The Kenyan Children’s Fund is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting children affected by HIV/AIDS in Kenya. Programs supported by the Kenyan Children’s Fund include, but are not limited to, support of orphanages, educational programs and programs to sustain the capacity of families in caring for children affected by HIV/AIDS.
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Gillian Ice, PhD, MPH

Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
309 Grosvenor Hall

Athens, OH  45701
 

740 593-2128 phone

740 593-1730 fax
iceg@ohio.edu

 
Background
 
The continuing HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa is creating a tremendous economic and social burden in Africa.  Kenya is among the 9 hardest hit countries, with an estimated 2.1 million people infected and approximately 550,000 children are orphaned.  The Kenyan Children’s Fund (KCF) was formed in response to a cry for help from the people of Nyanza Province in Kenya, where approximately 40% of adults are HIV positive. KCF is a registered non-profit in the state of Ohio.  Each year we raise money for specific programs to benefit children affected by HIV/AIDS in Kenya, where the OU Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Department of African Studies have long standing research and service projects.  This year’s project is aimed at raising money to provide uniforms for 600 orphaned children in Nyando District of Nyanza Province.
 
2003 Project
 
In 2003, the Kenyan Children’s Fund with the aid of SOMA, NOWPA, the International Medicine Club and the Institute for the African Child raised over $3,000.  These funds were used rebuild a dormitory at the Jaber Primary School and Orphanage in Muhoroni, Kenya.  This dormitory will house approximately 40 students.
 
2004 Project
 
Kenyan children are required to purchase uniforms if they would like to attend school.  Although uniforms only cost between $5-8, this amount of money is over half what most grandparent caregivers make in a month.  The elders that care for orphaned grandchildren in this region of Kenya are caring for an average of 4 children, some care for up to 10 children.  With many mouths to feed, uniforms and clothing are often the last priority yet education is critical in the fight against this devastating epidemic.

In March 2004, with the help of SOMA, NOWPA, the Christian Medical and Dental Association, the Institute for the African Child, Department of Social Medicine, Iceworks Building and Remodelling and Larry Conrath Realty, and many other donors, we raised almost $4,000.  Donors included: BW3, Little Professor, Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, The Westin Cincinnati at Fountain Square, Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, Westin Park Central, Sheraton Suites Lexington, Sheraton Gateway Hotel, Atlanta, Le Centre Sheraton Montreal, Our Lucaya Beach & Golf Resort, Westin Copley Place, Boston,  Sheraton Music City, Nashville and the Internal Medicine Club at TCOM.

 
If you are interested in donating or getting involved contact Gillian H. Ice, PhD, MPH (President) or  Cheri Sheets (Secretary/Treasurer)
 
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  Ohio University
Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Grosvenor Hall, Athens, Ohio 45701
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740-593-4694  FAX: 740-593-1730
Last updated: 11/19/2013