Sunday, December 27, 2009

Holly House Christmas Dinner 2009

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Message from Fanuel.........

December 2009

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Nairobi. I hope you and your families are fine.

As we have come to the end of the 2009 academic year we are full of thanks for the efforts and contributions you have made to make this year a success. The children and staff of our schools thank you for the big sacrifices you made to enable them learn and achieve their goals this ending year. The year started and has continued to be a very hard year for us and I hope for most of the world financially, for us the biggest challenge was drought, food prices and prices for other essential commodities. Electricity became and is still a very expensive service and yet very important for our institutions, without electricity drawing water from our water well will not be possible. We thank you so very much for standing with us in these difficult financial times.

The year started well and we thank all of you who were able to write a letter of encouragement, bought uniforms, shoes, school supplies, civilian clothes for our children, helped in equipping our laboratory and visited our school. You are all a big inspiration to us and the children. We believe in the smallest way we contribute, sacrifice towards these children we are making a positive change in their lives. Last year was our first time to have a KCSE candidate class and thanks to your kindness in supporting our schools we had 11 children qualify for public universities under the government program and 15 others who qualified to attend university but can only go their if they are able to sponsor themselves in payment of school fees. This year we also had a good class and thus we expect good performance in the just concluded KCSE exams.

We still have a very big number of needy children at our school. Your efforts have enabled many children to remain in school and many who did their KCSE exams last year achieved what would have been otherwise impossible.

Thank you so very much those of you who contributed to enable our children to take part in the National music competitions. The children really enjoyed as well as won several trophies on District and Provincial levels. In Mombasa most of them saw the Indian Ocean for the first time as well as swim and hike a boat ride, it was an experience they will not forget very soon

As the 2009 ends we are looking forward for the 2010 and hope that it comes with even more success for you and your families and for our programs as well.

Before I forget I would like to thank all of you who contributed towards the scientific calculators that are going to make it easier for our high students to learn Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Business studies. I must also thank KKIN US team i.e., Holly, Jen, Betsy and Tami for big efforts they have put into co-coordinating the inflow of information on both sides both on the sponsors side and also our side, I hope and pray that the same spirit is maintained for these will help us maintain the pace for development and achievement in empowering our poor children and thus empowering our community

Thank you so very much again for your kindness. I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2010.

May the Almighty God bless you and your families abundantly?

FANUEL

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Kenya's Kids In Need - In the News......

Kenya's Kids In Needs (KKIN) is so excited Allison, a long time friend and sponsor, has been interviewed by her local newspaper Berks-Mount News about her passion for making a differance in the lives of children around the world. Allison sponsors 18 children in almost as many countries. Click here to read more about Allison and her passion for changing the world.

Thank you Allison for changing the lives of so many children and being a part of Kenya's Kids In Need.

Sincerely,
Tami Folks,
Director
Kenya's Kids In Need

2009 Class 8 Graduation Celebration....

Hi, wanted to share pictures just in from the Gaililee Primary School Class 8Graduation Celebration. This is a very important day in the lives of these students and their families. It is a huge accomplishment for them to have made it through 8 years of school, for families to have paid half a months salary for school fees or to have been blessed to have a sponsor who paid the $12.50 a month for their child to attend school. Just having an 8th grade education will open up job opportunities for all of the children and it is known that if a girl has even an 8th grade education it dramatically reduces her chance of being abused or forced into the sex trade. When we first got involved at Galilee the school ended with Class Seven. High school was a distant dream! Now look at us~

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU - to everyone who made this possible and set the stage for classes to come.

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Oprah Book Club.......

Oprah's current book club selection will be of special interest to those of you concerned about the plight of Kenya's orphans and vulnerable children. "Say You're One of Them" by Uwem Akpan, from Nigeria is a series of short stories written about daily life in Africa from a child's perspective. The stories give us insight into the lives some of our children at Holly House, Galilee Primary School and Waddington High School come from or may be destined for without an education.

The book is emotionally riveting. None will go away from it untouched and more will will finish it with a strong desire to act. With your help we can continue to make a difference by providing support to the children at Holly House, Galilee Primary and Waddington Secondary Schools. You CAN make an impact. You CAN change a live and a community. Make a one time donation or sponsor a child for as little as $12.50 a month. To it today! For more information about supporting the children go to www.galileeschool.org or email us at sponsorships@galileeschool.org

For more information and to join Oprah's online discussion click here....


eBay Update.......

A quick eBay .........

It is up and running and all the items are up......... we have bids on 50 items, take alook and see all the cool things we have, jewelry, dolls and paintings from Kenya........ handcafted jewelry in the states and more....

go to www.ebay.com
then search "KKIN" and all the items will come up........

Purchase an item and help a child take their exams.......

Tami

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

America's Giving Challenge

Hi everyone,

Kenya's Kids in Need has just entered in America's Giving Challenge,
which gives us a chance to win $50,000!

Please donate today: http://www.causes.com/donations

To win, between now and November 7th we have to get the most donations to
our cause (every person can donate once per day and have it count as a
unique donation). We can also win daily awards of $1,000 and $500 if we
can get the most people to donate in any 24-hour period. The great
thing about this Challenge is that it doesn't matter how much you give,
but instead how much you do to encourage friends and family to get
involved in our cause. We all need to come together and start promoting KKIN if
we want to win.

Each of us has tons of friends on Facebook who we can ask to donate to our cause. But let's think big! Can you put our cause in your email signature, can you throw a
party and get people to donate through the cause when they enter, can
you organize other people to go out and fundraise from all of their
friends? As you reach out to your friends be sure to tell them why KKIN matters
to you. The possibilities are endless so let's talk about
what we can do to win on the Wall of the cause or by replying to this
bulletin.

I think we can do it! But it's going to take all
of us. Check out the Giving Challenge ( www.causes.com ), then visit our
cause to see how we're doing so far and get involved.

Donate right now by going to http://www.causes.com/donations/...

Let's win $50,000 for KKIN!

Jen
All funds raised will go toward the exam fees

Sunday, October 11, 2009

"Over the Top" 2010 Exam Fee Drive

Announcing “Over the Top” – 2010 Exam Fee Drive

“Over the Top” is now up and running, the monies from this fundraiser will be used to pay the registration expenses for our 2010 Standard 8 students at Galilee Primary School to take the Kenyan Certificate of Primary Education exam ($8/ student) and our 2010 Form 4 students at Waddington High School to take their Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education exam ($109/student.) These fees are to be paid by the school in February 2010. The students will sit for the exams in Oct/Nov of 2010.

These examinations are crucial to these students because without a passing score on their KCPE exam, Standard 8 students cannot enter high school.

And without passing the KCSE examination, high school graduates do not receive the certificate announcing that they have successfully completed their high school curriculum. This certificate is the key not only for better jobs in their futures but also, for those who do well, the key to higher education.

These examinations fees, especially for the high school students, are prohibitive in price for ANY Kenyan family living in abject poverty. It would be a great travesty if any student were to struggle to complete their high school education, only to be unable to take the final exam because they did not have the money to register for the exam. The headmaster at the Galilee schools, Fanuel Okwaro, has addressed this need to the families and their community. He has been successful in raising a part (close to half) of the money needed. He is asking us as friends and sponsors of the Galilee Schools to raise an additional $6800 to complete the project.

Failure in this endeavor is NOT AN OPTION! We HAVE to find a way so these kids who have struggled mightily will get their just reward. Do you have the means and the heart to help these kids?? If so, please click on the “donate” key and mark your donation for the “2010 Exam Fee Drive.” Your donation could change the course of a child’s life forever! Thank you for your consideration.






Friday, August 28, 2009

Friday's Child.........


Friday's Child is one of the many children at Galilee Primary School, Waddington High School and Holly House who is in desperate need of a sponsor to assist in paying school fees and other expenses. If you are interested in sponsoring this child email Holly, our sponsorship coordinator at sponsorships@galileeschool.org - check out our website for more children waiting for a sponsor.



Moureen is 18 years old and is in Form 3 (11th grade). She and her brother both moved into Holly House in 2004 after the death of their parents. They were left in the care of a distance uncle who was unable to provide for them and Moureen was forced to abandon school and go for forced child labour to support herself and her brother until they moved into Holly House.


Moureen is doing well in school and wants to be a teacher when she grows up. She participates in the school music club.


Moureen needs a sponsor to pay for her school fees, room and board at Holly House and to encourage her to stay in school and keep her grades up.


Can you be that person?If you are interested in or would like more information in becoming her sponsor email Holly at sponsorships@galileeschool.org

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Help us Win with a few clicks of your mouse.......



Tami Folks thought you
would be interested in this.

This could be great for Kenya's Kids In Need in Orlando, fl!
The Christie Cookie Co. is donating a total of $25,000 to charities. From now through October 15, you can nominate your favorite charity to win. The most nominated charity will receive a check for $10,000. The runner-up wins $5,000, and the next 10 will receive $1,000 each. It takes less than 2 minutes to vote.

Click here for more info and to vote.


Tell everyone to vote for Kenya's Kids In Need in Orlando, fl!


Saturday, August 22, 2009

School Tools Drive

Kenya’s Kids In Need
School Tools Drive
August 22, 2009

What? 100 calculators and 800 dollars to pay for teacher inservice training.

Why? 350 students share 35 calculators... teachers get paid $50 a month and receive no other training than that which they had when they were hired...

We built it and they came, some walking over 10 miles one way to receive a high school education. They are so grateful for this opportunity they leave the 10 x 10 tin sheet room they share with their family before the sun is up to make their way to school only to turn around and make the return trip some nine hours later and they do it six days a week year round with only a few days off between terms. Lorna Waddington high school was built brick by brick, dollar by dollar by donations from everyday people, no large grants or corporations. The mission of the school is to provide a quality education to orphans and vulnerable children who previously had no hope of going beyond elementary school. After celebrating the success of our first graduating class, who did very well overall on the national Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education school leaving exam we said “What now?”! We asked the teachers, “What can we do to help you help the children? What is needed to move beyond providing a good education to providing a great education?” Their answer access to teacher training and calculators.


Make a donation today by:
• clicking on the donate button to the left or
• via the online store (www.galileeschool.org) and purchase a calculator
• or mailing a check to (sorry we can only take checks from US banks at this time) to
Kenya's Kids in Need
P.O. Box 560743
Orlando, FL 32806

Kids Just Wanna Have Fun!!!





The trip to the National Musicfest in Mombasa was not all work... for one very special day our young performers had a chance to just be kids! For most of the boys and girls on the trip this was the first time they have ever been to the beach. What a thrill to see the the ocean, swim in the waves and walk in the sand!

I really wish I could have been there to enjoy their excitment over all these firsts!

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to all the people who made this trip possible! It was an experience of a lifetime for our students.

Tami

Friday, August 21, 2009

Friday's Child.........


Friday's Child is one of the many children at Galilee Primary School, Waddington High School and Holly House who is in desperate need of a sponsor to assist in paying school fees and other expenses. If you are interested in sponsoring this child email Holly, our sponsorship coordinator at sponsorships@galileeschool.org - check out our website for more children waiting for a sponsor.
Nickton is a 16 years old and is in Form 2 (10th grade). He and his sister both moved into Holly House in 2004 after the death of their parents. They were left in the care of a distance uncle who was unable to provide for them. Nickton was forced to abandon school and go for forced child labour to support himself and his sister until they moved into Holly House.

Nickton is doing well in school and wants to be a eningeer when he grows up. He excells in science and enjoys playing football.

Nickton needs a sponsor to pay for his school fees, room and board at Holly House and to encourage him to stay in school and keep her grades up.

Can you be that person?If you are interested in or would like more information in becoming his sponsor email Holly at sponsorships@galileeschool.org

Friday, August 14, 2009

Grace ........

HI,

Thank you ........ Grace now has a sponsor...........

Thank you for sponsoring Grace...

Tami

Friday's Child


Friday's Child is one of the many children at Galilee Primary School, Waddington High School and Holly House who is in desperate need of a sponsor to assist in paying school fees and other expenses. If you are interested in sponsoring this child email Holly, our sponsorship coordinator at sponsorships@galileeschool.org - check out our website for more children waiting for a sponsor.


Grace is an eight year old second grader. She lives with her parents and two younger brothers. Her father works occasional odd jobs. Her mother is unemployed. Grace's teacher says " she is very bright but her performance is effected negatively by lack of ... home and school upkeeps... " This family is struggling to provide even the basics of food and clothing for their children.

Can you help this needy child and family. They are trying to provide her with an education, a way to break this cycle of poverty.


If you are interested in sponsoring Grace or need more information, email Holly at sponsorships@galileeschool.org

Friday, August 7, 2009

Friday's Child...........


Friday's Child is one of the many children at Galilee Primary School, Waddington High School and Holly House who is in desperate need of a sponsor to assist in paying school fees and other expenses. If you are interested in sponsoring this child email Holly, our sponsorship coordinator at sponsorships@galileeschool.org - check out our website for more children waiting for a sponsor.
Jecinta is 8 years old. She is in Class One where she placed 24th out of 82 students. Her favorite sport is net ball. She lives with her father and brother. Her father has difficulty meeting her basic needs.
Can you help this needy child and family. By providing her an education is a way to her break out of this cycle of poverty.

If you are interested in sponsoring Jecinta or need more information, email Holly at sponsorships@galileeschool.org



Thursday, August 6, 2009

Music Fest Update..

Dear Tami,

The Music competitions are on.

GPS children performed yesterday and today, they will be performing their last item tomorrow and then go back to Nairobi. The WHS are performing today , tomorrow and Saturday and then leave for Nairobi on Sunday.

So far so good. They have performed well, and in the three main items they were ranked number two in two items and three in one item. We are all very happy with their performance , being that there was very high competition in all the items they have competed in.


Thankyou
FANUEL
Reporting from Mombasa

Friday, July 31, 2009

Friday's Child.............

Friday's Child is one of the many children at Galilee Primary School, Waddington High School and Holly House who is in desperate need of a sponsor to assist in paying school fees and other expenses. If you are interested in sponsoring this child email Holly, our sponsorship coordinator at sponsorships@galileeschool.org - check out our website for more children waiting for a sponsor.


Onesmus is a 10 year old boy in the third grade. He lives with his grandmother. He likes to play football and wants to become an “administrator” when he grows up. He is struggling in school and needs a sponsor to encourage him to do better.

He needs a sponsor to assist him in school fees and to provide encouragement to study hard. Sponsorship fees for him are $12.50 month.

If you are interested in sponsoring this child email Holly, our sponsorship coordinator at sponsorships@galileeschool.org - check out our website for more children waiting for a sponsor.

Football Scores are in!!!!



Galilee Primary VS Soweto Catholic Primary

In an exciting game between the girls football team lead by

Sir. Gabriel (class 7A teacher). It was a close game with Soweto winning at the last minute.

Finale score 1-0.

Go Girls!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Friday's Child.............

Friday's Child is one of the many children at Galilee Primary School, Waddington High School and Holly House who is in desperate need of a sponsor to assist in paying school fees and other expenses. If you are interested in sponsoring this child email Holly, our sponsorship coordinator at sponsorships@galileeschool.org - check out our website for more children waiting for a sponsor.


John is 9 years in the second grade student who lives with his parents and baby brother. His father is a waiter and his mother is jobless. He wants to be an accountant when he grows up. He is struggling in school, 85 out of 105 students. He has mild CP.

His teacher says “He very humble and disciplined he works hard in class despite his condition. We love him very much.”

He needs a sponsor to assist him in school fees and to provide encouragement to study hard. Sponsorship fees for him are $12.50 month.

If you are interested in sponsoring this child email Holly, our sponsorship coordinator at sponsorships@galileeschool.org - check out our website for more children waiting for a sponsor.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Letter from Eunice........


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Friday's Child...........

Friday's Child is one of the many children at Galilee Primary School, Waddington High School and Holly House who is in desperate need of a sponsor to assist in paying school fees and other expenses. If you are interested in sponsoring this child email Holly, our sponsorship coordinator at sponsorships@galileeschool.org - check out our website for more children waiting for a sponsor.


Christy is 16 years old and is in the 8th grade. She is a very good student, and places 7th in her class. She would like to be “air hostess” when she grows up. Christy is part of the music group at the school and has scored high marks as a soloist, dancing and Kiswahili poetry.

Christy was one of the first kids to move into Holly House. She is an orphan, her family where abouts is unknown, she continues to thrive despite her hard beginnings. She is in need of a co-sponsor of $15 a month to pay for her needs at Holly House. Sponsorship fees include her board, meals, and other basic needs.

If you are interested in sponsoring this child email Holly, our sponsorship coordinator at sponsorships@galileeschool.org - check out our website for more children waiting for a sponsor,

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Letter from Emma......


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Letter from Charles.....

And here are some thoughts from Charles..........

Tami


June 26, 2009

Dear Everyone,

It is my pleasure to inform you about our music club and the music festivals. Last month we went to the Zonals level where we presented class 1122J, class 1123J, 1125J and 1127 J. We won all the classes apart from 1125J which we took position two.

We will be going for our provincial level on July 6th, 2009. We will be presenting class 1121J, 1122 J, 1123J, and 1125 J in addition to taarab and Khaeida. We all have hope that we will win all the classes that we will presenting in.

I joined music because I like music very much. During my free time I like listening to music and reading novels.

May God bless you very much for supporting me and our school.

Good bye,
Yours faithful,
Charles

Letter from Anastacia ......


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Wordless Wednesday........

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Letter from David.......


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This letter is from David......

If you can help them go to Nationals, please donate a little, every $5 will help get them a little closer.....

enjoy... Tami





A letter from Collins..........


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Collins, one of the students at the school, shares about going to music fest... Enjoy...


Monday, July 13, 2009

thank you sponsors!!!

Letter from Brenda

Brenda shares her thoughts on music fest 2009. Please help her and the others represent their school in the next level of competition. Three hundred people donating $10 each will enable our stars to shine brighter and will give these kids the experience of a lifetime.

Thank you reading and and for taking the time to share it with your friends and family!

Tami Folks, KKIN Director...



June 27, 2009
Dear Everyone,

Hello! How are you? I hope that you are fine. I am fine here in Galilee. The reason I have taken this golden opportunity is to thank you and to inform you that you I am fine and to inform you about our school.

In our school we have new classes and good flower beds. We also have a well equipped library, thank you.

I am still participating in music club at our school. Last month we went to compete with other schools and we have become the winners. The songs which we performed were Taarab, Kasida, poems and Lahya dance.

Next term we hope will be going to Mombasa to compete in the Nationals. Please pray for us.

May God Bless you and your family and also your friends.

Your Friend, Brenda


This information was taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taarab
Taarab is a music genre popular in Tanzania and Kenya. It is influenced by music from the cultures with a historical presence in East Africa, including music from East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Taarab rose to prominence in 1928 with the rise of the genre's first star, Siti binti Saad.
According to local legend, taarab was started by Sultan Seyyid Barghash bin Said (1870-1888); he liked luxury and the pleasures of life. It was this ruler who started Taarab in Zanzibar and later it spread all over East Africa. He imported a taarab ensemble from Egypt, to play in his Beit el-Ajab palace. Later on he decided to send to Egypt Mohamed Ibrahim to learn music and he also learned to play the Kanun. Upon his return he formed the Zanzibar Taarab Orchestra. In 1905, Zanzibar's second music society, Ikwhani Safaa Musical Club, was established and continues to thrive until today.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Letter from Anastacia

Over the next few days we will be sharing with you parts of letters students at Galilee Primary School and Waddington High School students wrote telling of their experiences at the first level of the Music Competition. If you can help us send them on to Nationals, please click on the button to the left of this post to help, if we can get 300 people to donate $10 each we can send them to Nationals.........



June 26, 2009

Dear Everyone,

It is a fine moment that I have decided to write this letter informing you how we performed in our music festivals which were held at Humma (sp?) Girls Secondary School at district level. We had many articles of poem and (?) where by our participants came to be winners. I being one of them. I was excited beyond belief wince we had scored 80% marks and above. For that time we met many other schools who had different ideas where by after sharing them we came up with may new ideas. How wonderful and enjoyable w(?). We wished mar we could overstay there which was impossible. For now we are preparing for provincial music festivals which will be held on 6th July 2009.

Pass my greetings to everyone......

Anastacia


Friday, July 10, 2009

Friday's Child.......

Friday's Child is one of the many children at Galilee Primary School, Waddington High School and Holly House Children's home who is in desperate need of a sponsor to assist in paying school fees and other expenses. If you are interested in sponsoring this child email Holly, our sponsorship coordinator, at sponsorships@galileeschool.org - Check out our website for more waiting children.

Rose is 10 years old, and lives at Holly House. She was abandoned as a baby and was cared for by a person in the community until she was old enough to come and live at Holly House. She likes to sing and dance and wants to be a teacher when she gets older. Rose is 2nd in her third grade class. She is a very sweet child who gets along well with others.

Rose needs a co-sponsor who will commit to paying $15 a month for her to live at Holly House. Sponsorship fees go toward room, board and minor medical care.



...........sponsor a child and change 2 lives forever...........