International Peace Initiatives (IPI)
Based in Meru, central Kenya, International Peaces Initiatives (IPI)
is spearheaded by Dr Karambu Ringera, who, in 2002, decided she must do something to mitigate the effects of poverty, HIV/Aids and discrimination in her local area by setting up a grass-roots, community-building project, particularly focused on improving the future of local vulnerable children.
IPI is committed to supporting disadvantaged children in Meru to receive an education, essential to their ability to realise their potential and become leaders in their communities.
One key initiative is IPI’s Kithoka Amani Community Home (KACH), which cares for 24 local vulnerable children whilst allowing them to maintain close ties to their families, often too struck by the consequences of HIV, poverty or addiction to look after them. We are raising funds to help IPI enable the children to go to school: to provide regular school meals for the children, to buy school uniforms, and to pay school fees. We also run a Child Sponsorship scheme for children who live at Amani Children's Home. Click here
for more information on how to become a 'Godparent' to a child in Kenya.
IPI also helps HIV positive mothers provide a better future for their families by training them in craft making so that they can earn an income, slowly regain their strength, and, if their children are at Amani, maybe even resume the care of their children in the future. Already, since December 2012, Ecologia has raised over £20,000 to support IPI to develop skills training for women.
Detergent-making workshops, jewellery-making, tie-dye, tailoring and weaving workshops are being launched this year. Please visit our Online Shop
to buy jewellery made by the women at IPI.
Other initiatives by Dr Karambu and her energetic team include a permaculture garden to grow more food; fundraising for an internet mast, so that both Amani children, and young people from the local community can access the wealth of educational opportunities on the web; and HIV awareness campaigns, to stop the vicious poverty cycle of HIV/Aids at its root.