Charity Projects 2017/18

At the last General Meeting held on 13 November 2017, the PTA voted to support Amani, in particular the Anita Home Project, a shelter for street girls in Nairobi, Kenya.

In addition to Amani’s Anita Home, RIS will continue to support the project: ‘Sharing our vision: Education for all’, launched during the 2015/16 academic year.

‘Sharing our vision: Education for all’ facilitates access to a quality education by providing the opportunity for one talented and motivated student of high school age from a less economically developed country facing difficult circumstances, to attend Rome International School. The aims are linked to issues of global significance. Aiding access to education is recognised by the UN through its Global Goals, in particular, Goal 4 to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong opportunities for all”.

RIS PTA aims to support the 2017/18 community projects through the following fundraising events at school:

  • Halloween Bake Sale (€911,61 raised)
  • Winter Fair on Friday 15 December 2017
  • Charity concert (TBC, term 2)
  • Carnival Bake Sale (date TBC)
  • Spring Bake Sale (date TBC)
  • May Fair (date TBC)
  • Other ad-hoc events

RIS and Anita Home project aims

In order to build a tangible bond between our community and Anita Home, volunteers from Amani will come to school to meet our students to explain the activities of Anita Home through their stories and videos. A RIS mother, who will be in Kenya during the Winter Break, will also visit the girls’ home as our Ambassador. In addition, RIS students will be invited to write letters to the young girls at Anita Home, thus forming friendships and additional educational opportunities will be identified as the project progresses. The PTA believes in the values of this project and looks forward to organising the fundraising events listed above. We kindly ask RIS families to participate in our events with the same enthusiasm, in order to give concrete support and opportunities for a better life to the girls of Anita Home. For any queries please contact pta@romeinternationalschool.it.

Amani and Anita Home background

Amani is an Italian non-profit organisation that over the last 20 years, has been providing crucial support (housing, food, education, health) to hundreds of children and young people in Kenya and Zambia, that are forced to live and survive on the streets of these large cities, in rural areas and also conflict areas.

Established in 1999, Anita Home is located on the slopes of the Ngong hills, about 25 km from downtown Nairobi. It is a shelter for street girls in memory of Anita Pavesi, the honorary judge of the Milan Tribunal, who disappeared in 1998 after over twenty years of extraordinary social commitment.

Twenty-eight, 28 girls live in Anita Home together with two Kenyan families that look after the girls as if they were their own children. It is this model of a community-family which distinguishes this shelter and which guarantees the girls:

  • Room and board
  • Support of the girls’ families through routine visits
  • Enrolment at school including payment of all relevant expenses
  • Support of a psychologist and regular medical check-ups

Anita Home continues to cover the expenses of the older girls that attend high school; the staff also hold periodic meetings with the girls that have gone back to their families. The older children are also guaranteed enrolment at school including payment of all related expenses as well as periodic visits from Amani staff to track their progress outside of the center.

Anita Home has a staff of seven who help the girls grow up like a real family. The Anita Home project manager is also a mother herself and has chosen to live there with her family in order to support and guide the girls in their personal development and growth. The second ‘mother’ of Anita Home is a social worker who also lives with the girls. The house also has a full-time cook, educator, two security guards and a gardener who looks after the vegetable garden.

Additional resources

For more information about Amani, visit http://www.amaniforafrica.it/

To learn more about Anita Home visit: http://www.amaniforafrica.it/cosa-facciamo/casa-di-anita or watch: