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 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,, 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!

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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, 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,, 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, 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........