Thursday, February 26, 2009

Wycliffe Needs a Sponsor.......


Wycliffe is 16 year old young man who has already experienced more tragedy in his life then most teenagers in the western world will ever know. He lost both his mother and father to tragic events. His mother and younger brother died from a lightening strike and his father from the post election violence. He and his 3 sisters then moved in with their grandmother who passed away soon after, leaving them to care for themselves.

When the school director went to the rural village to attend the funeral his heart was broken over the condition he found the children in. He made immediate arrangements to move Wycliffe and his sisters into Holly House, a refuge for children who have nobody to care for them. At Holly House Wycliffe will receive, the supervision teenage boys need, 3 meals a day, schooling and other basics. For Holly House to continue to operate, every child needs to be sponsored.

Wycliffe needs a sponsor....... for $30 a month, a dollar day, you can become a sponsor and friend to Wycliffe. You will receive a letter from him 3 times a year and can write as often as you like. As Wycliffe's sponsor you will become part of an international group of individuals who are making a difference one child at a time. For more information about sponsoring Wycliffe, email Holly, our sponsorship coordinator, at sponsorships@galileeschool.org.

For more information about our other sponsorship programs go to www.galileeschoool.org.



Monday, February 23, 2009

Happy 6th Birthday Galilee............

Six Years Ago....

It was exactly six years ago this month (February) that a handful of sponsors joined together to sponsor the first 12 students at Galilee Primary School, in the slums of Kayole-Soweto in Nairobi. There were approximately 165 students attending the school at that time, grades K-7, as I recall. Teaching the children some basic literacy and math skills was the goal. Back then, there were only a couple of rudimentary stone buildings for the classrooms. Children sat shoulder-to-shoulder, but they came, thirsty for an education.

A high school education, in our Galilee children's eyes, was but a dream. That is why it is especially moving to read letters from our first graduating class, aka our Form 4's, saying they never imagined that they would really be able to finish high school. They mean it from the bottom of their hearts. Parents, students, teachers, even Fanuel (the School Director) himself, probably pinch themselves from time to time to assure themselves this is real. A lot of love and thoughtful planning went in to bringing the school to the point where it is, six years later. Erecting classrooms for both primary and secondary schools; building a library and science lab; purchasing textbooks, desks, other classroom materials; providing uniforms and lunches; building children's homes for the homeless children; bringing fresh water and electricity to the campus.... These things were all made possible thanks to our sponsors and donors. We have more work to do, more children to reach.

Now with hundreds of children and youth in grades preschool through 12th grade, there are more eager faces, hoping for a sponsor to reach out and send them letters of encouragement. Six years ago those of us sponsoring those first 12 children knew we couldn't take on the whole school, but we could make a difference in one child's life. Are you ready to make a difference in a child's life? Email sponsorships@galileeschool.org to learn about children in need of a caring sponsor in their lives.

Brenda

Friday, February 20, 2009

Teaching About Kenya - Some Resources Part 1 A!

Hi,

I'm having so much fun and finding so many resources to use in my elementary school course on Kenya. I found this site and just HAD TO share. This really isn't an article, more a blurb or a snippet hence the tile Teaching About Kenya - Some Resources Part 1 A! I hope you are having fun right along with me and are learning something new in the process.

Go to:
http://pbskids.org/africa/index.html

Read what secondary students in a rural Kenyan school have to say. Listen to and play a virtual thumb piano and listen to and read a Swahili folktale. Gather up the young and the young at heart and take some time to learn about some things Kenyan!

Holly

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Teaching about Kenya - Some Resources Part 1

Hi!

Recently I was asked if I would teach an enrichment class at our local elementary school.

The class will be held for 2 hours a week for 6-8 weeks. The topic... KENYA! I am SO excited about this opportunity so right off started using good search to find materials to develop my lessons.

The first two sites I'd like to share are fee paid sites with great information on Kenya, Africa and a myriad of other topics some of which is available in languages other than English. If you are a Mom, homeschooler, teacher or babysitter, if you sponsor a child or children somewhere around the world or if you are involved with kids in any capacity take a look at what these sites have to offer! There are crafts, games, stories, activity pages and SO MUCH MORE!


www.enchantedlearning.com

www.edhelper.com



On enchantedlearning.com I discovered some Kenya map and flag activity pages and quizzes that are lots of fun and educational. In my class the focus will be Kenya but they have some great stuff on the entire African continent and each individual country which I may be able to incorporate. At edhelper.com I found an outline map, reading comprehension passages on the geography, history, traditions and daily customs of Kenya and math story printables.


The other resource I'm really excited about is a CD by Ella Jenkins called "Jambo and Other Call & Response Songs and Chants". I plan to use the Counting On Swahili song to teach the children to count in Swahili.





Well it's time for another good search or two to see what other treasures are out there on the www. If you decide to look up any of these resources or have others I should checkout please leave me a comment and I'll get back with you.



GoodSearch: You Search...We Give!



Asante sana,

Holly

Saturday, February 7, 2009

...... Women in Kenya.........

Hi Everyone..........

I came across this article and it got me thinking about what life must be like for the mothers of our Kenyan Kids, the hardships they face that we can't begin to imagine... How difficult it must be to look to the future with hope when reliving the horrors of the past and just trying to survive the present.


This article titled "The War On Kenyan Women" talks about the atrocities inflicted on them as a result of the post election violence in 2008. While it is not enjoyable reading it is an accurate portrayal of what our mothers and the children experienced.

http://allafrica.com/stories/200901300628.html


Pour yourself a cup of tea ........ and take some time to read this article......

We would love to hear what your thoughts are on it....... just click on the comments link below and add your thoughts.

Also take a few minutes to scroll down below and take a look at the recommend reading list about the lives of women in Kenya.

Holly

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

What is a blog...............

HI Everyone..........


We found this definition of a blog on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


A blog (a contraction of the term "Web log") is a Web site, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.



Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs... readers are encouraged to leave comments or post a questions about any of the articles read on this blog. Reader participation will help make this blog more interactive, informative and fun!

So how exactly do they work, take a few minutes sit back and enjoy "Blogs in Plain English"......... these guys do such a good job explaining things........




Holly & Tami

Sunday, February 1, 2009

The power of an uniform...........


HI Everyone,

I have been going though old posts on the yahoo boards, and found this one, every time I read it I get all mushy, and remember the meaning of the little things in life.......... this was written after the sponsors had raised some money to buy some of the neediest kids uniforms....

Tami

June 20, 2003

Dear Lorna,

Thank you very much for your emails telling us of the Galilee friends. You have not only put a smile on my, our staff, children faces, but you have all touched their hearts and the hearts of the community around our school in a great way.

One day children come to school in their usual torn clothes, bare foot and grown for having not gotten breakfast the People in the community look at them [just like one commented) and say there is no hope of them ever coming out of this!

The day is a chilly morning, Nairobi is experiencing it's most cold seasons of the year, the temperature are at 14 c, the children are shivering a sign that the cold is reaching all over their body organs, the body warming systems are over whelmed. The day is a Monday.

Do the children know what the day has for them? No, their only hope is the break time porridge which also serves as their breakfast, the rice and beans which follow at lunch time, for some the day will be over, they will only have another meal when they come to school the next day what a fate?

At break time when the director calls out names to come to the office they still don't know what they are being called for, one by one they are handed their uniforms shoes and book bag packages, they all run out they still don't believe it, is the director serious, is it really true? Some have never had uniform from pre-school to class seven, where they are today, some have never put their foot in something called shoes the nearest they reached shoes is when the got slippers (sandals).

Every body has abandoned the porridge (breakfast) queue, songs are heard all over some are crying tears of joy, the director who is least expected to cry, tears are rolling his chicks he can not control them, he forgot to bring the cameraman, so all these cannot be capture on the photos.

Frowning faces of the morning are all gone with the dew. The faces are lighted. The community around wonders what has become of Galilee pupils. The noises are heard for over 15 minutes they cannot hold back, one by one they start coming out of their houses, they still don't understand why the children are so joyous, they move closer, before they peep in the office five girls come out, they a look at them the first. Thing in their minds, they must be children from one of the well of schools in the city, but which well off s, but which well off school has come to Galilee? The uniforms are similar to Galilee's? What is happening one child comes out of the office running in his new uniform towards his guardian, first the guardian does not recognize him, until he reaches near her, she looks at him, she is overwhelmed by joy, she kneels down and looks up in the sky, she is thanking God, she
never expected the day to be that good so did every body (children and staff). The director new these are only uniform, they are going to make children look beautiful and for the first time they are going to look like school children least did he (I) know the joy that will come with it.

The people from the community go home happy and full of hope the sad day becomes the happiest day in the history of Galilee. Everybody is happy for the rest of the day and looks forward to one day meeting these great friends.

I'm still regretting why I didn't bring the cameraman before hand otherwise it was my happiest day in my work. Whenever I look at the children, I feel satisfied at least the new day has come, the light in the tunnel is getting brighter and brighter. May God bless all of you who took part in this act that made all of us happy and may he bring more friends through you with the same heart this was a great experience.

Thank you

God BLESS

FANUEL.