Apr 6, 2017

Consolidation

Caring for Kenya's Children
Caring for Kenya's Children

For several years we have had three projects which seemed separate but as time moved on we found they are more similar.  Our Street Children Project and Orphanage; Our Girl Rescue Project and Out education project.  Children don’t fit neatly into categories.  They are individuals with individual needs.  As we work intensively with children there were many overlaps. The need for home, food, shelter medical care, education and safety are essential for all children. 

We chose to combine the three projects into one on GlobalGiving.   We are closing this project and ask if you would please consider continuing your donation by giving  to https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/caring-for-vulnerable-girls-and-boys-of-kenya/.  If you desire to dedicate your donation to a specific need, please know that we will honor that request. 

We thank you for your faithful support and trust that our work meets your standards.  We hope you continue to support the vulnerable children of Kenya.

From April 3rd to April 7th, GlobalGiving will match donations up to $50.00. Would you consider showing your support for the consolidation by donating to  https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/caring-for-vulnerable-girls-and-boys-of-kenya/ during the matching campaign and double your donation.

Thank you  

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Mar 29, 2017

Ending FGM and EFM

Girls in school
Girls in school

In most pastoralist communities, FGM, Female Genital Mutilation, announces to the community that a girl is now a woman and is available for marriage.  Marriage is the beginning of child rearing and housekeeping and the end of education.

“Education and age at first marriage are strongly associated both at the individual level and at the societal level: A woman who has attended secondary school is considerably less likely to marry during adolescence.”(International Family Planning Perspectives Vol. 22, No. 4 (Dec., 1996))

 A powerful tool to end FGM and EFM, early and forced marriage, is EDUCATION.

Research supports the following statements.

o   Teach a girl, you educate a community.

o   An educated girl is more likely to encourage her children to go to school. 

o   Education empowers girls by giving them choices.

o   Education alleviates poverty

o   Education yields great returns in health, population control and politics.

o   Education leads girls to increased income. 

o   Educated females have smaller, healthier families with lower infant mortality rates, and maternal mortality.

o   Secondary education teaches women how to find and use health services, improve nutrition and sanitation, and provides increased earning capability.

o   Educated females are empowered to advocate for themselves, resist violence, and participate in community decision making.

 Expanding Opportunities views education as the paramount RIGHT of the girl child to prevent and end FGM and EFM.

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Feb 21, 2017

Camp Forest Under a Blanket of Snow

Keeping a safe "Blood Circle"
Keeping a safe "Blood Circle"

Camp Forest is covered in snow.  It rests quietly blanketed while the administration is extra busy planning the summer’s events!  WE are looking forward to welcoming some new staff and campers as well as greeting past campers and our consistent staff.  Eight weeks of summer is a busy active time.  Camp Forest has been introducing primitive and wilderness skills from three cultures to children for several years now.  Many of our past campers are married with children of their own almost old enough to head to CAMP.  They still sing the praises of a Camp that gave them the freedom to explore, the knowledge to be confident, the love of the natural world. 

We are honored to continue this tradition into 2017.  Thank you for assisting campers to experience the wonder that changes lives. 

Free the Inner Child
Free the Inner Child

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