FOERDERKREIS KENIA E.V., a registered society with tax-exempt status that was founded in 1992 as an ecumenical initiative, aims at supporting charitable and other aid projects in Kenya.Main Objectives of our Society:
Beginning in the 1970's, the society's precursor consisted of a group of friends and interested individuals who coordinated both church-related and private aid programs in East Africa. Having among them not only volunteers but also church employees, mainly from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Württemberg (Southern Germany), part of this group's activities was officially carried out under the auspices or with the help of their church's institutions. Participating with Kenyan partners, they supported church-based educational, social and charitable work in East Africa, took part in exchange programs with the Kenyan YMCA and Christian parishes of various denominations in Kenya thus seeking to win and support competent coworkers volunteering in the development work of the church.
Details on our Work
Moved by the poverty and living conditions in East Africa that are especially affecting children of all ages, this group of individuals founded the society in 1992 with the goal to coordinate and support the population with non-profit aid programs, concentrating our efforts where help is needed most.
Children whose parents have died of AIDS are especially burdened. It was published that this would affect some 1.2 million children in Kenya alone, out of which approximately 90,000 AIDS orphans have no shelter at the homes of their relatives but are instead living as street children. Others can hardly be fed by their parents or are unable to attend school. Sadness or mere concern without action are in no way conducive to ameliorating this condition. When we met in the early 1990s to discuss ways of coordinating work, most members of our society had already had contact with Kenyans or had otherwise been involved in Kenya for private or business reasons. After an initial brainstorming phase, our society, Foerderkreis Kenia e.V. Freudenstadt, was officially founded with the main objective of ameliorating, within the humble potential of our society, the miserable living conditions many children face in East Africa. Due to the unceasing efforts of our members, all 81 being volunteers, our non-profit society managed to start, maintain or support small projects with a sum total of more than 200,000 Euros since our work began (2009 figure).
Americans and Europeans alike expect their children to be offered adequate schooling conditions — without having to pay any fees. This is slightly different in Kenya where only the government-backed public school education of the lower grades is now basically free. Students attending private schools, often the only viable option, and the higher grades following primary school education usually have to pay all their tuition fees. Teaching and learning materials are also incurring costs. For many, this amounts to sums that are often beyond the reach of their families, especially in rural areas where income is usually considerably lower than in the cities. School sponsorship and tuition programs are thus one of the major projects of the society — an investment for the future. Those graduating from school can opt for adequate vocational training thus enabling them later on to support their own families. Our school sponsorship and tuition program is therefore constituting an important step for self-help, enabling the students to stand on their own after leaving school.
Complete Distribution of All Donations
The society is cooperating with several trustworthy persons in East Africa in order to make sure that 100 per cent of your donations are reaching their destination. Among this dedicated group of individuals we would especially like to mention members of the Anglican Church in Embu, at the base of Mount Kenya, coworkers of the Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church (KELC), members of the Catholic church in Hola, and a group of Franciscans and nuns from Mpeketoni/Baharini.
Future of our Projects — The Society's Public Relations Work
The future of our projects depends entirely on the financial support we receive.
For this reason, we are reaching out to the public using
We are looking for individuals willing to share with fellow humans living on another continent. We are well off while others face a day-to-day struggle to survive. Only a little is needed for luck, and those who received a bright smile from the thankful eyes of children know why Foerderkreis Kenia e.V. is fighting for this good cause.
Becoming a Member
If you are considering joining our society you are always welcome to complete the membership application form and post it to our office address. Simply click the following link for additional detail:
» Information on becoming a member of our society.
We would enjoy welcoming you as a new member!
Support by Donations
Becoming a member may not be an option for everyone. But even if you are unsure whether to become a member of our society, you may still support our work for those in need by donating money. Details have been summarized on our donation info page.
We would be grateful if you would become part of our support network!
You will receive additional information by contacting the society's correspondence office.
To this end, you are welcome to send an email to the following address:
For the society's postal address the interested reader is referred to the site info page.