Current & Future Projects
Hope academy addition: Raised $32,000CA to add a 7 classroom addition.
Community Benefit: This is going to a tremendous boost to the community and the school as is been so noisy with all the kids in one room.
In Dec 2015. We began to harvest stones from the mountain to begin the foundations for a seven classroom addition. We returned in Feb 2016 with $22,000CA and we completed the walls and got the trusses built and the root sheathed with tin sheets, October 16th we brought in another $10,000CA to complete the plastering and an interior floor. The school should be functional for the 2017 school year which begins in January.
2013 and Ongoing
Livestock Cooperative - 2013 and Ongoing: The Kluck Kluck Project
Community Benefit: Helped bring very poor women a source of income and food.
Working with Dawson Mudenyo, leader of a network of house churches across Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Berundi. Lots of these house churches have many widows, and we’re trying to help these widows support themselves. We provided chickens to start this program, and it is basically self-sustaining. Widows get 5 hens to start out. At the end of the year they bring 6 chickens back to the program, which are then given to other widows.
Girls Hygiene Project - 2014 and Ongoing: Hygiene and sex education
Community Benefit: Reduced pregnancies among school-age girls and fewer missed classes.
We worked with Dawson’s wife, Elizabeth, going into schools with other ladies and talking with 13 and 14 years old girls about health; hygiene, sanitary pads, sex, body changes, etc. We hand out hygiene kits we’ve created to the girls. Principles of the schools are pleased, noticing decrease of pregnancies and absenteeism among female students. We also provided post-partum pads in a birthing kit for hospitals and birthing clinics.
This project started with us making reusable sanitary pads in hygiene kits in Canada and taking them to Africa, since we had no source for materials overseas. We also taught locals to make them to generate income. Now, our partner NGO, Step30, from Taiwan, has developed and modified the sanitary pads and teaches women how to make them out of fabric from used clothing sourced locally. This has proven to be more cost effective, making the pads a viable option even for the poorer village women, as well as school girls.
Foot Care - 2010 and Ongoing: Footwear and Jigger Treatment
Community Benefit: Provides preventative measures (footwear) for reducing jiggers related foot problems. Treats foot problems caused by jiggers to aid in healing from infections.
Jiggers (sand fleas) are a major problem in the villages of Kenya and Uganda because very few people can afford shoes. The jiggers get onto their feet as they walk around, then lay eggs in their feet. This results in painful sores and infections. Early on, we tried to help by bringing in as many shoes as we could carry in our suitcases, but there were still many who were left without shoes. Then, in 2013, we raised enough money to buy shoes for every kid at Hope Academy, Nebki Village. We also took a nurse with us, who doctored infected feet with a solution to kill the jiggers. This treatment and the footwear provided went a long ways towards minimizing foot problems related to jiggers.
Since then, our partner NGO, Step30, from Taiwan has taken this project to a whole new level. In the spring of 2014 they asked the people of Taiwan for shoes to send to Kenya. The response was overwhelming, and within 3 weeks they had filled a shipping crate full of thousands of pairs of new and used shoes. The first container arrived in the fall of 2014 Since then, they have sent 15 sea can containers full of shoes to Kenya. These shoes, donated by the people of Taiwan, have been an incredible blessing to the forgotten peoples of Kenya.