Our trip to Kenya revealed so many things to us. The women's initiatives we support were as eager to see us as we were to see them. The hugs of reunion and the renewal of friendships across so many many miles proved that we not only had not forgotten one another, but that our emails, social posts and support was making a difference and building even closer bonds.
And what a team we had! Speaking of bonds...there is nothing like dedicated women for the greater good coming together to make a difference in the world. Our group worked tirelessly, laughed loudly and celebrated joyfully with the new friends and relationships that were made over the two weeks we were there.
"I didn't know it would be like this," said Danisha. "This is so much more than I expected,", said 17 year old Devan as she played with the children and made friends with the teen girls. "I want to bring my teen friends back here again. We can do so much more when we come again."
We brought water filters and watched children drink the pure clean water and instructed the teachers how to correctly use and clean the filters at the Noel School. Over the past 3 years, at the Noel school, we've begun self-sustainable projects that focus on hygiene, nutrition and education. We've built a latrine, provided funds for dried beans, millet and other resources for lunches and assisted with medical and classrooms. Most recently, a donor provided two 10,000 gallon tubs to catch rainwater. NOW, that rainwater can be filtered to remove 99% of the germs and microbes the children have been drinking. And we worked with the children, teachers and families in the newly plowed land for a future garden. Spinach and kale are the first two vegetables to give the children a healthier start to their lives.
NEXT PROJECTS: A permanent source of sanitary water, completing the garden, increasing the teacher's salaries from $50 a month to the standard $150 a month; providing medical supplies and textbooks!
NEXT PART OF OUR TRIP: OLMALAIKA HOME AND VICTORIOUS TEENS
JOIN US IN CHANGING THE LIVES OF CHILDREN IN KENYA???