Aniké is a Belgian nonprofit organization which believes every person deserves a fair chance in life, including women and vulnerable children in Guinea Conakry, West Africa. The organization focuses mainly on health care and is in the final stage of building and equipping a maternity facility in the capital. It also constructs smaller health posts across the country; places where everybody can visit for medical help.
Aniké – which means ‘thank you’ in one of the local dialects of Guinea – also takes care of children who have lost their parents through accident or disease. It assists children to find a new home in its orphanage or in one of the many local foster families it supports.
Furthermore, the nonprofit takes a stand against female genital mutilation (FGM), the ritual cutting or removal of some or all of the external female genitalia. According to Unicef, the practice is nearly universal among girls and women of reproductive age in Guinea, even though it is harmful and potentially life threatening. Persuading people of the danger of it and the need to abolish this persistent tradition is an important focus of Aniké.
Working together with local organizations to build a future for Guinea, and doing this with respect for the beautiful culture of the country, is paramount for Aniké.
For more information about Aniké, visit: https://www.facebook.com/www.anike.be/