Amachi is a Nigerian word meaning "Who knows but what God has brought us through this child?"
There are over 800 children in Knox County with one or both parents in prison. Statistically, without intervention these children of promise have a 70% chance of becoming incarcerated as adults. We've got to stop the cycle. Children with mentors do better in school, get along better with their families and are less likely to abuse drugs or alcohol than their peers. Having a mentor is great for any child, but for a child whose parents are locked up, it's a lifeline. A mentor shows the child by example that there is a better way. Mentors teach these children life skills that can literally save their lives.
"More than a program, [Amachi] is the passionate response to the needs of children with one or both parents in prison. These children are invisible to most of us. There are few viable programs to address the specific needs of the 'invisible' children. The Amachi program is designed to address these needs and later the potential negative direction of these children's lives. Through Amachi, mentoring matches are made and support is offered by Amachi partners and participating Amachi congregataions."
- Dr. Wilson Goode, Amachi National Founder
Founded in July 2004, Amachi is an initiative of KLF in partnership with local congregations, and University of Tennessee College of Social Work, and many others.