Afghan Schools Project

Building Schools, Friendship, Hope

In 2002, Julia Bolz founded “Journey with an Afghan School.” From 2006 to 2009 AFF sponsored “Journey with an Afghan School” raising over $900,000 and partnering to build 15 Afghan Girls schools. In November 2009 “Journey with an Afghan School” moved to a new home – Ayni Education International (AEI), an international nonprofit that was directed by Julia.  Ayni later transitioned to become Sahar Education. For more information about “Journey with an Afghan School” Please go to https://sahareducation.org/

During the Taliban era, girls and women were denied access to healthcare, employment, and education. Families often risked everything to protect teachers and teach girls in their home.  Education and economic opportunity are key to eliminating poverty, oppression and the root causes of terrorism. Afghan leaders have consistently put education at the top of their priority list. Julia heard the plea and saw the need first hand, and has devoted her life to raising funds and building schools for the children of Afghanistan.

Julia, an international humanitarian lawyer and advocate, started serving in Afghanistan in January 2002, just months after 9/11. There, she fell in love with the Afghan people, especially the women and girls, and began a project called “Journey with an Afghan School”, with the vision to build bridges of understanding between the Afghan people and the American people by creating quality educational opportunities in Afghanistan that empowered and inspired children and their families to build peaceful, just, and life-affirming communities. Over 50,000 Americans supported “Journey with an Afghan School,” including school kids and private citizens, civic and religious institutions, National Geographic, Rotary, and community and family foundations.

Julia and her teams created a rare model of success where they built/repaired and equipped more than 40 schools that have now educated over 250,000 students. She also partnered with numerous local and international entities to develop effective and sustainable solutions, raise funds for humanitarian aid projects, distribute goods-in-kind, and provide expertise on development, legal, and human rights issues.

Please go to https://sahareducation.org/ to find out more and to directly support this project.

Clean Water for Kids in Kenya

Join the Kindness Adventure

For 25 years, All for KIDZ, Inc. has been producing innovative character education programs for elementary schools in the US, Can, UK, AU and NZ. In 2015, the All for KIDZ creative team developed a new program to inspire kids to be kind, compassionate and empathetic to others both near and far. The new assembly, “Kindness Adventure” takes the school kids on a global adventure to learn more about the character and culture of kids in Kenya. During the interactive program, they meet Principal Anne Odhiambo and her students at Bidii Primary School in Nairobi. Our performers share about the Kenyan water crisis and  everyone learns more about being kind-hearted and caring to others. We invite you to learn how you can help bring clean water to a very special village in Kenya: Principal Anne’s childhood home.

Kathonzweni region of Kenya

Principal Anne and students at Bidii Primary School

After the Kindness Adventure assembly visits a school, students may purchase handcrafted items from Kenya. In addition to supporting the artisans, All for KIDZ designates a small portion of the sale to help bring clean water to the kids in Kenya. In the 2016-17 school year, they drilled a well and installed a pump in a Maasai village near Kajiado. To read the story about this completed project, visit  www.kindnessadventure.com/water.html

For the 2017-18 school year, All for KIDZ is raising funds for their 2nd well project: The Kathonzweni Well.  The goal is to drill and build a clean water well in the childhood village of Principal Anne from Bidii Primary School. Anne shared her childhood memories of walking more than an hour each morning and evening to bring water to her family. She was painfully reminded of how difficult this task was for her as a child; leaving indents in her forehead from the rope and heavy weight of the water.

The nearest water supply was an hour walk away and the water was not very clean. Many in her village still die from the many diseases carried by dirty water. Having a very limited supply of water impacts the villager’s ability to care for their families, grow crops, feed animals, and earn a living.

Anne tracing her childhood steps to bring water back to her family. Unfortunately, this riverbed has been dry since 1983.

The dirty water is in limited supply and shared with animals

The nearest water supply was an hour walk away and the water was not very clean. Many in her village still die from the many diseases carried by dirty water. Having a very limited supply of water impacts the villager’s ability to care for their families, grow crops, feed animals, and earn a living.

The dirty water is in limited supply and shared with animals

Tears filled Anne’s eyes as she shared that even today, the kids in this village must walk and carry water every morning and evening, just as she did 40 years ago. The nearby riverbed dried up many years ago and they must walk even further.

All for KIDZ recently met with the city elders to share the goal of bringing fresh water to Anne’s home village. They were most receptive to having our help with placing a well in their community.

Because of the Kindness Adventure’s Pay-It-Forward sale, kids across the United States are helping raise funds to install this well. However, this community has 20,000 people and they need more than a basic pump handle well. They need solar panels to power the pump and lift the water into raised tanks for a much greater yield of water to the community. Please join us, and thousands of kids in bringing clean water to kids in Kenya.  This project will cost about US $30,000. Your donations can make a big difference for kids in Kenya.

Meeting with the city elders in Anne’s home village

We are currently raising funds and plan to install this new well during the 2017-18 school year. We have already identified the best location where deep down, several fault lines cross each other and water collects. Because of the size of this community, we hope to improve the basic pump handle well by installing solar panels to power a pump for lifting the water into a raised tank for a much greater yield of water to the community.

The well drilling in November 2017 was a success, now on to our next project.

The Embassy of the Republic of Kenya endorses the Kindness Adventure Assembly

To learn more about All for KIDZ and the Kindness Adventure, visit http://www.kindnessadventure.com/
Donate  Even small donations can make a big difference for kids in Kenya.

Papilio

Papilio is a non-profit organization committed to fighting sex trafficking in Spain. The Papilio leadership team partners with local relief agencies such as the Red Cross as well as other NGOs and both the local and national Spanish Government to provide a unique presence on the frontlines through direct contact with women of all ages who through deception have become trafficking victims.

Papilio exists to bring comfort, humanitarian need, and love to the women on the streets with the hope of providing a means of rescue whenever possible. Team members head out to the streets, rain or shine, late in the evening to regularly build relationships with the women and even the club and brothel owners. On any given night they will interact with dozens of women working in the sex industry, providing offers of clothing, hot chocolate, and hygiene packs. They also bring hugs, comforting words and share resources that most are not aware of or have been scared to accept.

In addition to their frontline work on the streets, Papilio partners with local municipalities to provide anti-trafficking education in local high schools and to promote awareness in the communities.  Since 2015 Papilio has rescued over 55 women and children, leading them to safe houses where they can experience healing, restoration, and training for their futures.

Those who serve with Papilio realize that the sex-trafficking issue is much greater than they have the ability to change however their hope and motivation comes in knowing they can and have made a difference in the lives of young women, one at a time.

Papilio means butterfly in Latin, and the name was chosen by the founders as a reminder that all people should have such freedom as the flight of a butterfly and that each young woman has such beautiful potential.

Volunteers with American Friendship Foundation provide their support for the work of Papilio through their fundraising and awareness efforts in the greater Seattle area.  Funding is needed to acquire supplies to share with the women to continue making the evening street visits possible, to facilitate rescues when the opportunity occurs, and to support women in aftercare programs.

Taste of Freedom: 2022

Taste of Freedom is an annual gathering that brings together supporters and those interested in learning more about the work of Papilio for an evening of celebration and awareness.  The tentative date for Taste of Freedom 2022 will be in early December 2022. 

Ride for Freedom 2022

Ride for Freedom brings together cyclists who choose to “Pedal for Papilio” by raising funds from friends and family to sponsor their efforts to partner with Papilio and bring awareness during their self-funded cycling tour in Southern Spain.

To learn more about these opportunities to support Papilio, follow us on Facebook and if you have questions, contact papilio.spain@gmail.com

Due to the potential harm and risks involved, the identities of Papilio team members and the specific areas they work in are not published on-line to protect their safety. The organization is lead by a small, all volunteer but extremely passionate leadership team that personally provides much of the resources. Other support comes from occasional donors as they become aware of the work.

Project Vision

Globally, sex trafficking is an epidemic with victims numbering in the millions. A report from the Spanish State Department (2010) stated that 200,000 – 400,000 women worked in prostitution in Spain, 90% of whom were trafficked. Prostitution is not illegal in Spain, in fact, even reputable newspapers publish adds soliciting clients. Trafficking is truly a profitable industry as trafficking cartels from Eastern Europe, Nigeria, and most recently China all have highly sophisticated systems to both recruit and control those forced into prostitution. In Southern Spain the vast majority of the girls on the streets are Nigerians who fled to Europe in hopes of a better life but became indebted and enslaved, not only losing their dream but losing their freedom.

Papilio exists to bring comfort, humanitarian need, and love to the women on the streets with the hope of providing a means of rescue whenever possible. Team members head out to the streets, rain or shine, late in the evening to regularly build relationship with the young women and even the club and brothel owners. On any given night they will interact with up to 100 girls, providing offers of clothing, hot chocolate, and the most popular provision, hygiene packs. They also bring hugs, comforting words and share resources that most are not aware of or have been scared to accept.

In addition to their frontline work on the streets, Papilio partners with local municipalities to provide anti-trafficking education in local high schools and to promote awareness in the communities. Those who serve with Papilio realize that the sex-trafficking issue is much greater than they have the ability to change however their hope and motivation comes in knowing they can and have made a difference in the lives of young women, one at a time.

Current Financial Needs

Funding is needed to acquire supplies to share with the women to continue making the evening street visits possible, to facilitate rescues when the opportunity occurs, and to support women in aftercare programs.

Learn about our fundraising
Ride for Freedom cycling tour in Spain – Pedaling for Papilio

For more information, contact Papilio U.S. Representative,
Konnie Drews, at papilio.spain@gmail.com

Ororaedh Orphanage

Every time Déluc Silar walked home from he work he saw orphans living on the street. These children were being physically and sexually abused as they tried to find food and water to survive. Hoping to save one life, he took an abandoned child into his home in 2008. Then he took a second, and then a third, and his heart would ache for every child he saw on the street.

By 2009, Déluc and his wife were living with 15 kids, by 2012 he had 65 children. They moved into a larger home using financial gifts from people in the community.

When the 2010 earthquake struck over 300,000 people were killed… leaving many more orphans. Déluc is now a father to about 70 children ranging in age from 2 to 16. His home provides love, shelter, food, and education for these kids. He is literally saving lives.

Work We’ve Completed with Déluc Silar

The American Friendship Foundation has been investing time and resources into this Haitian orphanage and school since 2012 on projects that include:

  • Purchasing the land from the original property owner for $55,000 so Déluc Silar owns the property free and clear.
  • Building up the Institution Mixte Frère Silar, a school for the orphans along with other kids in local community.
  • Adding a second and third story on the home.
  • Providing five bio-sand water filters. The property has a well, but the water was not drinkable.
  • Offering summer camps for the children.

We love this project and will continue to support it because it is a great example of a project that was conceived by Haitians and is operated by Haitians.

Current Need

While it is always exciting to fund “new projects”, it is equally important to financially support Haitians who are doing things right (and doing the right thing).

There are approximately 70 kids under Déluc’s care and the facility’s operating costs are approximately $50,000 per year. The money being raised for the orphanage goes towards food, education, and medical care for the children in the program, plus the rent on one piece of property and structural improvements on another.

Please consider a recurring gift to support the ongoing operations costs of Déluc. 100% of your AFF donation will be sent to Déluc to support his school and orphanage.

Checks can be mailed to: AFF – Haiti  Orphans, PO Box 611; Bothell, WA 98041

North Africa Refugee

AFF is supporting Vision Nuevo Siglo, a non-profit organization providing relief aid and cultural engagement to at-risk migrants and refugees populations in Northern Africa and Southern Spain.

THE CRISIS

Migrants are coming to Morocco from Sub-Saharan Africa countries: Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Senegal, Nigeria, the Central African Republic.  Refugees are leaving their countries due to war, economic impoverishment, and political oppression in hopes of establishing new, safe, and sustainable lives in Europe.

They come to Morocco with the intention and hope of making it to Europe,  they find that they have to remain in Morocco or return to their home country, as entering Europe has become increasingly difficult. Increased patrols off the coast with the interdiction of boats and the high security walls built around the Spanish enclaves force migrants to remain in Morocco.

THE WORK

Vision Nuevo Siglo is providing humanitarian relief to these refugees to meet their basic human needs and also working for the prevention of  human trafficking.

 CARE FOR THE POOR
Basic needs of food and clothing are provided to individuals and families who otherwise have few resources.

AT-RISK YOUTH
Sports programs and cultural programs that provide the children and teens a better chance to be in school and to engage in their communities.

SPECIAL MEDICAL CASES
Therapy to surgery, we strive to identify and serve patients and their families that would not receive treatment or support.

ART AND CREATIVITY
Creating opportunities through music, visual arts, and graphic arts to get to foster community and help close the gap among cultures and people groups. Reaching people in friendship and developing deep ties of understanding and partnership for the common good.

THE ASK

We need your financial support to provide the food and clothing for the children, to fund the medical work and surgeries being done.  Please consider giving today, your support will have great impact on the lives of these children.