Amici del Mondo World Friends Onlus is an Italian non-profit organization. The organization supports the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and runs several programs with the aim of bringing healthcare to poverty stricken people in Kenya, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Uganda and Tanzania. World Friends operates independently and is recognized as an NGO by the Kenyan government. The organization is awaiting similar accreditation from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The organization has regional offices across Italy in Liguria, Lombardy, Piedmont, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Sicily and Lazio. The African headquarters is based in Nairobi, Kenya and programs are run in Kenya, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Uganda and Tanzania.
Amici del Mondo World Friends Onlus supports programs that improve health, educational and social conditions in underprivileged areas.
In early 2015 Amici del Mondo World Friends Onlus had two projects underway:
– ‘Slum Flowers’ is a program run in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. Through this program World Friends built the paediatric wing at the Ruaraka Uhai Neema Hospital of Nairobi. The wing runs rehabilitation clinics for disabled children, mobile clinics, motherhood programs and provides support for pregnant women. It is fully supported by World Friends.
Foundation Contact Info
World Friends Italia
Amici del Mondo World Friends Onlus
Sede legale: Via Cristoforo Colombo 440, 00145 Roma, Italia
Segreteria Nazionale: Viale Egeo 137, 00144 Roma, Italia
Tel/fax 06 83081500
World Friends Kenya
Ruaraka Uhai Neema Hospital, off Thika Highway
P.O. Box 39433 – 00623. Nairobi, Kenya
Tel. +254 0713 050509. Cel. +254 0735 722237
‘Without Exceptions’ places focus on children with disabilities in the slums of Nairobi. Physical therapy and occupational therapy is provided. Access to education for disabled children is improved. The campaign also strives to fight stigma against disabled children and to improve social inclusion.
‘Born in the Right Place’ was a campaign in which Amici raised funds to construct the maternity wing at Nairobi’s Ruaraka Uhai Neema Hospital. The campaign started in 2010 and the maternity wing opened in February 2011. Since it was established, the wing has served over 6,000 expectant mothers, with services like antenatal consultations, assisted childbirth, caesarean sections and post-delivery follow-ups.
The Foundation’s History
Dr. Gianfranco Morino founded Amici del Mondo World Friends in 2001. Morino is a medical doctor who spent over two decades working in Africa.