Plant a tree of hope.
Sometimes it is so difficult to think positively during these horrific times of the Covid 19 pandemic! All over the world people are sick, hungry, homeless, dying. It's difficult to keep thinking positively in the midst of chaos and grief. But life does go on and the future and its children still need to be loved, nurtured and educated. Like the philanthropist/singer/songwriter Jon Bon Jovi says and sings:
"If you can't do what you do, do what you can"
And that's exactly what we are doing in Kenya now. Besides raising funds for the Corona Emergency Relief Fund so that the Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l children and their families receive donations to buy food and soap - we are trying to use this time wisely to reach our next goal. We would like to begin the construction of the Live and Learn in Kenya Vocational Training School at our Education Center in Nakuru, Kenya. It's difficult to raise funds at a time like this - but we know that only by thinking positively we can make the dreams of hundreds of children and youths come true.
People - especially children - need a dream - a vision - a goal to go on during times filled with shadows - and this is what we want to give them now. Watching a construction growing into a building that can change their lives and futures can only give them hope.
It's a great time to plant that tree of hope by digging out the foundation of the new school.
As the years go by we are watching the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center grow and blossom into a true community of children, youths as well as their parents and a strong, hard-working staff so that the poorest of the poor will be able to receive an excellent education and rip themselves out of the vicious circle of poverty. Five incredibly solid, beautiful buildings have been constructed - the primary school with its 8 classrooms and offices, a 3-classroom kindergarten, a modern kitchen and dining/multi-purpose hall, and an administrative building, It not only has offices for the project manager, social workers, and school health care specialist - it also has a day clinic and a relatively large library - just waiting for its shelves to be filled with books!
All of this has been funded only through kind and generous donations and the hard work of the LLK members at markets, fairs, and online events.
Not every child has the capabilities to proceed on to high school, college, or university. Not everyone can grow up to be a teacher, doctor, engineer, or lawyer! The world needs carpenters, tailors, hairdressers, mechanics, and IT specialists. Our youths need positive and solid training in the vocation of their choice. Until now we have sent our primary school graduates to vocational training outside of the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center and paid all costs. Now it's time to give them the very best training possible at our own school with the best teachers, materials, and learning atmosphere that we can. And that's the plan for our next construction.
As soon as we have starting capital, we will begin the construction of the Live and Learn in Kenya Vocational Training School. There will be classrooms for carpentry, tailoring, hairdressing, auto mechanics, and IT.
And just like with the other constructions - we are fully dependent upon generous donations once again.
Especially during these crazy mixed-up Covid-19 times when everyone is so unsure of the future, we need to keep people - especially the children - positive and seeing the future unfolding before them!
Asante sana - thank you so much!