Nov 16, 2018

You have changed the lives of these young women

Daisy looking so proud & happy in her new glasses.
Daisy looking so proud & happy in her new glasses.

Dear *|FNAME|*,

Imagine…you’re a young girl suffering from constant, crippling headaches that are sometimes so bad that you are in tears at night from the pain? Your single mother is so poor that, while she knows that you need to see a specialist in order to diagnose the problem, she simply doesn’t have the money. You end up missing a lot of school because of your condition, as a result, your grades decline. This was the case for two of our newest students. They’re both very smart and eager to learn. They were reluctant to complain at first; however, the pain was so bad at night that the other girls brought it to my attention. Fortunately for these two girls, the solution was so, so simple. A trip to the optometrist proved my suspicions to be correct. Their pain was due to constant eye strain, a simple $50.00 fix!

I wish you could have been with me on our follow up visit when they were fitted with their new glasses and could see clearly for the first time in their life. The huge smiles on their faces said it all.

Through your generous support we have been able assist in the education of hundreds of children by building classrooms, latrines, providing computer and other vocational training courses for young women, but in this upcoming season of giving it’s equally as important to know the individual faces of the women and children whose lives your generosity has touched and changed forever.

Happy Holidays, and if you would like to continue to help us support these girls, please spread the word by sharing this report for us on your Facebook and other social media pages.

Thanks again everyone!

Asante Sana,

Jennifer Hughes-Bystrom

Purity in her new glasses. No more headaches YEAH!
Purity in her new glasses. No more headaches YEAH!

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Nov 5, 2018

A great future is ahead for our current and future classes.

Looking gorgeous ladies! Modelling their headbands
Looking gorgeous ladies! Modelling their headbands

There is a very bright future for our current class and future classes of students for years to come. Our recent volunteer, Haley has shown our ladies how to make these beautiful African print headbands, with technical guidance from Martha, our very overqualified tailoring instructor. The young ladies are doing so well after just under 4 months with us that their high standard of work is already export quality.

Hailey's plan is open an online business selling these colorful and exotic headbands, along with other products she and Martha have designed during her stay with us.

We look forward to watching Haley's on line and wholesale business grow and prosper, supporting our graduates for many years ahead as she and, upon graduation our students learn and grow their business together.

Our students come from backgrounds of extreme poverty. At best their future would have been as a very low paid house girl, being forced to live away from their family and their children. They could never have dreamed that their lives could possibly take such an exciting, creative and fun turn. Their growing confidence and understanding of their own self worth is a daily joy for me to watch. This is all because of you, our sponsors who care enough to continue supporting Springs of Hope Foundation and our work in Kenya.

 If you'd like to learn even more about what we do or how you can meet some of the young women you have helped, please contact me at jenniferhughes@springsofhopefoundation.org.  I'd love to chat with you!

On behalf of our young women and children…

Asante Sana,

Jennifer Hughes-Bystrom

Angela :)
Angela :)
Faith...
Faith...
Grace looking beautiful in one of their designs.
Grace looking beautiful in one of their designs.
Haley and a few of the girls modelling their work
Haley and a few of the girls modelling their work

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Sep 12, 2018

The Power of Girls Leading Change

Mary and one of her younger sisters
Mary and one of her younger sisters

Mary (we have changed her name for her privacy) is 14 years old and is one of six siblings.  Her parents are both HIV positive. This sweet family lives in a two-room, tiny wooden house with 4 generations getting by under one roof.  That’s right, 4 generations! Their elderly grandmother, Mary, and her two younger sisters sleep in the small living room. Grandma gets the paper-thin mattress on the couch and the girls sleep on the floor on makeshift cardboard mattresses. Mary’s older sister, a teenage mother, her baby and Mary’s parents sleep in the other room of their humble house. There is, of course, no running water so the girls have to walk several kilometers to the local river after school to fetch muddy river water for cooking and bathing. Their story is one of heartache and struggle and so much sickness.  It would be so easy to give up and let the pain take over.  However, do you see that beautiful smile on Mary’s face as she hugs her younger sister?

Mary is supported by our school fee project, and this gives her all the hope she needs to keep going!  Knowing she is supported and loved by strangers motivates Mary to do well.  And boy does she do well!  Mary is at the top of her class.  Her grades are excellent, but that is not the only thing that takes her to the top.  Mary is incredibly motivating to her younger sisters.  They look up to her and follow her positive outlook and work ethic.  Thank you to our donors, without your generosity this would not be possible.  Your love reaches Mary and her family in Kenya and beyond!

Everyone here at Springs of Hope Foundation thanks you for your continued support of this important project.

Please mark your calendars. On September 12th Global Giving is offering another great opportunity for all of us to boost our donation.

Starting at midnight ET on Wednesday, Sept. 12, GlobalGiving partners will have 33 hours to boost all donations with a $50,000 incentive fund. The hours of the September Bonus Day have been optimized for multiple time zones and all participants will share in the prize winnings!

If you would like to learn even more about this project and others, please visit our web page or contact me at

Jenniferhughes@springsofhopefoundation.org.

Warmest regards,

Jennifer Hughes-Bystrom

Mary heading off to school.
Mary heading off to school.

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