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Jul 17, 2017

Kyila succeeds!

give sightless Tibetan children a chance!
give sightless Tibetan children a chance!

We are pleased to announce that Kyila, our partner in Tibet who is the first sightless Tibetan woman to learn Braille, start a business, study abroad, ATTEMPT EVEREST and start Tibet's first school for sightless kindergarteners, has succeeded.

Not until this year did state schools accept blind Tibetan children!

As Kyila's number one supporter (50K in cash donations to date plus another 35K in supplies and admin support) we are so proud of her.

We helped Kyila build her kindergarten in 2010 (IN rural Shigatsu) and then we helped her move it to Lhasa last year.

Kyila attracted national attention recently when CGTN --Chinese Global Television Network --  did a major feature on her work.

click here to watch the feature

We are convinced that the feature convinced the Chinese government to do what they had not done before: accept blind Tibetan kindergarteners into state-run schools.

Kyila personally escorted all 22 of her young students to the new school and she continues to check on them.

Our support for Kyila can't end here. She now plans to follow each children through elementary school and into high school -- providing them the extra support they will need to pass China's difficult high school and college entry exams.

Kyila also plans to continue rescuing other sightless Tibetan chidlren home confinement and working with Chinese authorities to make sure they live a more normal life. This, to Kyila, means that they should go to school!

Because Kyila's school is no longer operating, we will now support her in other ways. 

We hope you will transfer your support to our other project entitled "Help Sightless Tibetan Children Live Normal Lives".

Thank you for believing in Kyila, in her work and in her children.

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Jun 14, 2017

Drought in Kenya!

Receipt for keeping Grace caring for our produce!
Receipt for keeping Grace caring for our produce!

Dear Global Roots supporters! 

Well, the great news is that our Kenyan school children are still doing well and thriving! As our earlier report indicated, our scores, attendance and matriculation rates are up across the board. We love seeing healthier and happier faces. 

Attached you find a letter from one of the many young children who benefit from this program. When we planted our greenhouse many years ago, we had no idea that a vibrant school lunch program -- sourced with vegetables from our garden and eggs from our hen house -- would turn one of the poorest performing schools in one of Kenya's poorest regions into the region's top performing public school. Well, duh! Food makes children think better and it inspires their parents to send them to school. Absenteeism was reduced from 90% to 7% after we launched our school lunch program at Matulani Elementary!

Let's take a second to focus on one student. Her name is Juliana and this is what she wrote this HERSELF. See her attached photo and letter.

Juliana N. 

My name is Juliana N. I am eleven years old and I go to Matulani Primary School.  I am in class 6. At our school I like 6 subjects; English, Kiswahili, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Christian Religious Education. Among these, my favorites are English and Science.

In school we have co-curricular activities like clubs and games. In the case of games I participate in Netball in which I am one of the team members. In athletics I do the walking race and the 3,000 meters. Last games are proceeded up to the Sub-County level.

I come from a single parent family. My mother works as a casual laborer sometimes. Sometimes she does not get it (casual work.) We depend on her for our upkeep in and out of school. I have two sisters. Cecilia in class 7 and Mary Shantal in class 3.

I really enjoy the feeding program in the school. This has always kept me strong and healthy. It has helped improve in school attendance and performance. Last year I was position 1 with 414 marks (out of a maximum 500 marks.) I look forward to achieve a higher mark.

I thank god for the great support Global Roots is offering to us. May the good lord bless you abundantly.

Editor's note: Juliana is why we do what we do and we hope you will continue to support her and the other 256 children at Matulani who are doing everything they can to make the most of the resources in front of them.

Drought hits Kenya

Unfortunately, Kenya is experiencing a very bad year for rainfall. Drought conditions exist across the country and some areas are already experiencing drought related famine. 

This situation has begun to affect our schools in Mtito Andei. The report from our local Kenya director indicates that water sources in Mtito Andei are drying up. This means that it is increasingly difficult to get water for our greenhouse projects. 

These greenhouses are essential! Now that we have our kids attending and excelling at school and experiencing better health in general, we want to keep it that way. So it is vital that we keep our greenhouses functioning.

Planting begins this month on the new season's crops. Our local director has advised that planting will go ahead as scheduled and construction on a new planned greenhouse will still commence as well. However, he has decided to divert the funds for the planned rabbit hutch and hen house to pay additional fees for scarce water. 

Your continued support will help us keep our crops watered and our kids fed through this drought! The children appreciate it so much. 

Global Roots appreciates the work of lead gardener, Grace, in helping keep our programs running! She has been retained over the summer holidays to care for our crops and small livestock. Thanks Grace! 

Juliana letter
Juliana letter
Juliana photo
Juliana photo

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Jun 8, 2017

Keep Our Girls in School!

Our student "S" has been very successful!
Our student "S" has been very successful!

Kenya has general elections this upcoming August. The democratic process is still a work in progress in Kenya and as such, many people expect that the elections will disrupt normal business and day to day economic activities. In light of this, much like with a coming storm, people have begun to stockpile "resources". In anticipation of the disruption, many schools are demaning payments, which they feare they may not receive regularly during the election process disruption. 

Over the past several weeks, our Kenya Director, Anthony Kigondu, has begun to receive increasingly insistent demands for payment of various school fees for our Maasai girls in their schools. Despite our reminders that the children under our care are special humanitarian cases, several schools are remaining firm. We will need at least $3700 by mid June in order to keep our girls in these school throughout the election disruption. 

Please consider urgently helping us to meet this deadline and keep the schools happy! As long as we keep our girls in schools, we have a better shot of keeping them safe! We currently have 45 girls in primary and secondary school, as well as three girls in college. 

Keeping our girls in school has led to one resounding success story in particular. One of the Global Roots girls is a young woman named "S". Global Roots helped "S" stay in school and avoid FGM. She writes here story here: 

"I am a nineteen-year-old female from Oloiborsoito village of Kilgoris central ward in Narok County. My main town is Kilgoris town. I am the third born to my peasant parents namely {names removed}. I have four siblings in total.

 

I attended Christ The King Academy Catholic Primary School in Kilgoris town and did well in my final exams. I thereafter proceeded to Itigo Girls Secondary School Where I cleared my High School education and did well in the final exams and qualified to join university after attaining a grade of B- of 58 points. While in High school I was being sponsored by Naserian Girls Rescue Initiative and Global Roots because my parents were unable to fund for my school fees. If I had not been able to get sponsorship for high school, my relatives would have persuaded my parents to make me undergo Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) followed by early marriage. Going to high school saved me from this fate.

 

During my primary and secondary education, I was elected as a student leader and was therefore awarded certificates for excellent student leadership and punctuality.

My hobbies include playing badminton, reading daily newspapers, reading novels and beadwork art.

 

Thanks to Global Roots I am currently pursuing a Bachelors degree in Information Science at the Maasai Mara University in Narok Town, Narok County.  I am positive that this degree will help me achieve my passion for information analysis and the gathering of information. This qualification will enable me to also attain my dream of rescuing girls who are at a risk of undergoing the harsh Maasai cultural tradition of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and early marriage. I will work to ensure that as many Maasai girls have a positive and bright future away from the negative culture of our community.

 

It is a great privilege that I get, staying in school and not lacking anything. It is from this support that I have got to learn a whole lot of life lessons; lessons that are very essential in life. I have gotten a chance of learning virtues like kindness, giving back through social interaction, team building in both curriculum and extra curricular activities at college. I have also learnt to be responsible over my time and activities.

 

I sincerely thank all the well-wishers that continue to support me to enable me to attain my dreams.

 

Yours sincerely

S"

 

Your ongoing support allows Global Roots to continue aiding girls like "S" and so many others! Please help us continue to protect girls from FGM and give them a chance at a positive and rewarding future! 

Sincerely,

The Global Roots Team

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