Creation of Hope


August/September Update

General

Happy Birthday!

One of the best, most amazing days of the year in Kikima happens every summer when we have our annual birthday party.  There is cake, balloons, loot bags, and a meal for all of the children and their guardians and extended family.

However the most significant ‘present’ for the new children is that we register them and they receive a birth certificate.

Many of the children who enter our program do not know their date of birth as they were abandoned so young.  Without a birth date you can’t get a birth certificate and without a birth certificate the government can pretend you don’t exist.

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There is a sense of excitement, joy and gratitude that makes this a special occasion for everybody.  This party is told in my picture book Today Is The Day and every time somebody purchases the book Tundra Books makes a donation to support next year’s party.

Banquet

On October 28th at 6:30 PM at Calvary Baptist Church in Guelph we will be holding an event.  It will feature a Kenyan meal, silent action, a Kenyan market, and we will be screening a documentary that has been made about our program.  The evening is entitled Sustain the Journey and we are planning on using the funds raised to support the educational costs associated with the children going onward in high school and post-secondary education.  Anybody interested in attending – or making a donation – can make contact at anitaawalters@gmail.com

School donations

Waldorf Academy in Toronto made a donation of $288.00 which was used for 3 days of support – October 18, 19 and 20.

St. John Paul II Collegiate in OkotoksAlberta held a bake sale and raised $574.25.  This money is being used for five days of support – October 21 – 25 and for the October food distribution.

Individual Donations

After a presentation at Westglen school in Alberta students came forward and made donations.  You can see many of the thank you signs below as the money has already been spent and the items given out!

Elizabeth ($5)

Tyler ($5)

William ($25)

Sadie ($5)

Leia ($20)

Brooklyn ($20)

Cavendish Youth Group made a donation to purchase 2 goats and 10 chickens.

The Botting Family – their sons are Triston and Gideon – made a donation to purchase two chickens and additional funds were used for the October food distribution.  

Zoey, who lives in Milton, had a birthday and asked her guests to make a donation to the program.  They raised $150.00 which is being used for a day of support and for the October food distribution.  Great thanks to Zoey and her mother Sarah.

Pauline Brunet made a donation, including a birthday wish for her sister that provided for two days of support.

Sydney Fernandez made a donation that was used for the October food distribution.

Norah and Herman made a donation that provided for 5 days of support.

Steve Hilb mad another generous donation that will be directed to education costs for many students.

Matthew, Adrienne and their son Selby made a donation to purchase a goat, blankets and to contribute to the food distribution day.

One of our sponsors, Brigitte Geisler, held a dinner gathering.  She asked her guests to make a donation to the education of our orphans.  We wish to offer our thanks to Brigitte and her guests, Nancy, J.A., Mary, and Tamara for helping our children along their journey.

Thank You Signs

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What an incredible donation of water containers that changes the daily lives of these orphans and their children.

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Food Distribution

Every month we give out up to 2.2 tons of food and supplies to the orphans and the impoverished children in the community.  We have a set amount that is provided by our sponsors but this is supplemented by additional donations to both cover our deficit and to add additional supplies to the total

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It’s not just food but also beds, uniforms and tools that go out during our monthly distribution.

Days of Support

A donation of $100.00 provides food for all of the children in the residence, the salaries of the driver, night watchman, matron, caretaker and cook, as well as the electricity, sanitation and water for the building.

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Sponsors

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Letter and presents for Alex from his educational sponsors Michelle and Mya.

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Anastacia is sponsored by Nick and Jack.  She has begun her college training in tourism.  She is an amazing young lady who will go far!

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And just to show how far she has come – here is the first picture taken when Nick and Jack told her that they were her sponsor – that she could go back to school again and she could become anything she wanted!  That promise is being kept right now.

Hello all,

I have just received some good news.  Doureen has been accepted into JKUAT (Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology) one of our public Universities!!!! Doureen has been accepted into Procurement & Supply Chain Management. We have two other CoH kids there as well and hopefully they will all watch out for each other and encourage one another as they pursue this next step in their lives.

Great work team, this is truly a validation of the program as mom has stated!!!

Kind regards,

Kay

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Cindy who is Gloria’s sponsor, and her friend Libby donated money to purchase a computer for Gloria to go to pro-secondary school

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April Crabb purchased a cow for the grandparents of her sponsored child.  This act of kindness will go a long way to transforming the lives of this entire family.  Along with milk they will breed the cow and either keep the offspring or sell to provide money to purchase other necessities of life.

We have two new sponsors!

Henry and Brenda are sponsoring Kanini

Don and Beverly are sponsoring Philip Mutunga

New sponsors are being administrated directly by Kids Alive.

Great thanks to all our wonderful sponsors and supporters.  This journey is only possible through your generous contributions and caring.


June/July 2016 Update

June/July Update

General

Often when I start an update it is with a sense of mild anxiety.  Have I missed something? Will I do something wrong? Or simply, ‘this is going to take a long, long time to do’.  Always, a few minutes into writing my anxiety is replaced by joy and an understanding of what a blessing it is to be part of this process.

Below you will read about the achievements of our children, the generosity of our sponsors, schools and donors, and be inspired by what people are doing to make a difference in the world!

This has been a busy time for donations and events.  So here goes!

On October 28th at 6:30 in Guelph at the Calvary Baptist Church we will be holding a fundraising event for Creation of Hope.  This will feature a Kenyan inspired meal, a silent audition, a market of African themed books and crafts, the premier of a video about the project, and a short presentation about Creation of Hope.  For more information or for tickets please contact Katherine Martin at 519-831-4894 or email at Katherine.Martin@Kidsalive.ca

The documentary was filmed earlier this year when a film crew visited the program.  It will focus on specific children in the program, as well as the program in general, and features amazing film footage.

We are hoping to find businesses or individuals who would be willing to sponsor a table of 8 for a cost of $300 and a tax receipt.  The sponsor may invite guests or allow others in the community to attend as a guest.  Please consider whether you or someone you know would be willing to help out in this manner and contact Katherine Martin for more information or to sponsor a table.

We hope to see many of our supporters on October 28th for a very special evening.

Celebrations of  our Students’ Success

Mary was crowned Ms. Wate ITT (Institute of Trade and Technology)!

Ruth became the first female vice-president of Student Government at East African University!

Gloria – her pictures are at the bottom – and Anastasia have both gone off to college!

School Donations

St. Francis Xavier High School – under the leadership of Deborah Campbell – donated $420.00.  This money was directed to 4 days of support and food distribution.

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You will see below that many of these specific requests have already been honored and the items given out to orphans and their extended family members.

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The picture thanking Stride School for the three days of support is in the section below.

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This donation was inspired by the book Today is The Day and it will be directed to support this year’s birthday gathering which is taking place on August 13!  The thank you pictures will be sent out to Mrs. Methot’s class at South Dorchester after the party and be included in our August/September update.

Beechy School, under the leadership of Rhonda Blenkiron made a donation of $200 which was directed to days of support – the thank you picture is in that section below.

 

Chris Hadfield Public School, under the direction of Lorin, made a further donation of $1,756.33.  This is being directed toward days of support, food distribution and education.  Some of the thank you signs have already been sent and are below.  Lorin and many other staff members have been loyal supporters of the project even as they changed schools.

Ray Lewis Elementary School made a further donation of $50.  A goat was purchased and the thank you sign is below.

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Associated Hebrew Schools made another donation and this money is being applied to the birthday party on August 13 and the thank you pictures will be sent and included in our August/September update.

W.H Morden Public School made a donation of $1623.30.  This money is being directed to days of support, food distribution and to our general education funds.  With 69 students in high school/college/university and trade schools our greatest budget line is education.  Some of the thank you pictures have already been sent!
We just received two wonderful donations from Tiger Jeet Singh P.S.

One donation was raised by 6-1FI, 5-1FI, 5-2FI from proceeds of the café they held and raised $605.25.  That was used for 6 days of support – the days are August 31, September 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

A second donation was money raised in the book fair and was for $750.00.  This money was directed toward days of support, food distribution and education.

Immaculata High School under the leadership of Darlene Charron raised another $153.74.  This will be used for both a day of support in (October 9) and for a foot distribution month this summer.

Ecole Moody Middle School of the Arts donated $108.95.  This school in Port Moody is my favourite school name and Moody Middle School will be in an upcoming book . . . since I think all middle schools are filled with wonderful moody students.

Dugald School in the Sunrise School Division in Manitoba donated $278.90 which went for days of support and food distribution.

 

Individual donations

All of the individual sponsors listed below will have received or will receive a thank you picture to let them know exactly how we used their funds.  Many of those thank you signs are listed in sections below.

Kim Dawe donated to the program.

Anthony and Joan Kaufman made a donation that went toward two days of support and food distribution.  Joan is the sister of Fred Dawber, one of our most generous donors.  Both Fred and his daughter Kate have visited Kikima and both, along with a second daughter, Emily, are ongoing sponsors.  The well at our orphanage is the Dawber Well.

Maria donated for a day of support

Jason a student donated $5.00

Melissa donated $12.00

Suzanne donated $32.00

Kate – who you see is copied into all our thank you pictures – made a donation with the following requests:

Congratulations Wendat Village Grade 8s!

Thank you Lisa and Erin for a great school year!

All of these are all donations from students or teachers at Tiger Jeet Singh

  • Charlie .50 cents
  • Gitan $5.00
  • Logan $5.00
  • Tori $4.25
  • Irene $20.00
  • Olivia and Aleeza $7.70
  • Grace, Alexa, Wanja held a bake sale and raised $53.85
  • Derek $20.00
  • Nikki $30.00

 

Robbie, a teacher at Associated Hebrew Schools donated a day of support in honour of Irv Gurau – August 28

Ryerson P. S. students made the following donations

  • Taylor $20.00
  • Rehat $20.00

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Nat and Dani held a lemonade and cookie stand and $321.00!  This money went for days of support and food distribution and the signs are below.

Stephanie Foster made a donation in honor of April Hoyt, their mid-wife, and one of our ongoing sponsors.

 

Thank you signs

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Food distribution

Each month we give out food and supplies to the orphans and impoverished children in our community.  While much of this is funded by ongoing sponsorship we are always in a deficit position as we give out to siblings and extended family members who reside in the same family compound.  The donations we receive are often directed to paying for those extras.  Sometimes the donations are only a few dollars but each dollar goes toward direct service in the community.  On those months where we have more donations we simply give away more supplies and food.

June distribution

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July distribution

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Days of Support

A day of support costs $100.00.  This provides food for all 66 children, the salaries of the staff of the residence (driver, night watchman, cook, matron, caretaker), and the utilities of the building.

 

 

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Sponsors

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Annastasia on her way to college!

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Gloria at college with her new computer!

We have also added 5 new sponsors over the past two months.  These sponsors – and their sponsored children – are still with Creation of Hope but are being administered directly through Kids Alive.

Again, great thanks to all who are involved.  You need to know that your donations are making a difference in the lives of these children and young people.  It is with such a sense of pride that we see them moving forward, growing and becoming people who will contribute to the world!


May 2016 Update

General

Penguin/Random House has made a commitment to donate $1.30 for every copy of Walking Home that is purchased.  For this six month period this resulted in a donation of $5025.21!  This money will be used for education and ongoing expenses of the orphanage.

This is both an incredible donation and an incredible act of kindness from the people at Penguin/Random House.

School Donations

Hello,

My name is Nicole Benes and I am the Teacher-Librarian at Signal Hill Elementary in Pemberton, BC. A group of my students and I came to hear you speak at Spring Creek School in Whistler last October. Perhaps you remember Brock? He is a boy from our school who you used as an example throughout your presentation.

We all loved hearing you speak and were inspired to do a novel study of “Walking Home.” This book and its unique format was a great hit with my students and led us into a study of Human Rights. We decided that we wanted to support both your Creation of Hope project as well as those less fortunate than us. The question was what to do as a fundraiser and how to make it all happen. As we learned from reading your wonderful novel, “…even the longest of journeys must begin with just one step – and a bit of hope.”

We decided to hold a used book sale and for the main event, a family movie night with a concession/bake sale at intermission. Through our district subscription to AudioCine, we were able to show the new release, Zootopia. Since our small town does not have a cinema, this was a popular activity choice last Friday night and we raised a grand total of $1800!

We are very happy to be able to donate this amount to the Creation of Hope to do with as you see fit, possibly funding the residence operations for 18 days or whatever is most needed. A check will be arriving for you soon and we would love an update of what you decide to do with the money when you have a chance.

Thank you for providing us with the inspiration to make a difference,

Nicole Benes and the classes of Madame Hamonic, Madame Lemieux, and Monsieur Benes (École la Vallée)

 

Pine Grove P.S. held a bake sale and raised $324.00 bake sale.  This money is being applied for three days of support and the next food distribution.  The three days of support will be July 15, 16 and 17 (see thank you sign in section below) and food distribution.

Eastdale Public School in Woodstock, under the leadership of Lori Marsh, donated $213.92. This was used for two days of support, June 20 and 21 (see thank you pictures in section below) and for the food distribution.

Conestoga P.S.

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Walters,

We are writing this to you because we had a garage sale… and we raised $313! We sold all sorts of things likes books, DVDS, toys, house hold items, plants and more.

We were inspired to do a garage sale by your book ‘My Name is Blessing’. We made our items low – priced so more people came and that’s how we got a lot of money. We had people be the cashiers and sales associates. Most adults wanted to buy plants and most kids wanted to buy toys. Thank you for reading our letter.

We are really impressed by all that you are doing. Thanks for your example to us. Even though we are young we can help others.

Our school will send the cheque to you soon. We will send you some pictures too.

 Sincerely ,

Mrs. Scott’s Grade 3/4 class

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This money will be used for two days of support – August 25 and 26 – and for the June food distribution.

 

Individual Donations

After a presentation a student named Josh donated $5.00 which was used to purchase for a blanket (see thank you picture below)

After a presentation Paige donated $2.00.

After a presentation Logan donated $1.00.

Pauline donated money to support the residence August 14 and 15.

Gerry, a volunteer at the Sault Ste. Marie Forest of Reading festival donated $20.00.

Jack, a student at Midland S.S. pulled all the change out of his pocket and donated $3.20

Emma and Maddie, two young people at the Sault Ste. Marie Forest of Reading donated $20.00.

Jackie donated $68.00 and asked that the funds be used in the following way: We would like to donate for purchase of 1 blanket, 1 chicken, 1 set of farm tools and 100 trees.  You can see below that some of these items have already been purchased and distributed.

Monisha donated funds that supported the residence for July 10, 11, and 12.

Zoe, along with her parents Michelle and Paul, sponsor one of our wonderful children – Benjamin.  Zoe has made a further donation – to honour June’s life – and this donation supported our residence for the days of July 19 and 20.

Liza donated money for one day of support – which will be July 18

Margriet and Kees donated money for two days of support (July 13 and 14)

I was attending the Forest of Reading ceremony and a number of students came up after presentations and made donations:

Seth donated $50.00!  This money will be used for a goat and the thank you sings forwarded to Seth through his teacher.

Alexander donated $20.00 which is being applied to blankets or food distribution.  He will receive the thank you signs to indicate exactly how the money was spent.

Nick gave $5.00 which will go toward a blanket.

We received a $20.00 donation and thank you signs will go for Kane.  The thank you signs will be sent to his parents.

Avery and Will sold cupcakes and raised money to purchase a chicken.

 

Thank you Signs

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We are digging one of our wells deeper to have a greater supply of water.  These funds were used to help with the digging.

 

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Food Distribution

Every month we give out up to 2.2 tons of food and supplies to sponsored children and other impoverished children in the community.  The majority of this expense is provided for by our sponsors but each month we have a shortfall (as we give out to non-sponsored children) and these donations cover this additional cost.  In some cases this additional donation might be as little as $1.00 but we still direct it and give credit to the donor with a thank you picture

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Days of Support

$100.00 provides for our Rolling Hills Residence for 1 day.  This is food for all 66 children, the salaries of the staff, and the utilities of the building.

Previously I would have noted that this amount also covered routine medical care and school supplies for the day.  This is no longer the case as currency exchange rates, increases in food prices and salaries have taken effect.  This is not to diminish this incredible gift people make in their donations but to acknowledge that their donation – our funds – don’t quite go as far as they used to.  As always, we try for complete transparency and accountability.

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Education Sponsors and Supporters

We have sponsors for most of the 69 children/young adults who are in high school and post-secondary school.  While some sponsors have increased funding to pay for these additional costs we also have specific educational sponsors who help to support the ongoing care and education for our orphans.

Education has become our most expensive ‘line item’ with food second and salaries of on the ground staff as the third.  We made a conscious decision to provide for our children as far as their abilities would allow them to go.  This means that they are supported beyond their 18th birthday if they continue to move forward in school.  Our ideal is that each child will leave our program with a university degree, a college diploma or a trade.  We want to push them ‘all the way up the hill’.

One of the most inspiring elements in all of this is how many of our children/students tell us that they plan to support the next generation of orphans when they have become employed and self-sufficient.

 

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Sponsors

We have recently completed a new survey to identify 20 orphans in the community who are in need of ongoing support due to their life circumstances.  These children, while still under the care of The Creation of Hope program in Kenya, will be administered directly by Kids Alive here in Canada.  We are appreciative of the new role that Kids Alive is offering as a transition plan over the coming years takes a first step.

The first ten were sponsored immediately by an incredible donation from a Kenyan company.  In addition another child was sponsored in Kenya by Dr. Koki.

This month we are so happy to announce that we have two new Canadian sponsors:

Gina, who works for Kids Alive, along with her husband Ryan are the new sponsors of Dennis Wambua Ndinda.

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Denis with his grandmother coming to his first food distribution

Heather Walker is a new sponsor who has been matched with Rose.

Karen is the new sponsor of Dominic.

 

Here are the ten children sponsored by AGSC in Kenya preparing to go to their new school.  Wonderful smiling faces ready to take the next step on their journey.

 

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Mary is one of the 10 sponsored children

 

 


April 2016 Update

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 admin@kidsalive.ca   Let them know you are interested in providing support to one of the children in the Creation of Hope Project.

Special Guest

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.

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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.

 

Income Programs

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.

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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.

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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.

New Oven

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.

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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.

School Donations

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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

Individual Donations

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.

 

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Food Distribution

 

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.

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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.

 

 

 

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March 2016

General

We are pleased to share that Creation of Hope received a total of $1995.00 in memory of Stephanie McManus.  This is a significant way to acknowledge Stephanie’s caring involvement with Creation of Hope.  The funds will be used to provide days of support to the residence and to support the general operation of the program.  With warm thanks to the contributors.  Stephanie’s legacy lives on in the lives of these deserving orphans. 

School Donations

Agnes Macphail P.S. students in Mrs. Singh’s grade 1/grade 2 class and Ms. Chiu’s grade 1 class donated $308.85.  They raised the money by selling Valentine’s Day Candy grams.  They were going to use some of this money for a field trip but instead decided to donate it to Creation of Hope.  This money was used for days of support.

St. Augustine – Humboldt St. raised money and created this wonderful video – the link is below in their letter

Dear Mr. Walters,

After reading your book “My Name is Blessing” the grade 2s wanted to know how they could help.  As a class we decided to have a face painting booth, an ice tea stand and a garage sale.  Through our fundraising we were able to raise $230.oo for the Creation of Hope.

As a school we were doing an inquiry project about “How Can God Work Through Us?”  Here is the video we made during our project.  Your book inspired us to make this video.

Thank-you!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/qsmsoe6jcd61qrv/File%202016-03-22%2C%203%2039%2054%20PM.mov?dl=0

Krystal Fischer
Grade 2 – St.Augustine School
Humboldt, SK

Westview in Hamilton under the direction of Erica Reid donated $125.00

Mckinnon P.S. raised $1100 with a movie buy out!  Thank you Lisa Rumble – who is also a sponsor in our program – for taking the lead.

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Denlow P.S. raised $832.95.  This was used primarily for days of support.

Fairview P.S. donated $299.70 that we’ve put toward education.

Individual Donations
We just got a donation from our sponsor MaryAnne for $30.00 to celebrate the retirement of John Bernie a fellow teacher.

Mark is a teacher at P.L. Robertson and he donated $50.00 to buy a goat!

Erica, a teacher at Westview made a personal donation that is being used for a day of support.

All of these students donated money after a presentation.

Kyle gave a donation of $15.00 which was used for the March food distribution.

Jared donated $4.75 to be used for a blanket

Brienna gave $1.45

Madeline donated $4.35

Mikayla, Kennedy, Morgan and Izzy donated $6.40.

Emma – $5.00

Cassius $1.00

Paul $4.50

Katie $2.25

Natasja Israels donated money to be used for a day of support.

Anne Keddie donated money for a day of support

Linda Blom donated money for a day of support

Lianne Purinton – $30.00 to be used for monthly food distribution

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Monthly Food distribution

Each month we give out up to 2.2. tons of food and supplies to the orphans and impoverished children in the community.  While much of this is funded by our sponsors we always have a deficit and additional donations allow us to provide more for more people.  Having been out on these distribution days I can personally tell you that the level of gratitude is amazing and these items of food and other materials are literally changing and saving lives.

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Days of Support

$100.00 provides for one day of support.  This provides the food for all the children of the Rolling Hills Residence, the salaries of the staff and the utilities of the building.

Listed below are the specific days – including one that I made a mistake on.  McKinnnon Public School was given credit for April 16 – 23 but forgot I had promised – well in advance that Breslau P.S. could have that date!  So we are getting a sign to designate the 23rd for Breslau and giving McKinnon the 24th of April as the alternate date.

My apologies for the mistake.  We make them and we try to fix them!

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Educational Sponsors, Sponsors and Support

We have both sponsors and educational sponsors who work in conjunction to support our children as well as funding their high school and postsecondary education.  These are some thank you signs that are taken and sent in gratitude. We appreciate the loyal support of so many.

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February 2016

General

We are so pleased and proud that we have 19 new students entering high school this month!

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This includes 6 children entering into National level schools.  You can see the sense of pride and accomplishment on their faces.  Looking back I think about the ‘little’ children we started with – in ragged clothing, no shoes, malnourished, often ill, living on the streets or in terrible situations, and then look at these young men and women.  It is a testament to what happens when good people come together to try to make a difference.  You have, right here, in these pictures, the evidence of those differences.

We originally had 18 children of our children who were entering high school in February.  We became aware of a situation where the younger sibling of one of our sponsored children had qualified for National School but was unable to afford any school.  She was going to simply be left behind.  Through the generous donation of Mackinnon P.S. we were able to provide funds for the first semester and part of the second.  We now are seeking a sponsor to take on some of the ongoing costs.  This young lady, Rose, is the younger sister of Kitoo.  She has such amazing potential and we’re going to help her realize it.

As of this date we have 67 students in university, college, a trade school or in high school.

School Donations

Charles Best Middle School made a wonderful donation to our program.  Including money given by students and parents at the end of the night it came to $204.85!  This was organized by two very caring students – Siegal and Nino.

This will be used for two days of support and the remaining $4.85 for the next food distribution day.
We just received a wonderful donation of $260.00 raised by Park Avenue School by students who held a bake sale.  This money is being used for two days of support as well as two mattresses for the children and two blankets.

Guildwood Jr. P.S. donated $253.50.  This is directed to two days of support (March 13 and 14) and the rest for new mattresses.

Dr. Emily Stowe P.S. donated $280.00 which is directed to two days of support and 3 mattresses.  They raised the money through Candy Cane Grams

Individual Donations

Susanne donated $25.00 which will go toward food distribution.

At the end of a presentation a young girl, Ruby, at Westvale P.S. donated $5.00.  This will purchase a blanket and she will soon receive a thank you sign showing who got the blanket.

Rebekah made a wonderful donation $250.00 which is going to support two days (March 20 and 21) and for food distribution.

Thank you Signs

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Food distribution

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Days of Support

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Educational Sponsors

With our children qualifying for such high level school combined with our commitment to fund them throughout their academic careers we have developed a partnership of sponsor and educational sponsor for some children.  Below is a letter from one our sponsors, Chris, welcoming the educational sponsor for ‘their’ child.  I think it demonstrates the relationship we are hoping to foster.

Hi Danielle

Welcome aboard and I’m happy to know you are a member of “Team Kelvin”.  It is nice to know we are creating a support team with Kelvin’s best interests at heart. Perhaps someday we will meet too.

Thanks again for your support and interest in Kelvin’s future. 

Chris

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And a personal thank you from Kelvin!

Below are some thank you signs from our children for their educational sponsors

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A gigantic thank you to all our sponsors in Canada, the United States, England, Germany, and of course Kenya, who continue on a monthly basis to support with their donations, their letters, presents, thoughts and prayers.  None of this would be possible without you!


January 2016

General

A Gift of Clothing

A local Kenyan clothing manufacturing company – which has asked to remain anonymous – has recently made a donation of 2000 items of clothing!  These items will be distributed throughout the region to needy children and families under the direction of Ruth, her staff and the committee.

Once again this a wonderful example of two things – the caring of Kenyans for each other and the way our program is recognized in the community as being honest brokers for the needs of the people.

Food, water, shelter and clothing are the most basic needs of people.  In a region as poor as ours these can often go unmet or inadequately met.  The most destitute of our residents will benefit from this donation.

We offer great, great thanks to these generous, caring, and humble supporters for their donation.

Visitors to Creation of Hope

Kikma and Hope Development were blessed with three Aprils this year!

The first was the month between March and May and the next two were sponsors in our program – April Crabb and April Hoyt.  We always welcome the opportunity for our sponsors to visit with their sponsored child and their extended families.  We estimate that we have had more than forty sponsors visit the program.

Below is the write-up of the trip that April Crabb took over the Christmas break and an account of an evening event that April Hoyt held upon her return to Canada after her visit for the month of November.

Christmas Visit

Over the Christmas holiday I was so fortunate to be able to travel to Kenya to spend Christmas with my beautiful sponsor child, Mbula, and her extended family in their village.  It was a very special time filled with much laughter, sharing, stories and adventure.  Some of the more memorable moments included making a traditional Canadian Christmas breakfast of pancakes with maple syrup on the family’s tiny coal burner they used for making chapatti one pancake at a time, by candle light, while all 19 of them waited patiently!  We had several laughs over my cooking adventures.  Another highlight was taking Mbula, her little cousins, grandparents and her youngest aunt and uncles to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to meet the baby orphaned elephant I recently adopted for Mbula.  Grandma and grandpa smiled just as much as the children when the baby elephants came up close enough to us for a nice pet and of course pictures. 

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As different as this Christmas was for me, basking in the heat of the bright Kenyan sun, there were moments that if I closed my eyes I could have sworn I was at home with my family.  I had to laugh several times while taking family pictures for them at the little boy that wouldn’t smile, the adults trying to get the babies to stop crying and look at the camera and everyone giving directions as to where to stand and look at the camera and don’t make faces!  They couldn’t have been more like my family when I try to take our family Christmas picture.  Going to church and watching the children from Sunday school re-enact the birth of Christ scene was certainly the same story, but presented in the most uniquely funny and charismatic way.  I must say I have never laughed so much and so openly in church in my life and I wasn’t alone, the whole congregation joined in the merriment.  The most important familiar moment was the feeling of being stuffed from eating too much at the Christmas feast that was held after church to celebrate Christmas and welcome me to the village.  The difference in this celebration was that my poor little belly was stuffed with chapatti instead of turkey and instead of the turkey tryptophan drowsiness I had a pretty good chapatti belly sleepy haze going after the great celebration.

The best gift given though over the holiday was the gift of time I was given with Mbula and her extended family and getting to know each of them so much better than I had known before.  The openness and love they showed me made me feel truly welcome and part of their family.  I may not have been in Canada for Christmas with my parents and brothers and sister, but I was most definitely with family and had a truly lovely Christmas holiday, one that I will treasure forever.  

Evening Event

April Hoyt is a midwife.  She spent the month of November not only visiting but working as a midwife at the local clinic/hospital.  April not only practiced her trade but was actively involved in the exchange of ideas and techniques with the local medical staff.  Along the way she saved the lives of three babies – including one who was subsequently called April – and shaped techniques for child birth in the community.  Quite the impact!

April has a plan to extend the impact of midwives throughout the area.  She has spoken to other midwives, and while things are only in the initial planning stage, there is hope to develop an ongoing series of midwives staying at Hope Development and practicing/teaching in the local clinic/hospital.

On January 22 April organized an evening event where she could talk about her Kenyan visit and experiences and where I would give background information about The Creation of Hope.  In addition she wanted to build in a fund raising component.  The evening was attended by more than 50 people and it raised $2200.00!  The money will go toward possibly upgrading our kitchen oven to electric and also for medical supplies at the clinic.  The staff will make the final  determination in the coming weeks.

What an amazing and emotional evening!  Great thanks to April and to the supporters that evening.

School Donations
Millwood J.P.S. made a donation of $200.00.  This is going toward days of support as well as other items.

In the emails I got ‘lost’ and sent a request to Ruth that didn’t reflect the requests of the school.  To compensate for that slip up, the school’s money was magnified with a donation from me and they received three days of support as well as the specific items.  Sometimes great things happen because of mistakes!  You’ll see below in the signs the 2 days of support and the items and the thank you pictures that go with them!

St. Jean de Brebeuf in Scarborough donated $202.10 from their “Don’t Count the Days Make the Days Count” campaign to be used for two days of support

St. Patrick’s C.S. in Caledonia donated $303.00 (plus a little yellow car which will go over this summer).  This was used for days of support for February 24, 25 and 26.

St. Michael’s C.S. in Dunnville donated $213.00 which supported the residence on February 27 and 28

Both schools donations were organized by Mary Kent.  The additional $16.00 from both school was put toward a food distribution.

W.J. Baird donated $322.10 which was used for 3 days of support and 4 blankets

Prospect Lake E.S. donated $299.05 which was used for a day of support and the remaining money ($199.05) to use for a goat, chickens, blankets, tools, and whatever was deemed  most necessary.

Individual Donations

Sydney Castle made a donation to deepen the well at the Rolling Hills Residence.  We are attempting to go down another 12 feet to capture more water.

At the end of a presentation Jasmine donated $40.00 which will be used for blankets and mattresses.

At the end of a presentation Ranjodh gave $7.00 to be used for a blanket.

Eugenie and Henry Fernandes donated $100.00 which is being used to pay for mattresses.

A day of support was funded by Bennett and Madelyn.

At the end of a presentation Jestin donated $11.00 to be used to purchase blankets.

Johanna Blyth donated money for two days of support.

At the end of a presentation Orly donated $15.00 which will go toward blankets.

At the end of a presentation four students, Maxine, Ellie, Marcus and Benjamin donated $23.45 which will be used to purchase a mattress.

Lynne Wilson made a donation in honour of her daughter Leanne’s birthday.

Sherry Simon made a donation which is being used for two days of support – March 11 and 12.

Thank You Signs

 

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Food Distribution

Each month we give out food and supplies to the orphans and impoverished children and families in our community.  The amount can be up to 2.2 metric tons and varies according to the time of year, whether children are away at school and specific requests from sponsors or community groups.

While the majority of this is funded directly by our sponsors we always have a shortfall as we are distributing to others in the community who have needs but not a sponsor.  These groups made donations that allowed us to make up this shortfall in funding.

 

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Days of Support

A day of support is $100.00.  This provides the food for all the children in the residence, their routine medical care, the salaries of the staff at the residence and the utilities for the building.

As I make the above statement I should also note that with the continued devaluation of the Canadian dollar we are ‘stretching’ to keep this commitment at this cost.  There will be discussions with Ruth and the committee in the coming month about how we might have to remove some of the items from this list to keep it at the same cost.

 

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Educational Sponsors

We have made a commitment to our children that each child will be provided with the highest quality and type of education that they qualify for.  This means that we are prepared to support each child to a full and complete education, whether that is university, college or the completion of a trade or skill.

We have found that our children/students have excelled in their studies.  As such they have continued to qualify for high level high school placements and post-secondary placements.  As of this writing we have 66 children in either high school or post-secondary.

The cost of these quality placements often greatly exceeds the money donated on a monthly basis by their sponsor.  We have some sponsors who have generously increased their donations to cover this cost.  With others we have sought and received their permission to involve an educational sponsor who makes a donation that helps to pay for the educational costs.

The latest group of 18 students wrote their Kenyan National Exams in November and were given their marks.  We are so proud to say that 5 of our students have qualified for the highest level – National – while another 8 qualified for admission to a high Regional Cost.

We wish to welcome our new sponsors – not only for these 18 new students but for our other students who are already in high school or post-secondary.

New Educational Sponsors

Kate Richardson

Lisa and Doug Podd

Andrew Wooldridge and Orca Books

Danielle Bird

Kimberly Kiel and Murray Reynolds

Michelle and Maya Greves

Debby Cunsolo and Jody Hendry

Rod Zatyko

Natasha Deen

Jeremy Mills

Anita Davidson

Joy Patterson

Wendy Jacobs

Lisa Bentley

And not to forget our ongoing Educational Sponsors:

Ashley Polovniak

Lasalle Public School

Lindsay Farlow

Doug and Susan Roberts

Ian Sinclair

Marina Cohen

Alan, Erin and Paige Cochrane

Jimmy and Hannah Kim

Gail Duncan

Alan and Liz Dilla

Lisa Rumble

Terrilyn Foster

Pam Cullen-Baron

Barb Kettle

In addition one of our sponsors – whose child has left the program – has now become an educational sponsor – thanks to Matt Blais.

Standard Eight Students

We have made a commitment to get our children the highest quality education as possible.  Last school year we had our Standard Eight students spend the last semester as residents in their school to enable them to score well and qualify for high levels of high school.  As seen by the results, this was incredibly effective.  This year we’re having our five candidates go to live at the school for the school year.  The school is located just down the road from the residence and they will have time and occasion to visit at the Rolling Hills residence as well as being constantly monitored by our staff in addition to their teachers.

We wish Charles, Boniface, Raphael, Kanini and Kanini the best in the next part of their academy journey.

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In the coming year we might just be looking for additional support as they make the leap to high school.

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In Memory of Stephanie McManus

One of our long term and dear sponsors, Stephanie McManus, passed away on January 21st, 2016 after a valiant battle with multiple myeloma.

Stephanie was a sponsor of two orphan boys through Creation of Hope for the last six years. She was a bright, caring, generous, feisty and tender hearted woman who loved deeply. She visited Kenya with her own two children, Sydney and Gavin, in 2012 and they met their sponsored children, John and Mwithe at their homesteads and celebrated at the annual birthday party together.

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Stephanie was a lawyer, owning a company advising small and medium sized investment firms about compliance to government regulations. She was a bright woman. She volunteered her legal skills to draft Creation of Hope legal documents. She also spear headed the fund raising campaign for Creation of Hope to buy our own vehicle for the program.

Stephanie made national news when her horse, Luna, was brought to the hospital in Hamilton for one last visit, the day before she passed away.

Stephanie was warm and willing and caring. She requested for donations to go in her memory to both Creation of Hope and to Zachary’s Paws at the Juravinski Centre in Hamilton. Our heartfelt support  goes out  to Sydney and Gavin, her family and especially to her life partner, and our dear friend and sponsor as well, Marc Stevens. Stephanie, your love light will shine bright through the many that you loved, cared for and supported. Rest in God’s peace.

Written by Anita Walters

Donations can be made to Creation of Hope through Kids Alive Canada in Stephanie’s memory.  She will be missed by all who knew her.