Friends of Kenya/Marafiki Wa Kenya (FOK)-RPCV is a non-profit organization that seeks to strengthen the ties between returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs) who served in Kenya and their country of service. Top priority FOK-RPCV activities include grant making to Kenyan nonprofits, educating members about Kenya, and hosting events in conjunction with the National Peace Corps Association. In the past two decades, FOK has contributed more than $60,000 in assistance to some 80 projects in the Kenya.
Kenya RPCVs and staff founded FOK-RPCV in 1986, following the 25th Anniversary Conference of returned volunteers, to reaffirm their commitment to the ideals and goals that first drew them to the Peace Corps. Affiliated with the National Peace Corps Association, FOK membership is open to anyone who shares its goals and interest in Kenya. FOK is a 501(c)(3) organization, so all contributions are fully tax-deductible.
Note: Friends of Kenya (FOK) is NOT affiliated with Friends of Kenya USA (FROKUSA) or any other non-profit or church groups that use its name. Since its inception, FOK has maintained a non-political position, dedicating itself mostly to assisting Kenyans through a variety of projects.
The Friends of Kenya's Board of Directors has seven members: six elected and one appointed. Elective terms are for two years. The appointed term is for one year, with the appointed member selected by the Board. The Board elects its own officers.
The Board oversees FOK activities such as membership, finances, the newsletter, projects, events, and conferences. It meets once a month by conference call. Board members also try to attend the FOK General Meeting, held at the time and place of the National RPCV Conference.