'New Start' Cafe for 10 Refugee Women

by Kayole Mtaa Safi Initiative
'New Start' Cafe for 10 Refugee Women
'New Start' Cafe for 10 Refugee Women
'New Start' Cafe for 10 Refugee Women
'New Start' Cafe for 10 Refugee Women
'New Start' Cafe for 10 Refugee Women
'New Start' Cafe for 10 Refugee Women
'New Start' Cafe for 10 Refugee Women
'New Start' Cafe for 10 Refugee Women
'New Start' Cafe for 10 Refugee Women
'New Start' Cafe for 10 Refugee Women
'New Start' Cafe for 10 Refugee Women
'New Start' Cafe for 10 Refugee Women
The Key. The Key is handed over!
The Key. The Key is handed over!

Having set up and run-in the cafe over the last couple of months, we felt it was time to hand-over the cafe to the refugee women with the support of the refugee community here in Kayole and surrounds. 

Of course, starting such a business is never easy, and we had our teething problems. But all-in-all, the cafe seems to be a moderate success. But It's more than a successful business venture too- it marks the turning point in not a few refugee families. Anita, a 24 year old single mother of three, was beside herself talking about the opportunities this cafe can bring families like hers. "We have never been helped in this way before. No-one has thought about us like this. This will change our lives and our children's lives." 

Bishop John is a Kenyan pastor who for over 8 years has been tirelessly looking after refugees from East African nations. He helps them physically and uplifts them spiritually. When John and his team agreed to take on board the oversight of the cafe project, we knew we were leaving it in good hands. His extensive experience, his good standing among the community make him and his team an excellent choice for the oversight and direction of the project. 

So, we had a little party. Cakes were eaten and sodas were downed. Big dudes in high places were there and the little people were too - all rubbing shoulders and having a good time in celebration of a successful project and a bright future for all involved. (The local chief, MP and County Rep were present).

Then there were the goodbyes. But not the GameOver. Having now been running for over a month without us looking over their shoulder, the cafe is still going strong. Good memories and discounted dinners are now ours for the taking anytime we want!

AND THIS IS ALL THANKS TO THE GENEROUS DONATION YOU GAVE. No matter how small or large it was moneywise, it was BIG to us. You could have given it somewhere else to an equaly needy group, but you stood by us and our needs. Thank you.

This project also made another impact in our little organisation. It allowed us to use the GlobalGiving platform for other projects. That was no small feat in itself. There are very, very few crowdfunding platforms that allow a small grass-roots community organisation in a developing world with no office in a first-world to run a crowdfunding exercise for us. Nor with the professionalism and support that puts GlobalGiving ahead of the rest of the platforms. 

You were a part of this milestone and without each one of you contributing, we wouldn't have succeeded - that's no exaggeration - we only crossed the finish line with one donor more than we needed and that one was almost too late! It just goes to show how much a little bit of help from many people can do. 

Thanks again for sticking by us. 

I invite you to check out one of our other projects currently running. We are supporting young men and women in reaching their dreams of a higher education. In Kayole, this is a pipe-dream to most youth. Now it is becoming a reality.

Follow this link to see what it's all about http://goto.gg/32510

Gosh, they disappeared so fast!
Gosh, they disappeared so fast!
Dignitaries eating cake!
Dignitaries eating cake!
Just gotta make sure everyone fits in.
Just gotta make sure everyone fits in.
Serving cake.
Serving cake.
Signing and witnessing of handover documents
Signing and witnessing of handover documents
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We were a graduate of the GlobalGiving Accelerator
We were a graduate of the GlobalGiving Accelerator
Thanks to your efforts, we were awarded a permanent position with GlobalGiving's fundraising platform and the benefits that come with working with them.
We have raised a total USD $9,199. Some of that goes toward the fee charged by GlobalGiving to enhance our fundraising efforts [which as of October 1st reduced from 15% to 10%]. We have raised this amount from 48 unique donations, meaning 48 individual donors have donated to this cause. These included people from US, Canada, UK, Netherlands, Germany, Australia and Kenya! (if I forgot your country, please tell me)
GlobalGiving has confirmed the remittance of our funds on 26 October, and have said that it may take up to two weeks to arrive. So we wait.
Given the current election crisis in Kenya, it's not a bad idea to wait a little until things get back to normal. I'll keep you posted with updates as to how we fair - nothing in Kenya is a smooth ride, but it can be an honest and genuine one! Kayole Mtaa Safi Initiative is committed to making sure that it will be and that you can be proud to be a part of our projects and the impact we make in this part of the world.

Thanks again to all our participated in the crowdfunding campaign. No matter how little or big your contribution was, it was well received and will make a big impact in the lives of these refugees and their families.

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We reached our goal because of your care
We reached our goal because of your care

We have a total of $9,104 from 43 unique donors toward the New Start Cafe Project!

Wow! For a first fundraising effort, we are surprised and very grateful for all your efforts to pull in supporters from all parts of your life. 
For all our refugee ladies involved, this was a "pipe dream" project - they did not believe anybody could assist them the way that you have. Your simple act of giving has marvelous repercussions across these young refugee mothers and their families.
Please do not under-estimate the far reaching effects that a small act of charity brings and how many facets of someone's life that you have touched - health, schooling, self-esteem, vision etc. 
As we have now passed the goal of 40 unique donors and have covered our budgeted costs well, we will post another of our projects up on the GlobalGiving website and let it gain momentum. We have a lot of awesome opportunities to bring about sustainable change to the young lives here. So stay tuned.
In the meantime, we will start setting up the New Start Cafe project on the ground. 
The funds usually ship from GlobalGiving by 5th of every month, then it will take a bit to get if from the bank.
Our plan is-:
  • To locate a suitable ground and space for the cafe with reasonable access and surrounds. Paint & prepare it.
  • Gather all the equipment and licences
  • Open it with a big bang (date to be advised but hopefully before the end of October)
  • Run it and don't look back except to be grateful for the experiences the Lord has brought us through and where we are now. 
On behalf of all the affected families that you have helped, 
Thanks for being part of the change in our lives. 

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Kayole Mtaa Safi Initiative

Location: Nairobi, NCC - Kenya
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Twitter: @kayolemtaasafi
Kayole Mtaa Safi Initiative
Immanuel Landy-Ariel
Project Leader:
Immanuel Landy-Ariel
Nairobi, NCC Kenya

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