New Orphans Identified – New Sponsors Needed!
For the past two years we have not taken on any new orphans from the community. This was due to our limited resources combined with a need to solidify and guarantee ongoing support for the children already committed to in our program. With our resources stabilized, our new partnership with Kids Alive, and a generous offer from a local Kenyan company – AGSC – we decided it was time to start providing for additional children.
A comprehensive survey was undertaken by our staff, with support from the church community, which identified an initial 19 ‘total’ orphans who were most in need of support. These new children will be under the administration of Kids Alive.
AGSC has been an ongoing supporter of our program for the past five years. They have now taken on the role of sponsor and supporter for ten children. These children have now entered our residence. This is yet another example of how our program is funded and supported by churches, individuals and businesses within Kenya. Last year 26% of our funding came from on the ground sources. This amount will increase this year.
We now have nine other children who were identified who require sponsorship. If you are interested in being a sponsor please contact Kids Alive at 519-624-9406 or at firstname.lastname@example.org Let them know you are interested in providing support to one of the children in the Creation of Hope Project.
The Governor of our area is the Vice-Patron of our program. We were very honoured that his wife, Her Excellency, the County First Lady, Nazi Kivutha, came to our facility to help and officiate at our latest food distribution day. She gave out personal care items, helped with all the food distribution, shared in a meal and gave an inspirational speech.
The children, their guardians and the staff were encouraged and inspired by her speech and her presence. It is so important for our orphans to realize that they are so valued that Her Excellency found time in her schedule to meet with them.
This is a shining example of the type of leadership that exists in our area and the manner in which the Governor and his wife believe in serving the people.
For many years we have purchased ‘grannie’ bags made by our guardians and sold them in Canada. This has been small scale and is limited to the times we have visitors who can bring back bags. Ruth has undertaken a renewed and rethought version of this income generating business.
Grandmothers and older children are being trained in making baskets, and arts and craft items. They will be paid for their work and the finished products will be sold into an integrated network in Kenya. This will provide not only skills and income but self-sufficiency for the guardians and their children and grandchildren.
An existing building on the grounds of the orphanage is being repurposed to allow training and ongoing production. This is a project that can have longstanding positive financial implications for the entire community.
April Hoyt who volunteered at the local hospital as a midwife last Novermber held a fundraiser upon her return. This was a very successful event and money was raised to help provide some equipment for the hospital but also to purchase an electric oven for our residence.
This will be used to create a steady and stable source of baked goods to feed to our orphans but also to expand our baking program to sell to the local stores and schools. This is a gift for the health and well-being of our children but also for the financial well-being of our program. We are proud and grateful for the money that was raised and donated in Kenya to support our program and this will make an ongoing contribution to that.
Chester E.S. School – under the direction of teacher Christina Fowler – the students were inspired by the book Hope Springs and donated $705.55! This money is being used to dig our well deeper (to make sure that we have sufficient water for the orphanage) and for supporting the orphanage for June 17, 18 and 19th.
St. Paul’s R.C.S.S.D, donated $232.05. This s being used for supporting the orphanage on June 15 and 16 and the remaining $32.05 for the May food distribution day.
This money from St. Faustina will be used for 6 days of support – April 28, 29, 30 and May 1, 2 and 3 – and for the April Food distribution.
Ecole Saint-Joseph, Port Colborne donated $108 which was used for supporting the residence on June 12
Chris Hadfield Public School donated $2,523.94. This supported the orphanage from May 6 – 20 as well as helping with the food distribution.
Here they are presenting Anita with the check! How amazing! Anita spoke to all the students at Chris Hadfield about the Creation of Hope and thanked them for their amazing efforts!
Listowel Central donated $165.00 which supported the program on May 5 as well as for food distribution.
Paige and Jaden from Ryerson Public School in made a donation after I presented at their school. This money is being used for days of support.
Kenneth & Mary Ruth Patterson donated money that will go for a day of support plus $10.00
Sabrina donated money which purchased two blankets.
Simone Serra donated funds for two dates of support.
Theresa Caristena donated money for a day of support.
Amil came up after a presentation and donated $13.00 to be used for food distribution
Ray and Kathy donated money for two days of support
Sally Parkinson donated money that is being used for a day of support plus for food distribution.
Cathy donated $50.00 to use for the April food distribution
Melissa and Rylee gave a donation that is being used for a day of support and for the April food distribution.
Thank you signs
Every month we give out up to 2.2 metric tons of food and supplies to the orphans and impoverished children in the community. Some of this is provided through our sponsors but there are always additional demands, needs and costs and these are supported by other donations.
Days of Support
A donation of $100.00 provides food for all the children in the residence, the salaries of the staff and the utilities for the building.