Jul 8, 2019

Updates and Opportunities

Humphrey, our partner on the ground in Kenya, has reported that the mood is very casual in Kiambiu these days. Activities in Kiambiu relating to the students in our Child Sponsorship Program are at a minimum right now, because Humphrey has been up country in Bungoma, his hometown; however, despite the separation, all of the children in the Program are doing well. After visiting them a few weeks ago, Humphrey relayed that the children are in their second school term out of three, and it’s the cooler dry season in Kenya, so students are happy to not be dealing with intense heat, or monsoons. Overall, we are happy to report that spirits are high with the children in our Program, and that your donations from all of supporters have been keeping the children in school!

A few other updates that we wanted to let all of you, our generous donors know, is that July 18th is GlobalGiving’s July Bonus day! On this day, if you donate above $100, GlobalGiving will match your funds! Additionally, in August, they are also having their annual Little by Little Matching Campaign. During this week-long campaign, they will match donations up to $50 at 50%! These two bonus days are a great way to make your donations stretch extra far to help provide education to the children in our Child Sponsorship Program. As always, thank you for your continued support!

Apr 29, 2019

Moving Forward

Thank you to all of our donors who have supported our project Empower Kenyan Girls through Education! If you remember, this project began about two years ago right before I started the Appalachian Trail in April of 2017. We were trying to raise $1 for every mile that I walked on the 2,160 mile trail, and we have reached our goal!

The outcome because of your support has truly been successful. Funds raised during this project allowed us to support the education of four girls through our Child Sponsorship Program, which created a supportive, and empowering future for these young women in the Kiambiu, Kenya community. Thank you so much for your continued encouragement and hope that you’ve given these young women! Through education, these young women are empowered to make changes in their community and overcome the shackles of poverty. This enables them to better themselves, their communities, and the world as a whole. Give a child an education and you give them more than opportunities; you give them hope for the future, the change to make a difference, and the tools to give back. While this project is fully funded we still need your support. We ask that you help us to continue to move forward with our goal to keep children in our Program in school. If you would like to continue to support youth who are part of our Child Sponsorship Program, you can donate through our other project Sponsor a Kenyan Child’s Education found at: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/sponsor-a-kenyan-childs-education/

Apr 16, 2019

Getting the Word Out

One of the struggles that we have faced is publicity and getting the word out about what we are doing here at Action Two Africa. While we have GlobalGiving and their resources to promote our organization and our goals, Facebook, and word-of-mouth to promote our mission, it has still been difficult to spread the news about the successes and benefits that our Child Sponsorship Program has had for the children in our Program. With that said, we are looking for ways to help us get exposure for our organization, so that we can continue to empower children in Kenya. If you have an area of expertise that you think would help promote what we are doing in Kenya (help with organizing fundraisers, grant writing, obtaining corporate donations, etc.), please let us know. We welcome any feedback or suggestions on how we can do this, and look forward to hearing from you, our family, friends, and supporters!

And while we have challenges like publicity, and spreading the word about what we are doing, we have one primary obstacle that has really affected our overall impact: funding. We certainly don’t lack vision, or enthusiasm for what we are doing, but it has been a challenge for us to find sufficient funding to safeguard our financial vitality while at the same time working toward a stable and progressive future. After years of trying to get government funding in Kenya for our program, and reaching out to other Kenyan non-profits, we have not yet succeeded in getting public or private funding for Action Two Africa. This is not a surprise to us as there is so much need for aide in Kenya right now due to issues with severe corruption, poverty, and lack of resources. We will keep persisting in this area, and are hopeful that we will be able to partner with an agency to promote the good work we are doing. In the meantime, we are figuring out ways to help sustain the work we are doing.

In the coming months we are going to hold our 6th Annual Garage Sale in hopes of raising awareness and bringing in some much needed donations. If you would like to contribute items, donate your time, or help in other ways, please let us know by emailing me at: christina@action2africa.org. Additionally, continue to talk about the work that we are doing here at Action Two Africa. We encourage you to tell your friends, coworkers, and family about how we are empowering Kenyan youth through education sponsorships, in hopes that what we are doing will inspire them to take action by supporting our cause. We also wanted to give a shout out and thank you, to you, our loyal donors,  for your continued support and encouragement! Without you, we wouldn’t be able to continue the work we are doing. Thank you!

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