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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

 

Finally, the hectic scramble of Black Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us. Please join us today November 28th for Giving Tuesday as we give thanks, share our many blessings and kick off the sharing, caring and giving season!

For the next 24 hours, we have the opportunity to share in a whopping $75,000 in matching funds. For today only, Giving Tuesday, GlobalGiving will give away extra funds for every donation received. 

When you give to Springs of Hope Foundation's GlobalGiving project today, November 28th, your donation will help us qualify for a large share of the $75,000 in bonus money. 

Last year, over 700,000 people worldwide made a gift in honor of the spirit of #GivingTuesday. 

We could never have come so far or accomplished so much without your continued support. We hope that this year, through your gifts, you'll join us in continuing to empowering our women and children to become the leaders of change in their communities.
 
With Gratitude,

Jennifer Hughes-Bystrom
ON GIVING TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH.
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You know your friends and family best, so use your own words -.Asante Sana.
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Jeremy
Jeremy

When Margaret first arrived she was so thin and malnourished that we had no idea she was pregnant. After a few days our nurse, Christine informed us that she was indeed very far along in her pregnancy, seven months along in fact. As Margaret had not had any prenatal checkups the first thing we did was take Margaret to the clinic for a checkup and the second thing we did was get her on a good healthy diet. Margaret blossomed during the following two months and last month gave birth to our newest arrival, a beautiful, healthy, baby boy, Jeremy. After a two-week break, Margaret was eager to get back to class. She is particularly enjoying the computer and small business training.

It's a rainy Sunday afternoon here in Nakuru, Kenya, so we have a house full of happy, boisterous, healthy children playing with the toys that our visitors and volunteers have brought for them. Did I mention loud! It's such a treat to watch them having so much fun. These kids come from a region where they have little opportunity to go to school. Most test several grades below their age when they first arrive but thanks to the extra tutoring from our volunteers they have a better chance of catching up than the average child.

Our first intake of ladies into our tailoring course has been with us for three months and are progressing beautifully. They are so keen to become professional seamstresses that they have been practicing on the sewing machines all weekend despite the fact that the teacher is off and they are not required to. We're very proud of their dedication and willingness to achieve a better life for themselves and their children.

We've enjoyed some great volunteers from all over the world over the past several months, coming to us from such far away countries as China, Brazil, Italy, Spain, Colombia, and France. Every volunteer brings so much happiness to the children along with their contribution to our training program, whether it's teaching English, training on the computers or keeping the children occupied while mum's in class, every volunteer brings a unique and special gift.

If you are interested in volunteering with us or would like more information please email me at jenniferhughes@springsofhopefoundation.org.

None of these life-changing opportunities would be possible if it wasn't for you and your continued support for which we are so very, very grateful and blessed.

Asante Sana,

Jennifer Hughes-Bystrom

Volunteers Annika from China & Anna from Brazil
Volunteers Annika from China & Anna from Brazil
Anna from Brazil
Anna from Brazil

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Margaret is such a delightful young girl
Margaret is such a delightful young girl

MARGARET DREAMS OF BECOMING A TEACHER

Many families in Kenya simply do not have the ability to ensure that their children receive a quality education. 

Thanks to your support we are making a difference.  The money that you have donated has helped us help young girls like Margaret receive the education that she would not otherwise receive. Margarets parents are both HIV positive. They have 4 school aged daughters that they are determined to see graduate from high school. To say "it's hasn't been easy for this family" is a rather ridiculas understatement. Mum and Dad support the family by working in the fields during the planting and harvesting seasons for approximately $2.00 a day. As well as paying for all of Margaret's boarding school fees and school supplies Springs of Hope Foundation is assisting the family by renting a 1/2 acre plot of vacant land where they will grow tomatoes and spinach which they will sell to the surrounding community. The success of this, their first years crop is dependant upon the current drought, which is in it's third year, finally breaking.

Our commitment to helping underprivileged children get a decent education is stronger than ever.  A sound education will transform their lives and provide opportunities for growth, and contribution to national development. 

Mark your calendar! GlobalGiving is having a GG Rewards Bonus Day on Wednesday, July 12th, beginning at 9 AM EST, that's 6 AM West Coast Time. All donations will be matched by a 50% bonus. The funds are limited, so donate as early as possible to ensure your gift is matched!  Increase your impact so that more girls like Margaret can acquire important skills and the training they need to succeed! 

Together let's make the education dreams of each of these girls come true! There is truly no better gift that you could give!

If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about this program or our other programs, please contact me at jenniferhughes@springsofhopefoundation.org

Thank you all so much for your continued support of our work in Kenya.

Warmest regards,

Jennifer Hughes-Bystrom

 

Keep up the good work Margaret.
Keep up the good work Margaret.

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Meet Grace,

Grace’s HIV positive mother was introduced to us 4 years ago when Grace was just 5 years old. Her mother’s only source of income was seasonal work in the fields which earned her $2.00 a day when work was sporadically available. Four generations lived in their tiny two rooms, mud home. Mama Grace’s very ill, HIV-positive husband, their  80 year old grandmother, 4 daughters and the one year old baby of Mama Grace’s 15 year old daughter. Desperately poor does not begin to describe the conditions this family of 9 had to live in with no electricity or running water,  but above all else, Mama Grace’s  biggest priority was that her children get a good education.  We began by assisting the family with rent, food, clothing and cooking fuel while the 3 younger girls attended the local public school. It soon became apparent that these three very bright girls would not receive the education they deserved in the very overcrowded public school system which has as many as 95 children per classroom. We enrolled the girls in one of the best boarding schools in the district while being mindful that they must be within walking distance of their family, allowing their mother to visit them. At boarding school the girls get three nutritious meals a day and their own bed, ensuring a good night sleep.

Little Gracie and her older sister Theresia are both placing #1 in their class at Rosepark Academy.  The oldest sister, Margaret is in class 6 and will be graduating to high school at the end of this year. Well done girls…

If it wasn’t for YOU and your generous support, bright young girls like Grace and her sisters would not have access to education. They would never know that they are capable of achieving whatever they reach for.

We didn’t place in the top 4 in GlobalGiving’s Little by Little campaign last week, missing out on  $3,000 in bonus money. But we are delighted with the response we did get. Your donations made a lasting difference for our girls in Kenya AND created a race to the top!

Because our project did so well, the other projects in contention had to ramp up their efforts to get ahead of us - meaning your support for girls in Kenya inspired others to empower more girls in the Dominican Republic, educate more girls in Cambodia, sponsor STEM camp for more girls in Nigeria, and help more girls in Vietnam get to school. We're so proud to have been a part of this competition where girls around the world came out as the clear winners.

Thank you so much to everyone of you who made this campaign such a success! 

I appreciate your readership, please pass on our newsletter to family and friends, it is a way of helping us help more children in Kenya.

Warmly,

Jennifer Hughes-Bystrom

Grace when we first started sponsoring her at age6
Grace when we first started sponsoring her at age6
My recent trip to their boarding school so grownup
My recent trip to their boarding school so grownup

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1st day of school 2017
1st day of school 2017

Jumbo from Kenya,

 We have had a very busy month with more groups of children joining us to begin their education and for many, to begin healthier eating once again after an unusually long two month Christmas break. This year has been particularly challenging for parents to feed their children as the last rainy season was just not long enough to sustain the growth of crops of maize and beans, which is the staple diet here in rural Kenya.  We are always saddened to see little bodies that are not only malnourished but struggle with disease because of the conditions they live in. We bath many and try to heal their ringworm and jigger problems and hope that once again we do not receive another scabies outbreak as this hurts all of our children.

Our major accomplishment during the end of year break was the construction of our library, which will also serve as a computer classroom. Despite sometimes torrential rain and impassable, muddy roads the project was completed just before Christmas, giving the very hard working crew, led by our director Job, a much deserved few days of rest before the new school year began.

Unlike the rest of the classes and office buildings which are made out of 'mabati' (corrugated iron) our new library is made out of stone.  This makes it a cool and inviting place to be as we experience the hot dry season.

We wish you could all see and experience the pleasure we all get, especially our dedicated teachers, from watching the faces of the children as they absorb every word, every picture and every new adventure waiting to be discovered behind the cover of each new book in our new library.

We have YOU, our sponsors to thank for this gift. Because of your kindness and generosity the children at Roko 20 now travel, in their young imaginations, to a world filled with wonder, knowledge, discovery and adventure.

Our children are growing up so very fast, which makes us so extremely proud of them all. We thank you for making the success of our school go from a dream to a reality.

Kindest regards,

Tracey Neale-Ferrera

We provide a free breakfast and lunch.
We provide a free breakfast and lunch.
THANK YOU, from our very appreciative children.
THANK YOU, from our very appreciative children.

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Location: Big Bay, MI - USA
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