“Soup”er Lunch – 19th February

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Exciting News

We are pleased to announce a new partnership with The Retired Teachers of Ontario (RTO/ERO), an organization of retired teachers and others who worked in the education field. RTO/ERO provides its members with comprehensive health and travel insurance plans, a travel program, and acts as an advocate for retirees, seniors, children and active educators. Each year this organization provides financial assistance to a number of education related and/or community projects at the local, provincial or world level. Last spring the local RTO/ERO Leeds and Grenville District 48 selected an application from Our Kenyan Kids to submit at the provincial level. We are excited to announce that the Provincial Project Service to Others committee has chosen our submission on behalf of Kambui School for the Hearing Impaired. We have received a cheque for $4000!

 

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2016 Provincial Service to Others District 48 Grant Recipient – Representing the Kambui School for the Hearing Impaired in Kenya: Carolyn Matheson and Donna McMillan (Board Members of Our Kenyan Kids); with Martin Higgs (Past Pres. RTO), Dave Heuther (Pres. District 48), Lisa Leroux (Secretary District 48)

 Project funds from The Retired Teachers of Ontario will address three areas of need at Kambui School. 

  • Library: Funds will be used to enrich the education of students by providing books and other learning materials for students and teachers.
  • Playground: Funds will be used to replace unsafe playground equipment with repaired and/or different equipment which will enable not only younger students to play with friends at recess or after school, but older students to benefit from physical activity and social interactions with peers as well.
  • Dormitories are crowded. Mattresses are thin, and mattress covers are stained, soiled or threadbare. Funds will be used to begin to improve the health, well-being and comfort of students residing in the dormitories. Fifty new mattresses and mattress covers will be purchased with funds from this project.

Watch for updates about this 2017 project at Kambui School for the Hearing Impaired. Thank you again to The Retired Teachers of Ontario.

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Christmas is coming!

Christmas Shopping? Two ideas to consider:

Crafts from Kenya will be for sale at Yuletide Fare, Wall Street United Church Brockville on November 25 (10am-5pm) and 26 (10am-2pm) . All proceeds support the work of Our Kenyan Kids.

 

Meaningful Christmas Gifts: Make a donation to Our Kenyan Kids in honour of a friend or relative and a special card will be sent to announce your gift. Donations may be made by cheque sent to Our Kenyan Kids, P.O. Box 164, Brockville ON K6V 5V2 OR online at Canada Helps.org.  Include the name and address of the person being honoured.

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In the news

Board member, Jan Murray, has been in Kenya the last two weeks.  She has published the first of two articles on InsideBrockville.com about her journey.

You can read it here.

 

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Supporter Survey

Thank you so much for your support of Our Kenyan Kids – whether by financial contribution, by volunteering your time, or by liking and sharing our posts on social media.  We value your opinion, because without your support, Our Kenyan Kids could not fulfill its mission.

Our Kenyan Kids supports children and youth affected by poverty and or HIV/AIDS, in Kenya or elsewhere, by providing education, training, humanitarian aid, and nurturing relationships, one child at a time.

We want to ensure that we are providing you with an experience that fulfills your needs as a supporter. This entire organization started because Douglas Warren (at the time a Minister at Wall Street United Church in Brockville, Ontario) was given $200 by a member of the Wall Street congregation, to be taken with him on his vacation to Kenya in January of 2004. The donor asked that it be used for helping children as he saw fit.  This donated seed money and inspiration resulted in the first sponsored volunteer at Nairobi Children’s Rescue Centre (then Nairobi Children’s Home). As the organization has grown, and as time has gone by, other influences have come into the picture. As a registered Canadian charity, Our Kenyan Kids must adhere to strict rules and we want to ensure that while following those rules, our donors’ and supporters’ voices are still being heard.

Please take a few moments to tell us what you think by filling out this survey.

We thank you sincerely for your consideration of this request,

Our Kenyan Kids’ volunteer board members

 

 

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An artist in the family. 

When the first ‘flight crew’ went to Kenya in 2007, they spent a lot of time with Sammy Ndungu and his family – sisters Rachel and Eunice, brother Simon and extended friends who count as family.

Members of that crew keep in touch, to this day, with the Ndungu family. It has grown with in-laws and many children.

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Top – The Ndungu siblings in 2007 | Bottom – The family in 2012

 

Most recently, we have received an update on Eunice and her family.

Left – Eunice’s husband Lewis & their two boys | Right – Eunice & Lewis

 

Eunice’s husband, Lewis, is  not only a dedicated father to their two boys but also a gifted artist. Below are just a few of his works:

 


  

 

If anyone would like more information about Lewis’ work, please contact us at our.kenyan.kids@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jan, Rita & Bill’s Kenyan adventures

12548932_1678671535722087_1401477726984365654_nThe latest ‘flight crew’ to travel to Nairobi is on the ground in Kenya.  They left Brockville on January 14th and have already had a tour of Nairobi, visited the David Sheldrick elephant orphanage and, today, the Gathaithi Orphan’s & Vulnerable Children’s Centre.

You can follow along with their adventure on Jan’s blog or on our Facebook page.

 

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