St. Pius School in Kenya Supplies

Friends and family,

Have you ever just pocketed a pen you'd forgotten was in your hand?  This basic item that we easily pick up or dig out of our pockets or purses is a precious commody to young students in Kitale, Kenya.

When my friend, June, told me that the children who go to the the St. Pius school in Kitale did not have any school supplies, I was deeply saddened.

Can you imagine if your kids went to a school where they did not have any pencils or paper?

When I heard about this, I vowed to make sure that every child at the school would have the basic
supplies they need to learn.

Over the past six months I have worked with June to understand the needs of the students and procure the materials from a supplier who prepares and packages school materials.  The teachers at the school created a list for us of the number of students in each class (grades K-4) along with the materials that they needed. June and I also identified some other items we thought would be useful for the students, such as hygiene kits with toothbrushes and toothpaste, water bottles and backpacks. (There is no Walmart in Kitale!) I've also worked with local art teachers in Dallas to identify supplies so that we can provide the children with items to place in a supply closet for creative activities.

Kitale is a rural village about 6 hours drive from June's home in Nairobi, Kenya. June and her family generously
donated the building and design (June's an architect) for the Saint Pius School and I have promised to provide the supplies.

And, we would love it if you would help us!


Thank you for your support!

with much love and gratitude,
Melissa, Michael, Julian and Charlotte

- will provide school supplies to a  kindergarten student
will provide a backpack, hygiene kit and water
   bottle for one student
will provide all supplies to a  kindergarten student

- will provide school supplies for a 1st-4th grade student
will provide all supplies to a 1st-4th grade student
- will provide 2 kindergarden students with supplies
- will provide 5 students with supplies
***For your gift of $100, we will thank you with a special gift that is handmade by the women of the village -- a handwoven reed basket.***

Handmade in Africa by local artisans, this bag is yours with a $100 donation!

The women of Kitale and their handmade creations
Handmade baskets by local artisans

p.s. to learn more about the school and their efforts visit: the Saint Pius School
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Melissa Chosed Gerstle 
Dallas, TX
Read Across Africa 
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