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Mar 15, 2016

Special Kids and their Super Moms


Linet was one of our very first pupil. We sponsored Linet because her mother, Purity, was unable to financially support herself and her daughter. After Purity gave birth to Linet she became paralyzed and is confined to a wheelchair. Her husband left her shortly after Linet’s birth.

Purity was totally dependent on her elderly mother in terms of financial support, accommodation and care for her daughter when Linet first came to Roko 20.

Purity has volunteered at Roko 20 on many occasions as a way of paying us back and expressing her gratitude for sponsoring her daughter. She helps in the kitchen cleaning rice and beans.

We supported Purity with a small loan enabling her to stock mobile phone credits which she sells from a small roadside stand outside her home. She has used the profits from her small business to purchase a dairy goat, which is providing additional income for Purity and her family through the sale of milk, thus allowing her to fully repay our small business loan to her and continue to grow her roadside business.

Because of your support Linet will grow up in control of her own destiny. She will not be forced into an early marriage at a very, very young age and a life destined to be lived in unimaginable poverty. Linet is blossoming in school, she is an eager student and intelligent young girl.

However, the other wonderful part of this story is the independence your support has allowed her mother, Purity to achieve. Because of you Purity is now able to support her family with pride and dignity, setting the example of the woman she wishes her daughter to grow up and become.

Thank you for helping us to feed and educate destitute women and children in Kenya like Purity and Linet. Your donations have helped us sustain the operations of Roko 20 Academy. Your continuous support will surely make a big difference in a child’s life. Please help us continue to grow and build additional classrooms by the end of 2016.  

There is another wonderful opportunity coming up on March 16th to have your donation matched on Global Giving.


Bonus Day begins at 09:00:00 EDT on March 16, 2016 and ends at 23:59:59 PM EDT on March 16, 2016.

FIND OUT WHAT TIME IT IS IN MY TIME ZONE. Unfortunately donations made before 09:00:00 EDT will not be included in the matching bonus challenge. 

Thank you for helping us continue to grow and share the life changing miracles you are all a part of.

Asante Sana,

Jennifer Hughes-Bystrom

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Dec 16, 2015

Seasons Greetings

Dear Friends and Family,

We’re wrapping up 2015 and WOW what a year of great change and growth it has been for us at Springs of Hope Foundation.

We’re currently on break for the Christmas holidays. The children are spending the break with their extended family, usually elderly grandparents.

 However…no time for kicking back for us.

This has been a great opportunity to do our much needed development.  We’ve built a security fence around the 1.5 acre complex, installed a 10,000 liter tank and guttering for water harvesting and storage, replaced/repaired classroom furnishings and supplies. However the most exciting project is the addition of one more classroom. This will allow an additional 35 children to join us in the New Year, bringing the total number to 123.

We’re growing… and it’s very, very exciting!!! But we could not possibly achieve any of this without YOU. Believing in our mission and supporting us is the only reason any of the miracles of growth I see every year have been possible.

'We have come from far' ...  we have because we share the same vision for our children. To give more than hope, to give a future, to make a difference.

Merry Christmas to you all, from our family to your family and friends. May the world give you peace, the joy of living, and great love for others.

Many blessings,

Jennifer Hughes-Bystrom


Oct 6, 2015

Street Boys and Education.


Dear friends,
Education is a ladder that can lift a child out of poverty. For Moses, however, enrollment in primary school moved his family in the opposite direction. The financial strain of paying for school—which includes exam fees, uniform costs, and activity fees— proved too great for Moses’ HIV positive single mother, who asked, “Am I to feed my children, or pay for school fees?” It’s an impossible dilemma for a mother to find herself in, and especially difficult for a child with a desire for a better life. Moses’ mother had no other option; she chose to feed her family.
Moses left home, vowing never to return to school again. He spent the next two years of his very young life as a street child in Molo, fending for himself. It was in these very streets that we approached Moses to tell him that there was a safety net, Springs of Hope Foundation. Since then Springs of Hope Foundation has enrolled Moses in boarding school, relieving a huge and agonizing burden on his HIV positive mother and giving Moses hope for a brighter future. Moses is an exceptionally bright student who is doing very well in his new learning environment.

We have an upcoming opportunity to have all donations to Springs of Hope Foundation doubled through Global Giving on Wednesday, October 7th. Beginning at 12.PM East Coast Time and lasting until Midnight all donations will be matched by Microsoft Youth Spark. What time is it where I live?
Your support helps educate and prepare young people like Moses, as well as supporting our growth at Roko 20 Academy.
Thank you so much!
Jennifer Hughes-Bystrom

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