But we didn’t realize the life-changing impact that we would have on nearly a thousand children half a world away...
In 2008, Kenya went through a very dark time when the country’s president rigged the national election. This caused massive civil unrest and riots across the country, forcing over 600,000 people to flee their homes. These refugees had no shelter, no water, no electricity and no food, creating a national crisis. Initially these refugees were placed into IDP Camps (Internally Displaced People), and were given tents by the UN, along with food and water rations to survive. But as weeks turned into months and then into years, their cries for help seemed to fall on deaf ears.
When we first travelled to Kenya in 2011, we were taken on a tour of an IDP camp, and the conditions were horrible. Tents were falling apart and full of holes, temporary outhouses had long been overfilled and abandoned, and the water supply had been disconnected; forcing women and children to walk 8 miles round trip to get water. Fortunately, the government has been working on giving these refugees permanent homes and land. One of the new communities that the government created is called Shalom, a rural township in the Rongai Province. While the government is helping these people with land and basic building materials, the children often have little or no schooling options available. And without education, many of them have no chance of ever escaping poverty.
Thanks to our partnership with World Teacher Aid, we’ve been able to help build two amazing schools in Shalom. Our first school was Shalom Primary School, which enrolls nearly 600 students from kindergarten to 8th grade. Our second school was Springs High School, which enrolls over 200 students. It’s incredibly rewarding to see the life-changing impact we’ve made in the lives of so many children in such a short period of time. Thanks to incredible clients like you, nearly a thousand children in this world have nutritious food and are getting a quality education every day. That’s something to be proud of.