Since it began in May 2014, the Ebola outbreak has affected more than 6,000 people in Sierra Leone. Although it was curbed later that year, the highly deadly crisis resulted in many school-aged children left without parents.

A Better Community For All (ABC4All) was established in 2008 in Sierra Leone’s Freetown urban and Waterloo rural areas to address this crisis. ABC4All, a non-governmental organization serving primary and secondary school-aged children of the region, turned its focus to children affected by the Ebola epidemic. Many children whose families previously could not afford the basic learning materials for school, such as uniforms, books, school bags, clothing, food and other necessary items, found their needs only compounded by the disaster.

Anike Foundation, through its partner organizations in Africa, works to provide basic learning materials for orphans and children without parental care; basic relief, including food and medical care; and psychosocial services for children and families in need. In continuation of this effort, Anike Foundation recently partnered with ABC4All to provide school uniforms, school bags, exercise books, footwear and other classroom supplies to more than 200 nursery, primary and secondary school children in Allen Town, Freetown and Waterloo, Sierra Leone. Our expectation is that these efforts will result in improved school attendance, quality of education and self-esteem for these children.

 
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Congratulations are in order! Anike Foundation has been named a “2017 Top-Rated Nonprofit” by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews for charities and nonprofits.

Anike Foundation is honored to receive this positive recognition alongside many other fantastic and deserving organizations. The GreatNonprofit award is based on the high ratings and number of excellent reviews that Anike Foundation received from volunteers, donors and aid recipients.

Anike Foundation’s core mission is to promote educational development in Africa by gathering educational resources from developed nations and distributing them to needy people in Africa. The school supplies and educational materials provided as a result of Anike Foundation’s work directly contribute to brighter futures for thousands of children in Africa. Their work is inspiring to all that are involved. This is evident in the number and quality of shared stories and experiences on https://greatnonprofits.org/org/anike-foundation-incorporated.

“Anike Foundation is a great example of a nonprofit making a real difference in their community,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, “Their award is well-deserved recognition not only of their work, but the tremendous support they receive, as shown by the many outstanding reviews they have received from people who have direct experience working with Anike Foundation.”

GreatNonprofits is the leading website where people share stories about their personal experiences on more than 1.2 million charities and nonprofits. The GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Awards are the only awards for nonprofits determined by those who have direct experience with the charities – as donors, volunteers and recipients of aid.  Stories on the site influence 30 million donation decisions a year.

The complete list of 2017 Top Rated Nonprofits can be found at: http://greatnonprofits.org/awards/browse/Campaign:Year2017/Issue:All/Page:1

Congratulations! Anike Foundation received a Humanitarian Award at the 2017 D&Ksuomi Humanitarian Awards/International Women’s Conference on August 25 and 26, 2017 in Dallas, Texas.

D&Ksuomi selected Anike Foundation as a recipient of their Best Humanitarian Award for 2017. This honorary award was established to commend contributions and commitment of those who have made a difference in the lives of others through their work. Anike Foundation has certainly done this! Their goal to contribute to the improvement of education and, thereby, reduction of poverty in Africa is inspiring. Their passion and commitment specifically towards the development of women and young girls’ empowerment was brought to the attention of D&Ksuomi, and their hard work was recognized and celebrated publicly at the D&Ksuomi Humanitarian Awards/International Women Conference.

D&Ksuomi Foundation works to alleviate the struggles of African women and young girls by empowering them with resources (i.e. internet, workshops, mentoring programs) and needed guidance. This helps women gain instrumental tools and support to escape poverty stricken circumstances.

The 2017 International Women’s Conference also focused on the change and growth of women. The conference reflected upon issues from the woman’s perspective and provided training on different tools to implement in their own professional lives and empower them to make a difference in the lives of others. The goal of the conference was to educate and inspire the participants to apply new concepts and practical tips and solutions in their work with women. This will hopefully help to eradicate poverty-stricken situations and stop domestic and family violence. The partnerships of non-profit organizations at the conference were there to unite and empower the masses.

Anike Foundation was excited to be a part of such a significant event.

We are grateful for this award and would like to take this opportunity to thank our supporters throughout the world.

“When each of us realizes the potential they really have, and combines it with people around us, then we create small miracles!”

Kalli Roumeliotou- Spin The Wheel Project Coordinator and Cycling Member

Escaping their comfort zone and overcoming their fears, the Spin the Wheel team worked together to bring small miracles to Africa by cycling 700 km from Malawi to Tanzania over the course of a month to deliver school supplies, sports equipment, and other education tools to 15 schools and over 7,000 smiling children. The students’ warm welcome of songs, dance, and flowers touched the hearts of the eight cyclists, inspiring them to continue pedaling through eastern Africa.

Spin the Wheel is directly supported by Anike Foundation, a non-profit organization that fights for a world in which people in underdeveloped and developing countries have similar access to educational facilities and infrastructure as those in developed countries. The Spin the Wheel team consisted of eight cyclists from Greece: Alexandros Kataropoulos, Vassilis Dimitriadis, Nikos Fazos, Paul, Georgia Nikiforaki, Dimitra Mitsogianni, Dora Mavriki, and Kalli Roumeliotou.

These determined cyclists delivered over 7,000 pens, pencils and workbooks, 7,000 sharpeners and erasers, over 6,000 rulers and 3,000 color pencils. The team also delivered sports equipment, oil pastels, chalk, and blackboard dusters, supported a school library with books and painted four classrooms in two schools.

The team’s vision is to make the world an inspiring place to live. By distributing essential educational materials and sports equipment to thousands of young students, that vision is becoming a reality. The average African classroom lacks basic essential school supplies. This lack of supplies negatively affects the quality of education that children receive. Spin the Wheel’s determination and generosity will greatly assist and inspire the educational future of countless children.

By working together with Anike Foundation, the efforts of Spin the Wheel positively affect the lives of thousands of children from Malawi to Tanzania. Their 700-km journey along dusty roads through exotic landscape to deliver essential materials to students in need inspires not only the students who receive them, but also inspires the eight cyclists who were greeted with warm welcomes, delicious food, big hugs and beautiful smiles.

Spin the Wheel cycles towards a more promising future.