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Jun 17, 2015

Moving forward

Over the last 18 months we have looked at multiple pieces of land both in Molo and in the surrounding areas. While we have found several pieces of land that were suitable, our lawyer was unable to find the correct title deeds, meaning there was no proof that the land belonged to the person who was selling it to us. Other plots have, upon surveying, proved smaller than they appeared in the title deeds, deeming them too small to build a school on. The price of land in Molo and its surrounding areas has risen drastically in the last few years as the area is becoming more developed. It is an incredibly difficult climate in which to purchase land.
Moving forward we have been reviewing the most productive use of the funds and assets raised in the past nine months of this particular Global Giving campaign and have decided to partner with our friends at East Africa Mission www.eamo.co.ke to equip their new library with computers and the furnishings needed to make the library a modern learning facility. East Africa Mission, an Australian run orphanage has been established in Nakuru since 1998. On their 50 acre property they currently care for and educate approximately 250 orphaned or abandoned children at their onsite school and orphanage.

I hope you are as excited by this I am! This Global Giving campaign is a great chance for the maximum number of children to receive the best possible education.

We still care for our children in Molo. Springs of Hope Foundation cannot continue to function without you're monthly sponsorship.
Thank you for giving these children the opportunity to go to school and receive an education!
Warmest regards
Jennifer Hughes-Bystrom

Mar 18, 2015

For me this is nothing short of a Miracle

No child should ever have to bear this heavy load.
No child should ever have to bear this heavy load.

Dear Friends,
I wish you were all able to witness the miracle I’m privileged to enjoy every time I watch our children confidently writing away on our (now ten) donated laptops.
While we’re still a long way from our final goal of raising enough money to purchase our own land, build a permanent home for our children and a well equipped school, your continued support has made it possible for us to rescue children from a childhood spent fetching water and firewood and looking ahead to a life of labouring in the fields for $2.00 a day. Because of you these children are all in school learning to become productive future citizens and leaders.
I’ve attached pictures of the girls in our local community whose families are not in a position to send all of their children to school. Under these circumstances it’s usually always the son who gets to go to school while the girl child stays at home doing back breaking labor way beyound her young age and physical development until it’s time for her to marry (at a very young age).
The 1st Bonus Day of the year is Wednesday, March 18th! Global Giving will be matching donations made through GlobalGiving.org up to $1,000 per donor per project at 30%. There is $60,000 available in matching funds and they are offering a $1,000 bonus award for the most individual donors and $1,000 bonus award for the most money raised. Matching begins at 9:00:01 EDT and lasts until funds run out or 23:59:59 EDT.
I’m very excited to be able to participate in this upcoming bonus day. This is a great opportunity to help us reach our goal of building a permanent home for our children and a properly-equipped school for the children in our community.
Asante Sana,
Jennifer Hughes-Bystrom

What time will March 18th 9:00:01 be where I live

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School age kids collecting wood from the forest.
School age kids collecting wood from the forest.
Young girls in our neighbourhood.
Young girls in our neighbourhood.
No Girl should EVER live like this!
No Girl should EVER live like this!
One day all of these girls will be in school.
One day all of these girls will be in school.
Jan 6, 2015

Happy New Year

Hannah and Freddie
Hannah and Freddie

Dear friends,

What an amazing year 2014 was for Springs of Hope Foundation’s children, thanks to YOU!  Because of YOU, our children are healthy and they have returned to school for another year of what we anticipate will be another year of exceptional results. Because of YOU, our children have good food to eat.  Because of YOU, our children have livestock and seeds with which they learn essential, basic life skills. Traditionally these basic skills would be taught by parents, grandparents and extended family. For children orphaned by Hiv/Aids there is no one to teach these skills. 

Because of YOU, children like Hannah not only eat well, but also go to school dreaming of a future free of poverty, dreaming that she will someday become a doctor. And because of YOU it’s quite possible she will fulfill her dream. We don't have enough words to thank you for what you've done because it is huge...it is life changing.

Thank you for caring for the little ones we serve and for giving them a brighter future.  You are the ones who allow us to keep working for them, providing them with a safe place they call HOME, medicine, medical supplies, clean water, food, school fees and supplies, livestock, seeds, self-reliance and HOPE.

We wish you the best year ever, full of every blessing and happiness imaginable, knowing you are a hope-giver.  If you'd like to learn even more about what we do or how you can meet some of the children you have helped, please contact me at jennifer@springsofhopefoundation.org.  I'd love to chat with you!

On behalf of the children,

Asante Sana,

Jennifer Hughes-Bystrom

Hannah
Hannah

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