The month of April was a very exciting one for Restore Humanity! We got wonderful news from Kenya about the Maternity Ward--Project #mamasandbabies and we had an incredible fundraiser here to support our Children's Home! We are so, so grateful!
At the very end of the year we were about half-way finished with the construction and thanks to all of you we reached our remaining fundraising goal! Sarah Fennel took that money to Kenya at the beginning of January and they set out to first finish the delivery room, the septic tank and all the plumbing.
Since this is a partnership with a local clinic we have a very structured way that we handle the money. We give a smaller amount ($5,000-$7,000) and they sign a grant agreement as to what the funds can be used for. When they have used the money, they provide a report as to how it was spent, including receipts. We go over the receipts and the report. If it all matches up, then we send the next small amount and we move forward.
The local clinic has been really thorough on their reporting and efficient on the building. We have been really impressed. At the end of Fennel's most recent trip (Jan-Feb 2015) they had used the funds and presented her with a report. She went over the report and saw the work for herself. So upon her arrival back in the states she sent more money.
We just recently got the next report and sent the final amount to finish it up! AND we got some really amazing news to go with that! Although the building in it's entirety is not finished--they did complete the septic tank and the delivery room a few weeks ago. Since then they have delivered 12 healthy babies to 12 healthy mamas! Pregnant mothers can't wait on the rest of the building!
We were so excited to hear this and we knew you would be too! What can be more exciting than that? It is because of all of you that this is now happening and we cannot thank you enough! Fennel will be headed back to Kenya in June to see the final building, get some great photos, and get more exciting updates about healthy babies and their mothers!
A really BIG thank you is due to all of our Maternity Ward Donors and to our RH Medical Committee--with a very special thank you to our Chairman Dr. Scott Bailey and his wonderful wife Leslie. Thank you for all of the knowledge, advice, leadership, and support! We could not have done this without you!
Thank you all and look for more updates later this summer!
Our Annual Wine Dinner at Bordinos
Our Annual Wine Dinner at Bordinos took place on Sunday April 19th and was a wonderful success! We sold out again this year and we raised $35,250 for our JCO Children's Home in Kenya! We are so thankful to all of the guests that attended and those who donated, to the incredible Bordinos staff--front and back of the house--for delicious food, perfect wine, and impeccable service, and to our wine-expert Dr. Robert "Wine" Neralich! We also would love to send a big thank you to Cole Fennel Photography for the fabulous photos of our event! Check them out below! (For all of the images and more info click here)
With love and gratitude to you alL,
The Restore Humanity Team