Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Dollars for Scholars Update........

Hi Everyone!

The year is rapidly drawing to a close. So far we have collected a total of
$5149.50 for our Dollars for Scholars Drive. We are aiming for $9,500 for all the students to take both the exams and the mock exams to prepare for it.

We are trying to raise money for 120 Class 8 students and 75 form 4 students (12th graders) of class 2009 to take their final exam.

So far all of the Class 8's are paid for and we have enough for 38 of the form 4 students.

We still have a little over two weeks left in our drive. We are using a cut-off of January 15th so there is time for all donations to be collected, tallied and then wired to Fanuel before he has to pay at the beginning of February.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far...some of you twice or three times even! You are truly making a difference in these students' lives. You are giving them opportunities that they never dreamed of before they found their way to Galilee Primary &/or Waddington High.

There is still time if you'd like to add your donation to the pot. Click on the button below to donate......


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Happy Holidays.......

No matter what language you say it in the meaning is the same... Happy Holidays!!!!

To you and your family from all from the staff and students of Galilee Primary and Waddington Secondary schools and the Board of Directors of Kenya's Kids In Need, Tami, Holly, Jen and Betsy.

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Christmas at Holly House....

Hi Everyone........

I asked Fanuel, the director of the schools and children’s home, to share with us about Christmas in Kayole and how he, his wife and sons will spend their day. I enjoyed reading what he had to say and hearing once again how his family Christmas and the Holly House Christmas are one in the same, no more, no less. He is truly a father to all the children.

Here is his reply:

"Christmas here is one of the most special days on our calendar especially for children. For older people it is a religious holiday. On this day children wake early in the morning take bath and put on
their best clothes and shoes, in most cases the new clothes they are bought for during Christmas period. They take breakfast and go to church, from church they come home for lunch and if the parents are able they take them out for a picnic if not the kids play at home until evening. In the evening they eat dinner.

The food they eat on this day usually is special food sometimes different from what they usually eat daily.

On the Christmas day this year we plan to spend the whole day at Galilee, like the previous Christmas we shall be sharing a lunch meal with the HH children there after my children will play with the HH children, in the evening I will take my family back home and come back to make sure the HH children get their supper.

Exchanging gifts is not a culture that has taken root here, like for me, I'm the one to buy new clothes for my children and wife for Christmas.

Thank you

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Christmas Dinner Update...........

HI Everyone,

Here is an update on the Christmas Dinner for the children living at Holly House, ya'll have come though again and the children will have a very special day..........

The plan for Christmas dinner is for the kids to have a beef and rice meal, with soda and cake.....

…a volley ball net will be purchased for the older kids and tennis type balls for the younger kids......

The meal will cost around $300 to 350 for the 100 children and their caregivers.

The volley ball set up will cost approximately $200 and the tennis type balls approximately $150 (36 balls for the younger kids).

For a total of $650........

Any funds raised beyond those needed for the holiday meal and gift will go toward other Holly House expenses.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this special meal and gift.........
The fine print -
“In accordance with IRS rules, the Board of Directors has the final authority concerning the distribution of funds.”

Friday, November 21, 2008


I can't believe the first high school class is finally graduating..........

I had the pleasure to meet most of the students in that class what an amazing group of kids they are........

And over the next few weeks I will go through the movies I took while there and share with ya'll what they looked like as Form 1's........



Monday, November 17, 2008

2008 Holly House Holiday Treat

In celebration of the upcoming holidays a special collection is being taken to provide a treat and gift for the children at Holly House. It has not been decided what the treat will be (we are talking with Fanuel) but it will be something to go with the holiday meal. A gift will be purchased for the house that all the children can benefit from. Any "extra" money will go into the Holly House fund to be used as needed for items such as as fresh fruit during the year, new blankets or dishes. The money raised in this drive will go towards meeting the needs of the children living at Holly House and not the general school population.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Wycliffe Returns Home

Sometimes it takes a story like this to remind us of the hardships that each of our Kenyan kids face every day and to reinforce in our hearts and minds the depth of Fanuel's compassion and dedication toward the welfare of the children. It's a sad story with a happy ending. A story that is played out over and over again but not always with the same wonderful results.

This picture is of Wycliffe when he was found.

Wycliffe is an eight year old orphan with a smile that lights up the room. At the height of the post election violence his aunt removed him from Holly House to take him to their rural village where she believed he'd be safer. That was in January. Fast forward to October, Fanuel received a brief, disjointed phone call from a young man named John. John is a former WHS student who moved with his family to a distant city. It seems that for four days running John saw little Wycliffe on the streets. He recognized him as a child who use to live in Holly House and called Fanuel. When Fanuel was unable to get further details from John he took it upon himself to travel to the city to locate Wycliffe. He spent time on the streets with the street boys eventually locating him. Wycliffe couldn't or wouldn't share the details of his experience but the story Fanuel pieced together is that the aunt never went back to the village but went to the city instead. Wycliffe did stay with her for a brief period of time but one day when he returned home from playing she was gone. Wycliffe spent some time going from home to home eventually ending up on the streets. The street boys said he was bruised and battered when they met him. Fanuel attempted to find the aunt and the home where Wycliffe had stayed but Wycliffe was unable to give him directions. Fan then went and filed a report with the local police and left his contact info. Wycliffe is now back with his Holly House family in Nairobi. He is surrounded by people who care about him. He is getting three meals a day and is back in school!

I am SO grateful to Fanuel who cares so deeply for all the children. I am equally grateful to each of you who sponsor children and contribute to drives so we can help Fanuel help the children. Without you there would be no Holly House and Fanuel wouldn't have the resources he needs to help so many children and families. I am grateful too to John who recognized Wycliffe and made the effort to make the call that saved Wycliffe's life.

When I was talking with Fanuel, asking if he'd found Wycliffe he replied "I'm back, and happy that I have saved a child's life." He then proceeded to tell me the story I've shared with you. He prefaced the account with "It is difficult to take care for more children but when I heard Wycliffe's story I had to act." I for one am SO glad he did!

This is Wycliffe his first day back at school.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

The gift that keeps giving.......

…..the gift that keeps on giving….

Kenya’s Kids In Need is pleased to announce the “giving card”….

This is a gift to the students at Galilee Primary School, Waddington High School or Holly House Children’s Home, made to celebrate a special event for that person in your life who has everything.

Here is how it works:

  1. You choose from the following occasions, and decide what you want to buy in their name.
  • Congratulations
  • Blank
  • Thinking of You
  • Happy Birthday
  • Happy Holidays
  1. Choose from one of the following…
  • 2009 Class 8 & Form 1 Exam Fees
  • Text Books
  • Food for the feeding program
  • Jael’s Promise (medical fund)
  • Buy a Brick (building fund)
  • Greatest Need
  1. Decide the amount ($10 minimum)
  2. Email the above information to sponsorships@galileeschool.org and your snail mail address
  3. Pay via Paypal on the www.galileeschool.org home page (general donation) or kenyaskidsinneed.blogspot.com

After payment is received, a card will be mailed to you to give to your special person.

The actual picture on the card may vary…….

Cards will be mailed 5 to 7 days from receipt of the request and payment.

Samples – actual pictures and borders may vary

Happy Birthday to You! Happy Birthday to You!

A special birthday gift of (item) has been made in your name to Kenya’s Kids In Need. We hope your special day is as fabulous as this gift is to the children at Galilee.

Congratulations! Good Job! No matter how you say it you did good!

To celebrate (giver) has made a special gift for (item) to Kenya’s Kids In Need.

Blank card:

A donation for (item) has been made in your name from (your name).

Happy Holidays!

(giver) has made a special holiday donation for (item) to Kenya’s Kids In Need

May you find joy, peace and love this holiday season, thank you for sharing the reason for the season with our children.

A gift of books...

On behalf of our Kenyan kids we'd like to offer our heartfelt thanks to Steve Viglione, Founder and CEO and Dr. Marilyn Powers, Co-Founder and Vice-President, of the I AM FOUNDATION for taking time out of their busy schedule to visit our school while they were in Kenya. Steve and Marilyn gave out 600 copies of their wonderful book, I Am, to an overjoyed group of children. Their marvelous Kiswahili/English book with its colorful pages and self affirming messages was an excellent first book for children who aren't used to having books of their own. The children were thrilled to have Steve and Marilyn visit and will cherish the books they received and the message it imparts for a long time.

From the foundation website..."Founded in 1998, The I AM Foundation is a registered 501c3 educational non-profit whose mission is gifting books and music to children and adults worldwide. We stand for children and building their self-esteem and literacy. We believe every child in the world is important and valuable regardless of who they are or where they live. We know that when children discover their value, they bring their value to the world."

Thank you for helping us help the children "discover their value, (and) bring their value to the world."


Sunday, October 26, 2008


GoodSearch: You Search...We Give!

Here's a new easy way to raise money for Kenya's Kids In Need. Just start using Yahoo! powered GoodSearch.com as your search engine and they'll donate a penny to Kenya's Kids In Need every time you do a search! In addition, do all of your shopping through their online shopping mall, GoodShop.com, where you can shop at more than 700 top online retailers and a percentage of your purchases will go to the charity or school of your choice. You pay the same price as you normally would, but a donation goes to your cause!

Here's the web site — http://www.goodsearch.com. You can also read about GoodSearch in the NY Times, Oprah Magazine, CNN, ABC News and the Wall Street Journal.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Dollars for Scholars Drive Kickoff

Dollars for Scholars Drive kickoff….As the graduating classes of 2008 prepare for final exams...we need to get ready for the classes of 2009 to take theirs. Exam fees for the class of 2009 are due in Feb. In order to meet the Feb. deadline we have officially launched the 2009 Dollars for Scholars Drive! Our goal is to raise $9,500 to cover Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) fees and 3 external exams for 120 class 8 students and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) and mock exam fees for 75 Form 4 students. To donate to this drive - go to the front page of our website, www.galileeschool.org. Click on "sponsorship fee donations" - it will take you to another page, scroll down to "one-time sponsorship fee payments" and indicate it is for the "Dollars for Scholars Drive" .........While the amount seems enormous and the task unattainable we are off to a great start. The coworker of one of our sponsor kicked off the drive by offering a matching grant. All donations made before Oct. 25th were matched dollar for dollar up to 500 dollars!

Our involvement with Galilee and Waddington High is all about assuring that the neediest of the needy receive a quality education. We have the opportunity to assure that no child who qualifies is denied the opportunity to sit for the all important Kenyan exams because of their inability to pay. Your dollars for scholars will help us break the chains of poverty for the next graduates of Galilee Primary and Lorna Waddington High School... So what do you say? Are you up for the challenge?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Interview of Waddington High School Student

When Holly and I visited Kenya in the summer of 2005, we did some videotaping of students, alot of it was just random, spur of the moment taping. Recently I was looking at some of the clips we took and thought this one would be a very timely one to share.

It is a short interview, done outside between classes, of a Former Form 1 student, now in Form 4, who will graduate in November. I thought seeing this clip might help us remember why we sponsor kids at Galilee Primary and Waddington High School. It is because of the generous donations from sponsors and Friends Of Galilee that this young man is able to graduate and has hope for a brighter future.......

A heartfelt thanks to everyone whose support has enabled this young man and others like him to achieve their dream.


How To Help........

  • One time or ongoing support is always needed
  • Sponsor a primary or secondary school child for $12.50 a month
  • Sponsor a secondary school child for $20 per month, including lunch.
  • Sponsor a child at Holly House for $30 per month
  • Donate books for the library,
  • Buy a uniform or send a gift for a needy child from the online store, http://www.galileeschool.org/, in the space for the child’s name write “any child”.
  • Donate money towards medical care, feeding a needy child or general operating expenses of the school or children’s home
  • For other ways to help or if you have an idea or special interest, email sponsorships@galileeschool.org, needs are on going and change over time.

Holly House & Holly’s Heart........

Is a safe haven and home for 125 children between the ages of 3 and 20, who currently attend school and have no other place to live. It was started in 2003, when 2 young girls were abandoned and abused by their guardians, and their only option was the street. Children are accepted at Holly House after all other options (family, neighbors, well wishers) have been exhausted. The children at Holly House may have extended family who at the time of the child moving into Holly House is unable to care for them for a variety of reasons. On rare occasions children have been reunited with extended family members. There is a waiting list for children in need of sponsors .


Waddington High School

Was started as a place for students graduating from the primary school to continue their education. The first class started in January 2005 had 55 students, each year another class has been added, the first class graduates November 2008!

Students must have a score of 250 out of 500 or greater on the KCPE (Kenya Certificate of Primary Education) for admission. Subjects studied include: Math, Science, Physics, English, Kiswahili, Geography, History, Civics, Social Ethics and Christian Religious Education.

Galilee Primary School.........

Serves approximately 1500 students from baby class to class 8. It was started in 1997 by Fanuel Okwaro, the current director of the school. Classes taught in English and Kiswahili, include reading, math, history, science and Christian Religious Education. Classes range in size from 40 to 60 students with one teacher. The school has a feeding program that provides lunch for less than 300 of the neediest students; other students are added as funds are acquired. We are urgently and actively seeking assistance from other organizations and private donors to expand this program.

Who We Are............

Kenya’s Kids In Need, (KKIN) is a non-profit organization. We are a group of international sponsors who are making a difference for children living in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. We have a sponsorship program and an online store where items can be ordered for purchase and distribution in Kenya. In addition, we network with other organizations and sponsor and support efforts to raise funds for various projects at the school.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The Community.........

  • Has a population of approximately 200,000 people, 41% of the residents are under the age of 14 years.
  • The average household income is under $1 per day.
  • The neighborhood has no reliable electricity or plumbing. Running water is limited to 2 days a week, if the house has a tap & if the water is working the 2 days it is allotted to the area.
  • Many of the students have never been vaccinated against common childhood diseases or have access to consistent medical care.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Girls Singing.........

Hi Everyone.....

I have finally learned to blog...... and decided we needed one that was easier to add things to then our web page ;-)

As most of ya'll know I had the opportunity to visit the school several years ago with Holly and we took a lot of videos but did not have a way to share them..... I am pulling out some of my favorites and will try to rotate them through the blog over the next few months........