The end of the year is almost here! Yet, in January, thousands of Kenyan children will start a new school year, as their year runs on a differen calendar than ours. They schooling is from January through November. AFCA has sent tons of school bags with school supplies and the children will be receiving them on January 5th, when the container arrives in Kenya.
But, for every child we help with an education, there is another who is waiting for the chance to get to school. If you'd like to make a child's dream come true, make a donation today and help us help a child on your behalf. A donation of $100 will enable a child to attend school for the entire year, while $30 will provide for a uniform, shoes, and the books they need. Together, we CAN make a difference in the lives of little ones who just dream of a future as a nurse, a doctor, a taxi driver, and/or a teacher. Without schooling, those dreams are dashed.
Please consider helping our kiddos.
On their behalf,
While children in Mombasa, Kenya, continue studying thank to donors like you, they also receive book bags complete with pencils, pens, erasers, sharpener, ruler, notebooks, file folders, scissors, and glue.
Yes, there is a an 84 year old lady who makes the cutes book bags for the kids and she donates them to AFCA. Then we have people who take advantage of the great school supply sales that happen in July and they go buy Walmart and Target out of the things I mentioned above. Everything is brought to our warehouse where other volunteers complete the bags and pack them up for shipment to any of our programs where orphaned children are finding it hard to afford their school supplies at the beginning of the school year.
The kids get so excited to receive this simple gift, but they know that without it, they would not be admitted to school. Also, without uniforms or school shoes, they cannot get in. Therefore, not only do you help pay school fees, you also help cover the costs of these uniforms and shoes. What a gift!
Children in Mombasa, Kenya, despite the tough economic times in their country, continue to attend school. This is possible due to the donations we receive from generous donors, through GlobalGiving and other venues. Over 51 children are supported through this small program in Mombasa and they come from all 9 districts in the Mikindani area. Each child has a story to tell - a story of destitution, hopelesness and work. Then, their story changes to one of hope, opportunity and dreams. Thank you for making their dreams become reality!
We are thrilled to hear of Karren, who is now attending Univerisity, as well as Donel, the little girl who attends Primary School. All are so precious and all need this chance at education so that they can move forward with their lives and learning, helping them become useful members of society upon reaching adulthood.
On behalf of each child you help,
The kiddos that were given the gift of attending school are doing well. It is always incredible to me how they keep getting good grades, despite not living in good conditions an lacking basic necessities like electricity. Yet, these children are resilient and they want to get an education, so they light their candles and they study. They study hard!
This, of course, happens after doing going to school, after chores, after caring for little ones and for elderly guardians, after cooking, and after cleaning up.
The kids are all an inspiration and I am proud to know that our little program of school fees is still working. We have many children in the Mombasa project that need fees in order to attend school and we'd welcome new donors. Education is so basic for children!
Thank you so much for your continued support and for your care of these little ones. It will be excited to follow them as they move through the different grades and finally, reach graduation. I trust you'll be part of their lives the entire way so you can celebrate with them when they reach that milestone.
Tanya Weaver, for the kids
There are two things that always impact me when I get the chance to speak to children affected and/or infected by AIDS in Africa. First of all, they don't know how to dream. That's right - they think their life is going to end at a young age because they saw their parent(s) die of this horrible virus. It is only after the children have started taking regular doses of life-saving medicine, when they receive the food they need to gain weight, when they get regular medical checkups, and when they feel free to share their fears that they also start sharing their hopes and dreams. It is amazing to see their gorgeous eyes light up when they can say with certainty, "Tanya, one day, I will be a nurse", or "I have always wanted to be a teacher and now i KNOW I can be one". Amazing - each time this happens, I just have to smile and hug the child.
The other thing that amazes me of these kids is their complete dedication to school and education. They know that without it, they won't be able to move forward in life. Without parents, most of them, and with meager incomes, these kids know that their salvation is through education and a good job. The only way to get out of the slumb is to study, get good grades, study some more, and get a good job. They value education SO much, it puts me to shame. I see how some kids in United States groan about homework, about having to go to school, about taking tests and I just get a bit sad. Here are kids, on the other side of the world with nothing to their name, but they are proud to be a student. They get up early, wash up and many times, walk 2 hours to get to school - barefooted in most cases and without lunch for later on. They get home late and do chores, taking care of siblings. Then, by candlelight, they do their homework. And they dream.
In my mind as I type this update, I see the kids - Mofat, Samuel, Beverlyne - so brave, so amazing. And so grateful for the change you are giving them. So am I.
On behalf of the eight children that are going to school thanks to you,
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