Children  Kenya Project #17797

Sponsor a Kenyan Child's Education

by Action Two Africa

As many of you know, last year I (Christina) hiked the Appalachian Trail (AT). It was one of my dreams to complete the entire trail. The AT is a 2,190 mile trail that passes through 14 states. I endured unbearably cold weather, hot weather, poisonous snakes, bears, injuries, and the occasional lack of food and water. While the trail was tough, and I often thought about quitting, there was always one thing that gave me the courage to continue: the children in our Child Sponsorship Program.

On those difficult days out in the woods, I thought about the struggles that the children living in Kiambiu, Kenya encounter on a daily basis. I reflected on the conversations I had with children before they were a part of Action Two Africa, and how many of them talked about how they longed to go to school so that they could get an education, get a job, and hopefully, one day, be able to support their families.

I also thought about the daily struggles they encounter like not having enough food to eat and how difficult that made it to concentrate in school, or how on occasion they would get sick from drinking contaminated water, or how there were nights they couldn’t do their homework because they had no electricity, or how there were days young girls had to skip school because they didn't have something as simple as a tampon, or how there were times when they had to endure the embarrassment of being told to leave school because their family didn’t have enough money to pay their school fees.

I thought about all of these things, and about how much strength and courage the kids in our program have. How they have to fight every day for something as simple as an education. And while my struggles on trail pale in comparison to what the children in Kenya are experiencing on a daily basis, thinking of them gave me courage to keep walking, and, in some way, I hope they give you courage to pursue your dreams too.

Ultimately, what I realized out there in the woods was that while dreams are universal, opportunities, unfortunately, are not. Let’s continue to encourage and empower children in our Child Sponsorship Program by helping to provide them with the resources and tools they need to help make their dreams come true.

Living in the slums outside Nairobi presents residents with a unique set of challenges. Crime, poverty, and drug abuse, even by children, continue to rise in these communities. These are in many ways, inevitable challenges that come with living in an insecure environment such as this. One challenge that we shouldn’t have to expect though, is insecurity brought about by government officials.

As many of you are aware, 2017 was an election year for us. The initial election was in August, yet disputes and accusations continue to drag the process out. Violence has once again marked this election, and many of those who have suffered this violence have been residents of these especially vulnerable slum communities.

Many of the children here had to take their siblings “upcountry,” back to the rural communities where their parents are from, in order to ensure their safety. These are not challenges that school-aged children should be having to face while trying to make a better life for themselves.

Please join with us as we continue to hope and pray for peace and stability in Kenya. Our children’s futures depend on it.

“Why don't we, for once, instead of arriving in the community to tell people what to do, why don't, for once, listen to them?” -Ernesto Sirolli

Action Two Africa is a partnership built on listening to local passion. Christina and I met Humphrey when we were living in Kenya, and after sitting with him in his home and hearing him talk about his passion to help the people of Kiambiu, Action Two Africa was born.

Christina and I are Americans. We have no idea what the issues are in Kenya that have left thousands of children homeless and out of school. We can’t offer solutions, because we don’t understand the problems. That is why our partnership is so important.

Humphrey is a local. He has grown up in this community, and has served the people here for decades. We need his invaluable perspective, because he is the only one who can offer it. He has the local passion, and so through Action Two Africa, Christina and I have dedicated ourselves to serving that passion.

We are available to offer ideas and feedback, but ultimately, the direction and execution of programs (such as our Child Sponsorship & Scholarship Program and our Microloan & Economic Empowerment Programs) are driven by the needs that Humphrey sees within the community, and the solutions that he knows will work based on the culture in Kiambiu.

As a supporter of Action Two Africa, you may hear from Christina and I more (we’re often the ones posting photos and writing updates), but it is the passion of a local social worker, on the ground in Kenya, who is taking those photos and giving us the information we need to write those updates.

What we ask of you, as supporters and sponsors, is not to ask Christina and I what the solutions are to the issues in Kenya, but to ask us about the passion of the locals, and find out how that passion is driving the empowerment and transformation that Action Two Africa offers in the lives of the Kenyan people.

Thank you for everything you do. This is a partnership built on listening, and so our ears are wide open.

Empowering girls matters. According to The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), when girls are in school, they are "less likely to marry early and against their will; less likely to die in childbirth; less vulnerable to disease; more likely to have healthy babies; more likely to send their own children to school; and more likely to acquire the information and skills that lead to increased earnings."

Education does much more than just keep girls out of trouble; it provides them with confidence, positive self-esteem, and the hope to envision a better world.

Meet Jackline. We recently accepted this ambitious 15-year old into our Child Sponsorship Program. Jackline’s dream is to one day go to university and become an accountant. Young women like Jackline are the backbone of change in the Kiambiu community (and beyond)! We take the responsibility of helping her achieve her dreams through education very seriously! Through educational empowerment, young women like Jackline are provided with the tools to bring sustainable change to their families and communities through small business development and the pursuit of a stable career.

Join with us to help these girls achieve the power of their potential!

2017 is here and the months are already flying by! Last December, seven of the incredible young men and women in our Child Sponsorship Program graduated from high school! We want to recognize their hard work!

Congratulations to Sharon, Peter, Diana, Daniel, Esther, Nancy, and Sanchez for finishing some of the most challenging years of your life! Additionally, it’s with great excitement and pride that we announce that Nancy and Sanchez were awarded scholarships because of their outstanding grades, and will be heading to college this year!

Hard work, dedication, and the encouragement of their community: these are the factors that contributed to these amazing young men and women reaching these incredible milestones. Here at Action Two Africa, we recognize that nothing gets done without community. And we are so happy that you, our sponsors, donors, and global partners, are a part of this amazing community! We want to recognize and thank each and every one of you for your monetary contributions, encouraging thoughts, letters, and prayers, and continued support.

Every child deserves a chance at a brighter future, a hope that they can make a difference in this world, and through empowerment and education, this is possible!


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Action Two Africa

Location: Nairobi, Rift Valley - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Christina Carlson
Nairobi, Rift Valley Kenya
$8,431 raised of $10,000 goal
104 donations
$1,569 to go
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