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Sponsor a Kenyan Child's Education

by Action Two Africa
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

Thank you generous donors! We wanted to let you all know that we recently reached our $10,000 Sponsor a Kenyan Child’s Education goal that has allowed us to support dozens of children in school over the past six years! Thank you for allowing children in our Child Sponsorship Program to stay in school! The other good news is that even though we have reached our $10,000 goal, we are going to increase our project amount to ensure that we can keep providing education to vulnerable children in Kiambiu, Kenya. 

Since Action Two Africa first became a nonprofit in 2013, and we started our initial fundraising campaign to raise $10,000, we have seen a significant increase in nonprofits, government agencies, and individuals bringing awareness and aid to eradicate global educational barriers. And although there has been a lot of positive forward progress to eliminate the barriers to obtaining a quality education, we still have a crisis on our hands.  According to Global Partnership for Children, “Despite dramatic improvements over the past years, progress towards achieving education for all has stagnated. In total, 263 million children, adolescents and youth were out of school for the school year ending in 2016.” 

While there are millions of children who are not afforded the opportunity to experience the joys and benefits of receiving an education, we hope that you continue to stay positive, help us continue our quest to erradicate barriers to education within our community, and know that educating even a few children can make a lasting impact on an individual, family, and community. We ask you to please help us continue to move towards providing quality education to children within our community in Kiambiu; and, regardless of whether you donate $5, or $5,000, your generosity is making a lasting impact!

Humphrey, our partner on the ground in Kenya, has reported that the mood is very casual in Kiambiu these days. Activities in Kiambiu relating to the students in our Child Sponsorship Program are at a minimum right now, because Humphrey has been up country in Bungoma, his hometown; however, despite the separation, all of the children in the Program are doing well. After visiting them a few weeks ago, Humphrey relayed that the children are in their second school term out of three, and it’s the cooler dry season in Kenya, so students are happy to not be dealing with intense heat, or monsoons. Overall, we are happy to report that spirits are high with the children in our Program, and that your donations from all of supporters have been keeping the children in school!

A few other updates that we wanted to let all of you, our generous donors know, is that July 18th is GlobalGiving’s July Bonus day! On this day, if you donate above $100, GlobalGiving will match your funds! Additionally, in August, they are also having their annual Little by Little Matching Campaign. During this week-long campaign, they will match donations up to $50 at 50%! These two bonus days are a great way to make your donations stretch extra far to help provide education to the children in our Child Sponsorship Program. As always, thank you for your continued support!

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!

 

 

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Action Two Africa

Location: Nairobi, Rift Valley - Kenya
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Christina Carlson
Nairobi, Rift Valley Kenya
$10,546 raised of $11,000 goal
 
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