The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is soliciting applications under its American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) program from U.S. organizations assisting secondary schools, universities, libraries, and medical centers that serve as study and demonstration centers for American ideas and practices. The solicitation for FY2013 funding is available at http://www.grants.gov.
In Kenya, the ASHA program currently supports improvements of four medical and/or educational institutions. These include the AIC-CURE Children's Hospital, where USAID has provided ASHA funds to construct and furnish a dormitory, conference center, and operating room for the Orthopedics Residence Program Facility in Kijabe. This is Kenya's first medical education specialty program in orthopedics. The ASHA program also supports the African Medical Research Foundation, which is headquartered in Nairobi, through the construction of a hostel, two classrooms, a training research laboratory, an E-Learning center, and a kitchen and dining facility. Karatina's Tumutumu Hospital also receives funding from the ASHA program to build new laboratory space, classrooms, and dining facilities for the Tumutumu School of Nursing in partnership with the Presbyterian University-East Africa. St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School in Langata, Nairobi, which serves children who have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS, has received funding from the ASHA program to support the creation of the school's new campus along with providing furniture and educational and technological equipment.
"The United States and Kenya have been partners in development for as long as the modern Kenyan nation has existed. This partnership is based on mutual strategic interests and a history of friendship. This program helps to support our partners in their work while exposing more people to American know-how, including modern technology and teaching and learning practices," said Gary Barrett, Senior Advisor of USAID's ASHA Office in Washington, DC.
The ASHA program supports organizations, including private, not-for-profit universities and secondary schools, libraries, and medical centers, by funding capital improvements, such as building or renovation of facilities, and procurement of scientific, medical, and educational commodities. ASHA strengthens the capacity of institutions worldwide, including in Africa, to demonstrate American advances in educational and medical technology and practices in areas of research, training, and patient care.