Jennifer Hughes-Bystrom, the dynamic co-founder of the Springs of Hope Foundation which the club has been supporting, has sent us good news from Kenya. A recent US$10,000 grant from the Global Giving organization (more than US$10,000) will help greatly with the school that Springs of Hope are involved in building and running. Jennifer writes:
" We are absolutely thrilled as the grant will allow us to build our next class room in time for class 2 to move up at the beginning of next year.
So a huge thank you to all of you. YOU’RE MAKING AMAZING THINGS HAPPEN!
June 1st was Madaraka Day which commemorates the day that Kenya attained internal self-rule in 1963.
We took the opportunity on this public holiday to visit families in our surrounding community.
It’s always shocking and deeply disturbing to witness the living conditions of some of our neighbors who live in abject poverty. We found babies and young children suffering and in constant pain from a number of skin diseases such as scabies, others had open wounds and infections, whilst a number were suffering from ringworm.
This week we will start a program to educate parents on health and hygiene and how to recognize the conditions their children are suffering from.
We will involve the parents of the families whose lives have been positively changed as a result of our support through projects like the goat or rabbit program so that they may offer encouragement to these poor women who live without hope. We will assess the family's needs and work towards assisting them out of poverty with small income generating projects.
TIME TO ROLL UP OUR SLEEVES…WE HAVE A LOT MORE WORK TO DO!!!
Once again, thank you so much for making it possible for us to change the lives of so many children in rural Kenya."