Our Foundation's Goal
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Our goal for the Foundation is to financially support projects, the people and the teams developing the projects. We personally visit the projects such as The School of St Jude, The Ruben Centre in Nairobi, Plaster House Arusha, Kick-start and One Acre Farms projects in Kenya, Andrew Browning's projects in Ethiopia and the Selian Hospital Arusha. We expected to be the 'helpers' however the emotional impact on us was simply amazing. It was inspirational meeting the teams of volunteers and their enthusiasm that drives the development that allows these amazing projects to thrive.
We are not seeking contributions for our foundation, rather we are hoping that our commitment and contribution may encourage you to seek you own way of helping the people in the world that you have empathy with and need help. We are more than happy to tell you of our journey, even encourage you to support the same project we do, but more importantly we wish to see more people doing more. To introduce friends to the projects, we have shared visits to some of the projects with our sons, friends Julianne, Keith, Margo, Tina, Elisha, Arthur and Athena in Nov 2012 and recently our neighbors and friends George and Rita.
In 2013 we had a joint visit with four of our nieces and Margo and Tina to Kenya and Tanzania. Later in February 2014 we visited Laos, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. We continue to sponsor students who completed their primary study at Ruben's Primary School in the Mukuru . Their future was to live in the Mukuru slums of Nairobi in Kenya, separated from their parents who live in rural areas outside Nairobi. The payment of secondary school fees is a significant financial burden, which the families cannot afford.
Even though the parents work hard and do not smoke or drink, their income is insufficient to pay secondary school fees. Quite often the father will have to move around for work as permanent, stable jobs are a rarity for uneducated rural people and the mother may be lucky enough to work as a domestic servant, probably treated more like a slave. Stealing, beatings for financial gain and stand-over tactics are common.
With a secondary education these students will be able secure a better future not only for themselves but for their parents, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunties and even their neighbours. To maintain our support they need to, as they have promised, keep gaining good grades as they progress with their education