Hi everyone. As many of you know I have recently been spending much of my time in Mombasa having got the Kenya "bug" while volunteering with GVI in 2011. Much of the work I have been doing has been in conjunction with a an amazing woman named Grace Wambete who works tirelessly for the good of others. One project very dear to both our hearts is a small school Grace runs for 80 children from babies to standard 3 in her local village. Like kids everywhere these Cornerstone angels deserve the chance to play and learn, however they struggle because of their difficult circumstances. Many of them come to school without breakfast and don't bother going home during their lunch break as there is no food available to them. To address this problem we would love to be able to provide them with a cup of porridge each morning. The aim is to provide them with some energy, help them to focus in class and most importantly to relieve that feeling of hunger that we and our children will never know. The cost of a cup of porridge is 5 kenyan shillings x 80 kids = 400 shillings or about $5,50 per day. That's less than $30 to provide a cup of porridge for every one of these kids for a week. Every little bit helps and the best way for a campaign like this to work is for lots of people to give a little and as you can see as little as $5.50 can make a big difference to the lives of 80 kids.+ Read More
Hi everyone. I've decided to update my gofundme campaign to incorporate the 3 main projects that I focus on here in Mombasa.The projects are the food program for Cornerstone, Nyota Ing'arayo primary school and Days for Girls Mombasa. Currently the focus is on Nyota as we help them face the challenges of the new school year and donations are being sought for the food program and for teachers wages. However all 3 projects rely on your generous support so if you wish to donate for a particular program please just let me know. Please note that all donation money received via this campaign or directly to me go to one of these 3 projects. If you have any questions or would like information or photos to help with fundraising please just ask. I've attached some photos of some of the Nyota kids proudly wearing their new school uniforms. Thanks to everyone who supported our uniform drive for Nyota and Cornerstone last year.
I'm so happy to be back in Mombasa and able to report first hand on the progress of our Cornerstone Kids food program. The kids are enjoying porridge every morning and lunch 3 days a week. I think the smiles tell a better story than I can so please take a look. As always this update comes with a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us by donating, sharing updates and providing encouragement, and a reminder that this is an ongoing campaign so it's never too late to join us and become part of the Cornerstone community. If you're able to make a donation you'll be ensuring that these beautiful smiles continue. Oh yeah did I mention that I did the taste test and the beans and rice were delicious!
Our Cornerstone kids are now enjoying lunch 3 days a week and porridge 5 days a week. When we started this campaign we were hoping for a breakfast program on maybe 3 days a week but your generosity has made it possible to provide so much more. With food in their tummies and smiles on their faces the kids are able concentrate on their lessons and enjoy the school day. So a huge thank you for all of the donations we've received so far and we would love to hear from anyone else who would like to help us keep this program going.
Our porridge program for the beautiful kids at Cornerstone, a small school in a village in Mombasa, is about to become a lunch program. The generosity of so many people means that for the next school term beginning on May 2nd we are going to be able to provide lunch for the kids 3 days per week and porridge on the other 2 days. I'm not currently in Mombasa so this means more work for Grace Wambete but I know she is doing this with a big smile on her face. She has already reported what a huge difference the porridge has made to the kids. Now for our next challenge! We would love to be able to provide lunch for the kids every day. It won't take much - just more people who care enough to give a little to make a big difference. We can provide a lunch of rice and stew for about 25c per child so you can see how far a donation of $10, $20 or $50 can go. Please help us to put food in these little tummies and smiles on these little faces.