Aug 16, 2018

August UPDATE

A lovely afternoon at JWHS browsing a new book.
A lovely afternoon at JWHS browsing a new book.

A very busy year in Kenya. As we approach the third school term of 2018, our children’s home has gained four more children. Only one of the four has a sponsor but we are managing.

One finished college and is now working, one will enter college in September. One started high school and one will take his high school examination. Three will be taking their Primary examination this term. All 24 of the children are in school.

Not only are we pleased with their academic progress but it is exciting to see them develop independence and strong character.

The children's center added a new feature, a Community Study Center and small library. Now all the children in the community can stop in and borrow a text book and get a little help. Many homes do not yet have power so eveing light for study is a treat!

Your donations reap strong, healthy, educated, independent children. THANK YOU

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Jul 31, 2018

SUMMER 2018 - FULL SWING!

Water, Fire Earth - What more could you desire?
Water, Fire Earth - What more could you desire?

Summer 2018 has begun!  Expedition, Maine Woodsman Week completed; Animal Week is next.  Children select an animal and learn about it, and spend a day in the forest BEING that animal!!  Lots of work with tracks, and camo.   Later will be Advanced Wilderness Skills, Forest Basics and Harvest Week.  Shelters will pop up all throughout the woods. After their fresh scents of fir boughs fade and the excitement of children building their first shelters, some last through the winter and shelter some native residents as they leave behind traces of their stay.

Many of the children that come to Camp Forest need our small numbers.  They are often sent from counselors and physicians for the healing work of the forest.   The Camperships for SUMMER 2018 are already expended.  Many children will not be able to attend this summer.  We need to double our efforts to obtain Campership funds as those children that need it most are least able to afford the experience.

The Campers thank you DONORS for assisting them to allow the forest to bring them fun, skills and peace to carry them back to school.

Victory! - A long climb to view the Watershed
Victory! - A long climb to view the Watershed

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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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