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The Amani Home: “Amani” means “peace” in Swahili. These are community-based homes, which represent a new way of thinking about orphans. Rather than an orphanage, the Amani Homes are a community’s effort to keep their own children home in the community where they grew up, which preserves a child’s network of support. Children can continue to attend their local school and maintain close relationships with extended families while housing, food, education funding and training are provided by the Amani Home family.

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Initiatives for Nonviolence and Peace (INPEACE): The mission of INPEACE is to aid in the prevention and transformation of conflict through research, education, and training programs. IPI believes that only “homegrown” peace initiatives will liberate Africa from the current quagmire of persistent conflicts. Training civic, social and governmental groups, and including traditional peace processes adapted to contemporary use, are significant aspects of peace building in Africa.

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IPI College Scholars Program (ICSP): provides a critical link for individual and community empowerment. We identify students who have completed high school with exceptional determination, promise, and commitment to family and community, and provide funding for them to complete undergraduate programs. With college degrees, young men and women have the credential, knowledge, and social capital to boost their families and their communities.

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Bettering Our Lives by Design (BOLD): In 2003 Dr. Karambu Ringera visited a group of HIV infected mothers in Meru, Kenya who were desperate to secure their children’s education and future.  Moved by their courage in the face of their overwhelming challenges, Dr. Karambu resolved to help in their plight and organized a Kenyan cultural event in the U.S. raising $400 and enabling the seven children of those infected mothers to go to school and International Peace Initiatives (IPI) was born.

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Community Support Initiatives (CSI): uses the participatory and community-based development model to enable women to become financially independent. The grassroots women’s groups pool their savings from firewood collection or other local resources and give the money to a different group member each month.

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See, Experience, Engage and Develop (SEED): This is an exciting opportunity for international travelers to experience Kenya’s nature, people, and cultures through local connections made at a grassroots level. The cultural tour and safari visits the areas of Meru, Maasai Mara, Samburu, and Lake Bogoria. Activities include staying at the Amani Home, visiting local schools, volunteering in service projects, learning the way of life in Kenyan villages, and enjoying the magnificent animals and landscapes of the safari.

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The Orphans and Vulnerable Children Education Fund (OVCEF): For those children who are not living at the Amani Home, but due to family hardships do not have the opportunity to attend school, IPI has a separate education fund to pay for expenses such as school fees, books and other materials.

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