Sustainable Housing

    AAF funds construction of environmentally friendly houses to poor communities in rural Africa.

  • AAF Aquaponics Program

    Harvested fish after 6 months in our prototype Aquaponics project.

  • AAF Famine Relief Program

    AAF has supplied over 50,000 boxes of foodsupply to famine areas around Africa.

  • AAF Community Outreach

    AAF Community Outreach

  • AAF Humanitarian Mission

    AAF is actively involved in supplying vital food and medical supplies to areas in need around the world.

 Our Projects

We plan, coordinate, and fund several projects in partnership with local communities and organizations in the countries we work in, building strong relationships in the process.

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We partner with corporations, governments, other non profit organizations, and registered community organizations.

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The Global Friendship Penpal Project is run by Simon and Bibyana Barclay (A.A.F Amsha Africa Foundation U.K representatives).

We are currently seeking U.K schools, classes, Groups and individual children between the ages of five and sixteen to pair up with children from Kenyan of similar ages, to help form long term relationships with the A.A.F Global Friendship Penpal Project.

Through the Global Friendship Penpal Project it is possible to reach into the hearts and homes of some of the most disadvantaged children living in Kenya. This is unique and wonderful opportunity for children to be able to learn about other cultures and how others live and to participate in their hobbies and interests and to hopefully share the joy of a real lifelong friendship.

Despite the many forms of communication available today, letter writing is becoming a lost skill. There is a huge amount of enjoyment and fun to be gained from receiving letters in the mail. It is hard to match the anticipation of waiting for letters to arrive and to see what news they contain.

Whether they are looking for a friend, or to learn about other children’s lives and culture, the Global Friendship Penpal Project can help to provide them with a pen friend.

We believe that international correspondence has a part to play in creating global peace and harmony, maybe not a huge part, but still an important one helping to span the world with friends.

For more information or to enroll a child please contact Simon and Bibyana Barclay

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Telephone: 01209 831876 or 07857798428

A donation is not necessary to enrol a child as participation is free. However personal donations are critical to the Global Friendship Penpal Project success.

The Global Friendship Penpal Project relies on people’s generosity to operate, and we will gratefully accept your financial support. as it costs on average £1.50 (208.55 Kenyan shillings) per letter posted from Kenya which in Kenya is the cost of a small writing book or a pencil, and the average wage for a Kenyan villager is £0.70p per day, so whether or not you enrol a child in the program please help us by giving a small donation however small and it will go directly to support Amsha Africa Foundation Global Friendship Penpal Project in Kenya.

You can make a financial gift either by cash or cheque and give it directly to your school or group making cheques payable to Amsha Africa Foundation, or online please visit the AAF website, at www.amshaafrica.org , and click on the link to Network for Good. Or by post to

Amsha Africa Foundation
5, Godolphin View
Nancegollan
Helston
Cornwall
TR13 0AL

Global Friendship Penpal Program (GFPP) Application form

To enroll in AAF's Global Friendship Penpal Program, please download the application form below, fill it out and mail it back to us.

GFPP Application Form

 

Please note that GFPP prohibits solicitation of money or gifts.

GFPP also discourages exchanging material gifts or money.

Supervising adults are responsible for monitoring the contents of the letters between pen-pals.

 

Kenya's most recent male circumcision rapid results initiative failed to meet its target, and officials are stepping up efforts to identify and fix the problems that could foil the campaign to circumcise more than one million men by 2013.


Conducted between November and December 2011, the initiative aimed to circumcise 70,000 men over a 30-day period, but results released in February show that only 40,000 men were circumcised. This is the first time the annual initiative - which began in 2008 - has failed to reach its target.

"We need to investigate the reasons for the inability of the programme to reach its target. Maybe we need to change our communication strategy to be able to convince those men who are still not sure about medical male circumcision," said Athanasius Ochieng, the voluntary medical male circumcision programme manager at the National AIDS and Sexually transmitted infections Control Programme.

Officials in the programme attributed the shortfall, at least in part, to heavy rains in November and December that rendered many of the roads in Nyanza, western Kenya, impassable for medical teams running mobile circumcision clinics.

Kenya has the most successful voluntary medical male circumcision campaign in eastern and southern Africa; since the campaign began in 2008, about 395,000 men have been circumcised - most of these have been performed in Nyanza Province, which has the country's highest HIV prevalence. The country aims to circumcise 1.1 million men by 2013.

While the programme has been successful in convincing younger men to volunteer for the procedure, it has been a tougher sell for older, married men. Programme implementers are looking at new ways of reaching this key demographic - many new infections are occurring within marriage.

"Involving women at the centre of men's decision-making and using already circumcised but married men as peer educators will help bring more married men to the clinics," said Ochieng.

Beyond reaching numeric targets, officials are also concerned by signs that some men are resuming sex before the designated six-week healing period, putting themselves and their partners at higher risk of contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

Counter-productive behaviour


A November 2011 study by the University of Illinois at Chicago's School of Public Health found that 31 percent of 1,344 recently circumcised Kenyan men reported engaging in early sexual activity, usually three to four weeks after the procedure.

The research revealed that cohabiting or being in a marriage were the strongest predictors of engaging in early sexual activity.

"People's perception about male circumcision can either help achieve the reversal of HIV infections or help to accelerate [transmission]. If you have a high number of people circumcised and they believe it is some form of full protection, or they resume sex while they still have wounds, then you have problems," said Lucy Waweru, a psychology lecturer at the University of Nairobi. "Specific and targeted communication and messages must be developed to undo these dangerous thoughts. For me, these are serious challenges and could erode the gains made in reaching the set target."

Waweru said lack of adequate counselling for girls and women could also potentially scupper the programme's goals. "It is true the message is out there, but there are those women who don't have the information. This could make it very easy for a man who attends a male circumcision session alone to [tell] a woman that it offers full protection. That potential gullibility of women and girls must be dealt with," she added.

A small 2011 Kenyan study found that more women than men felt HIV was a less serious threat after their male partners were circumcised.

According to Walter Obiero, the clinical manager at the Nyanza Reproductive Health Society, lack of information had continued to create barriers at the community level.


"Many men shy away from male circumcision - they tell you they cannot miss work for six weeks, meaning they believe that during the six-week healing period, they cannot work, yet this period only bars sexual intercourse," he said.

Under normal circumstances, a man is able to resume work three to four days after being circumcised.

Obiero said counselling women would also help to reduce cases of early resumption of sexual activity. "Men will tell you they fear losing their wives or girlfriends during the healing period, but when you talk to women, they tell you they will be ready to support their men during this time, so long as they have adequate information," he added.


Health system concerns

 


Experts also fear that as the programme continues to grow, the health system may not be equipped to cope with the demand for male circumcision. Today, only 200 facilities are actively offering it. Obiero noted there was a need to find a firm place for male circumcision within its healthcare priorities.

"Health workers are burdened and there are other priorities that compete. For example, a health worker will be wondering whether to circumcise a man waiting at the clinic or attend to a woman who has come for antenatal care," said Obiero. "Again, the government must create ownership of the programme at the healthcare level because you visit a facility and you ask them their target on the number of men they want to circumcise in a specific period, and they don't know."


East Africa: Drought Warning Prompts Call for Early Action


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Drought is likely to return to Somalia and other parts of the Horn of Africa over the next three months, say regional climate scientists meeting in the Rwandan capital, Kigali. The forecast comes just weeks after the UN declared the Somali "famine" over.

For 3 weeks in July 2012, Greenpop will be hosting a reforestation and conservation education project in Livingstone, in partnership with Zambezi Nkuku and Amsha Africa Foundation.

Zambia has the second highest deforestation rate in the world! In an effort to fight this drastic deforestation,Greenpop is planting 5,000 to 10,000 trees in Livingstone and spreading education.

Please click on the link below for more details on this project:

http://www.greenpop.org/projects/trees-for-zambia/

 

 


Solar Pump Project


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By Geoffrey Kamadi

TSEIKURU, Kenya – Blue skies and sunshine don’t make Joseph Katitu a happy man.

The 49-year-old sorghum farmer and father of nine shakes his head at the glaring sun as the last cloud fades in the sky above him. “Mvua haitakuya (The rain will not come)!” he sighs.

The lack of gathering clouds is an ominous sign that Tseikuru District, some 230 km (150 miles) east of Kenya’s capital Nairobi, will have to wait a while longer before the heavens open again.

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