A huge thank you to each one of you who generously sent donations for school fees and year-end needs of our Ahadi boys. We have plenty of money now for school fees, travel expenses to see relatives (and return), buying needed clothing, uniforms, textbooks, etc. as well as a very good start on operating expenses for the year. Praise God! Some of our Ahadi alumni are busy painting the house, inside and out, and we are doing some fix-it-up work while the boys are away. More news and photos re home improvement next time. We are truly blessed and grateful.
Our only big need now is Thomas Kioko still needs a sponsor so he can begin studying at Kenya Institute of Social Work and Community Development in January at a cost of about $950 each trimester, including accommodation, transport and pocket money. The first semester (January 2015), he will need about $300 additional for set up costs—bed, table, chair, decent clothes, cooking stove and gas canister, rent deposit, etc. Let us know SOON if God moves your heart to sponsor him for a two–year program. He completed high school a year ago and has been working in various capacities (care-taker, watchman, “junior staff” and currently painter) at Ahadi ever since. He is “chomping at the bit,” wanting to start college. Are you the one who can make this possible for Thomas? In the US, You can easily make the first payment with your debit card, using this link http://orphansjoy.revtrak.net and selecting Ahadi Family Orphanage/ University Sponsorship; or use your PayPal account to send money to Ahadi@jpmasso.com and specify in a note, “Thomas Kioko sponsorship.” Or send a check made payable to SCREAM USA, to Dave Wassenar, 85 Heights of Hill St., Whitinsville, MA 01588 and include a note saying “College sponsorship, Thomas.” All of these ways have tax exempt status in the US. In Kenya, you can deposit in the NIC Bank/Bank House branch, account #1000008679, Ahadi Family Kenya Designated.
Three of our little boys did not have a relative to stay with over the holidays. Two of them are staying with an Ahadi board member and her family, just down the hill from the Ahadi house. They are happily playing with her children, and getting the experience of wholesome family life (and would like to stay). See Case in Point, below. The third boy is staying at my house off and on and is keeping himself entertained with a ball, a car, the Ahadi camera, and Mr. Bean movies on Francis’s laptop. He is also learning to swim and to whistle and eat Wheetabix and spaghetti (not together).