The Kenedi Foundation is a humanitarian organization established in the city of Korçë, in southeast Albania. The Foundation provides assistance to people in need, including the elderly, poor, street children, prisoners, and people with disabilities.
The Foundation operates as the social outreach of the Evangelical Church of Korçë and cooperates with the local and national government in Albania, as well as other foreign development agencies.
The Bible speaks more than a thousand times about justice and righteousness. Kenedi workers believe that standing up for your neighbor is a Christian duty. They have become the hands and feet of Christ in Korçë and the surrounding area so that people may know the love of Jesus Christ.
“Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.” Isaiah 1:17 (ESV)
The board consists of pastors, elders, and church leaders from churches in and around Korçë. Executive Directors are:
Ian Loring, a British missionary in Albania since 1991, is the director of the organization; Marleen van de Voorde, a Belgian nurse and missionary in Albania since 1994, is responsible for the medical branch and the elderly care home and Andrew LaSavio, an American missionary, is responsible for overseeing the projects with children.
The organization employs about forty Albanians and has ten major projects providing support to hundreds of needy people in Korçë. Each summer, short term missions groups from other countries come and assist the projects. Read more about serving through mission trips
The Kenedi Foundation is named after Phineas Kennedy, an American missionary who helped the Albanian people in Korçë from 1908-1939. He also bought some pieces of land. Today the land he purchased is used for the Foundation, church and Elderly Care Home. After the fall of communism in Albania and the period of anarchy during the 1990s, The Foundation was reborn. “Kenedi” is the Albanian spelling of the name Kennedy.