Children  Kenya Project #17797

Sponsor a Kenyan Child's Education

by Action Two Africa Vetted since 2014 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit
Sponsor a Kenyan Child's Education
Sponsor a Kenyan Child's Education
Sponsor a Kenyan Child's Education
Sponsor a Kenyan Child's Education
Sponsor a Kenyan Child's Education
Sponsor a Kenyan Child's Education
Sponsor a Kenyan Child's Education
Sponsor a Kenyan Child's Education
Sponsor a Kenyan Child's Education

One of the struggles that we have faced is publicity and getting the word out about what we are doing here at Action Two Africa. While we have GlobalGiving and their resources to promote our organization and our goals, Facebook, and word-of-mouth to promote our mission, it has still been difficult to spread the news about the successes and benefits that our Child Sponsorship Program has had for the children in our Program. With that said, we are looking for ways to help us get exposure for our organization, so that we can continue to empower children in Kenya. If you have an area of expertise that you think would help promote what we are doing in Kenya (help with organizing fundraisers, grant writing, obtaining corporate donations, etc.), please let us know. We welcome any feedback or suggestions on how we can do this, and look forward to hearing from you, our family, friends, and supporters!

And while we have challenges like publicity, and spreading the word about what we are doing, we have one primary obstacle that has really affected our overall impact: funding. We certainly don’t lack vision, or enthusiasm for what we are doing, but it has been a challenge for us to find sufficient funding to safeguard our financial vitality while at the same time working toward a stable and progressive future. After years of trying to get government funding in Kenya for our program, and reaching out to other Kenyan non-profits, we have not yet succeeded in getting public or private funding for Action Two Africa. This is not a surprise to us as there is so much need for aide in Kenya right now due to issues with severe corruption, poverty, and lack of resources. We will keep persisting in this area, and are hopeful that we will be able to partner with an agency to promote the good work we are doing. In the meantime, we are figuring out ways to help sustain the work we are doing.

In the coming months we are going to hold our 6th Annual Garage Sale in hopes of raising awareness and bringing in some much needed donations. If you would like to contribute items, donate your time, or help in other ways, please let us know by emailing me at: christina@action2africa.org. Additionally, continue to talk about the work that we are doing here at Action Two Africa. We encourage you to tell your friends, coworkers, and family about how we are empowering Kenyan youth through education sponsorships, in hopes that what we are doing will inspire them to take action by supporting our cause. We also wanted to give a shout out and thank you, to you, our loyal donors,  for your continued support and encouragement! Without you, we wouldn’t be able to continue the work we are doing. Thank you!

Whatever you focus on, you get more of.

In the 1850s, Americans had a life expectancy of 45 years. Only 10% of the country had access to secondary education. The infant mortality rate was almost 20%. But what America did over the next century was unprecedented. American entrepreneurs innovated. They built products that, once considered luxuries, were suddenly accessible to the average household. Incredible infrastructure and whole industries developed around these products. It wasn’t until after Henry Ford made the car affordable to the average American that roads were built, suburbs were developed, and agriculture became more productive.

America focused on innovation... and development, infrastructure, and prosperity eventually followed.

We spend billions of dollars every year trying to eradicate poverty, yet many countries receiving the largest portions of aid are poorer today than they were 50 years ago. So why do we continue to focus on poverty?

What we have realized is that we are focusing on the wrong target. When we focus on poverty, we see everything through that lens. Focusing on not being poor is like focusing on not running your car into a ditch. Whatever you fix your eyes on, you will eventually collide with. What we should focus on instead, is the road ahead of us.

Our mission at Action Two Africa is to create innovators who will drive their country and their economies forward. We focus on education because it is through this means that we empower today’s youth to become tomorrow’s inventors, creators, and entrepreneurs. Our focus is on the road ahead.

Our mission is not to push resources on communities. Rather, it is to enable and empower children to get an education, so they can create their own resources. That is the only way forward.

So with this focus in mind, will you consider joining our mission?

We are happy to inform you that the children in our Child Sponsorship Program are excelling in school this year, and are already talking (with excitement) about how much they are looking forward to going back to school next year. But, we need your help to make this happen!

As we get closer to the end of the year, we are becoming more aware of Action Two Africa’s need to raise money to support the children in our Child Sponsorship Program for 2019. We currently have six children in the Program who will need financial support for their schooling in 2019, and we are far from meeting our monetary goal to aid in their education. Many of the parents and students are checking in with our partner, Humphrey, to find out if they will in fact be able to go to school next year, and we don’t have a solid answer for them.  We wanted to ask you, our friends, family, and supporters, to help us start off 2019 with a guarantee that we can keep all of these children in school, and continue to work towards empowering youth in Kenya.

While we know that you may never have the opportunity to meet the children in our program, they're no different than children here in America. They want the same things: hope, stability, and a brighter future. Your financial support can help them see the light at the end of that tunnel.

On behalf of all of the children and families you have supported in the past, thank you. Thank you for all that you have done, and for your continued support.  Let's continue to work together and provide these six students with the security of knowing they will be able to go to school in 2019!

 

Godfrey teaching his 2nd/3rd grade class
Godfrey teaching his 2nd/3rd grade class

Tears streamed down Godfrey’s cheeks as he explained how, one day, he wanted to become a teacher. His eyes averted, he struggled to summon the words to explain just how passionate he was about arming the next generation with the most powerful weapon of all: education.

It’s been over two years since Godfrey and his mother first came into our offices at Action Two Africa to ask for assistance with paying his school fees. Humphrey already knew his family. Godfrey was the eldest of three children. His mother sold vegetables at a roadside stand, and his father was a casual laborer. But even between the two of them, they didn’t make enough to keep all three children in school, so they reached out to Action Two Africa for help.

Two years later, Godfrey is a recent graduate from St. Patrick’s Secondary School in Nairobi. He was also recently accepted to the university, where he plans to pursue his degree in education. But in the meantime, as he waits to report for the first day of classes, Godfrey has chosen to spend his days doing something that embodies the mission of Action Two Africa: give back to his local community.

Godfrey is currently volunteering as a teacher in a local school in Kiambiu, teaching 2nd and 3rd graders. He is excited and determined to bring change to his community. As he told Humphrey during a recent conversation, “Not even the sky is the limit for what I plan to achieve."

We here at Action Two Africa (A2A) are saddened to let you know that our office in Kiambiu, Kenya, is now closed due to a lack of funding. Over the last few years, we have not been receiving adequate donations to support the office space that Humphrey previously worked out of, and where children could come after school to study, write to their sponsors, and have a safe place to meet with their peers. 

However unfortunate this set back though, this doesn't deter our mission or change our vision for Kiambiu. A2A will continue to provide educational sponsorships and mentoring to children in our Child Sponsorship Program. 

While we will no longer have a centralized office location, we are working on ways to continue to be a presence in the community and work with children and leaders in Kiambiu. We will do this by going back to meeting with families in their homes and finding an alternative location to host monthly board meetings.

Additionally, we have been searching for ways to increase our funding over the last year. Since the inception of A2A, our primary source of funding has been from generous donors such as yourselves, but, we are looking to increase our scope of donors to include people and organizations in Kenya. In March, Humphrey went to a GlobalGiving meeting held in Nairobi, in order to network with like-minded organizations and individuals. He was able to get information and resources from GlobalGiving and other participants on how to find funding within Kenya. Much like the United States, Kenya has organizations and grants designed to provide funding and resources to organizations like A2A. Humphrey has been diligently pursuing local and regional funding opportunities, and we look forward to the prospect of partnering with these organizations and individuals in Kenya, and continuing to grow and learn. 

We will keep you updated on the progress of our efforts, and if you have any suggestions or ways to improve our funding, please contact me at: christina@action2africa.org

 

Thank you all for your continued support! 

 

 

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Action Two Africa

Location: Nairobi, Rift Valley - Kenya
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Project Leader:
Christina Carlson
Nairobi, Rift Valley Kenya
$8,901 raised of $10,000 goal
 
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