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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    Sep 12, 2018

    Our 2018/19 class is off to a great start

    Week1 Introduction to machine care & maintenance
    Week1 Introduction to machine care & maintenance

    Last July a new life began for 12 very fortunate young women as our 2018/19 tailoring class took off to a fantastic start! 12 very grateful girls will receive free career training in our tailoring course, housing, food and mentoring, as well as access to English as a 2nd language and computer classes thanks to our overseas volunteers. Our dedicated staff, Martha and Joanne, along with our volunteers are working hard to ensure they have all the support they need to succeed.

    MEET ONE OF OUR NEW STUDENTS. Her story is told in her own words.

    Mary (I’ve changed her name for her privacy) is one of seven children, both of her parents are living. Her father is an unemployed alcoholic. Her mother, the pillar of the family, sells vegetables at the local market to support the family.

    Mary was raped at school on April 25th, 2007. She was two months short of her 10th birthday. She says she remembers the day as Wednesday since it was such a traumatic event. She did not take any action, instead, she went home and kept silent out of shame. She felt afraid to tell her mum as she was so strict.

    Mary continued with her studies but due to the trauma her grades began to fail; she dropped from number one to number twenty-one. People started to question her performance. Later she started feeling ill but didn’t know why. She was taken to the hospital where it was determined that she was 4 months pregnant. She was removed from school and secluded in her home until she gave birth. After her baby stopped breastfeeding she went back to school and finished her form four. Needless to say, this bright young girl now faced many challenges, school fees and supporting her baby being her biggest.

    In 2016 Mary found a job as a house girl in order to raise money to help support her mother and her child. During her time working for this employer, she was not permitted any days off to visit her child. Several months would pass without receiving a paycheck, which eventually forced her to return home.

    When she received a call from Kijiji Mission telling her that she had been accepted into the 2018/19 tailoring course, Mary felt that this opportunity of a lifetime was a dream come true and the answer to all of her prayers.

    Your support means the world to these girls. This program would not exist without the incredible generosity of people like yourselves. On behalf of all of us, we say a big 'Thank You'!

    We have another great opportunity to make all donations qualify for a matching bonus today, September 12th.

    Experience a Global Bonus Day

    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!

     

    Warmest regards,

    Jennifer Hughes-Bystrom

    CEO. Springs of Hope Foundation.

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