Alice Visionary Foundation Project (AVFP) is an International Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) registered with the Kenya government under the NGO Coordination Board since September of 2010. AVFP is also a Non-Profit 501(c) (3) in the United States. It was founded with a mission of caring and supporting the vulnerable group who are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS epidemic. The project’s vision is to improve quality of life through education, food security and poverty alleviation. Founded in March 2005, the project addresses its mission through coordination and linkage of efforts by working together with various agencies and Kenya government to tackle various issues affecting community welfare, such as poverty, nutrition, illiteracy, unemployment, and general health concerns.

AVFP was founded by Beldina Opiyo-Omolo, after coming to the United States to attend school. Overwhelmed by the number of orphans and vulnerable children she was already assisting, Beldina met with family members to develop a formal organization that would meet greater needs in the community. They discussed the vision that their late parents had, particularly their late mother “Mama Alice”. Everyone felt that the project would further a vision she had started of serving God by helping the needy and the vulnerable in the community.

The decision to begin in Amilo Village/Muhoroni District was one of practicality for while AVFP clearly recognizes that there are those who are poor, vulnerable or infected and affected by HIV/AIDS across the entire country of Kenya; AVFP currently lacks the resources to serve on such a grand scale at the moment. The Kiswahili saying “Haba na haba hujaza kibaba” (little by little fills the pot, or a journey of thousands miles begins with one step at a time), rings true in our case. We are starting small; carefully serving those we can in the hope that, little by little, or step by step we will make a visible difference.

Since Amilo is home to Beldina Opiyo-Omolo and her family, it was easier to start there and identify the immediate needs of the village. As the organization grows deeper in both size and experience, the intent is to expand to other needy areas. The ability to do so however is predicated upon the measurable success in establishing the organization in one geographical area. This would enable the organization to apply for funding from other larger established organizations.