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May 21, 2018

GORDON CLEM STUDY CENTER

Painting the blackboard
Painting the blackboard

At long last our children’s home is getting an upgrade. A generous donation was made to honor a deceased and well-loved teacher/principal. This donation is being used to complete the Commons building at JWHS, our children’s home for use as a community Study Center. This center will serve any children needing a place to study, use text and reference and reading books. It will also offer specialized tutoring. Our residential children will have all they need to succeed as well.

The slab for this addition was laid in 2003! Imagine our joy at its completion.

Education is the major tool in the fight against poverty. The orphans and vulnerable children we serve would have no choice but to remain uneducated as they battle for basic survival. That is why education became our priority and we are grateful for the completion of this space.

The children join in with the establishment of the Center by painting the chalkboards that they will use to assist with their studies.

Rejoice with us as we extend further into education in our community in the village of Mangu, Menengai West, Kenya.

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Apr 30, 2018

TIME TO WAKE CAMP FOREST!

Alone time on the water
Alone time on the water

Camp Forest is waking up!! The first day of Camp is July 9th. We kick off the summer with an EXPEDITION!!! Explore the local watersheds while canoeing, hiking and camping for 5 days in the forest. This is a wonderful expedition. Splash directly into the wilderness, learn how to make fire, collect wild edibles learn emergency wilderness first aid!! Hey

There are many children who would benefit from this expedition but will be unable due to the low income level of their parents. Your donation goes directly to assist children to attend camp. Full and partial camperships are available to low income families or children in crisis.

Research has proved that immersion in the nature has great emotional healing benefits. Help a child with your gift today.

GlobalGiving is having a Mother’s Day campaign beginning May 1st and ending May 13th. T will match your donation and we will also be eligible for cash prizes!!! They will gift you a lovely gift card to present to y our Mother on Mother’s Day.

Please consider a donation to Camperships for Ecological Wilderness Camping (6571)  on May 1st.

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Feb 20, 2018

Growing Again

Daisy and Kiptoo
Daisy and Kiptoo

JWHS, our children’s home in Mangu Menengai West, Kenya, is growing again. In November the Chidlren’s Department brought us two additional boys who were housed in the Jail for lack of space elsewhere. They were to stay with us until December 31st, but they are still with us. We placed them in school and assume they will be staying with us.

Two days ago the police brought an additional two children! Kiptoo and his sister, Daisy. Kiptoo is 7 years old and Daisy is 6. Or at least that is what they think. Neither one has ever been to school. The father has been absent most of their lives. Mother and children recently moved to this county. Mom left the two children in the care of a neighbor and has not returned. Kiptoo was tending the neighbor’s cows and Daisy was babysitting a 2-year-old.  

When the mother didn’t return the neighbor contacted the police. After a short investigation, the police collected the children and brought them to us.   Kiptoo is a bit shy but we are sure he will warm up. He loves climbing trees. Daisy is sweet and quiet but not shy.   She is very helpful. When I get my coffee, she wipes up the spill before I am even aware it is there. She clears my dishes and wipes the table. She smiles all the time and wants to go to school.

Today they were taken to school for their entrance interview. They will be placed in Nursery as they cannot write their name which is required for class one. The school will allow them to come without a uniform while we seek sponsors.

JWHS was happy we had space to accept these children and hope to give them a loving environment while the officials seek their mother.

Thanks to donors that provide general funds donations we are able to feed and house the children. Thanks to sponsors we can be assured that their needs will be met for the longer term.

Thank you.

P.S.  The glasses are my reading glasses. Always the source of fun and giggles with the kids. 

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