Poetry by David Filer

Dedicated to The Imani Project

About The Imani Project

Village School Children

Village School Children

The Imani Project was created by Marlene Anderson in 2005 after she visited the village of Sabaki on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya, met an orphan by the name of Baya, and learned about the problems caused by HIV/AIDS in his village. That initial contact led her to return to teach villagers how to prevent the spread of the virus and disease, and eventually to the formation of a non-profit organization which she named The Imani Project. The Kiswahili word "imani" is translated into English as "faith."

Marlene with Village Children on Salooki River Bridge Marlene with Village Children
on Sabaki River Bridge

The Imani Project is a vision of hope, faith and inspiration--a demonstration of what a small group of dedicated people living half-way around the world from each other can accomplish to mobilize against HIV/AIDS and related problems. The project is a partnership between American and Kenyan volunteers based on cultural understanding, mutual respect, and community and connection.

Imani Project Poster Child

The Imani Project Poster Child

The goal of The Imani Project is to enable and empower rural Kenyan villagers, within their unique social structure, to become educators, advocates, caregivers and HIV/AIDS activists in their own communities with the outcome of significantly reducing the incidence of HIV/AIDS infection and transmission. The Imani Project also provides support services to children orphaned by HIV/AIDS and to villagers living with HIV/AIDS. Medical care (typically wound and burn care) is also provided for villagers who would be required to travel to larger communities in eastern Kenya for such care.

American Volunteer Providing Medical Care

American Volunteer Providing Medical Care

The American Imani Project volunteers provide guidance, leadership and funding as required to support the programs described above. Some parts of the program are carried out all year by volunteers of the Kenyan counterpart of The Imani Project. For more information about The Imani Project and ways you can help, go to the project's website at www.imaniproject.org.

Marlene with Village School Children

Marlene with Village Volunteers

Marlene with Village School Children

Francis Kahindi,
Kenyan Director

Village Volunteers at Site of Maize Mill Donated by American Family

Village Volunteers at Site of Maize Mill
Donated by American Family