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 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
Daisy looking so proud & happy in her new glasses.
Daisy looking so proud & happy in her new glasses.

Dear *|FNAME|*,

Imagine…you’re a young girl suffering from constant, crippling headaches that are sometimes so bad that you are in tears at night from the pain? Your single mother is so poor that, while she knows that you need to see a specialist in order to diagnose the problem, she simply doesn’t have the money. You end up missing a lot of school because of your condition, as a result, your grades decline. This was the case for two of our newest students. They’re both very smart and eager to learn. They were reluctant to complain at first; however, the pain was so bad at night that the other girls brought it to my attention. Fortunately for these two girls, the solution was so, so simple. A trip to the optometrist proved my suspicions to be correct. Their pain was due to constant eye strain, a simple $50.00 fix!

I wish you could have been with me on our follow up visit when they were fitted with their new glasses and could see clearly for the first time in their life. The huge smiles on their faces said it all.

Through your generous support we have been able assist in the education of hundreds of children by building classrooms, latrines, providing computer and other vocational training courses for young women, but in this upcoming season of giving it’s equally as important to know the individual faces of the women and children whose lives your generosity has touched and changed forever.

Happy Holidays, and if you would like to continue to help us support these girls, please spread the word by sharing this report for us on your Facebook and other social media pages.

Thanks again everyone!

Asante Sana,

Jennifer Hughes-Bystrom

Purity in her new glasses. No more headaches YEAH!
Purity in her new glasses. No more headaches YEAH!

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Mary and one of her younger sisters
Mary and one of her younger sisters

Mary (we have changed her name for her privacy) is 14 years old and is one of six siblings.  Her parents are both HIV positive. This sweet family lives in a two-room, tiny wooden house with 4 generations getting by under one roof.  That’s right, 4 generations! Their elderly grandmother, Mary, and her two younger sisters sleep in the small living room. Grandma gets the paper-thin mattress on the couch and the girls sleep on the floor on makeshift cardboard mattresses. Mary’s older sister, a teenage mother, her baby and Mary’s parents sleep in the other room of their humble house. There is, of course, no running water so the girls have to walk several kilometers to the local river after school to fetch muddy river water for cooking and bathing. Their story is one of heartache and struggle and so much sickness.  It would be so easy to give up and let the pain take over.  However, do you see that beautiful smile on Mary’s face as she hugs her younger sister?

Mary is supported by our school fee project, and this gives her all the hope she needs to keep going!  Knowing she is supported and loved by strangers motivates Mary to do well.  And boy does she do well!  Mary is at the top of her class.  Her grades are excellent, but that is not the only thing that takes her to the top.  Mary is incredibly motivating to her younger sisters.  They look up to her and follow her positive outlook and work ethic.  Thank you to our donors, without your generosity this would not be possible.  Your love reaches Mary and her family in Kenya and beyond!

Everyone here at Springs of Hope Foundation thanks you for your continued support of this important project.

Please mark your calendars. On September 12th Global Giving is offering another great opportunity for all of us to boost our donation.

Starting at midnight ET on Wednesday, Sept. 12, GlobalGiving partners will have 33 hours to boost all donations with a $50,000 incentive fund. The hours of the September Bonus Day have been optimized for multiple time zones and all participants will share in the prize winnings!

If you would like to learn even more about this project and others, please visit our web page or contact me at

Jenniferhughes@springsofhopefoundation.org.

Warmest regards,

Jennifer Hughes-Bystrom

Mary heading off to school.
Mary heading off to school.

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    Charity preparing her resume.
    Charity preparing her resume.

    After a very long 12 months of hard work and sacrifice, our young ladies have graduated. There was a great deal of excitement in the week leading up to graduation but on the day of graduation, many tears of joy and sadness were shed as we all came to the realization that this brave group of young women who had become part of our family for the past 12 months would be leaving us for good. As the certificates were awarded each student made a very moving speech, expressing how much their lives had changed during the time they were with us, how much they have learned and how very grateful they were to be given this life-changing opportunity...More tears...followed by beautiful singing, dancing, and celebration.

    During the 12 months this group was with us they not only learned every aspect of tailoring, our volunteers also taught basic computer skills which included preparing individual resumes, creating their own personal email account and sending an email with an attachment. I know this sounds very mundane to most of us, but the ladies had not touched a computer when they first arrived. With shaking hands and sweaty palms, the young women were introduced to a whole new and exciting experience that would not only be a huge confidence builder for them, it would also be a great help when setting up and running their own business. By the time they left, they were quite confident and always eager to take their turn at the laptops.

    We still have 8 ladies living with us who will graduate in December. Next month a new group will also join us for 12 months. All of this is possible because of you and your very generous and continued support. Empowering one woman not only makes it possible for her to feed, support and educate her family, the trickle-down effect will continue for many future generations.

    If you would like to continue to help us support the ladies, please spread the word by sharing this report on your Facebook page.

    Asante Sana, thank you so very much.

    Jennifer Hughes-Bystrom

    Graduation
    Graduation
    Frieda learning & loveing the new Janome  machine.
    Frieda learning & loveing the new Janome machine.
    Computer Class
    Computer Class
    Study time
    Study time

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    Our proud mothers displaying their first uniforms.
    Our proud mothers displaying their first uniforms.

    In June our 2017/18 tailoring class will graduate. Our ladies will be fully prepared for a life they would have never dreamed possible if it wasn't for you and your continued support. Our ladies will have a trade and the skills to be able to feed, support and educate their children.

    I would like to share a couple of our student's stories as I know you will feel very proud and privileged to be part of the amazing opportunities our ladies have been blessed with.

    Caroline

    Caroline is one of 7 children. Her family depends on casual agricultural labor to feed the family. They live in mud houses which are common Samburu shelters. Access to clean water was a constant challenge while Caroline was growing up. The girls would have to walk long distances to collect water, often missing school. Often during her childhood, the family couldn't afford a daily meal, so the children went without food. (These conditions have not changed for Caroline's family) Caroline arrived in June 2017 with her 6-month-old daughter, Sharleen. Due to her poor background, Sharleen was born underweight.  When Caroline arrived the first thing we did was take them both in for the first check-up Carolina and baby Sharleen had ever had. Due to her malnourished state, the baby was put on a protein supplement formula. Caroline has blossomed as a result of receiving 3 healthy meals a day and Sharleen has developed into a happy, healthy baby girl.

    Agnes

    Agnes was born into a family of eight children. Agnes dropped out of school in form three (primary) after her parents were not able to pay her school fees. Agnes was married at age 14 after dropping out of school and has four children. Agnes burns firewood to sell charcoal to support her family. She also does casual labor. They live in a semi-permanent mud house with no piped water and electricity. As for bedding, they use cardboard as mattresses and bed sheets. In her rural village, Agnes has to walk 3 hours to fetch 20 liters of water.

    Both ladies villages are in close proximity to Maralal, the crossroad for trade in Samburu. Upon graduation, the ladies will return to their rural area. They are planning on getting a microfinance loan from 
    WOMEN ENTERPRISE FUND (WEF)  School uniforms are mandatory in Kenya, so a steady source of income will be supplying the local schools and boarding schools in the district as well as repairs and dressmaking from their Maralal based business.

    As well as tailoring our students have learned valuable business skills such as money management and healthy lifestyle choices from the volunteers who have visited and shared their knowledge during their training. The students who have had some high school education also enjoyed our computer classes. As we approach the final quarter of their twelve-month long training with us the ladies are eager to begin the next, exciting phase of their new life.

    Thank you so much for your support and making this all possible.

    Warmest regards,

    Jennifer Hughes-Bystrom

    Caroline's submission for the first quarter exam.
    Caroline's submission for the first quarter exam.
    One of the 1st things learned was school uniforms.
    One of the 1st things learned was school uniforms.
    A proud mum, making her son's first uniform.
    A proud mum, making her son's first uniform.
    Off to school in our new uniforms made by our mums
    Off to school in our new uniforms made by our mums

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    Dear friends,

    What an amazing year it has been for Springs of Hope Foundation, thanks to YOU!

    Because of YOU, Kenyan women and their children are thriving and hopeful. Because of YOU, children are healthy and will soon be excitedly returning to school for another year of learning their parents could never have dreamed of. Because of YOU, children had good food to eat this year. Because of YOU, amazing, talented women are acquiring skills with which to start their own small businesses and support their children. And because of you, children not only eat well but also go to school, dreaming of a future free of poverty. We don't have enough words to thank you for what you've done because it is huge...it is life changing.

    Thank you for caring for the women and their little ones we serve and for giving them a brighter future. You are the ones who allow us to keep working for them, providing them with priceless vocational and life skills training, medicine, medical supplies, clean water, food, school fees and supplies, self-reliance and HOPE.

    As you make your end of the year giving decisions, please keep us in mind so that we can continue helping women and children in 2018 and beyond.

    We wish you the best year ever, full of every blessing and happiness imaginable, knowing you are a hope-giver. If you'd like to learn even more about what we do or how you can meet some of the children you have helped, please contact me at jenniferhughes@springsofhopefoundation.org. I'd love to chat with you!

    On behalf of the women and children we serve, Asante Sana and wishing you and your loved ones many blessings in 2018.

    Warmest regards,

    Jennifer Hughes-Bystrom

    Founder/CEO

    Springs of Hope Foundation.

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