AKI News: winners of AKI's 2022 grant program
Kindness to Animals has no Boundaries August 1, 2022 Dear Animal-Kind Friends,
We received 66 eligible proposals to AKI’s 5th Annual (2022) Africa-Based Animal Welfare Organization Grant Program and we selected 8 organizations to receive a grant. We’re proud of our transparent, participatory proposal review process which consists of: 1) Two AKI board members screened the proposals to determine eligibility and rank them. 2) Our external evaluation committee (consisting of 6 wonderful, smart AKI supporters, who we are so grateful to) provided detailed evaluations of the top 26 applications. 3) The AKI board reviewed the applications and the committee’s evaluations. 4) The AKI board held a Zoom board meeting to discuss the applications. 5) The board voted on the proposals to determine the winners. During the review stage, we contact references and AKI friends who know the country and/or organization to get their input.
We are so grateful to Help Animals India for their support to Animal-Kind International for this year’s grant program! Our grant program allows us to reach and provide support to dedicated, effective animal welfare organizations beyond our 11 Partner Organizations.
Our 9 Africa-Based Animal Welfare Organization Grant Recipients
HorseSafety-Ghana (now known as The Six Freedoms): HorseSafety is a 2nd time grantee. Their 2022 project is Welfare for neglected horses in Accra and beyond, raising awareness and providing education for grooms and horse owners.
Zambezi Working Donkey Project (Zambia): Another two-time grantee, their project is Community Education Project.
Botswana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: Botswana SPCA was an AKI Partner Organization during our 1st 2 years (2007-2008) and now they are a 1st time grantee. Their grant project is Pet Sterilization Campaign.
Feral Cat Care: Their grant project is Trap, neuter, return, veterinarian care and feeding of community cats in Boemfontein, South Africa.
Hero in my Hood: Will implement their grant project, Teaching Children to Care for their Dog.
Pwani Animal Welfare Community-Based Organization: Their project is Providing safe living quarters for rescued stray cats and dogs at their shelter in Mombasa, Kenya.
SPCA Grahamstown: Who Let the Dogs Out? - is the SPCA’s grant project that will replace the 24 rusted kennel gates that have dangerous wires with new safer gates.
The Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary: Their grant project is, Doggy Tuesday – a free weekly community veterinary clinic and feeding programme for Rural Dogs in Zimbabwe (AKI’s grant will provide feeding for 4 months). Photo below shows 2 recipients of Doggy Tuesday vet care and feeding:
Save Animals-Democratic Republic of Congo: A 4th time AKI grant recipient (2018, 2019, 2020, and 2022), Save Animals' grant project, Let's promote our valued dogs: an event showcasing dogs & advocating against dog fighting, continues their work promoting dogs as pets, friends, and part of the family, while they spread the word that dog fighting is unacceptable, illegal, and will be prosecuted.
For descriptions of our 2022 Grant Recipient’s projects and some info about their organizations, see our Grants 2022 page on our website, where we will also be posting their Progress Reports.
Updates from AKI’s Partner Organizations
July’s AKI Blog has updates from our Partners, Helping Hands for Hounds of Honduras and Uganda Society for the Protection & Care of Animals. All posts available here: https://www.animal-kind.org/aki-blog
Helping Hands for Hounds of Honduras: Read about Ali and other residents at the Nereida Montes de Oca Sanctuary in Tegucigalpa. Sadly, just after we wrote this article, Ali passed away. He had been a resident at the Sanctuary since 2014, having arrived as a very ill doggy (Ali is in the picture below from 2015), but recovered and lived happily until he became too weak due to an inoperable tumor.
Uganda Society for the Protection & Care of Animals: Between July 19 and July 18, 3 litters of puppies, all about 5 weeks old arrived at the USPCA Haven—11 puppies, then 5 puppies, then 14(!) puppies for a total of 30 very young puppies! Not only that, 15 cats and kittens (a few pictured below) arrived at the USPCA Haven on July 28. Read about USPCA’s new arrivals and a few happy adoptions at the link above.
Uganda Society for the Protection & Care of Animals (Update #2, progress on the new USPCA shelter): See pictorial progress at the USPCA’s new location (including the 1st dogs to arrive there!!!!!). The photo below shows the 1st 8 kennels to be completed, including the new roofs!
Thank you to all our supporters for the 5-star reviews you gave us on the Great NonProfits’ website. We achieved top-rated status again this year thanks to your reviews! Read the reviews here and post your own 5-star review too!
There’s a new style of Pet Portrait (below) for you to choose from-for a $12 minimum donation to Animal-Kind International, you can get a downloadable Pet Portrait (or Pet & Person Portrait)! Our Donation page has all the information you need to donate and request a Pet Portrait.
None of this would be possible without YOU! As always, we are: Very Gratefully Yours, Karen Menczer, Founder/Director & the Animal-Kind International Board
AKI 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 2022 grantees work in: Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa (3 grantees), Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
AKI: 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 AKI are tax deductible in the US to the extent the law allows. 100% of your donations go to our Partners & Grant Program.