June 17th 2017 was a heavy day for me.
It was the day when we would lay to rest the remains of my Dear Departed Grandpa.
Two weeks before, I had the honour to be part of the team that was putting together his eulogy.
Dear Friend and Partner allow me to dedicate this report to the honour of his work in Education…to the man who in many ways reflects what GlobalGiving and its partner organizations around the world are doing-Philanthropy that changes lives and creates lasting impact. And to many men and women and youth just like him today all over the world.
My Grandpa was born James Ezekiel Mbori Yogo in 1932, Grandpa lived his early years in his home village until one day soon after the end of the Second World War -1939- a man came to his village urging youth to go to school and get an education. I did not get the name of this man, but like many of us today supporting dreams across the globe, he changed the course of a generation.
Eighty-six years on, having sired 24 children and left behind 51 grandchildren many among whom have become teachers, doctors, entrepreneurs, bankers, professors and various other professions, Grandpa passed on. But he also passed on a legacy.
It is part of his legacy that Acres of Mercy, Kenya does what it does today…gifting education to children. In our lives path we all are playing our different parts in living behind a legacy of changed lives. June 17th 2017 reinforced my resolve to be part of this generation that is making a difference in Education just like Grandpa did, even much more.
By his example I had my Aunt's rally together to ensure I completed my university education. They gave in ways small and big and when I graduated Grandpa was there to congratulate me. Today, you and I and the teachers working with the children continue giving and supporting children who are not even part of our direct families, yet we know we are part of a bigger global family.
Today Acres of Mercy continues to provide subsidized education to many children who might not have otherwise gotten the opportunity to be in school. By the end of June 2017, we had 133 children being served by 12 teachers and one support staff. 51% of these children are boys and 49% are girls. Our present intervention has been the drive on getting students to be independent students, problem solvers, creative thinkers.
Perhaps they would be able to do much more that my Grandpa Hon. James E. Mbori, who served his country first as a teacher, a teaching college lecturer, a legislator and a member of the Cabinet but most importantly as a man of integrity who left a mark in his generation.
Together we have been doing it, in your contributions, in your support and in standing with the children that Acres of Mercy supports. Thank you. You are part of the legacy…we are all leaving a fitting legacy in our generation.
Thank you. Thank you