Kenya Education and AIDS Program
The Kenya Education & AIDS Program is dedicated to care for poor and orphaned children in Kenya to give them food, a safe place to live, medical care, a good education and most importantly hope for a better future.
2004 – Began supporting 19 children in an orphanage in the Vihiga District of Western Kenya
2005 – Began fund raising to build a dormitory for 90 children
2006 – Twenty-four TJUU members and friends visited children at the orphanage (see trips)
2007 – Hired an accountant to assure credibility and a nurse improve health care
2009 – Construction of three story dormitory completed
2010 – Formation of TJ’s Kenya Education & AIDS Program (KEAP). Decision was made to place sponsored children in good boarding schools to improve education, diet and care.
2011 – Formation of the Kenyan Liaison Board composed of local Kenyan leaders.
2013 – Twelve sponsors went on KEAP’s annual trip to Kenya to check on the children.
2013 – Twelve sponsors went on KEAP’s trip to Kenya to check on the children.
2013 – regular tutoring began. Week long sessions held 2X/year during children’s breaks, which has positively affected the students’ test scores.
2014 – 11 young adults began university and other post-graduate work! Four students obtained government scholarships. Also, TJUC group of 15 sponsors and friends visited the children and held a church service upon return.
2015 – Sheila V. hired as Kenyan caretaker (see spotlight below).
Over 200 children supported by KEAP over 12 years. Currently (2016) fifty-six children are sponsored:
— 15 children in primary school: 8 girls and 7 boys (grades 1-8)
— 15 High School students: 10 boys and 5 girls
— 3 newly graduated high school students
— 13 students in university: 10 boys and 3 girls
— 10 students in technical schools: 7 boys and 3 girls
SPOTLIGHT: Sheila V. – KEAP’s Kenyan Caretaker
Imagine being mother to 56 children! We’d met Sheila on our trip to Kenya in 2014. When we were in need of a new caretaker for the children, we asked her if she knew anyone who could do the job. She raised her hand, and overnight, she went from a young single woman to mother of 56 kids! Sheila visits the primary and high school students on their visitor days, bringing them snacks and even full meals! She encourages them and … well, scolds them when needed. She takes them to the doctor when they are sick. Thanks to TJUC’s generosity, each child received a new outfit of clothing for Christmas – and guess who did the shopping! And then there are school supplies, sheets and mattresses for the boarding school … and the list goes on. In Sheila’s words –
“KEAP has gone deep into the heart of this nation and made these children rise up on their feet and feel important and fit in the community …. Today when I look at the faces of these kids and see them smile and consider their dreams revive – I thank KEAP. As a caretaker and mother, I interact with these kids quite often and visit them in school and see the joy and hope that has been planted in their lives. For you have made all the difference, their lives have been turned around.”
SPOTLIGHT: One sponsor/child relationship
Addie started sponsoring Moses 12 years ago. She was 23 years old and he was 10. In the early years, Addie would study Moses’ report cards and identify what he needed to work on. She encouraged him and sent him books that helped him improve his grades. They developed a deep bond. As Moses tells it:
“Addie is mother and sister to me. She is the only friend who has been busy with my life, helping me to grow and become an important gentleman in society. She made me speak English at an early age which has really helped — Kenyans [usually] start speaking fluent English at late ages.”
Moses also credits Addie with improving his health – through foods she sent to him and through regular support over the years so he always had an adequate amount to eat.
Fast forward and today Moses attends University with the help of a government scholarship as well as Addie’s continued sponsorship. For this, Moses says – “Thank you Addie! I love you so much!”
Addie says that this friendship is a two-way street. She returned to college so that she could get a better job and continue her support of Moses. Now she says, “we’re in this together!” They motivate and encourage each other in their journey through college – and it seems, their journey through life!
HOW YOU CAN HELP
— Help sponsor a child or our Kenyan caretaker
— Ask your organization or church to have a special collection for us.
Proceeds can be targeted, e.g. to medical needs or tutoring
— Join us at one of our annual fundraising events—fun events for all ages
— Join us on a trip to Kenya to visit the children
— Give a much-needed one- time donation
— “Like” us on Facebook and share KEAP with your friends:
— Join our KEAP committee and help us help the kids!
For more information:
Deborah Novgorodoff — firstname.lastname@example.org
Debby Sublett — DebbySublett@aol.com