Creation of Hope

December 2013 Update

It is with such great sadness that I have to pass on the news of the death of Henry Kyatha.  Henry – along with his wife Ruth – was the driving force in Kenya of the founding and operation of our program.  He was somebody I looked up to.  He was a caring person.  He was my friend and I will miss him tremendously.



The funeral took place on December 27th.  His wife, four children, grandchildren, large extended family and a thousand other people gathered to pay tribute and celebrate his life.  He was a farmer, business man, community leader, elder in his church, and the father figure to all of the children in the program.  Henry will be so dearly missed.  We offer our thanks to those who reached out with support to the Kyatha family and the Walters during this difficult time.


It has been a lengthy process to finally finish the new Rolling Hills Residence.  Below are pictures of the building that is home to 52 orphans and is the base of operations for our entire outreach program.

Viewed from the front, the first floor is our dining hall and kitchen, the second is the offices for the program and the two dorm rooms for the girls and the top floor is our conference room (which is rented out to the community for events and conferences) and a library for our children.

The open door leads into the dining hall.  The steps are separate and lead to the offices, conference room and library.

From the side the lowest green door leads to the dormitory for the younger boys.  The next level up is the residence for the older boys.  The windows above that are, on the left the kitchen, and on the right the dining hall.  The four windows on the top floor are the dorms for the younger and older girls.  The next two windows on that floor are the offices.  The separate partial floor that is the 4th floor is where the conference room and library is housed.

Individual donations

We want to acknowledge and thank the following people who made individual donations to support the program.  They will – or already have had – thank you pictures to indicate where their donations have been used.

  • Margriet and Kees  Ruurs
  • Steve Pitt
  • Fred  Dawber paid for importing fees on Gravity Lights
  • Wendy Leigh
  • Paula and Alan Cochrane for tuition for Purity
  • Lana at McKinnon for a blanket
  • Miranda for a blanket
  • Anita Davidson
  • Anton Volek – to support the ongoing maintenance of the Dawber Well
  • Jenifer and John Wilson
  • Hadley Dyer
  • Samantha
  • Glenn Marais
  • Marie Campbell and Bruce Cooper made a donation to help pay for the newly purchased vehicle.
  • Karen Danderfer
  • Betty Large and David Kirk
  • KM– 3 start-up kits for students going to high school.  Each student is expected to bring their own blankets, sheets, mattress, washing bowl, purchase uniforms, school supplies, and in some cases, the desk in their classroom
  • Jean Koziak
  • Hillary Dawson as a Christmas present for Elizabeth
  • Jessica and Rachel, in Mr. Rose’s class at Holly Meadows collected money which is doing to be put toward subsidizing the food distribution in January.
  • Proco Management made a very generous donation; its use  to be determined
  • A granny bag was purchased and a further donation made from Gosia
  • Eric and Pat Carlson
  • Kelsey Flannagan paid for tuition for Benjamin
  • Lynda made a donation for Christmas items to be purchased

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank so many sponsors who either made donations for Christmas presents or sent, by mail, presents to be delivered to their sponsored children.

IMPORTANT NOTE: While the December food distribution took place there was a delay in children receiving their Christmas presents due to the death of Henry.


Fairview P.S. remains one of our most dedicated ongoing supporters.  They raised $1001.85 which will be used to help purchase ‘start up’ kits for students entering grade 9 (Form 1) in late January and early February.

Hillcrest Middle School in Coquitlam B.C. raised $437 by holding a unique literary event.



Two months in a row our kind friends in Whitehorse at Jack Hulland Elementary School have made generous donations.  The second was for a sum of $949.00.  Our dining hall, The Whitehorse Room, is named in their honor for the funds they have raised in previous years.


Once again we will first direct these funds to the dining area, making sure that any new chairs or tables will be purchased and perhaps a new coat of paint might be applied to keep the hall looking beautiful!

St. Anne C.S. in Kitchener, under the direction of Cathy Renda donated $500.00 which will be directed to daily support of The Rolling Hills Residence.

Clarkson Secondary – The students of ENG 1DO – B under the guidance of Lynne Mark raised funds that are being used for daily support.

St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School in Oakville donated $750.00.  They also donated a sock-monkey named Millie who will soon be in the hands of one of our orphans.

Immaculata High School raised money for Creation of Hope through the sales of popcorn.  Here is a link to their project.

Mckinnon Public School made a donation of $385.55

Hope Springs

Last summer we opened a new water project – Hope Springs.  Here are some recent pictures.

Thank you Signs

Baking Program

This is Redempta working on cakes.  We have one of the only ovens in the whole district and we have been utilizing it for our own children but also to raise money for the program.  Redempta and our cook have been baking and selling cakes, cookies and muffins to community stores and schools.  The money is then used for the ongoing needs of the program.

Often they produce wedding cakes such as these

Below are cakes made for the birthday of Sarah – paid for by her sponsor – Lou-Anne Peroff.

Of course birthdays have more than just cake.  They were given their favourite meal – rice pilau  (a mixture of rice with vegis, beef and a delicious combination of spices) – something that Ruth personally makes for birthdays.

Cadet Graduation

Our children are involved in activities in their schools, church and community.  Here are our graduates from Cadets in their uniforms.

You might notice that cake – and our wonderful oven – are once again contributing to the ceremony.

We wish you all a safe and healthy New Year and look forward to working together in 2014. May peace and love be with us all.

November 2013 Update

It’s arrived! We have a vehicle!

You can see how happy and excited our children are.

Our 14 passenger van came all the way from Japan. It was ‘lightly’ used, has just over 10,000 kilometers and was purchased for just over $18,000 Canadian. This money was donated from a number of generous sponsors and other contributors and they will be receiving personal thank you correspondence. In addition the van will be painted with signage to acknowledge their contribution.

Still to come, the vehicle will be equipped with a roof rack to transport the numerous large items – such as beds and livestock – that are part of our monthly food distribution.

With this purchase we will no longer need to rely on Henry and Ruth’s very, very old car and truck. I keep being told – and then forgetting – the actual age of these old vehicles . . . it’s something like 31 and 35 years old.

While a newly paved road is snaking its way to Kikima and we hope will be finished this year, the remaining roads can only be described as being beyond awful. Think of the worst road you have ever been on and then make it much, much worse. Those are the roads our new vehicle will travel on a daily basis as it brings our children to medical appointments, meetings, transports goods to the orphanage and items out to our monthly food distribution (2.2 metric tons of food plus goats, chickens, beds, blankets, tools and assorted other items).

Not only will our children be safer but there will no longer be a transportation cost for the trips and for distribution days. Prior to this we have had to rent a matatu. This is one more big step toward self-sufficiency! Thanks to all our sponsors and donors!

University of Guelph and the Granny Bags

We purchase handmade bags from the grandmothers of our orphans. We pay them slightly above market rate. For many of these grandmothers the money given for one bag can almost double their income for that month. We then have volunteers bring them back and we sell them here in Canada at an increased price. All of the money – 100% – goes directly back to the program.

Julia, Janelle, Lily, George and Connor decided to try to sell some of the bags at the university. The results were incredibly successful – and pretty amusing can be seen in this video which was filmed and edited by Connor. In this video you can see how they raised $500.00!


We have a dozen granny bags left. If anyone is interested in purchasing one please contact Anita Walters at anitaawalters@gmail and hopefully we can do business!

Fitness Donation

Lisa Farlow takes care of our website. She is a sponsor and also did a three month volunteer placement in Kikima. Lisa has a certain persistent determination to all of her endeavors and has become quite involved with Crossfit. She decided to combine her new activity with her ongoing passion to help. Here is her write-up.

In October I participated in CF24, a fundraising activity of 24 Crossfit workouts in 24 hours. I was on a team of three with my friends Jalene Anderson and Matt Baron. We could divide the workout between the three of us, but we all had to do some of every workout. Here’s an example, the 23rd workout (done at 8 in the morning after a night of little rest!):

20 push presses (75 lbs for men or 45lbs for women)
30 kettlebell swings (53lbs for men or 44lbs for women)
40 thrusters (75/45kbs)
50 box jumps (24/20 inches)
60 double unders (a skipping move; the jump rope must go around you twice per jump)
50 box jumps
40 thrusters
30 kettlebell swings
20 push presses

It was all exhausting and every part of my body was sore for days! I was glad to have my teammates and to know that I was working to raise money for an important reason. I had an unbelievable amount of support from my friends and family, and would like to thank Lisa Amerongen, Ammneh Azeim, Shawn Barlett, Kajal Below, Heidi Bergstrom (who also came at midnight with treats and cheering!), Katherine Boyes, Alison Brooks-Starks, Laura and Jeremiah Derksen, Chrissie and Sean DeWitt, Lindsay Farlow, Tim and Barb Farlow, Gillian Gutenberg, Warren Keen, Brianna Klemm, Carrie Maiorano, Sarah Mattiello, Yvonne Shek, and Robert Stainton for their generous donations. Eric and Anita also made a donation bringing my total funds raised to $950. I’ve been involved with Creation of Hope in some capacity or another since 2009, and it just felt so wonderful to have friends join me in gathering some funds to help some of our Kenyan students be able to continue to attend school. Thank you so much!

School Donations

Quinte Secondary School donated $70.00 to be used to purchase a goat and for other items to be decided by our team in Kenya. The school will receive pictures to show what their money was used for.

In addition a teacher at Quinte – Susan Cooper – provided money for a goat and a solar lamp. She will soon receive a picture showing the child who received the goat and the child who received the solar lamp.

Immaculata High School in Ottawa – primarily through popcorn sales and some parental donations – under the direction of Darlene Charron, raised $676.75! These funds are being used to support the Rolling Hills Residence for 9 days!



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St. Pius X High School made a donation of $253.05 which is being used to support the Rolling Hills Residence for 3 days and the remainder put toward a food distribution day subsidy.

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In addition a teacher at St. Pius X – Ivana Etro – made a donation which will be used to provide support for The Rolling Hills Residence for 4 days.

Jessica and Rachel, in Mr. Rose’s class at Holly Meadows collected money – $26.37 – which is going to be put toward subsidizing the food distribution in January.

Please read about a donation from Jack Hulland School – warm hearts in the far north of Canada in Whitehorse!


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These funds will be used to pay for 8 days of support for The Rolling Hills Residence.

Private donations

A young man and student in LaSalle Ont.– Jordan Penner – generously donated money that will purchase a chicken and a blanket.

Bob and Linda Ford made a Christmas donation for their friend Sharon Freeman Dan Bar-el made a generous donation to purchase two goats and two chickens in the coming year.

Miriam has again made a donation to purchase two more goats

My grade 5 teacher, Miss Christena Gay, told me she thought I could be a writer when I grow up. Of course I figured I was going to be in the NBA. One of us was wrong. She was an inspiration for me and remains an inspiration. She just made an incredibly generous donation to the program. We’re putting this money aside with consideration to it being used for a large scale project. We will keep all of you – and her – updated as this potential project moves forward.

Book Launch contributed by Anita Walters

On November 19th Tundra Books, my husband Eric Walters and illustrator Eugenie Fernandes, launched their collaborative picture book “My Name is Blessing” at Bar Italia on College Street in Toronto. The evening not only introduced this picture book, which tells the touching story of a boy named Baraka who lives at the Creation of Hope residence, but also raised funds for the project by selling granny bags, African crafts and all Eugenie’s original art work from the book.


The evening was a huge success! Those who attended included friends, family, educators, publishing personnel and over 20 Creation of Hope sponsors with their family and friends!

With a variety of pictures and video clips to help share the story, Eric told a tear jerking version of Baraka’s journey and also told about the Creation of Hope project. Food, drink, and conversation flowed generously. And best of all, the evening raised funds that will be used, among other operational expenses, towards sending orphans and needy students to high school starting in January.

Thank you to all those in attendance who supported both the book and Creation of Hope so generously. It was an evening to be celebrated and remembered.

If you would like to meet Baraka introducing the book at the launch, here is the video for your viewing pleasure:

Daily Support Pictures

$75.00 provides one day of support for the entire Rolling Hills Residence – food for 52 children, routine medical care, school supplies, the salaries of the tutor, cook, night watchman, matron and caretaker, and the electricity, sanitation and water for the whole building.

A thank you for the students at Stride for a donation

Sharon provided a donation for all of her friends as a Christmas donation. This money will be put toward a food distribution day subsidy in the coming year.

These solar lights are part of a big push we’re making to replace kerosene lanterns for our orphans. Kerosene – aside from having to be constantly purchased – is rather toxic as it burns.

We are also very proud to say that we are involved in a new pilot project – one of a few selected  sites across the planet – to test ‘gravity lights’. These lights are fueled not by solar but by a weight. The weight is lifted and as it slowly drops over a thirty minute period it provides light.


Our sponsors have been generously making donations for Christmas presents for their sponsored child(ren). These are being purchased now and will be given out in December with pictures sent back to the sponsors.

Thank you to all those who responded to the request and sent in funds that are being used for gifts not only for the sponsored children, but something also for their siblings and cousins and a Christmas celebration and meal for all those attending. The day of the grand Christmas party is December 14th and Ruth and Kay and all the Hope staff have worked very hard to organize, assemble, purchase, distribute and prepare for such an enormous celebration – over 300 for sure!

Finally, what better way to celebrate the joys of the Christmas season, than to be able to share with others and make this world a better place for all? We thank all our regular sponsors and supporters and all those who have contributed in special fund raising efforts to make such a large contribution impact on the Creation of Hope project. We wish you a joyful Christmas and holiday season and health, well-being and a generous spirit in the year ahead!


Anita and Eric Walters

October 2013 Update


This has been another successful month, moving forward. As I write this our new vehicle is either just off the coast or has landed at the Port of Mombasa. It a ‘gently’ used 14 seat van, that is being imported from Japan. Our fundraising appeal was incredibly successful and provided the remaining money, $3,500.00 of the total cost of around $18,000 Cdn. The remaining money raised in this appeal will go to the final touches on the building including paint, furnishing and the ‘landscaping’ around the building. In fact we might have some additional funds beyond that which will be put in a fund for our next goal – a play space.

There are two plots of land adjacent to the residence. Henry and Ruth are in negotiation to purchase one of these parcels of land. Right now our orphans use Ruth and Henry’s front yard/drive way as their play space. What was once grass has become bare earth – dusty in the dry times, mud in the rainy season. Imagine having 40 or so children playing on your property! Ruth claims – always with a smile and a laugh – that she loves them being there, although I think Henry was less than pleased with the two broken front windows.

Purchasing land is always a delicate process in rural Kenya. People are very tied to their ancestral homes. People who have been residents in Nairobi for decades still say they ‘stay in Nairobi but their home is in Mbooni’. This is their homestead or ‘shamba.’ Even when land is not used, or only on an occasional weekend it is held dearly and the process of purchase must be carefully approached. As well we always make a conscious effort not to upset the economics of the region. We always try to pay fair market value, living wages to our staff. If we overpay for anything it would create a precedent that would see us overpaying for everything. We are a small organization and must respect our donors, and the needs of our orphans, by getting good value for our – your – dollars. Henry is a community leader, an elder and a respected businessman. He will determine the correct price and negotiate on our behalf.

Once the land is purchased the next steps will happen. We will fence the area to make it part of our compound, put in soccer nets, volleyball poles, and a playground. Kids – no matter their circumstances – have both a right and a need to play.

High School/Post Secondary Tuition

The Kenyan school year is the calendar year with new grades starting in January. In November those students in grade 8 take National Exams to determine which level of school they will be able to attend. Those who score highest are able to attend the highest level schools – the National Schools. These are also the most expensive. We have made a commitment to our orphans that we will fund the highest level that they qualify to attend.

While we won’t know the final totals/numbers/schools until early January. We are projecting that we will have 43 students in high school or post-secondary. While the majority of these students are directly sponsored we have a number of siblings or needy community children who are funded but not sponsored. We are gathering extra funds from schools and individual donations to cover these costs.

As well, the first year – Form 1 (grade 9) – has a whole series of additional costs as the student must attend the school with an array of supplies that include things like water basin, mattress, water container, personal supplies, and of course purchase of school uniforms/equipment. This cost is in many cases equal to the cost of the whole year of education. We are going to have a dozen children entering Form 1 next year so this is an additional cost.

Book Launch

One of the ways we will also be covering these school costs is through the launch of my book My Name is Blessing. This is a story about one of our children, Baraka.


There are a few extra elements to this launch. The illustrator – the wonderful Eugenie Fernandes – has donated all the artwork in thebook, which will be sold at the launch.

In additional we have granny bags – made by our grandmothers – and Kenyan jewellery, wood and stone carved animals and assorted other items, which will be for sale. All of the proceeds will go directly toward the program and be used for tuition and other school needs. The launch will be at Bar Italia, on College Street, in Toronto, on the evening of November 19th. While space is limited, if you wish to attend please rsvp at


It seems so early to be talking about Christmas but in terms of our timeline we’ve been discussing it with our sponsors for the past month. We asked our sponsors to make a donation to their sponsored child of up to $35.00. We often shock people when we put an upper limit, but we are clear that this is sufficient money to purchase wonderful things – most often clothing and school supplies and quite often a small toy. Already the majority of our sponsors have made a donation – many of which were much more than that. We use the additional money to provide Christmas presents for siblings, cousins, other orphans in the community as well as needed items for the homesteads including tools, blankets, seeds or solar lights.

School Donations

Below is a letter from our friends at Rousseau – under the leadership of Steve Obermeyer.


LaSalle Public School, in LaSalle, Ontario, under the direction of Martha Martin, remains one of our most faithful fundraisers. This year they raised another $2,500.00! This money will in part go toward the tuition of two unsponsored students, Faith and Eric. Again, great thanks.

The community leaders at Stride Avenue Community school have once again made a donation of $300.00. This will be used to support the residence for 4 days in the coming months.

Personal Donations

Lisa Farlow – who is a sponsor in the program, volunteered for 3 months in Kenya, and runs our website – undertook a 24 hour Crossfit challenge. While she was challenging herself she challenged her friends to make donations. She raised $950 which go a long way to support our program. 

Stephanie Prodea, a McMaster University student and friend of the program, is researching a new product line – a natural health food which involves a morning ‘smoothie’ blend to restore, detox and cleanse. She made a collected and personal donation which will be used for monthly food distribution in the coming months.

Laura Mead, who lives in Prince George, made another donation to the program. This will be applied to support the entire Rolling Hills Residence for 2 days!

Debbie Stanley donated money which has been applied to 2 days of support for the Rolling Hills Residence – see the thank you sign below.

Natasha Bacchus-Buschkiel made an incredible generous donation that is being used to both support the Rolling Hills Residence for a number of days and also to support a monthly food distribution – see the thank you signs below.

Deb Froese made a donation that will be applied to supporting the entire Rolling Hills program for 1 day!

Timothy and Krista Labelle made a donation that will be used to support the entire Rolling Hills Residence for 2 days!

Daily Support

We are in a transition stage around daily donations. For the first years of our residence we were able to say that $50.00 per day supported the entire residence; food for between 25 and 40 children, routine medical care, school supplies, the salaries of the matron, night watchman and tutor, and the sanitation and water and electricity for the building. With some donations that have just come in we have kept to this commitment.

However as we have grown our expenses have increased. As well inflation and the exchange rate have also impacted on things. We have now calculated that the cost is actually closer to $75.00 per day. We now have 52 children in residence. We have higher costs now which include routine medical care, more school supplies and a need for a much larger amount of food – as well as the increased cost of food. These are all major contributing factors. In addition we have a greater number of staff. In addition to the matron Sarah, we have a caretaker, Paul, who cares for the boys, a cook, night watchman, tutor and a community outreach worker, who helps in the home but also with orphans in the community. While we still have bills for sanitation and electricity we no longer have to purchase water! All of our water comes from our well… of course there is an electrical cost to pumping it to the building but this is far less than purchasing water. It’s rather amazing how much water is necessary to run a ‘family’ of 52!

Monthly Food Distribution

While the vast majority of the money necessary to pay for the food distributed to the orphans in the community comes from our sponsors there is always a short-fall because we provide food for the extended family members/siblings that often exceeds our donations. Additional donations are used for these.


I love goats. I think I say that every month. I love them because goats change lives. One goat will provide milk – an incredible food source – as well the potential to breed and sell the off spring. One of our grandparents, Grace, has 7 orphans, and the seven goats that we have given provide the opportunity to breed and we then purchase the goat kids back to give to other orphans. To understand the economics of this, we purchase a goat for $40.00 from Grace. This is approximately 3 times her normal monthly income from other sources.


As noted above our generous sponsors – 117 in total – have already provided donations for Christmas presents. As well some have mailed over parcels. In January you will see pictures of the children receiving their presents.

We are often approached by people who wish to become sponsors. We politely, and gratefully explain that at this time we are not taking on new sponsors. The program continues to be run off our dining room table and we decided, in conjunction with Ruth and considering the limitations in our staffing in Kenya, that we are not currently in a position to manage more sponsors.

Still… we gratefully accept all ongoing donations which are used in to support all the orphans in the program. We gratefully acknowledge all our sponsors, supporters and friends!

August and September Update, 2013

August 16 – September 30, 2013

So much happened this past summer – and September tends to be a less busy month for our updates – so I’ve combined this into a six week update.

To start this update it’s necessary to comment on the tragedy in Kenya.

I first heard news as I was in Regina getting ready to give a keynote address. I called home and asked my wife to make telephone calls to our friends in Kenya. We were so fortunate that all of our friends and their families were safe. This did not, of course, diminish the extent of the tragedy. The background of this situation is complex and not something that I feel qualified to comment on.

It is, however, a reality of all conflicts that those who suffer the most are the children – It is in fact an African saying that “when elephants fight, the grass suffers”. This attack will cause a contraction in the tourist industry in Kenya. This industry employs so many people and there will be a decrease in incomes, employment and subsequently the ability of those parents to provide for their children. This could ripple through the entire economy resulting in inflation which will affect prices for everything including food. Our commitment is to ensure that our orphans and their extended family members will continue to receive the same level of support even if that means we are less able to expand into new projects. Our focus has to always be with the children in the program, not those who need to be in the program. Over the next six month period we will focus on stability, completion of existing projects and providing a constant level of support to the children/extended families we are serving.



In August we send out a special, rare request for additional donations to friends, family and sponsors. We were $3500.00 short of being able to purchase a van. Up to this point in the program we’ve relied on borrowing Henry and Ruth’s car or truck – both of which are around 30 years old.

This request – sent by email – was far more successful than anything we could have even imagined. In the end over $10,000 was donated! This included corporate and individual donations. All contributors will receive an individual thank you in the coming months.

This outpouring of generosity allowed us to order our vehicle. Our new/slightly/gently used vehicle is ‘at sea’ as I write this and due in port in three weeks. This vehicle is a 14 seat vehicle that is being shipped from Japan. It will be used to transport our orphans, for the daily needs of the program, and for the food distribution days. Up to this point we have often had to rent a matatu bus to deliver the items in the distribution. Instantly we save money on a monthly basis. The additional funds are being sent over to fulfill the other projects listed below.


We are just putting the finishing touches on the new Rolling Hills Residence. The children – now numbering 52 – are already in the new building. Younger boys are in a lower level, the older boys, one floor up. Above that is the kitchen/dining hall/meeting room. The kitchen and dining hall is fully in use. The floor above that has two separate dormitory areas – one for the younger girls and the other for the older girls. Again, they are now in their new, spacious dorms. As well in this area is the office space. Up until this time Ruth and Henry’s dining room has been our office. Now the entire operation, not only for the Residence, but all the children in the community and the community projects, will be located in the office area.

The top floor is divided into two areas – a library for the children and a meeting area. The meeting area – which has a separate entrance, will be rented to community groups and the funds will be used to support the ongoing needs of our orphans. As always we are looking for ways to make the program more self-sufficient and less dependent on outside funding.

Play area

Up to this point the play area for our children is Ruth and Henry’s driveway. While they love having the children near, the accidentally broken windows of their home have not been so great. There is a plot of land right beside the Residence which we hope to purchase. It is flat and would be converted to a playing field with soccer nets, a basketball and net ball hoop and even a playground with swings, climbing apparatus and a slide. While this would belong to our facility we would also welcome other local children. Children really do need to play and to have sufficient space to do so!

Purchasing land is always a tricky proposition. In some cases the land has been owned by a family since ‘forever’. We also don’t want to overpay for anything. There is a natural inclination for local people to believe that since the program receives outside funding, money is limitless. This is certainly not the case, but regardless, we need to be part of the local economy and not distort prices, wages or purchases. If we were to overpay for this property then others would expect us to start to overpay for other things – including the food supplies, tools, uniforms and livestock we both distribute and need for our residence. In the end our children would suffer. We would like this plot of land – or another nearby – but we leave these decisions and negotiations up to Henry and Ruth.


We probably have the only oven in the whole region. Our staff have been baking cookies, cakes and muffins and selling them to local schools and stores. This is a direct way to raise funds for the program and is part of our efforts to become more self-financing. One of our sponsors, Sue, was part of the visiting group this summer. She is a former home economics teacher who has worked with teachers across Africa to help develop home economics programs.




Monthly distribution

Every month we distribute approximately 2.2 metric tons of food to the orphans who reside in the community with extended families. In addition we give out uniforms, solar lamps, tool sets, livestock, beds and blankets during these distributions. While the vast majority of the funding for this is provided by sponsors we have additional costs – in part due to providing items for children who are orphans but not directly sponsored. As such we are utilizing other donated funds to supplement the costs.

Daily support

Over the course of our program we have evolved a daily support donation. We calculated that $50.00 provided food for the approximately 40 children in the program, their routine medical care, school supplies, the salaries of the matron, night watchman, and tutor and the sanitation/electricity and water for the building.

Our program has subsequently grown and expanded and we have also been experiencing issues of inflation that have swept Kenya. We recalculated our new costs and realized that the daily cost was closer to $75.00. This provides food for 52 children, their routine medical care, school supplies, the salaries of the matron, caretaker, night watchman, tutor, the librarian at our community library, and the sanitation and electricity for the building. With the completion of our well the only cost for water is simply the electricity to pump it from the source to our building.

Therefore, from this point on, daily support will be $75.00 for new donations. Donors will receive a picture thanking them for the individual day they have sponsored.

Individual Donations

Natasha Bachus-Buschkiel is a Canadian author who I had the good fortune to meet at the Prairie Horizons conference. She had mentioned that she wanted to make a donation to the program. When her donation arrived I was astonished. Her generosity will be used to supplement a food distribution and also provide for the entire Rolling Hills Residence for ten days!

Also at this conference, writer Deb Froese, contributed the sales of her books to fund one day of the Rolling Hills Residence. She will soon know the day when she was the ‘parent’ of 52 orphans!

Another emerging writer at this same conference, Miriam Korner, gave me money for a goat for an orphan. She will shortly receive a picture of her goat and the orphan who received it.Thank you Miriam.

Krista Labelle – a teacher/librarian in Regina – made a donation that will fund the Rolling Hills Residence for two days. She will soon receive the pictures telling her what days.

At the end of a presentation in a school in Regina a student came up to me and gave me all she had – 25 cents – ‘for the orphans’. This donation will plant one seedling in Kikima. Thank you Viola for caring. You may not know how much this inspires me to continue moving forward.

We were staying at the Kenya Comfort Hotel and struck up a conversation with a traveler at the next table. It turns out Angela was from Canada, grew up in Oshawa, was teaching in Waterloo and had previously taught in Tanzania. With her – donated from her parent’s church – was a big bag of crank flashlights and radios. These are amazing devices that never require batteries to work so are useful and useable for years to come. She generously offered all of these to our program. Below are a few pictures of those who received these valuable items.

Funds donated from the following schools were used to purchase materials/supplies/labor to help finish construction on the residence.

A donation from Mary Anne in honor of her friend Pam

Keaton and his parents, Cliff and Sandi, are sponsors – Jackson is their sponsored child – and supporters of the program. They spent time this summer living on the grounds of the orphanage. Keaton’s friends made donations which were used to build a wall on the stairs.


Jackson receiving two chickens.

Chickens purchased from money previously donated by Earl Beatty Library Helpers


When a sponsor sends a present to their child we try to give them a photograph that not only thanks them but gives them reassurance that it has arrived and is in that child’s hands. Over the years we have only had two parcels that didn’t arrive. Here are some of those parcels.

A present from Barb for her sponsored child Muthina. In the summer of 2012 Barb had the opportunity to meet with her sponsored child and her extended family, visiting the homestead and Muthina’s school.

Mutunga receiving a parcel from his sponsors Barb and Wendy

From April for Mbula Henry and Ingrid’s present for Emmanuel

From Mavis for Faith

Narcaster receiving a present from Diana

Summer 2013 Update

June 15 – August 15

I keep waiting for things to ‘slow down’ but each update seems to contain more and more information, as more and more schools and individuals become involved.  It was an active summer with food distributions, the completion and dedication of a new water project and trips to Kenya from sponsors.  As always all trips and all expenses when in Kenya, are paid for directly from visitors.  Never will any money from donations go toward any expense that isn’t completely directed – 100% – toward the orphans and projects of the Mbooni District.

School Donations

Many of the donations are acknowledged throughout the update.

You will find thank you signs to give credit to the specific donations.

“After your visit, the Grade 5’s at Associated Hebrew School were so inspired by your talk that we decided to adopt your orphanage in Kenya as our charity for the year. Our school theme this year was “What a Wonderful World”, and having a charity in Kenya fitted right in. For one of our holidays, the students each brought in a toonie specifically for the orphanage, but we felt it wasn’t enough. So, in order to swell our coffers, we held a “Tuckshop Day” and raised $1300! We hope that you will be able to use this money towards a birthday party at the orphanage, and this really touched our hearts.

Thank you for showing us that we can all make a difference.

Have a wonderful trip, go safely, and come back and share more with us!”

Warm regards,

Faye Rewald




A birthday party has become a yearly tradition at Hope.  This year, thanks to our friends at Associated Hebrew School, 150 children had a birthday party!  There was a meal, cake for all -including another 200 grandparents and guardians present for the food distribution day- and a loot bag filled with goodies which included pencils, pens, note pads, a toy, treats, and assorted other little goodies.

This party originated when we realized that many of our children did not know their birthdays and did not have birth certificates.  Now all of our children are in the process of being officially registered and as such must be given ongoing services by the government throughout their lives.


Hi Ruth and Eric,

This spring, the Alexander Graham Bell P.S. Creation of Hope Committee ran a snack bar at lunch and during Intermediate dances, offering healthy snack choices. With the help of the A. G. B. student population, they successfully helped raise $1504.75 for The Creation of Hope. 

Cheers and have a great day!

Lisa Ruta-Litwin

Grade 8 Teacher

Alexander Graham Bell P.S.

The money from Alexander Graham Bell is being used to support the residence for 16 days and the rest toward helping to finish construction on the building.

Fairview P.S., under the guidance of Lorraine and Lorin, has again raised a generous sum; this time, $1662.32!  This money has already been directed toward putting in windows on the third and fourth floors, to help finish construction and for the children receiving new clothing as part of our Canada Day Celebrations.

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Mrs. Anderson’s Grade 7 class at St. Bridget C.S. in Brooklin raised $165.00.

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St. Christopher C.S. in Oshawa donated $471.00.  This money was used to subsidize the food distribution in August, support three specific days for the entire residence.

Cindy Kirkpatrick and her students at Johnson Street. P.S. have made an additional donation of $89.07.  Their previous donations are acknowledged in the thank you signs listed below.  This money was used to purchase two solar lights for the residence.

Hillcrest Middle School under the direction of Rose Ngo raised $375.45.  This is being used to support the program for 4 days and the remaining money was directed for construction costs to help finish the building.

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Riverview Middle School in New Brunswick, under the guidance of Jim Burkett, donated $365.00.  This will support the program for 4 days and the remaining cost will be used for construction costs.

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SFX Catholic High School in Gloucester raised $141.50 which will be directed to support three days of the program.

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Stuart Scott Public School in Newmarket donated $75.00.  This money was used to purchase two solar lamps for children in the community.

Glendale, in Brampton, under the direction of Melanie Noordhuis raised $543.00.  This money has been used to help complete the construction of the building.  Melanie is an incredible supporter of the program and personally sponsors two children.

The students and community of LaSalle PS combined literacy, recycling and a love of “paying it forward” on Thursday June 6. From 8:30 am to 7:30 PM, students, friends and family shopped at the school’s Giant Used Book Sale to raise tuition money for Faith, Eric, and as many other Creation of Hope students as possible. At the end of the day, over $2100 was raised!

The funds from LaSalle are being placed in our high school tuition fund for the coming school year.  Special thanks to Martha Martin for being the driving force and caring heart behind this donation.

We will have an amazing 43 children in high school or post-secondary starting in January!

St. Monica C.E.S. in Markham raised $437.85.  This money was directed toward ongoing support of the program and funded 8 days.  The remaining $37.85 was used for the final stages of construction of the building.

Windsor Park School in Edmonton raised $602.56.  This money is being used to pay for 6 days of the program and the remaining money to help finish construction of the building

Alexander Middle School in Medicine Hat raised $225.12.

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This donation is being used to support the program for 4 days and the additional $25.00 for paint for the final touches on the new building.

Earl Beatty P.S. – the Library Helpers – under the direction of Ms. Ling raised $416.36.

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St Agnes C.E.S. raised funds to purchase two goats.

Individual Donations

Emily Tadgell made a generous donation that will support the program for two days.

Riley and Hayden held a garage sale and supported the program for two days!

Steve Pitt has made another generous donation to the program.

Owen, from Kelowna B.C. had his 8th birthday party.  Instead of presents he asked that donations be made to The Creation of Hope.  He raised $520.00!  This is being used to support the program for 7 days and for ongoing costs to finish constructing the building.

Kate made a donation to buy some sports equipment for ‘her’ school.

Thank you Signs

Daily Support – Over the past year schools and individuals have been able to support the ongoing needs of Rolling Hills Residence for $50.00 per day.  This provided the food for all of the children – (ranging from 44 children) – their routine medical care, basic school supplies, the salaries of the night watchman, matron and tutor, and the electricity, sanitation and water for the entire building.

Monthly Food Distribution

Every month we provide approximately 2.2 tons of food and supplies to the orphans in the community who reside with extended family members.  There is always a short-fall between money donated by sponsors and the money that this distribution costs – often in the neighborhood of $400 – $500.  These schools have made donations that have helped to offset this shortfall.

Special Presents – Light the Night

One of requests we get from our children is the means for them to work at night on their school work.  Being on the equator Kenya receives almost constantly 11 ½ hours of dark, 11 ½ hours of light and another hour of refracted light at dusk and dawn.  Children leaving early for school, coming back late and then doing chores often find that darkness comes before they are able to start on their school work.  We have previously been providing lanterns and kerosene.  This solution has some issues.  We must constantly supply more kerosene, the fumes are rather toxic and unpleasant and the light somewhat ‘unnatural’.  We have been experimenting with different types of solar lights and models have been selected for use.  Aside from being able to provide light there is also a capacity for cell phones to be charged.  At present people go to the local town and pay for cell phone recharging.  Charging neighbours’ cell phones is a way for our grandparents to possibly earn some funds.

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Hope Springs – New Water Project

The people at the bottom of the valley – literally within sight of our residence – were drawing water from a small trickle coming out of the mud.  It was the only water source for irrigation of crops, water for livestock, washing and drinking.  This water was contaminated and a constant source of water-borne diseases.  We partnered with the community.  They provided sand, gravel and labor while we provided cement, iron rods, and funding for local expertise to design and coordinate construction.

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This was our third water project – plus the well at the residence.  A committee of local people was  formed to oversee all aspects of the planning, construction and maintenance of the project. This is our third water project – along with the well at the residence.  If you give water you give life.


$40.00 provides a goat for an orphan.

Tool Sets – teach a man to fish you feed him for a day, teach him to fish you feed him for a lifetime

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Also from Johnson Street and Mrs. K – school uniforms and shoes

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Ruth arranged for our delegation to meet with Governor Kivutha Kibwana of Makuena County,  (6th from the left).  He is an impressive gentleman who has a history of fighting for democracy and honesty in government.

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He promised to visit the Children’s Residence and see how his government can help provide for the program and its children.

Corporate Sponsorship

The donations from Chris Turner and Orca Books are being put toward our new vehicle.  We have been ‘borrowing’ Henry and Ruth’s very, very old car and truck to use on business for the program, including delivering and picking up supplies and livestock, and transporting our children.  We have been saving up for a newer vehicle – a gently used 14 seat van.  During the summer we made a final request and funds have been donated.  In the September update we will list all of the generous donors as well – we hope – unveil the new vehicle!  It’s not too late for anybody who wishes to make a donation.  Surplus funds raised will go toward a few extras for the building and start our campaign to purchase a piece of land adjacent to the residence that we will be turning into a play area.

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One of our cows had a calf – this means more milk for the orphans and this calf will grow to eventually be sold and generate funds for the program

As part of fire safety – an emergency ladder purchased with funds donated by Dean Dempsey.

We’re working with the children on issues on fire safety, evacuation, establishing a meeting spot outside the burning, and having government officials coming in to help with the training.  Dean has also offered to pay for fire extinguishers and these are being purchased in Kenya.


Marc Stevens made another generous donation to be used for his sponsored child Mwendwa David and his family.  There are pictures of Mwendwa with the the purchases in the September update.

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From Mollie for Mutuku – a new mattress and other funds donated to help him through the school year.

A shared birthday party for Emmanuel (pictured), Baraka and Ndaisi paid for by the sponsors.

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As always, Melanie generously supports her ‘girls’.

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This was our first solar lantern given to Mary – a present from her sponsor Lucy

Presents for Ruth from her sponsor Beth, given by Anita at Ruth’s school – a prestigious National School!

Faith and Doreen receiving presents.  They also attend a National Level School

Sarah receiving presents from Lou-Anne her sponsor, posing with Anita.  Sarah is our fourth student at the National Level school!

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Mercy receiving a parcel from Ray and Christina

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Cement from Connor – sometimes the best presents are more ‘concrete’ or can light up the night.

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Wambua receiving the picture of his sponsor Diane

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Faith receiving a picture of her sponsor Mavis

Cliff, Sandi and Keaton meeting their sponsored child Jackson.  The Hall family traveled throughout Kenya and spent extensive time visiting and volunteering in Kikima, living on the grounds of the Children’s Residence.

A final picture – children receiving shoes provided by a generous donation.

I’m going to ask for ‘forgiveness’ on this one.  While we forwarded this picture to the person who made the donation I’ve somehow ‘lost’ the name in creating this update but still wanted to include the picture.