On behalf of the Jitegemee board members, staff, and students, I would like to wish you a Happy Holidays! 2010 has been a tremendous year of growth for Jitegemee both in terms of finance and community. I know many of you who are receiving this update had never even heard of Jitegemee at the beginning of this year. However, do to your support we have been able to make tremendous strides toward or goals constructing a new school and expanding the opportunities for the street kids of Machakos, Kenya. Because of your support we have had a record year of fundraising!
Your support has allowed us to:
Calum arrived in Machakos over the past couple of weeks, and received a warm reception from his host family. He had the following to say about his arrival:
“…The family is extremely kind and generous and have put in great effort to make me feel comfortable. I look forward to getting to know them better and to learning Kiswahili as Francisca assures me that within two months I will be able to speak the language. Yesterday, Mike, the teachers, and some of the kids gave me a very warm welcome to Jitegemee. Mike and I discussed the plan for my stay and I was able to share some of the ideas I have had…”
We look forward to bringing you more insights from Calum’s time at Jitegemee both here, and on our website. We are excited about his presence there, and look forward to hearing about his contributions.
Again, none of this would be possible without supporters like you. Thank you again, we are looking forward to an even bigger and better 2011 with you!
Clarence Wardell III
P.S. We would also like to extend a special thanks to our supporters, Elaine, Lori, Connie, and Gail, who hiked 177 miles across Wales, and got sponsors for Jitegemee for the hike. They raised more than $3,000 through their efforts. Thank you!
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