As we reflect on the past year we cannot help but smile. Our kiddos in our Children's Home are all healthy and strong. Each one of them progressed in school and will head to the next grade in January. Two of our boys, Austin and Clinton, whom we have had since they were babies will start 1st grade next month and will proudly walk to school each morning with their siblings. That is oh so bittersweet, as any parent can attest to. Our RH Scholar Moses Vincent Agare also had a really big year, as most of you know since he was actually crowned the first University of Arkansas Homecoming King at the Ole Miss game this past October! It is amazing what love, support, and encouragement can do for people. Given the right environment infused with lots of love does wonders. And we feel so blessed to have a front row seat to see it all unfold.
Thank you all for your support this year, we could not do it without our donors, volunteers, and Board of Directors. You all make it possible. Below is a brief synopsis on what we did this year in each project and what we hope to do in 2017.
Please also keep in mind that your donation today will help us to met those goals and if you donate by midnight on December 31st your donation is tax deductible for the 2016 tax year.
JCO Children’s Home
o We have provided a loving and stable home for our 19 boys and girls this year. They are all healthy and doing well. They just finished their school year and will begin a new grade in January. Our kiddos are our daily inspiration. They have such bright futures and we feel so blessed to have a front row seat to see how they make the world a better place!
o Our eldest kiddo Juma is graduating High School this month and we are so proud of him! He has lived with us for the last 5 years and has been a bright shining light in our home since the moment he got there. He is a very smart young man that wants to be an aeronautical engineer.
o Juma will be moving out and headed to college and we already have another little one in mind that will take his place. If all goes well we will move him into our home in January!
o We plan to continue to care for our kiddos in our home. We will continue to give them love and support and cover all of their needs because we are their family.
o We also have some infrastructure goals that we hope to accomplish in 2017. Here is what we need:
A boy’s dormitory for our Children’s Home. As our kiddos are growing we need more space in our home. The bulk of our kids are about to be teenagers as well and a little more space between the girls and boys sleeping areas is needed.
Kitchen Renovation for our Home. We cook everything with firewood and our kitchen needs much better ventilation for our staff’s health. We plan to purchase two big cooking vats that drastically reduce the smoke and make their jobs safer and easier. The current kitchen will also need to be bigger to accommodate the new equipment.
Solar panels for our Children’s Home. We do not have electricity in our home, but since we sit right on the equator there is quite a lot of sunshine. We found a great company in Kenya that can provide and install the panels for a low cost and they work really well!
We also want to purchase two more 10,000-liter rainwater tanks to collect water for the home.
Our Program to assist other children in the area that live with their families
o We assisted 44 children with School Fees and all passed well and continued on the the next grade.
o We provided maxi-pads for 325 girls in Sirembe each month
o We have a Daycare Center where 35 local children attend to prepare for Primary School
o We hope to assist 55 kids with School Fees (Click here to contribute to our #Educate40 program)
o We plan to continue to provide 350 girls in Sirembe with maxi-pads every month.
o The new school year at our Daycare Center starts in January
RH Scholars Program
o Our RH Scholar Moses Vincent Agare became the first International Student to be elected a Senator in the University of Arkansas Student Government.
o Moses also was crowned the first ever Homecoming King of the U of A
o Moses is doing well in his junior year at the U of A studying Civil Engineering.
o We all knew he had potential, but recently he has been blowing us away!
o Another RH Scholar Jerrym Molla, who used to live in our JCO Children’s Home, is studying International Business at USIU in Nairobi. USIU is rated the Top Business School in East Africa and Jerrym is thriving! He currently has a 3.4 GPA.
o We hope to bring Juma here to be our 3rd RH Scholar! He is the bright young man that has been living in our JCO Children’s Home for the past 5 years. He wants to study engineering and feels passionately about helping Restore Humanity as an adult. He is an amazing young man and we believe he will indeed make the world better.
o Moses and Jerrym will continue their studies and we will be here to support them.
RH Medical Project
· The Maternity Ward that we helped build in 2015 has now had almost 200 healthy babies born there to healthy and happy mothers.
o On our trip to Kenya in January we hope to find new ways to support the Maternity Ward and assist in even greater healthcare for the community of Sirembe.