What we do
The AWA is dedicated to enhancing the lives and experiences of our members by focusing on philanthropic endeavours, community service opportunities and social, educational and recreational activities. By connecting and contributing to our community, we make a difference.
We have a number of regular activities and one-off events:
We hold an informal Coffee Morning on the 1st Tuesday of each month. This is usually held at a member’s home.
The General Meeting is held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at Tribe Hotel. Coffee starts at 9.30 and the speaker starts at 10.00. The General Meetings are held between September and May. We take a break in June, July and August as many people travel during this time.
The Out and About is a group outing that usually happens on the 4th Tuesday of each month. Come join us on these educational and fun trips.
We host a number of other fundraising events throughout the year.
All funds raised go to support our Community Service projects.
The American Women’s Association supports five feeding programs around Nairobi. All of the funds collected through membership and events are used to support these projects. The AWA has committed to support these project for the long-term. The support from AWA makes up only a part of the costs for these all-important feeding programs.
Every year AWA also partners with the United States Embassy in the “Share the Spirit” program. We decide on a different project each year.
In the past this has included in afternoon of planting trees and collecting food stuffs for needy families.
The Community Service projects that we support are described below.
Hope House Babies Home – AWA provides funds to pay for the monthly milk for 18 – 20 babies. http://www.hopehousebabieshome.co.uk/
Kariobangi Cheshire Home for the Aged – They house and feed 35 destitute senior and feed an additional 120 elders three times per week. AWA provides funds to support the feeding program.
Pat Dixson Elderly feeding program – Pat provides twice monthly food handouts to elderly women in Limuru. Approximately 400 women are supported. AWA provides funds for the food handouts.
S.J.T. Amka Health Project – They assist 315 families affected with HIV/AIDS. AWA provides funds to support their feeding program.
St. Franciscan Sisters of the Heart of Jesus – Kawangware – They care for 200 preschool children, and assist an additional 80 children from outside the school. AWA provides funds to support their feeding programs.
The American Women’s Association has been a long-time supporter of St Euphrasia Women’s Center.
St Euphrasia Women’s Center is a facility that teaches young women from the slums the art of tailoring, stitching, beading and cooking. You might have seen them at one of our coffee mornings selling their aprons, hats and embroidered tablecloths.
AWA supports them by providing baking classes and English classes. Once a week, volunteers go to the center and teach baking skills and conversational English.
St Euphrasia has recently moved from their previous location in South B to Ngong. When the new facilities are open, AWA is hoping to continue with the Baking and English classes.
If you are interested in volunteering at St Euphrasia, please let us know. We are also looking into other volunteering opportunities. If you would like to volunteer or know an organization that would like our volunteers, please let us know.