As we start the year 2015, we would like to take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our friends, sponsors and partners for working with us in the past year to support the underprivileged girls in Obunga through Education. We believe that investing in quality and affordable education that is sustainable is the most effective way we can empower girls and women in our community as no one will be able to take this education away from them and they will be able to use the knowledge and skills gained to not only help themselves but also help others in the community as they pay it forward.
However, the past year has seen us meet some amazing individuals and organizations who have partnered with us and connected us with the resources we so much needed to effect change in our community and the results have been unbelievable!
We are a true epitome of how individuals and organizations can work together, contributing whatever little they have to create lasting change in underprivileged communities around the world.
With $1000 grant from Pollination Project Org, USA we purchased an internet router allowing us to access the internet regularly and be in touch with our friends, sponsors and partners. We met a number of partners like Friends of Kisumu Foundation, NL, Mama Hope Org USA, Gates of Hope Org USA, Tailored For Education Org, USA, Murakami Family Foundation, USA and Lifepoint Church, USA to mention but a few. We have worked successfully with each of these partners on various projects in the course of the year and we are indeed grateful for the unparalleled support they have accorded us.
Gates of Hope Org sponsored 15 girls at Akili Prep School. We also had about 20 amazing individuals sponsoring about 31 girls at the school and this has really had a positive impact in their lives. The girls are able to get books, meals and quality education without their classes being interrupted unlike before when we would send them home to get school fees. How wonderful it is to have the sponsored girls not worry about where their school fees will come from!
From helping the girls to use computers at Akili Library, doing receipts and budgets, blogging and raising funds online, compiling and sending weekly progress reports, teaching the girls poems/songs/plays like Joy and the 3 lions, taking them for physical education/yoga, buying supplies and cleaning the library to conducting teacher surveys, the advocates were a great inspiration to us as they worked tirelessly to ensure that we get all the resources we needed to support the girls in our community. We have immensely enjoyed working with this great org whose approach to development work is very unique. Working with them, we are able to decide what we want for our community based on our vision for the school and they have been there for us; listening to our needs and connecting us with the resources we need to put our dream into action; whether it is building a toilet, buying a greenhouse kit for the farm, making desks for the girls or constructing a classroom.
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Currently, we only support girls as long as they attend Akili Prep School and live within Obunga slum. When their parents relocate from Obunga slum either to look for greener pastures in other towns, go back to the village or pass away and they have no one to stay with, we cannot support them anymore. This has seen us loose students like Maya whose mother passed away recently. We want to change this trend by building a boarding school to ensure that the girls can stay at school and that our support to them is not tied to their parents staying in the slum.
We take this opportunity to thank you all for your support during the year. We are optimistic that we will continue to work together with you this year and achieve even greater success. Our priority is to construct classrooms and a boarding house for the girls and not only scale the production of vegetables at the farm but also diversify it by keeping chicken for both eggs and meat that will see us generate more income to sustain the school.
We believe that with your help we can realize our dream of empowering our girls through education and give many more girls a life changing opportunity to better their lives. We welcome you all to partner with us in 2015, whether as a volunteer coming for a few weeks, a sponsor giving $25 monthly to support a child, a partner org building a classroom, boarding house, dining hall/kitchen or a small team coming to work with us on the ground to make a difference in the lives of these girls. For further information on how to get involved, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
God bless you! Thank you! Happy 2015!!