American Friends of Kenya (AFK) began as an informal effort to support a Kenyan couple living in Connecticut who wanted to help build school and community libraries in Kenya. Many of their friends and neighbors came together to make their dream a reality.
During the Summer of 2004, 18 of the people involved in the book collection drive visited Kenya. They returned home energized and inspired to do more. The result was the incorporation of American Friends of Kenya during October 2004 and its approval as a non-profit 501 c 3 public charity during March 2005.
Today, we send regular shipments of books, library materials, school supplies, and medical supplies to schools, libraries, hospitals, and clinics.
We started an “Orphan Sponsorship Program” that helps children in several provinces of Kenya.
We help to expand opportunities for girls and women and people with disabilities.
We have sustained working partnerships with reputable organizations and individuals in Kenya, USA and worldwide to work towards our common goals. We are fortunate to have hundreds of volunteers from all over the world. Our yearly teams going to Kenya have had participants from many different states in the U.S., from Canada, and Australia.
AFK is a 100% volunteer organization. None of its officers, directors or supporters is paid a dime, nor do we use professional fundraising services.
AFK is truly a grassroots effort and a labor of love and compassion.