BUYING A CHILDREN'S COMMUNITY CENTER
We are currently in negotiations with another organization that owns a building complex, with a few acres of land to go with it, in Kibwezi, Kenya. We are planning to utilize the building for a children's feeding program and children's safe house. We will also be teaching women different trades so they can help be providers for their families. Riley hopes for the second floor to become her permanent home someday. There is 5 acres attached to the property that has three tilapia ponds and lots of room for farming. This would help with the feeding and sustainability of the property.
PAMOJA SCHOOL (means together)
Between June 2011 and July 2012 we finished a school building that had been started several years before. The leader of the group that started the project (not GN) was robbed and killed before he could see it completed. We picked up where he had left off and now 50 children, who would probably never have had the chance, are going to school. We are almost done adding new classrooms to this school. Some will hopefully include a library with many books and some computers for the children.
This is the program that started it all. We find children in need (which isn't very hard) and supply them with a backpack full of school supplies including: pencils, pens, markers, paper, scissors, crayons, glue, and most important, a Bible. We are always in need of more supplies. If you have any unused school supplies, or some that are barely used, we would love to have them, and make sure they are put to good use.
On our 2nd trip, we discovered another need for the young adult, female students. Some of the girls were having trouble getting certain hygiene items that they needed. For the ones that couldn't get these items, they were left with a choice: They could either miss 1 week of school every month, putting them very behind the other kids and adding to the risk that they would just quit, or they had to find a creative way to get those items. Unfortunately, for some girls that meant turning to prostitution. Included in the hygiene kits are reusable sanitary napkins, combs, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, body soap, shampoo, laundry soap and extra panties along with a Bible. This is making a great impact and empowering the lives of these girls.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
You may be asking yourself, "I wonder if there is anything that I could do that would really make a difference?"
We hear that a lot. Most of people that we've talked to think that nothing they could do would make a dent in the problem. That is where most of us would be wrong. Are any of us going to fix this kind of "big" problem in a single stroke? No, but together we can make a huge dent in the problems in this world. We tackle them by combining our resources. Every person helping makes a difference. Every little bit helps.
Here are three ways you can start to make a big difference in this world. We appreciate any help that is given.
Ph: (417) 365-0084
P.O. Box 6534
Branson, MO 65615