February 2019 KenyaHELP Newsletter

 

Jimton Mugambi
2013 graduate of Nkubu High School
Attended Kenyatta University
Graduating with a Degree in Agribusiness
Jimton writes:

My month has been good, I am happy that I am preparing for my graduation ceremony happening in December, it is so encouraging that the four year journey is finally over, I thank the KenyaHELP family for walking with me. It has been a month where I have been trying different job positions as I try growing my entrepreneurial aspirations. It is a month that me and few friends we have been visiting different children’s homes to encourage and share with them.

Irene Njambi
2012 graduate of Bishop Imathiu High School
Attended Kenyatta University
Graduating with a Degree in Commerce Accounting (CPA) 

Irene writes:
Hello family.
I can’t hold the tears of joy when I envisage one milestone achievement I have made in life through your support. I honestly  don’t imagine where I could be ,the type of person I would be if KenyaHELP never chipped in in my studies. When I look back to some of my friends who never got such a golden opportunity as the one you gave me ,I can only look up and thank God for you KENYAHELP! 
          How can I pay this? You may never understand the impact you’ve had in my life! An eternal testimony I will keep for the generations to come.
          I thank God for using you to bring hope,light and an awakening call in my life,pushing me towards unlocking my potential and making me achieve my dreams! The candle you lit in my life since form two will never go off.
          In addition to that am delighted to let you know that am graduating. You can be sure am the happiest girl at this time of waiting for the day. I will be awarded a bachelor’s degree in commerce Accounting option and don’t forget I have got CPA (K) .Who can deny this is not a double achievement? Just because of your presence in my life has earned me a title I could never have. It was not easy but you’ve been there for me .Jill thank you for giving a shoulder to lean on when I felt that everything was falling apart,thank you for your counsels and encouragement.Sometimes I even contemplated death but you reminded me the purpose for which I was on earth for. Thank you dearly.
          I promise to extend the same kindness you have shown mean to the community and more so mentoring the high school students by example.
          I already got a job even before I get my certificates and after I got  this job, I have received two more interview invitations for jobs and I believe God to sustain me in the college where am tutoring students.
          Thank you for being instruments of change in my life.I value and treasure you.May the Lord bless you mightily.
Lots of love
Thank you
Irene

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens

This year our High School Retreat was based on Sean Covey’s book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens. Over the past years this has been one of our favorite offerings, both with those leading the retreats as well as with the students and this year was no exception. When the team wasn’t working with our High School Students exploring the Seven Habits, they were visiting our partner schools and meeting with Administrators and our students, and attending classes. In addition, our team had an AMAZING time reconnecting with our past graduates at our graduate networking days in Nairobi and in Meru.

FOR MORE PHOTOS CLICK HERE

KenyaHELP Intern Program

Our Intern Program continues to generate additional, and much needed help for our KenyaHELP Team. in 2018 we had the assistance of Hamza Umar who was indispensable in putting together our student material for our 2018 mission trip. In 2017 Nate accompanied us on our KenyaHELP Humanitarian Mission Trip as well as reworking the leadership workshop presentation materials and reworking the workbook; Mohamed assisted with helping to set up product and gift donations in Spring of 2017; and Skyla is a wiz with videos and helped to put together our presentations for the most recent Harambee and for use for outreach and community engagement. This program would not be possible if it weren’t for our partnership with UW Green Bay.

PIZZA RANCH FUNDRAISER

SAVE THE DATE: March 25, 2019

Our Pizza Ranch Fundraiser is a delicious and family fun way to support KenyaHELP.

Mark your calendars!

ARITGRAS

SAVE THE DATE: March 9th and 10th, 2019

Arti Gras will be held at a new location, KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay.

Mark your calendars!
AMAZON SMILE

WHY NOT COMBINE HOLIDAY SHOPPING WITH GIVING?

Shop at Amazon and you can help KenyaHELP, Inc.  Amazon makes a half-percent donation for educating Kenyan students each time you use the link.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

WE NOW ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS AND DONATIONS THROUGH PAYPAL

We now have the capacity to accept credit cards for purchases or donations. We’ve even put a button on our website to make it that much easier.

DONATE

Copyright © 2019 KenyaHELP, INC, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this because you have signed up as a friend of KenyaHELP.Our mailing address is:

KenyaHELP, INC

3332 Langdon St, Green Bay, WI

Green BayWI 54311

 

 

Pizza Ranch Night Monday, 3/25/19 3:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

Coming Soon: March 25, 2019 For Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

The KenyaHelp Team is committed to serving you and raising money for the scholarship fund.

This Pizza fundraiser will have our team of dedicated volunteers serving up Pizza on behalf of KenyaHelp. Come out and join the fun, with great people, for an amazing cause! 


PIZZA RANCH FUNDRAISER 
KenyaHelp volunteers will be serving pizzas from 3:30pm – 8:30pm.  KenyaHELP will get a percentage of all purchases made from 5pm-8pm.  We also will be able to keep all tips!  Please plan to have dinner at the Pizza Ranch and invite your friends! 

Coming soon: March 25, 2019.   It’s a fun time where our KenyaHELP volunteers are happy to serve you and raise money for KenyaHELP. It’s fun for the whole family and a great community get together. Please be sure and join us at the east Green Bay location 6-8 p.m.  —  2206 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54302 .    Map

You Are Invited to Artigras:  

March 9th and 10th, you can visit our KenyaHELP booth at Artigras at the Ki Center in Green Bay and purchase fantastic arts, jewelry, and carvings!  This is a new location this year.

Some of our student’s shared:

Irene shared, “Let me appreciate your unceasing support last year that allowed me to study without any difficulty.  I sincerely thank you and thank God for you.  You have been a blessing to me and soon I know I will be a blessing to someone else.”   Irene was one of the first students at Bishop Lawi Imathiu Secondary School (BLISS), a day school, who scored an A- to qualify for university government status.  She graduated from Kenyatta University with a degree in Commerce!



Winfred has a win-win attitude in everything she does!  She wrote, “Thank you for the continued support both morally, financially, academically, and in all sectors of our lives.  You have been the reason for us to keep moving forward.”  Her monthly updates always end the same, “Your loving daughter, Winfred.”  With her degree in biomedical sciences, our daughter is sure to go far.



Thank you for helping to make a difference in these young people’s lives.

Past event:
SEE YOU AT ARTIGRAS!

2017 October KenyaHELP Newsletter

KenyaHELP 2017 Mission Trip

This year’s KenyaHELP Mission Trip was amazing!

Members of the team from left to right are Robert C., Jill T., Bruce C., Nate C., and Betsy M.

Robert shared his thoughts about the trip and the impact it had on him, personally:

During this past summer I have had the amazing opportunity to be a part of the KenyaHELP Mission team and join them on the mission trip to Kenya. It was a truly life changing experience. Seeing the homes of the students really changed how I view the world around me. Our students’ homes were the size of an average room in an American house. It really made me appreciate what I have.

One of the best parts of the trip was when I visited our partner Kenyan schools for 2 days. I sat through all kinds of classes including a Kiswahili class with no English in it! Every other class was pretty similar to the ones in the US. The Chemistry classes were quite similar as they were reviewing experiments that I did when I took Chemistry the previous year. The history class I visited was also very interesting. All throughout my years of school, my classes presented history from our American point of view. It was a change to view history through another culture’s lens.

In all, it was an amazing trip. I was able to develop friendships. Our KenyaHELP students may come from humble beginnings, but they are determined and ambitious and will soon be leaders!

As always, we were well taken care of by Bundi, or guide. This year we stayed at the hotel Emily in downtown Nairobi, which was convenient for our graduates to access and had great facilities for holding our Nairobi Graduate Networking Day.

KenyaHELP Graduate Networking Day in Nairobi

Karen, Leen,  Carol, Chelsea, Caroline

Networking and Catching up Over Lunch

Isaiah, Salim, Jimton, Gregory

We were able to tour several campuses including JKUAT, which had a large agricultural school.

Touring JKUAT

We said our farewells to our Naroibi based graduates and headed to Meru. We used the time prior to the retreat to prepare the materials and games that we would be using.

Preparing for the “Teens Can Make it Happen” Retreat

Our first arrivals were our graduate leaders for the retreat.

From left to right and Back Row to Front Row – Carol, Solomon, Bibian, Festus, Gladwell, Valentine, Davis, Benson

Our graduate assistants jumped right in and set themselves up to deliver content during the retreat as well as handle the logistics of checking the high school students in, helping them find their rooms, getting pictures taken, and helping with getting to background sheets completed by the students. We couldn’t have done it without them!

Teamwork in Preparation for Retreat

After a whirlwind of preparation we were ready for the arrival of our high school students. There were lots of hugs and catching up as our returning students reconnected with everyone.

Warm Greetings and Catching Up

Our three days of retreat time allowed us to cover the “Teens Can Make It Happen” material in such a way that the students were able to personally identify with the concepts and the graduate leaders shared personal stories relating to the messages.

Graduate Leaders Working With Their Teams and Mr. Rincanya, our faculty adviser at Kaaga Boys, who joined us on Saturday afternoon

Kenneth, a future Civil Engineer Solving the Nail Puzzle

Developing SMART goals that are Specific, Measureable, Action Oriented, Realistic, and Time Bounded

We learned. (Bruce and Bibian teaching)

We shared. (Adan sharing)

We played.

We danced, we sang and we made memories.

KenyaHELP – pursuing our commitment to Make a Difference

The retreat was a success. This year we embraced 40 high school students from four different schools. We were able to connect with and learn more about who they are, what their goals are, and what their challenges are. Through this ongoing connection we work closely with the schools to set boundaries and expectations, and our schools have shared with us that our students are very proud to be a KenyaHELP student and that our students are becoming leaders in their own right.

We took the opportunity, prior to and following the retreat, to visit our partner schools, visit with some of our students, and make some home visits as well.

Visiting Kaaga Boys School and attending classes

Visiting and spending time with some of our KenyaHELP students

Home Visit

The Meru Graduate Networking Day was help following the retreat. This gave our graduates an opportunity to have lunch with our high school students and connect and share stories in order to help our high school students understand what’s possible with hard work and dedication.

Graduate Networking Day in Meru

 

HARAMBEE FUNDRAISER and Silent Auction

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: This year’s Harambee Fundraiser and Silent Auction will be held on Friday, November 10th.

WHEN: Friday, November 10th from 6PM to 9PM

WHERE: Stadium View on Holmgren Way

COST: $40 per Adult, $20 per student

CONTACT KenyaHELP FOR TICKETS:  eContact Jill Thiede at (920) 655-3612 or email Jill at jillmariet@yahoo.com or talk to any KenyaHELP board member or tickets are available at Schroeder’s Flowers on Webster

OUR AGENDA: Celebrate KenyaHELP, it’s students, partner schools, and the Network of generous and committed donors that make it possible. The Randi Faye Trio will be performing and there will be appetizers and a dessert buffet served. The evening will culminate in a silent Auction. Highlighted items include autographed Packers items, vacation packages, golf packages, spa treatments, Restaurant Certificates, Floral Gift, and much, much more.

KenyaHELP Intern Program

 Nate (Spring 2017); Mohamed (Summer 2017); and Skyla (Fall 2017)

KenyaHELP is very proud of the work that our interns, Nate, Mohamed, and Skyla have contributed in order to help us. Nate played a critical part in preparing the “Teens Can Make It Happen” material for the 2017 retreat. He reworked the presentation materials and the workbook; Mohamed spent time helping to solicit and collect donated items for our Harambee Fundraiser and Silent Auction; and Skyla has allowed us to tap into her videographer talents in order to prepare presentations for sharing with the community at large and at our Harambee Fundraiser.

This year, Nate, our spring intern, was able to join the KenyaHELP team that went to Kenya. Nate shared the following thoughts and insights about his experience:

I was not entirely sure what to expect before going on the trip. Growing up, I have heard about absolute poverty, studied the challenges of third world countries through textbooks and classrooms, and witnessed different portrayals of African nations in the media. My team members gave me plenty of their own personal accounts of voyages to Kenya and the characteristics of the country. Working with KenyaHELP beforehand, I already knew a lot about our students and their struggles. I was aware going into the trip that I would be seeing things that I am not used to, a reality different than the one I live in the U.S. Despite all this, there was no proper way to be prepared for the visit. 

 My time in Kenya contextualized a lot of the issues that I have studied in a way that I never expected. Being there in person made everything resonate deeper than I could imagine. While I was pleasantly surprised to see signs of economic development, such as modern looking areas of Nairobi for example, it was also discouraging to see signs of economic disparity right alongside it, such as expansive slums. From my observations, it was clear that while some citizens were well off, many others were struggling. Kenya is a beautiful country with its scenic views, but its challenges are also plainly laid out there for all to see. 

 I made a lot of friends during my time there, some of whom that I still talk to today through Facebook and other forms of communication. Meeting KenyaHELP’s students and graduates was easily the best aspect of the trip for me. What really stood out to me is the resilience of our students. I’ve gotten to read their stories, see their schools, and visit some of their homes. It is clear that there is an abundance of trials in their lives. Yet upon meeting them, I realized that these kids are certain to break free from the cycle of poverty as long as they get supported through high school. They are bright, ambitious, positive, and hopeful for their futures. They hold on to optimism, despite all the reasons that life has given them not to. And they display a high degree of dedication to their studies, going to lengths that many would balk at. Sometimes literally. They told me what their days were like, with many of them being forced to walk an hour or more just to get to school. This is often just the beginning of their obstacles to education; they also have to worry about school fees, proper nutrition, having enough light to do their studies, and many other extreme problems that test their perseverance at such a young age. I have the utmost respect for them and I look up to them for setting an example that I do not think I could do if I were in their situation. 

 The mission trip and the students weigh on my heart every day. Even though it has been a few months since we have gotten back, they are always in the back of my mind. Seeing Kenya has changed my perspective on America and the world in general. I am painfully aware of the privileges that I enjoy simply due to my country of birth and the dilemmas that the country of Kenya and its citizens face daily. However, if there is anyone that I think can help solve Kenya’s complex problems, I firmly believe that it is KenyaHELP’s students. They are tenacious, hard-working, and amazingly positive. I’m incredibly grateful to KenyaHELP for introducing me to these wonderful individuals. After meeting them in person, I am convinced that as long as they get the assistance they need now, then they will blossom into the vital leaders that Kenya needs for its future. 

    

LETTERS TO OUR DONORS FROM OUR STUDENTS

FROM IRENE NJAMBI:

Hello family.

I can’t hold the tears of joy when I envisage one milestone achievement I have made in life through your support. I honestly  don’t imagine where I could be ,the type of person I would be if KenyaHELP never chipped in in my studies. When I look back to some of my friends who never got such a golden opportunity as the one you gave me ,I can only look up and thank God for you KenyaHELP!
How can I pay this? You may never understand the impact you’ve had in my life! An eternal testimony I will keep for the generations to come.
I thank God for using you to bring hope,light and an awakening call in my life,pushing me towards unlocking my potential and making me achieve my dreams! The candle you lit in my life since form two will never go off.
In addition to that am delighted to let you know that am graduating next month on fourth I.e 4/8/2017. You can be sure am the happiest girl at this time of waiting for the day. I will be awarded a bachelor’s degree in commerce Accounting option and don’t forget I have got CPA (K) .Who can deny this is not a double achievement? Just because of your presence in my life has earned me a title I could never have. It was not easy but you’ve been there for me . Jill thank you for giving a shoulder to lean on when I felt that everything was falling apart,thank you for your counsels and encouragement.Sometimes I even contemplated death but you reminded me the purpose for which I was on earth for. Thank you dearly.
I promise to extend the same kindness you have shown mean to the community and more so mentoring the high school students by example.
I already got a job even before I get my certificates and after I got  this job, I have received two more interview invitations for jobs and I believe God to sustain me in the college where am tutoring students.

Thank you for being instruments of change in my life.I value and treasure you.May the Lord bless you mightily.
Lots of love
Thank you
Irene

FUNDRAISING

Thank you to everyone who came out to Art Street this year. We did have a 1/2 day more with Friday evening added this year, but we also had some rain in the mix. We are tremendously grateful to everyone who came by the booth and visited with our volunteers and purchased some of our beautiful Kenya arts and crafts. We were able to raise $1,800 for our High School Scholarship Program.

    

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

PIZZA RANCH FUNDRAISER: 

SAVE THE DATE: FEBRUARY 19, 2018

 

It’s a fun time where our KenyaHELP volunteers are happy to serve you and raise money for KenyaHELP. It’s fun for the whole family and a great community get together. Please be sure and join us.