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Amani's US Safari

Just for Fun! Kenya Partners Travels US

In September, a team of five women from Amani Kenya visited the United States. The women on the team were Jerita, a leader in Production at Amani; Elizabeth, an important member of Distribution; Trizah, who oversees Bookkeeping and Quality Control; Bella, who works in Design; and Joyce, Amani Kenya's Country Director. They travelled to Memphis, Tennessee where they spent a week with the women of Hope Presbyterian Church, a long-time partner of Amani ya Juu. Hope's Women's Ministry invited the group to travel to the United States to share their stories and vision for peace with the women of their church. Amani is grateful to Hope’s Women's Ministry for the great personal and church-wide sacrifice that made it possible for the group from Kenya to travel to the United States. For the second leg of their journey, the visited the Amani center in Washington, D.C. The following are pictures from their time in DC, with some side trips to see friends in Virginia and Maryland. It was impossible to capture everything that happened during their visit, but we hope that you can at least catch a glimpse of the special time the Amani Kenya group was able to share with their friends in the United States. Open House at the Amani DC shop [caption id="attachment_1033" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Open House at AmaniDC on their first day in DC"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1034" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Elizabeth and Jerita did a wonderful job of welcoming customers in the AmaniDC shop"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1035" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Stephanie Ball, AmaniDC's fabulous warehouse manager, made delicious cupcakes for the shop Open House"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1036" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="During the Open House, the Amani Kenya ladies showed our customers how to make paper beads"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1037" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Elizabeth is an expert at rolling long strips of paper into beautiful beads"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1038" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Trizah shows her new friends how it's done"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1039" align="aligncenter" width="350" caption="Megan Burkhart, AmaniDC's Financial Assistant, meets the mamas"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1040" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Happy to see old friends"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1041" align="aligncenter" width="403" caption="Visiting with past and present Amani staff"][/caption] Sightseeing  [caption id="attachment_1044" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption=" First stop while sightseeing, the White House"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1043" align="aligncenter" width="350" caption="Taking pictures of the White House"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1045" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="The ladies were quite impressed by the national monuments"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1046" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="They especially liked the Capital Building"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1075" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Elizabeth outside a DC landmark, Ben's Chili Bowl"][/caption] Time for fellowship  [caption id="attachment_1047" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Walking together in Washington, D.C."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1048" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Sharing a meal together at an AmaniDC staff member's home"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1049" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Trizah made many kinds of new friends while in the US"][/caption] Sharing with friends in Virginia [caption id="attachment_1051" align="aligncenter" width="350" caption="Gathering at the home of a new Amani supporter"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1052" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Reconnecting with long time Amani friends"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1053" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Elizabeth and Trizah share their testimonies"][/caption] Working together at AmaniDC  [caption id="attachment_1054" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="The AmaniDC staff and Amani Kenya group at the DC shop"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1055" align="aligncenter" width="350" caption="Elizabeth learns how to use a computer"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1056" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Jerita does office work"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1057" align="aligncenter" width="350" caption="Bella and Julie enjoy working together"][/caption] Affirming partnerships in Maryland  [caption id="attachment_1059" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Fellowship time at Redland Baptist Church"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1060" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Women from Redland buying Amani product"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1061" align="aligncenter" width="350" caption="Jerita shares her story"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1062" align="aligncenter" width="350" caption="Bella speaking with Joyce at her side"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1063" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Dancing and singing"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1064" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Good friends cherish time together"][/caption]  Enjoying an African Feast [caption id="attachment_1065" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Preparations underway to feed 20 people"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1066" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Making chapati"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1067" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Chaos in the kitchen"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1068" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Joyce making yummy cabbage"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1069" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="The spread: chapati, cabbage, greens, stew, and ugali"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1070" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="After the meal with old friends"][/caption] Kwaheri: Time to say goodbye  [caption id="attachment_1071" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="One last meal together and time to reflect on the blessings of the week"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1077" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Saying farewell"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1074" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="One last shot of the Amani Kenya team and the AmaniDC staff"][/caption]


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  • Cindy Cox on

    Hi to all my precious friends in Kenya! I miss you all!! Love, Cindy
    PS Trizah, Owen miss you bunches :)

  • Melanie Smith on

    Love these Amani ladies and so glad they got to visit our capital city! We will see them all in Kenya in May. Blessings, Melanie Smith and the Baylor Women’s Leadership Team

  • Ruth Banick on

    It was a double blessing to meet the women who traveled here from Kenya and visited Washington DC Amani shop! Seeing the shop and the production in Kenya and then getting to meet representatives here really touched my heart. May God continue to hold each woman in His hands and bless their lives. Ruth Banick

  • Maria Lee on

    That is fantastic that they got to come to the US and visit what goes on on this side of the world! I had the chance to visit their Amani in Nairobi (my Kenyan host mama works at Amani) and to see both sides of the production is amazing. What a beautiful group of women- although it is hard to get here, I hope more of them get the chance to come and see how their work has an impact in the states.


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