In response to a post on Facebook, one of our boys who is now on his own, attending college on a scholarship for high marks, we received this comment. --- It gives us strength to go on....
Here is the unedited comment from Facebook.
"Bev. that's true. May God live to bless your kind heart.He surely uses you to save peoples lives .Am one and am proud of u Bev. Thanks to the donors and sponsors.May God bless them "kabisa". I know that they don't give because they have a lot to give but its because they have the heart to give. My prayer to God is that all those successful people may be used by God to save life of those innocent soles who end up lacking food and education due to poverty.i miss you Bev. You are a mom to many. I know you sacrifice a lot for others.GOD BLESS YOU SANA.bye."
Thank you donors. It is a privilege to share this encouragement with you.
It is hard to believe that we are entering month 5 of 2012! I flew to Kenya with the awesome privilege to appropriately, transparently and honestly expend your hard earned donations. There was so much to do. A bit of construction, sprucing up, planting, feasting, sharing gifts; buying uniforms, paying school fees, feeding children on the street, interviewing the many needs that knock on the door each day, rescuing girls, attending a graduation; following up on past children, assisting new ones, evaluating our progress, planning for the future, managing volunteers.
The time flew by. To look at what was accomplished brings an outpouring of wonderful stories. I hope to share them with you in the coming months. To look at what had to be ignored is painful. A waiting list, girls and more girls, all of them needing, at the very least, a boarding school to be able to have safe housing and education. Each costing about $1,000 per year.
In the face of having to say I will try to help but right now I cannot promise… the dream for a larger piece of land for a Coed Home School where children can learn at their own pace and find individualized attention, love and concern surfaces again from its “stuffing” place. The dream of a place where overcrowded classrooms do not rob a child of adequate instruction, where children can fill the gaps in their broken education and go on to learn to read, write and compute. The dream of a place where they can learn a skill that will support them and their future families.
Dreams, dreams, thank you for letting me touch on the needs you have filled and the needs that stand. Dreams do come true when we work together one child at a time to make a difference. THANK YOU GlobalGiving Donors.
graduation; following up on past children, evaluating our progress, planning for the future, managing volunteers.
The time flew by. To look at what was accomplished brings an outpouring of wonderful stories. To look at what had to be ignored is painful
Change is inevitable. This one has been one of the best! The public school where our children attend has become increasingly crowded. The children who come to our Children's Home often have spotty educational histories. Being placed in a class of 60 students, the teacher cannot meet their needs and fill in the blanks in their education. After watching one of our children suffer trying to learn without a proper foundation, we decided to send the three youngest children in the Home to a school that specializes in individualized curriculum. it cost a bit more but their education is worth it.
This school was not yet a boarding school so our three boys were the first boarders. The distance to this school is too far for a daily commute. But it is not too far for them to come home on weekends. They were nervous about going so far to school, what would it be like, what about their friends. We were glad there were three of them to bolster each others' courage.
Their first weekend home was proof is the wisdom of the decision. Already their English was improved. They were tested upon arrival at the school and then placed where they needed to begin. The boys were beaming! One was number 1 and the other number 2 of the children in their group! This was not only great academic reinforcement but after being number 55 of 62, you can imagine how that lifted their spirits!
When they arrived Home that first weekend the happy chatter did not end until well after dark and continued again the next morning! I have not heard those three boys talk so much since they arrived here.
A good change....
Working with Kenya's children is a privilege; often hard work, occasionally frustrating work, but nothing rewards like a letter from one of the children. I feel that I share this honor and love with you, the donors, who have made it possible.
This is an edited version of a letter written to me, the project leader, by our most recent high school graduate, John. It makes it all worthwhile!!
I can now tell what you go through in life for us to live comfortably, get an education clothes and food. I lack words to express my thanks, love and concern to you. You really mean a lot to me. You are such a loving, caring and a kind mother and I always thank God for helping make you think and reason with your heart because most probably I would not be here and the far I have gone in life. You are so wonderful because you have served and this earns you a badge of honor to me though I know you will say humility is the true badge of the highest honor.
You have also taught me about choice and now I am very careful while making my choices more than I was before. Now the thing I have learned from you is to be kind, honest, have integrity, love and respect to others.
I pray to God to give you a very long life so that you will see your products, the fruits of your good, best and great work in this world.
Joshua Ndugu was the only one of the primary school children at JWHS without a sponsor in 2011. He handled it well and we love him but there was that empty spot that wishes for his own sponsor. Then an anonymous donor on Global Giving began giving a recurring donation. We elected to use it as a half sponsorship for Joshua. As the donor is anonymous, we cannot connect them directly but Joshua now knows he has a sponsor. Thank you donor and thank you to all the donors who give hope and enrich the lives of these children.
Meet Joshua Ndugu. He is 15 years old and has been at JWHS for 4 years He is quiet, respectful, and hardworking. As a matter of fact, while I am writing this my feet are up on the chair as he mops the floormona Saturday afternoon whistling as he works. Joshua can be found doing his chores without being asked and on time for study in the evening. He is also very funny. He makes the BEST faces. If there is dissapproval he casts his eyes and curls his lip. When he is amused he grins and giggles. When he is angry watch out for the fire in his eyes.
There are 5 children at JWHS attending Menengai Primary School. In Class 6, Joshua is a bit behind the normal school schedule as his education was interrupted before he came to live with us. After a difficult childhood, he is growing into a wonderful young man. He now has an anonymous sponsor for half his support. If you would like to contribute the other half, a recurring donation of $45.00 on Global Giving will do it.
Joshua would love to send you a letter or even talk to you on the phone to thank you in person.
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