Congo never fails to give me a story

I am the third person through customs and for the first time ever, it is the easiest process. I virtually fly through the system, handing over my passport, answering questions, getting my now infamous visa checked, and hearing the wonderful words, "welcome back to Congo"!. I practically skip through the health check, with my yellow card and necessary paperwork checked and approved. I can't believe how easy things are going as I stand at the carousel waiting for the three large totes I brought with me. My carryon is a ridiculous weight and so is my backpack, but I feel lighter than I have ever felt here in the [...]


Episode 7: In the Warehouse with Betsy Dorsey

Listen on: AnchorFM / Spotify / iTunesPodcast Homepage The AFCA warehouse depends on donations of medical supplies and money to ship containers of supplies to program partners in Africa. Our warehouse, located in Lebanon, Pennsylvania is run by one of our extraordinary volunteers, Betsy Dorsey. In this episode, Jen chats with Betsy about her volunteer experience with AFCA, and what drew her to step into this role. If you'd like to help us pack a container, organize supplies or get in some service hour requirements, our warehouse will gladly accept your help. You can reach out to Betsy directly to schedule your time, or event at [...]


How To Travel More Sustainably With AFCA

Have you wanted to travel and make a difference at the same time? It certainly feels like a difficult task. How can you travel, gain valuable experiences, and make an impact all at the same time? AFCA has opportunities available for you! AFCA runs a variety of sustainable traveling programs, including Climb Up and Vacation with a Purpose and managing other sustainability programs. These programs allow those interested to travel while also aiding in great causes. The Climb Up program encourages people to gather a party of 4 to 10 people to undertake a hike to some of the most beautiful locations on the planet, including but not limited [...]


How To Fundraise For Your Next Amazing Vacation

Fundraising is easier than ever with the rise of the internet and the many different platforms people can use to raise money for a non-profit. With AFCA’s “Vacation with a Purpose” program, individuals are able to vacation to various different countries and have a direct impact on communities in need. All it takes is a little bit of fundraising to get you there! Here are five ways you can fundraise for your next amazing vacation with AFCA.  Crowdfunding  Ever heard of Indiegogo or Kickstarter? What about GoFundMe? With the help of social media it's easier than ever to source funds from various people on the internet. With just a [...]



Join with us in our community garden in Miwani, Kenya, which provides food and income for community members in need. Twenty-two HIV+ women are provided with work for 3 days a week, allowing them to balance family and health needs.This means that approximately 130 children and older people eat, go to school, and have medical care due to the work of these women.Help us raise the funds to add 10 more beds to the garden project this year, bringing it to 43 total beds and to expand the rice paddy. Read More


Episode 6: The Magic of Mothers

Listen on: AnchorFM / Spotify / iTunes Podcast Homepage In this special Mother's Day episode, Tanya and Jen talk about their moms, being moms, and how to help mothers in other parts of the world. You don't even need to be a mom to nurture and care for others. The two talk about the importance adults play in the mentorship of children and celebrate the magic of mothers and the societal need for them to create stronger, healthier, and more sustainable communities here and globally.There are many ways in which AFCA supports mothers in our programs.   Supplying medicine and medical supplies so moms can access what [...]


How Green Does Your Greenhouse Grow?

Harvest Family Village (HFV) was created to provide a safe space where children can live, grow and be nurtured. HFV now houses 22 children, and they are continuing to build housing for up to 96 children. AFCA has partnered with HFV in various capacities taking volunteer teams, building, setting up chicken coops, providing consulting, and now, helping build their sustainability by adding greenhouses on the land. Our first greenhouse was set up smack in the middle of the Covid pandemic, at a time when hunger had reached huge proportions for many people in the area and where markets were closed. Losing work and having no inputs to feed families caused [...]


Containers for the Kilembe Mines Hospital

Email received on August 25, 2021: “Dear great friend of Kilembe Mines Hospital, Tanya. I hope you are fine despite this COVID-19 pandemic globally. This is to inform you that on the 7th and 10th of May 2020, we were affected by floods that severely devastated and destroyed our hospital. Since then, we have been displaced/re-located to the premises of the Diocese of Kasese. This is where the hospital operates from currently. We know you also have challenges now in the USA, but we still beg you to mobilize for us some resources, to retool, build, restore and functionalize us again. We sincerely appreciate your kind-hearted humanitarian efforts. Thank [...]


Mama Margaret

In northwest Kenya, in the tiny village of Miwani, Mama Margaret works at an AFCA-sponsored sisal project. The road to the project is dusty, but everything on either side of it is green and lush, peppered with the odd rock and piece of wood in the fields. Small houses dot the countryside where children walk to school, dressed in greens and purples and blues, depending on the schools’ uniforms. Walking among them are mothers making their way to the sisal project on Restoring Hopes Ministry land, AFCA’s partner in this part of the country. Talking amongst themselves and laughing as they walk to work, these moms look and feel [...]


Miwani Gardens

An AFCA-supported community garden project in Miwani, Kenya, is hoping for an expansion. Currently the garden provides daily meals to 13 children at an orphanage and ten other vulnerable people in the community. The project also provides work for 22 women, and some 130 other children and elderly people are able to eat, go to school, and have medical care because of the work of these women. While the gardens have thus far been a success, there are many more people in the community suffering from malnutrition and food insecurity. To address this need, AFCA is planning to add 10 vegetable beds to the community garden and develop a [...]


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