I recently had one of my readers ask me what some good women’s organizations in Africa (specifically Kenya) were to donate money to. Here’s what I’ve come up with:
Women Fighting Aids in Kenya (WOFAK): I have personally worked with this organization in the slums of Nairobi, and they may be one of the most stellar groups of women I’ve ever met. They’re passionate about their work and completely dedicated to the women of Kenya. An organization started by Kenyan women for Kenyan women. Fantastic.
Beacon of Hope: Another organization I have personally worked with in the slums outside of Nairobi. They primarily provide health care and testing for women with HIV/AIDS, though I’m pretty sure they don’t turn anyone away. They also assist women with starting their own businesses (products made by the women are sold on the website, and are wonderful!), run a school for children from the slums, and deliver much-needed foodstuffs to poverty-stricken families once a month. This organization does so many wonderful things, you can’t go wrong supporting them. And the woman who helps run it, Gayle, is a sassy older woman from New York that will tell you anything you want to know, no holds barred.
Amani Ya Juu: Amani Ya Juu, or “a higher peace,” is a place where marginalized women in Kenya (and other various countries in Africa) are able to come a learn a trade and put it into practice to support their families. I’ve witnessed these women in action, and they are held to the absolute highest standards in their work – which means that what they produce is fantastic (I have a tapestry from Amani hanging in my bedroom, actually). The really cool thing is that once they’ve gone through training, they are given a small loan to buy the materials and tools they need to do their work so they can work from home and be with their families. All in all, an excellent organization to support, through donations or products.
I hope these websites and stories of amazing women encourage your support – they certainly would love it! So thanks to Nancy for the question – it was a good one!