New Beginnings in Kenya
There are an estimated 1.9 million orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya as a result of HIV and AIDS, which remains the country’s single biggest health care challenge.
Children still face major challenges in Kenya, ranging from child labor, harmful traditional practices like forced early marriage and female genital mutilation, poor access to education and healthcare, and a lack of protection from many different types of abuse.
Please Give Our Journey a Helping Hand in 2017!
A dream has come true! All the children started the new 2017 school year last week at their new school, "Our Journey Sunshine Junior Academy." They no longer attend school in a mud building that melts away at every rain. The children who are attending are between the ages of 3 and 8 years old. The school was dedicated in loving memory of my precious granddaughter Ella who passed away this past March.
Most cannot pay the nominal cost of 100 schillings per month (that equals to about $1) for their tuition. They are never turned away though. Many of these children are orphans living with elderly ladies in the local neighborhood. The meal they receive daily at school is the only food they eat most days (food is the major reason many children even become interested in education) - they just want to eat! It is our dream to help these children by offering them something better. Better resources, new uniforms for all (uniforms are standard and required in all of Kenya public schools).
If you can't tell, Our Journey Sushine Junior Academy is on our heart. We are wanting our supporters to consider taking this step of faith in 2017 and sponsor one of these 120 children over the next year. One dollar a day. That's it. That is only $365. Most of us in the United States waste that kind of money at fast food restaurants or on other things we don't really need. I promise you the money isn't wasted and ALL of it will go to support these children and their school. No donation is too small.
In 2017 all the children are now wearing school uniforms at Our Journey Sunshine Junior Academy (a first) and a must in all Kenya public schools. Your heart will sing with joy seeing them playing outside at their new school. Thank you Our Journey supporters. Your donations are at work for new school uniforms, school supplies, school furniture and a meal every day, water and electricity and toilets. While most of us at home take all this for granted, these forgotten vulnerable orphan children do not.
Our Journey will have a challenging year ahead in 2017. We have leased the property and land (over an acre) and have until December 2017 to come up with the $100,000 USD to purchase it (land is very expensive in Kenya). This will be above and beyond our yearly school expenses. While I was there last month attending to the legal matters, I prayed very hard that if it was not part of God's plan that He would not let it happen. Everything went smoothly! I believe we can do this with a lot of hard work and your help. Please share this with your friends and families. Your donations are making a huge difference in the lives of these forgotten children, one child at a time. Please help by contributing in 2017.
Our Journey, Inc. is a non-profit organization currently working in Kenya with community-based programs emphasizing self-reliance for families and children decimated by AIDS.