Dini and Seiboku were rescued in February of 2011. Their sponsors learned about the change in management and the ongoing insecurity in Isiolo. They both desired to have the girls moved to another Children's Home out of the area of unrest. What should have been a simple move, turned out to be a long drawn out legal process. BUT in the end we emerged with the two girls. At age 12 they were taking what was only their second ride in a vehicle! The drive was long but they were excited! It is wonderful to see the sense of wonder and excitement as these girls learn and grow together. They spotted two British women in uniform at one of our "refreshment stops". Learning they were in the British Army was a novelty for them.- Women can do anything. Thank you Global Giving donors. It is only with your assistance that Pastoralist Girl's lives can be changed. They can learn to read, write and compute, they can expand their horizons and CHOOSE if, when and whom to marry. They can grow and appreciate their pastoralist culture and CHOOSE the lifestyle they desire. For Dini and Seiboku, they will begin their new school on Tuesday April 3 and start yet another adventure in their lives.
February 2012, found us in Rabondo at the Distance Learning Center, expanding the library with a donation for more shelving, two dedicated USA volunteers and three young Kenyan fellows who were waiting for their KCSE results. The moved boxes, cleaned, cataloged, shelved and repacked books that were unable to fit on the shelves. In addition, two more computers were added and posters were distributed, and signage created.
Thank you for your donations which keep this project bringing education and technology to rural Rabondo.
Camp Forest begins its 2012 Season with some weekend season extenders starting in March. The 2012 brochure is ready. Take a look at http://www.campforestmaine.com. We are excited about this summer and the opportunities offered pre and post season, expeditions and summer day camp.
Russell Roeder, president of Kipstone Consulting, shared, "I started going to a summer camp when I was 9. I finished as that camp’s program director when I was 21. It taught me honesty, caring, respect and responsibility. It gave me confidence I never would have discovered in the classroom, school yard or even in the loving home I was blessed to have. It gave me lifelong friendships that have continued to this day (I’m 58). It provided a basis for a long and successful career in the health care industry."
We thank you for assisting children who could not attend Camp Forest without financial assistance.