AKI News: July/August 2023
Announcing 2023 grant winners & more news
Kindness to Animals has no Boundarie
Dear Animal-Kind Friends,
If you haven’t already listened to the Animals Today interview with Animal-Kind International’s founder/director, you can find it here at minute 21.5, where you can quickly—and we think entertainingly—learn all about Animal-Kind International and some of our Partner Organizations.
We’ve selected 8 winners (out of 55 applicants!) for our 6th annual Africa-Based Animal Welfare Organization Grant Program: 2 each in Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and South Africa; 1 in Morocco and 1 in Namibia. Our grant program is entirely funded by our donors. Each of the last few years, we were able to fund 9 grants, but sadly, this year, because donations have so decreased, we are able to fund only 8. Grant recipients and their grant projects are described here.
Animal-Kind International achieves 2023 Great Non-Profit status
We’re grateful and humbled by your 5-star reviews on the Great Nonprofit site. Thank you. Your reviews show the world that KINDNESS TO ANIMALS HAS NO BOUNDARIES. Still with so few able to donate in the countries where we work, our vetted animal rescue and protection organizations need your help to survive and thrive. Your 5-star reviews tell everyone that Animal-Kind International is a safe place to donate—and an effective way to help animals who need it most…because if we don’t, who will?
You can read more about what people are saying about Animal-Kind International on our newest page on our website, What People are Saying.
For example, here’s what Brigitte, volunteer and bookkeeper for A-KI Partner Uganda Society for the Protection & Care of Animals, is saying:
"Without all your [A-KI] support and donors, I am not sure if the USPCA would still exist today!"
And this, from Rachel Kabue with Nairobi Feline Sanctuary, an Africa-Based Animal Welfare Organization Grantee in 2020 and 2021:
"I was thinking about you yesterday and feeling so grateful for the wonderful foundation you helped us build….”
A-KI Blog (July 2023): Updates from our Partner Organizations
We talk often about the work and the needs of our Partner Organizations in Africa, but we are in awe of and grateful for the amazing, lifesaving work and dedication of our other Partners in resource-poor areas; here are updates from 2 of our Partners outside of Africa, in Jamaica and Honduras, in July’s A-KI Blog.
Kingston Community Animal Welfare: "My car trunk isn't big enough to carry all the food to feed the mama dogs and pups I see every day….So grateful that we can spay as many as we do (thank you to A-KI donors!). Or else I can't even imagine." READ MORE…
Helping Hands for Hounds of Honduras: Pilar copied about 15 pounds worth of humane ed material in Spanish and English (donated to A-KI by Lakes Animal Friendship Society) and along with Wendy from Organizacion ARI, who brings a rescue pup, they are visiting schools around Tegucigalpa. They often have to counter the negative messages about cats and dogs (and other animals too) that the kids hear from their families and friends. That’s just one reason why Humane Ed is so important, especially when it includes real-life experience with an animal:
YES! Sauvons nos Animaux’s Animal-Friendly Kids Camp (Democratic Republic of Congo) is happening now—many of you asked because you knew we were so worried that A-KI Partner, Sauvons nos Animaux, just wouldn’t have enough money to pull it off this year. Serving ~250 kids for 8 weeks, SnA is stretched thin and so are we—as the main contributors to the SnA Animal Friendly Kids Camp. All kids get a veggie meal daily, they play with the dogs, they pet the cats, they learn how to bathe the dogs and clean the cattery; they learn things about animals that they would never learn at home, where the most common message is to fear animals. But as you can see from the picture below, they get a very different message when attending camp. The reason Paterne started the camp in 2016 was that during the long school break, he saw so much more animal cruelty than when kids were in school and he realized with nothing else to do and always hearing negative things about cats and dogs, the kids were abusing animals.But now, Paterne has seen the number of cruelty cases perpetrated by kids decrease tremendously. With still about 6 weeks of camp left, please help us keep 2023’s Animal-Friendly Kids Camp from shutting their doors…..
With gratitude for your kindness and your much-needed and appreciated support,
Karen Menczer, Founder/Director
& the Animal-Kind International Board
A-KI has Partner Organizations in Uganda (2 partners), Namibia (2 partners), DR Congo, Ghana, South Sudan, Liberia, Honduras, Jamaica, and Armenia. You can donate to AKI’s general fund or designate your donation to one or more of our Partner Organizations.
Our 2023 (6th annual) Africa-Based Animal Welfare Organization Grant Program grantees work in: Zimbabwe (2 grantees), Tanzania (2 grantees), South Africa (2 grantees), Morocco, and Namibia.
A-KI: Since 2007, helping animals and the people who care for them in some of the poorest countries.
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; donations to A-KI are tax deductible in the US to the extent the law allows. 100% of your donations are used to support our Partner Organizations & our Africa-Based Animal Welfare Organization Grant Program.