Mathari's Children Fund

To help impoverished children succeed in life. We enable children to access schools and we help them to stay there, by paying fees, teaching life skills, providing counseling when problems arise, providing medical help when needed and making sure every child has at least one square meal every day. We provide both formal education and technical training for children who would otherwise suffer hunger, disease and permanent poverty.
Nov 20, 2015

#Giving Tuesday and Recurring Match Campaign

Jambo Friends,

Greetings from Mathare…

Holiday season is a time of joyful celebration, yet also a time of reflection. As these days’ approaches, we take time to thank you with gratitude for your donations to MCFpanairobi during this year, 2015. Asante sana like we say it in Swahili.

Kindly allow me to bring to your attention what GlobalGiving has offered as a platform for donating this time of the festive season that is encouraging the spirit of giving and the reasons why it will go a long way in helping us meet our objectives of supporting children in Mathare slums.

This year more than 10 children are either graduating from secondary school or primary school levels. 6 young men and women who have passed through the sponsorship program, graduate from different colleges by the end of the year while one will be finishing his Master’s degree and we cannot be more proud. This is a great achievement considering where these children are coming from – Mathare slums, the oldest slum in Nairobi, Kenya where they have lived under very difficult circumstances. All these is because of a donations from people like you.

This year too has seen us recruit 30 more former street children from Mathare that will be joining primary school next year, 2016 while more than 48 teenage mothers and their children have benefited from the teenage mothers program.

We will be sending you an end of year report by mid-December with all the happenings of the year in all our programmes but allow me to bring to your notice tools that GlobalGiving has given us for you to be able to donate towards the sponsorship of the new intake of 30 kids next year and any other activities we are involved in, in uplifting the community in Mathare.

Start #GivingTuesday (December 1st) a global day dedicated to giving back and the United States government push to make any final, tax-deductible contributions by the end of the year, GlobalGiving is launching a Recurring Match Campaign. The initial gift of new recurring donations created on GlobalGiving.org will be matched 1-to-1 up to $200 per donor per project. Eligible recurring donations of $201 or larger will be matched at $200. A Recurring donation during this promotion will receive will receive a one-time 100% match! #GivingTuesday is the perfect time to start the recurring donation, please visit our donate monthly tab for more detail on how to support: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/educating-street-children-in-the-mathare-slum/?show=recurring

The other options that GlobalGiving is providing tools for are Tribute Cards and Gift Cards.
By sharing your passion about our organization with your family and friends through the purchase of GlobalGiving Tribute Cards, you will be making a tax-deductible donation as a gift or in honor or in memory of someone.

By picking our project and sending a GlobalGiving Gift Card to a friend, family or any recipient that would want to support, they will then be able to see how their money has been put to work through regular updates from the field is the other option available to you for your support.

Needless to say, we want to keep going and help more kids with your support. All funds received will go directly to support the sponsorship of children in Mathare. What better way to celebrate this holiday season than to make a conscious decision to help your neighbors who are in need…

On behalf of the staff and children of the Mathare Children's Fund panairobi thanks for your continued support.

Asante Sana

Titus

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Aug 17, 2015

Thank you - Monica (Teenage mum)

Monica
Monica's Thank you letter...


It was a dream to me..." Monica's letter to MCFpanairobi during her last days in the teenage mothers programme...


Kindly allow me to share a letter ( see scanned copy of the letter) from one of our teenage mothers - Monica - who has been with us for the last 6 months undertaking a tailoring course and at the same time learning different life skills that we offer in the teenage mothers programme. The letter is a thank you note to MCFpanairobi.

More than 23 teenage mothers will be graduating at the end of this month and we can only wish them the best in their endeavors.

On the other hand, we have taken in new kids in our sponsorship programme and hope to have 30 more kids by the end of the year.

Please see the links below to our Facebook page and our new website.

Thanks for all your support.

Monica taking measurements
Monica taking measurements
Monica with her son
Monica with her son

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Apr 14, 2015

Education

One has to maneuver carefully in order to avoid the rusty, sharp edges of makeshift roofing. But this isn’t the only hazard in navigating through one of Africa’s largest slums. There seems to be a stream of foul-smelling sewage running right under the feet. One has to cautiously be on the lookout in all directions, just to make forward progress. One misstep and you could either end up in the waste that runs through this entire neighborhood, or worse, end up with a large gash across my forehead from the jagged scraps of old metal hanging from the shacks that the poor call home. Mist of alcohol hit your face if you downwind from moonshiners. This is the Mathare Slum, where the streets are made of garbage, 3 square miles of winding alleys is home to 800,000 people. It houses among others, drug addicts, prostitutes, thieves, and gangs.

The children in Mathare slums live under pathetic conditions and are routinely exposed to alcohol, drugs, pornography, rape, diseases, crime, violence, hate, anger, suicide among other potentially dangerous situations. These children have nothing except their life and age in common with the children in better placed city localities. Most of the children come from single parent homes, while others come from very poor families since their parents are sick, unemployed or underemployed. Orphans who are helpless after both or one of their parents die of HIV-Aids or other causes are forced to face the harsh reality of unbearable slum life.

But amidst the grim and gloomy situations is a bright shining hope… the children and staff of Mathare Children’s Fund Panairobi. These children are the hope of the Mathare Slums. They give credit to their donors and you can play or continue to play a part in their lives.

A gift of $30 monthly will provide a child with opportunities to get an education. More specifically;
$30 per month - enough for food, clothes, books, medicine and transport for a child for a year
$40 per month - enough to keep a child in primary school for a year
$50 per month - enough to keep a kid in high school for a year
$100 per month - keep a bunch of kids alive, well and learning!
Remember that every donation makes a difference, regardless of size.

Over 450 children have passed through the organization since its inception with success stories that continue to inspire.

Every contribution makes a difference…Unlike other large non-profit organizations which receive donations from major corporations. Mathare Children’s Fund Panairobi makes its way from you. In order to expand programs and help more kids, we need your support and for those who continue to support us, we say Asante sana!!!

We endeavor to keep costs to a minimum so that your money goes further. There are no landcruisers, no frills of any kind. 

Thanks again indeed for your support...

Regards

Titus

 
   

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