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2022

Marking a Decade of Nourishment, Education and Hope

2022 marks ten years since we welcomed the first students into Ameena Centre early education center. Today we are serving 133 students aged 2-8 years. This is our largest student body population and nearly 30% more than the average of our previous nine years. We are only able to feed and educate these children due to your faithful support throughout the past decade. Thanks to you, it’s working!

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2020

Pandemic response and community support

During government-mandated school closures during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ameena Centre staff facilitated food supply distributions to student families and built a new structure to meet social distancing requirements. After a nine month closure, students and staff returned in January 2021. Donors’ generous support helped fund the extra food supplies, along with the personal protective equipment and campus expansion that guaranteed a safe return to class.

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2019

Campus Improvements

Due to funds donated at our successful Portland fundraiser in fall of 2019, the Kenyan staff and Ameena Centre families were able to upgrade the playground equipment for our students to swing, slide, spin and enjoy. While less exciting for the kids, critical improvements were made to the campus, to include an upgraded fence, a new, permanent wall and a more secure and attractive restroom.

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2017

Program Continues Fantastic Growth

Grade 2 added to program. A total of 85 children enrolled at Ameena Centre led by 12 Kenyan staff.

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2016

Building Expanded and Playground Added

School buildings expanded to include Grade 1. Playground added to campus. Ameena Project board of directors visit school and holds community medical and dental clinic, staff development and training, and celebrates 5th anniversary with community. Two teaching interns transition to teaching staff.

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2015

Piped Water Welcomed at Centre

Piped water was added to the site. Teaching interns from local Kenyan colleges come to Ameena Centre.

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2014

A Move for the Ameena Centre

Kenyan government titled all land in the Kiang’ombe slum. Ameena Centre moved (literally, by hand) to the other edge of the community. Education Fund offered to core Ameena Centre staff.  Community medical clinic conducted by Christian Isakson and Ian and Anne May.

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2012

Over 50 Children Enroll

Over 50 children are enrolled and received two meals per day in an engaging preschool education in a safe environment.

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2011

Kiang’ombe Community Grants School Building to Ameena Project

Village elders and local leaders, energized by the possibility for something positive in their community, offered Ameena Project the free use of their abandoned school. Located in heart of Kiang’ombe, the community-built schoolhouse had been vacant for years due to lack of financial resources.

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The Ameena Project

Bringing opportunities and advantages to Kenyan children… and it starts with equal access to education and nourishment.