Education  Kenya Project #18160

Educate HIV Orphans in Kenya

by Springs of Hope Foundation
Educate HIV Orphans in Kenya
Educate HIV Orphans in Kenya
Educate HIV Orphans in Kenya
Educate HIV Orphans in Kenya
Educate HIV Orphans in Kenya
Educate HIV Orphans in Kenya
Educate HIV Orphans in Kenya
Educate HIV Orphans in Kenya
Educate HIV Orphans in Kenya
Educate HIV Orphans in Kenya
Educate HIV Orphans in Kenya
Educate HIV Orphans in Kenya
Educate HIV Orphans in Kenya
Educate HIV Orphans in Kenya
Educate HIV Orphans in Kenya
Educate HIV Orphans in Kenya
Educate HIV Orphans in Kenya
Educate HIV Orphans in Kenya

When girls are educated and supported, their entire family & community benefits.

At the Springs of Hope Foundation, we believe that poverty shouldn’t stop a family from feeding their family or sending their children to school and that girls should not be forced to carry the burden of domestic labor.

All children deserve to go to school, follow their dreams, and pursue the career that they want. Education is at the heart of this. But for young girls who missed out on an education during their formative years, our vocational training and youth economic empowerment projects provide a second chance for young women to develop skills and knowledge that can help them find employment or inspire them to become their own boss.

We work to provide vocational training to young women and help them set up a business. We empower our young women with financial literacy training, business management, and computer literacy. 

When girls are educated, it means more jobs for everyone and a reduction in overall poverty. But outside of the economy, our vocational training and financial independence training program completely transform an individual woman’s life.

We are incredibly grateful for all the support we have received over the years and excited by the impact that this has helped us to ensure.

This Holiday Season please consider making a year-end donation to Springs of Hope Foundation.

Wishing you and your loved ones good health and happiness in 2021.

Gratefully yours,

Jennifer Hughes-Bystrom

Founder/CEO

Springs of Hope Foundation 

 

A volunteer running a class on business management
A volunteer running a class on business management

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COVID-19 and Africa

 

 

  • Africa carries 23 percent of the global disease burden but only accounts for 1 percent of global health expenditure.
  • Even with hundreds of thousands of deaths each year from Malaria, HIV/Aids, and TB, the continent has never experienced a crisis on the scale of the COVID-19 pandemic.

When Covid 19 was first detected in Kenya, all schools, including vocational training schools and universities were immediately ordered closed. For many sponsored primary aged students, who relied on a nutritious breakfast and lunch at school, this meant that there would be entire days when they would go without food. At Springs of Hope Foundation, we immediately pivoted into our weekly food distribution program. Targeting elderly grandmothers who were caring for several young grandchildren, the sick and disabled in our community, and child headed households.

With the Christmas season well and truly upon us, we would like to ask you to keep the women and children that the Springs of Hope Foundation supports in Kenya in your thoughts.
For all of us, 2020 has been a year like no other — but for children and families in Africa, it has brought an added layer of worry to their struggle.

But with your support, there continues to be light at the end of the tunnel for our communities.

This Christmas we're asking you, our incredible Springs of Hope Foundation family, to give a gift of life-sustaining food through our weekly food hamper distribution program ever since Covid 19 arrived in Kenya in March. This week we will be delivering 150 hampers to assure those vulnerable families in our community can survive.

Together we can keep vulnerable children healthy and nourished. And together we can continue to teach and empower young women to break the poverty cycle and generate income to support their families.
Please visit our web page to learn more about our program.
www.springsofhopefoundation.org
Stay safe and well.
Asante Sana,
Jennifer Hughes-Bystrom 

Food hamers given to child headed households
Food hamers given to child headed households
Elderly recipients of our weekly food program
Elderly recipients of our weekly food program
Our student giving food to an elderly granny
Our student giving food to an elderly granny
Families receiving food hampers
Families receiving food hampers
14 year old head of household
14 year old head of household

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Some of our elderly food hamper recipients
Some of our elderly food hamper recipients

To date along with thousands of much-needed facemasks, Springs of Hope Foundation has given out a total of 1,240 food hampers over a period of 19 weeks (60 food hampers every week) to the elderly, persons with disabilities, child-headed households, and other vulnerable members of the community in the targeted areas. We work closely with the local community cluster leaders, elders, and local leaders to identify the beneficiaries with affirmative action to ensure only the very needy are enlisted for support. Many of our recipients are elderly grandmothers who have been left with the burden of caring for several small grandchildren. 

Imagine...1,240 food hampers with enough nutritious beans, maize, and green vegetables to feed a family of four for a week.

  That's 34,720 meals that vulnerable children may have missed out on over the past 5 months. 

All Kenyan schools remain closed until January 2021, at the earliest. However, we are still permitted to provide a safe home and care for our young women who are in need of a Safehouse and protection.

To date, our young women have made over 12,500 facemasks to benefit the most vulnerable in our community.

While Springs of Hope Foundation targets the elderly, disabled, child-headed households, and very needy within the county we also work closely with other community organizations such as the Lions Club, Rotary and Rotaract clubs to get as many much-needed facemasks out to the remote communities as quickly as possible. Below are some of those beneficiaries.

We urgently need your support to keep life-saving food flowing to the most vulnerable in our community.
Borders have closed and supply chains are affected in areas most at risk. Please help us ensure that hungry children, the elderly, and vulnerable do not suffer the brunt of this pandemic.

If you’re able, please make a donation to our community outreach efforts. If you’re unable to donate at this time, there are many other ways you can support us! You can advocate for us by sharing our mission with a family member or friend. Even a quick mention on your social media would mean the world to us.
https://www.facebook.com/kijijimission/
In times like this, we’re reminded of how interconnected we all are. Thank you for being part of our community. Without you, none of it is possible.

Stay safe and well,

Jennifer Hughes-Bystrom
Founder/CEO
Springs of Hope Foundation

1,000 facemasks donated to the MenangaiRotary Club
1,000 facemasks donated to the MenangaiRotary Club
550 Facemasks donated to Nakuru Rotary
550 Facemasks donated to Nakuru Rotary
Food & Facemask distribution by Rotary, East Pocot
Food & Facemask distribution by Rotary, East Pocot
Our former students making facemasks to be donated
Our former students making facemasks to be donated

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14 year old head of household & one of her sibling
14 year old head of household & one of her sibling


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Last week the president of Kenya announced that all primary and secondary schools will remain closed until January 2021. Fortunately, we have been allowed to keep our students living with us in a safe environment. Our only focus in this period of COVID 19 has been to donate food and face masks to as many vulnerable and needy people in the county as possible. Most of the residents in the outer lying area are casual laborers who are paid after working. With the current pandemic, the residents are unable to get employment and feed their families. Some of the families have been going to the area chief to beg for food and a lot have been foregoing meals. Springs of Hope Foundation's sole purpose since the arrival of Covid 19 last March has been donating food and face-masks to vulnerable families. Our target families are the elderly, terminally ill patients, persons with disabilities, and child-headed households, all of these cases are identified with the assistance of the area chief together with house cluster leaders. So that we can maintain order and be assured our donations go to the neediest, we will continue to do the food distributions at the chief's camp. Some of the cases that we have recently come across that touched our hearts included;

Child headed families- There were several families in these categories but the most vulnerable of all was a family of six. The firstborn being a form two student at a nearby secondary school. Their mother went to Saudi Arabia to work as a maid in January 2020, but she has never sent a penny home to meet her family’s needs. This therefore left, Irene, a fourteen-year-old girl, to step into her mother's shoes. Irene together with her five siblings lives in a tiny one-roomed, mud-walled house. They pay Kshs. 300 (US $3.00) rent which they can barely afford. Irene juggles between school and menial work to support her siblings. It's long since they talked with their mother thus they don't know how she is fairing in the Gulf and this clearly is distressing to them. 

Vulnerable families- The area chief also identified a case of a woman who is approximately 80 years, a widow who is ailing from asthma, and high blood pressure. The case is vulnerable in that, the elderly woman is the sole breadwinner to her six grandchildren. With her advanced age and sickness, she has been left at the mercy of neighbors and well-wishers to stay alive. The family lives in a rented mud-walled house in Mang’u area paying rent of Kshs. 500 ( US $5.00) per month.  The elderly grandmother could not manage to come to the pick-up location to collect her food hamper. This prompted the team to visit her home. She could not hold back tears when her grandchildren brought the food hamper to her. 

Kenya has continued to experience enhanced rainfall resulting in massive flooding. The government of Kenya recently announced that 203 Kenyans have died in floods and 100,000 households have been destroyed. In Nakuru County, families have been displaced following floods caused by heavy downpours since the 3rd week of April. The flooding in these communities has been blamed on poor drainage and sanitation with most drainage systems being clogged. Communities close to Lake Nakuru have been forced to relocate after overflow from the lake sparked fears of a humanitarian crisis.

 

My friend and fellow Rotarian Joab Okello recently wrote.
 
"Today, I made random rounds to check the extent of destruction caused by overflowing Lake Nakuru, the situation isn't so good. People have started breaking into abandoned flooded homes and stealing iron sheets, doors, and windows. Others have simply broken their houses to be able to build some structures at an IDP campsite. Wells and toilets have been filled and a tragedy is building up for waterborne diseases. People are no longer just worried about Covid-19 but this real enemy at their doorstep. Food insecurity and disease. We are indeed facing a triple tragedy."


 

We urgently need your support to keep life-saving food flowing to the most vulnerable in our community.
Borders have closed and supply chains are affected in areas most at risk. Please help us ensure that hungry children, the elderly, and vulnerable do not suffer the brunt of this pandemic.

If you’re able, please make a donation to our community outreach efforts. If you’re unable to donate at this time, there are many other ways you can support us! You can advocate for us by sharing our mission with a family member or friend. Even a quick mention on your social media would mean the world to us.
https://www.facebook.com/kijijimission/
In times like this, we’re reminded of how interconnected we all are. Thank you for being part of our community. Without you, none of it is possible.

Stay safe and well,

Jennifer Hughes-Bystrom
Founder/CEO
Springs of Hope Foundation

One of our students helping an elderly lady w/food
One of our students helping an elderly lady w/food
Elderly couple who had not eaten in several days
Elderly couple who had not eaten in several days
Elderly lady displaced to IDP camp due to floods.
Elderly lady displaced to IDP camp due to floods.
nutritious food for a week. Beans, maize & cabbage
nutritious food for a week. Beans, maize & cabbage

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Mothers must go out daily to carry water home
Mothers must go out daily to carry water home

Dear *|FNAME|*,

I hope and trust that this finds you and your loved ones healthy and well in these unprecedented times. We stand alongside you in supporting our fearless frontline workers and first responders globally. They give us hope and inspire us daily with their courage. 
As trusted allies and supporters of our work at Springs of Hope Foundation I wanted to share how we are pivoting our efforts to protect our education programs, and most importantly, the women, girls, and families we serve in our community in Nakuru, Kenya during these rapidly changing times. As you know, many African countries are currently being devastated by the exponential rise of COVID-19 on the continent. ICUs, emergency rooms, sanitary water for hand washing and social distancing are provisional luxuries afforded to a tiny percentage of the population of Sub Sahara- Africa.
This week our area chief informed us that while traveling outside their homes, everyone must wear a face mask. That's a pretty daunting challenge for most people in our community. These are women who have to fetch water in 20 Liter Jerry cans daily and visit the market several times a week as they can't afford to purchase food in bulk. There simply aren’t any face masks available to the poorest, most vulnerable members of our community.
We were in the final stages of making free school uniforms for the children at Slum Hill Primary, to be delivered next month. However, with the unknown of exactly when school will begin again in Kenya, we have instantly switched gears and are now making face masks,to be given out to our community for free. In the months ahead, or maybe weeks ahead, I’m sure we’ll also be making scrubs for the health care workers, and quite frankly, anything else that will be needed in the upcoming, unknown difficult times ahead. 
In truth, I never expected this to be our challenge and focus this spring in Kenya. But our ability to pivot and answer this unexpected call to action and meet the ever-changing needs of our community is a testament to your collective support. Our work is a reflection of the inspiration you give us daily through your encouragement and outreach. Our community in Kenya has never needed us more. 
Thank you for all you do to support women's and girl’s education and empowerment globally.
Warmest regards,
Jennifer Hughes-Bystrom

  • As you know, I always like to share positive, uplifting pictures of our students in my newsletters, as I share their many success stories with you. 
  • However, I wanted to give you a glimpse into our neighborhood.
  • It's called Free Area.
  • However, for the families who live in these overcrowded rental houses there is nothing free about living here.
Free Area, where nothing is free to our poorest
Free Area, where nothing is free to our poorest
Each door is home for one family of 6 or more.
Each door is home for one family of 6 or more.
There will be one shared pit toilet at the end
There will be one shared pit toilet at the end
Rent can be a large portion of the daily income.
Rent can be a large portion of the daily income.

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