The Amani Foundation (formerly listed as Amani Orphanage) is a 501(c)3 charity based in America which aids in the management of Amani Children’s Home and fundraises on its behalf. The Amani Foundation is based in Long Island New York, USA, and works to provide both the children of Amani and the broader community with the environmental- and public-health-based knowledge to thrive in today’s changing world. The Amani Foundation leads wildlife & environmental lessons to promote curiosity, citizen science, and a sensitivity to nature in east African communities. The Amani Foundation also works with the Social Welfare Office of Mto-wa-Mbu to develop family planning, women’s health, and HIV/AIDs awareness programs.
Together, Amani (Foundation + Children’s Home) seeks to not only keep children from the streets but to also enrich their lives and lead them to become active and engaged citizens upon reaching adulthood. Our Tanzanian full-time staff and management take care of all the children’s needs; they are a team comprised of professional cooks, house mothers and fathers, accountants, IT technicians, agricultural experts, clergy, and teachers that have come together to be the family that raises these children and reaches the community beyond our center’s walls. The Amani Foundation staff in America are all unpaid volunteers so to avoid unnecessary overhead costs.
Amani is committed to this mission because if the political, economic, and social stability of an East African nation (or of any country) is to advance, her hope lies in the children who will grow to lead, support, and empower others. Amani seeks to grant this next generation more than just basic needs and primary education; we aim to encourage them to stay in school through to university, establish healthy life habits, and build strong moral foundations.