Education  Kenya Project #17797

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

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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One of Action Two Africa’s main goals is education. Education raises economic productivity, lowers infant and mother mortality, improves nutrition, helps prevent HIV/AIDS, and promotes health. And yet, despite the fact that every person in Kenya has a legal right to obtain an education (The Constitution of Kenya, 2010), a huge proportion of children in Kenya still aren’t in school.

Action Two Africa developed a Mentorship Program with this initiative in mind. We want to educate children about their rights, and help provide them with access to essential resources. Through a partnership with other local organizations, Action Two recently gathered children from the local community to hold a two-day informational seminar about children’s rights. Themes included the availability of resources, coping mechanisms for traumatic experiences, and the importance of self-awareness for development.

After hearing speakers, the children were broken out into groups where they could meet one-on-one with mentors, who answered questions about relationships, gender roles, community trends, and the challenges all adolescents face.

The children had a lot of fun at the seminar, and took a lot away from the experience. They left with a clearer understanding of their rights, their roles, and their responsibilities, both to themselves, and to the larger community they inhabit.

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Last weekend we held our 3rd Annual Garage Sale Fundraiser for Action Two Africa’s Child Sponsorship Program. This program aims at keeping high-risk children from the community of Kiambiu in school throughout the year.

Every year we put out a request to our friends and family to donate used clothes, furniture, household items, etc, and then we hold a garage sale. We are always overwhelmed at how generous people are in their contributions to this cause. My parents are always gracious enough to allow us to use their garage and driveway to hold the sale.

This year, the turnout was much lower than it had been in times past. It was a holiday weekend, and the weather didn’t help. Last year, we were able to raise about $1300. This year, we raised $275, about 20% of last year’s sales.

Regardless, we always view this sale as an opportunity, not only to raise funds, but to spread the word about Action Two Africa, and the work that we are doing in Kiambiu. People stopping by the garage sale are always curious to hear more about the organization, and learn about what we do.

Hopefully we will be able to continue to hold this sale each year, and spread the word about the importance of educating children in Kenya, and around the world.

We’d also like to give a big “Thank you!” to everyone who helped out with this year’s sale through donations, interest, and shopping!

If you have any ideas for us to help make this a more successful venture in the future, please feel free to reach out! We’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Humphrey recently concluded a meeting with Action Two Africa representatives in Kiambiu. In attendance were caregivers, parents, and children. The caregivers continued to express their gratitude for the support they have received from A2A. The parents also encouraged their children to maintain discipline and stay focused in school.

One of the children in our Child Sponsorship Program got up and admitted that he had been hanging out in some unsavory circles and had picked up that bad habit of chewing bhang, an edible version of cannabis. He cried out for help, telling the group that he wanted to stop and begin moving back toward improving his life. He asked for help and encouragement.

Marlyne, a recent graduate of the program, then took the initiative to get up and encourage the other kids to continue working hard in school so that they can improve their futures. Her words were incredibly inspiring and hit home for everyone at the meeting. It has been so amazing to see this young lady grow and mature over these last few years. Her shift in roles from student to role model and mentor is exactly what A2A is hoping to continue to foster in Kiambiu and the surrounding communities.

Thank you to everyone who has continued to support and encourage these transformations!

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Marlyne & Kelvin, 2016
Marlyne & Kelvin, 2016

At the end of last year, Marlyne and Kelvin, two of the first children adopted into Action Two Africa’s Child Sponsorship Program, were proudly awarded their secondary school diplomas. After years of hard work and determination, they finally graduated!

We here at Action Two Africa celebrated when this happened. Marlyne and Kelvin’s achievements embody what we are all about. Their accomplishments are exactly why we started Action Two.

“Our mission is to inspire and transform men, women, and children in impoverished areas throughout East Africa through empowerment and education initiatives.”

Marylne and Kelvin have great futures ahead of them. Their graduations make them more likely to contribute to the economy, lead healthy and productive lives, and be able to provide for themselves and their families.

But when Marlyne and Kelvin graduated, we also had to ask ourselves, “What’s next for them?” We realized there wasn’t a plan in place for keeping them engaged in the Action Two Community. While Marlyne and Kelvin go about their post-secondary school lives, we are actively trying to find ways for them to stay involved in the lives of the other children who are still in the program, as well as continue to progress in their own lives.

After discussing this opportunity with them, Marlyne and Kelvin have agreed to volunteer in the offices of Action Two, where there are incredible opportunities for mentorship, communication, and confidence-building among their younger peers.

We hope that graduates from the program will be able to reflect on their experiences and help Action Two continue to make improvements for the future. We are currently working on putting a strategy together to help keep the kids who graduate engaged and continuing to succeed and contribute. We are looking for ways to help find them scholarships for college, employment opportunities, or other avenues for continued success in their communities.

If you have any additional ideas about ways we can successfully do this, we’d love to hear them! Send us an email at info@action2africa.org.

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