Thank you for transforming lives in 2013!
In 2002, I wrote the first "Dear friends and Family" letter asking your assistance to send 6 orphans to high school in Butula, Western Kenya, at a cost of $600 per year. Last Saturday, 36 college and university graduates met to document their stories as a tangible "Thank you" to all who supported them in high school and through college. It was an inspiring day. They work in a wide range of professions. One young woman is a musician (BA in Music) singing, playing clarinet, guitar, saxophone and flute. Naisula graduates are nurses, teachers, engineers, mass communicators plus business management and computer specialists. Some have adopted and are educating younger orphans, some had become husbands, wives and parents themselves; all are committed to working together to "keep Hope Alive". Those who could not travel to Bumala will meet in Nairobi. Here is what one student wrote to his sponsor:
"I always wanted to be a teacher, especially in my community, because the literacy levels are very low and poverty high. I really want to be part of the 'changers' of the status quo. This is only possible if I have an education, college education. I can now see the light at the end of the tunnel. Right now, I am taking 13 units: biochemistry, statistics, economics, Information Communication Technology, parasitology, soil science, agronomy and others, and I am prepared to perform even better because you've given me everything I need and now its up to me to sit down and work hard."Leonard.
Please support G.R.A.C.E's efforts to expand our Early Child Development (ECD) borders to double our reach into local communities in 2014. ECD opens doors to many other interventions. Older children in the family, adult caregivers and the community in general stand to benefit from Food Security, HIV prevention, Economic strengthening etc. As Frederick Douglas once said, "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."
Pascal Masila Mailu, now in his second year at the helm of G.R.A.C.E. is looking forward with great anticipation to what can be accomplished, again with your help. His introduction of Early Childhood Development programming was a powerful event for the communities involved. This is his area of expertise and I strongly encourage us all to help Pascal build strong children in twice as many impoverished Kenyan neighborhoods.
Natasha Martin, Founder.