Dec 23, 2019

Merry Christmas from Springs of Hope Foundation.

Some of Margaret's proud family members at graduat
Some of Margaret's proud family members at graduat

 

 Meet Margaret, along with just a few of her very proud family members on Margaret's graduation day earlier this month.

Margaret comes from a family of twelve, four brothers and seven sisters. She is the last born in the family. Her father is a casual laborer and was not able to take her to college after her form four. Margaret was born as a normal child, able to hear and talk. She went to her nursery class as a normal child. When she was in class two, she developed recurring headaches. She was hospitalized for three months, during this time the worst happened and she lost her hearing ability completly. Her parents could not believe what had happened to their daughter, but afterwards enrolled her into Ngala school for the deaf. During her last year of high school, she lost her mother, who had been struggling with poor health for several years. This left Margaret devastated. She says life has never been the same since losing her mother, until she came to Springs of Hope Foundation's Kijiji Mission project and now sees a bright future ahead

There is indeed a bright future ahead for Margaret, along with the other young women who recently graduated from our 12-month course earlier this month. They have all been offered jobs at a local company. That’s right…ALL of the young women, including our hearing-impaired students.

It can be very difficult for the deaf to find employment in Kenya, or anywhere else in the underdeveloped world for that matter, so we are thrilled to know that they will all go on to paid employment when they return from a very well earned Christmas break in January. 

We are so very grateful for your continued support in 2019. As we look forward to a new intake of young women in the new year our wish is that you continue to include Springs of Hope Foundation in your charitable giving.

Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful Christmas and a New Year filled with Many Blessings.

Jennifer Hughes-Bystrom

CEO

 



Our proud graduates and family members
Our proud graduates and family members
Dec 2, 2019

This is our most enjoyable & rewarding project

Last Monday we completed what has become my favorite program. We were able to deliver free school uniforms to 26 kindergarten children at a school in an area called Slum Hill, which is a very poor area of Nakuru. Last week's delivery makes a total of 70 children that we have been able to assist with free school uniforms. 

Unless you were here, It's hard to imagine what a huge impact this project has on both our students and the little ones they are assisting, who come from one of the most deplorable slums in our area and are forced to come to school in worn out, hand me down uniforms and shoes. Last weeks delivery makes a total of 70 children from desterapetly poor areas that we have been able to assist with free school uniforms this year.

As a supporter of Springs of Hope Foundation, we need your help this Giving Tuesday, December 3rd. Please create a fundraiser on our Global Giving project page and share it with your email, Facebook and social network friends. Creating a fundraiser is easy and we welcome with any goal amount. 

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Please hepl us win a large amount of the bonus prize money by starting a fundraiser amoung your friends and social media contacts here.                                 

 

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Jennifer Hughes-Bystrom

Founder/CEO



Springs of Hope Foundation.

   

The children were eagerly awaiting our arrival.
The children were eagerly awaiting our arrival.
Our students get great joy giving back to the kid
Our students get great joy giving back to the kid
The young ones happy & proud in their new  uniform
The young ones happy & proud in their new uniform
Little girls getting their new uniforms
Little girls getting their new uniforms

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Oct 18, 2019

Let's catch up on everything that's been happening

Hi,
Wow, it will be two weeks today since my return to Kenya after a wonderful, but fleeting, three months spent at my Northern Michigan home in Big Bay. Returning to Big Bay is always wonderful. Being back with family and friends, sleeping in my own bed and just loving a long, hot shower...Ahhh, the comforts of home! Being able to just turn on the tap and drink the water, or go among the shelves of the supermarket with bountiful fresh produce and way, way too many choices for other goods :)  all of which there are no comparisons to where I spend so much time each year.
A couple of years ago a dear friend asked me a question. At the time we were just enjoying the company of a few good friends and sharing thoughts. 
The question we were all asked was: "Where in the world would want to be at this moment?" My immediate response was, right here, right now, enjoying this moment with you, sharing the blessing of your friendship and good company. No matter where here and now is, be it Kenya, Michigan or our home in Australia or wherever I may be, I always enjoy the moment, savor the experience and give thank to God for my abundantly blessed life...

Our training project is coming along tremendously. Our students have had the opportunity to recieve invaluable taining from volunteers from all over the world. Each  volunteer contributes a different, unique skill to our program.

Sophia from Isreal spent her time with us helping organize our office after our recent move.

Laura, a social worker from Germany focused on giving our students power point lessons on mental health, self esteem, self-talk etc.

Leila from Switzerland spent the majority of her time with us running our computer classroom and teaching an HIV/AIDS awarement course.

Mayca and Robin from the UK.
Mayca focused on teaching the students many new sewing and craft skills. The most popular one being crocheting. The young ladies now spend their evening leisure time chatting, laughing, joking and just being teenage girls...while crochet needles are at full speed. They love this new skill and I must say, their work is very good.

Robin was kept very busy during his time with us. I think he will agree that his most important contribution to our project was assisting our hearing impaired students, who will be graduating in December, with the paperwork and filing needed to apply for a small business startup government grant for the disabled.
The girls have a well thought out business plan
and this grant will set them on their path to success.

Melissa from Brazil was with us for a couple of months and taught our students so much about the delicate environment we all live in. Among the many things Melissa taught our students was how to make Ecko Bricks out of plastic bottles. Melissa's most enduring gift to our students will be the time she spent teaching them how efficiently compost their organic waste into rich soil that will nourish a fertile and productive family garden plot.

Every volunteer contributes their own unique and valuable talent to our program and leaves a lasting impression with our students. If you would like more information about becomming a volunteer with us please email me at jenniferhughes@springsofhopefoundation.org or visit our web page www.springsofhopefoundation.org

Asante Sana,

Jennifer Hughes-Bystrom



Laura, a social worker from Germany.
Laura, a social worker from Germany.
Leila from Switzerland teaching our computer class
Leila from Switzerland teaching our computer class
Melissa from Brazil helping in the computer class
Melissa from Brazil helping in the computer class
Melissa also taught about recycling & composting.
Melissa also taught about recycling & composting.

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