The final term for school children in Kenya is now beginning, and with it comes the bills for school fees ($4,000), not only for the boys living at Ahadi, but for some orphaned
neighbor children we help out; former Ahadi boys who are now living with big brothers, aunties, elderly grandmothers who have no money for fees; sisters of some of our Ahadi boys who would otherwise not be in school; and Ahadi boys in boarding high schools. August/September is a tough month for us because we have no major fund-raisers like the Boston Marathon which bring in large donations. Please help us meet these needs as well as our normal needs for food, salaries, utilities, etc.
We are thankful that we have made our final payment on a no-interest loan that enabled us to finish construction on the present Ahadi house, thanks to a generous donor. Now, as we mentioned, in our July update, we have the need for another 4-bedroom house. We have $25,000 so far but need another $55,000. Please use the July Update to show your friends, churches, Sunday School classes, etc. so we can get started at this. Our permit is only good for one year, and 4 months have already passed, so if we don’t get it built we will need to start all over again. We will need many new donors, above and beyond those giving for operational expenses and college sponsorships, in order to complete this project.
We are now in our second year with the greenhouse, raising tomatoes again, and hope to have a better year. Prices in the market dipped way down last year, and we only ended up making a profit of about $200 for the whole year!
CASE IN POINT
Nelson came to be a part of our children’s home after he and his brother ran away from home in Western Kenya due to the beatings and harsh treatment from their step-father. Things had gotten unbearable when their mother was hospitalized due to horrible burns, and their step-father’s demands on them were just too much since they no longer went to school, often slept hungry and had shabby clothes. They ran away to Nairobi where an older sister lived, and she brought them to us. Nelson did well in school and was happy to have found a safe place to live. Later, when the Ahadi house was being built, and he was waiting to start university, he helped with construction and kept us informed when some of the work was not being done well. He is now in his final year at Daystar University, studying International Relations. He often goes to the UN in Nairobi for special learning experiences, is a leader in his class, and has been on the Dean’s list. These success stories are due to donors who commit to paying fees and upkeep for these college boys. Contact us to find out how you can help boys waiting for sponsors now.