Help us Build Libraries in Kenya!

$15,535 of $10k goal

Raised by 82 people in 13 months
Sarah Rose Roberts  FRANKLIN, TN
Who we are: 
Retouch is a non-profit organization founded by Chris and Jennifer Hadsell located on the coast of Kenya where they are committed to building schools, inspiring dreamers, & sharing the love of Jesus in the least likely of places.

The opportunity:
This spring, Retouch is raising funds in order to join in an incredible partnership with Books for Africa  that will allow us to build, stock, and fully equip our schools with TWO libraries just outside of Mombasa, Kenya.

Retouch needs YOUR help to accomplish this mission by April, 2016 in order to get the materials there on time!

The details:
Books for Africa has given us the amazing opportunity to partner with them and allow us to ship previously donated and purchased items (backpacks, soccer gear, chalkboards, and other educational materials) to Kenya for less than half of the typical cost!

Once we raise this money, BFA will ship our items in a 40 foot container, leaving room for up to an additional 22, 000 books that they will donate to us at no additional cost! Furthermore, this money will fund our set-up, renovation, and building costs for these two new libraries!

Each donor will be personally investing in the education of the next generation of Kenyans who we believe will fill roles ranging from teachers to politicians, parents to engineers, and architects to doctors. We cannot express fully the impact your investment will make in the lives of thousands of children and community members!

What if I give?
Each donor will receive a hand written note and a photograph of the new libraries in Kenya as a small momento of our appreciation.  For every donation of $100 or more a bookcase will be named after you! All donations are tax deductible. You're all rockstars!

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Update 10
Posted by Sarah Rose Roberts
9 months ago
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The eagle has landed!
(This was sent out last week but never posted to Facebook)

Tuesday morning the container made it safely to Birikani! It drove right up without a problem. Like all good things we had to wait 8 hours for the truck to help move the container off the moving truck. By the light of the setting sun and 2 hours of 'safely' loosening it the container literally landed on the ground. It was a real life movie as they unlocked it from the base and slowly slowly moved it until they had one truck pulling one direction and another, hooked to a tree, pulling the other.

The village cheered as it landed. We signed the papers and it was officially ours. The pastors immediately prayed over the container and gave glory to God for all he had done. Under the starlight we sang, danced, and worshipped.

Chris and Jenn flew in from Mozambique that night to help unpack and set up the two libraries. Because of all the organization done in the states we were able to unpack what we needed and set up the container library in less than 3 hours on Wednesday.

We were able to meet with the teachers, read the kids stories, and pass out soccer gear to the local team. The remaining soccer gear (which is a lot) will be used to set up a local league and continue the growth of our teams. The soccer guys were like kids on Christmas morning running around with their pennies, jerseys, socks, and new shoes on. They were an amazing help moving boxes in and out and making room to set up the library.

The books in Birikani in Kwale county are the first of their kind. The vast majority of students have never read a book, let alone held a book. But because of an amazing community of supporters, that no longer has to be the case.

Thursday and Friday, we set up the larger library in Mtwapa. We worked a solid 2 days adding 3,000+ books, organizing resources, making reading books, and setting up a Lego and audio book table. This location was previously a mud, timber, and brick church before the church grew and then became storage until we had it renovated to become a library. We have hired a librarian from our school in Mtwapa who will help facilitate both locations. We were able to train him while on the ground and were able to at pray and lock up by 9 pm Friday. We left at 6 am Saturday morning to fly to Mozambique where Chris and Jenn live to rest and allow them to get back to work. We are excited to see what takes place now!

We will continue to slowly add books to the libraries from the 16,000 still remaining in the container and pass out boxes and soccer balls to nearby schools and communities. We will continue to have teams throughout the year on the ground and will send updates as the libraries continue to grow and become Kenyan. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for joining in with us, trusting us with your donation, and for your continued support. It is overwhelming to see what combining two communities together can accomplish. You are a part of something much bigger that will only continue to grow as the story is still being written.

If you would like to see more photos, or videos you can check out my personal page on Facebook (sarahroseroberts) or our website retouch.is

We have a thank you card and picture from the kids if you would email me your mailing address I'll get those to you when I get back from the states. Sarahroberts05@gmail.com

Thank you again, we honestly couldn't have done it without you!
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Update 9
Posted by Sarah Rose Roberts
9 months ago
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The eagle has landed!

On Tuesday morning the container made it safely to Birikani! It drove right up without a problem. Like all good things we had to wait 8 hours for the truck to help move the container off the moving truck. By the light of the setting sun and 2 hours of 'safely' loosening it the container literally landed on the ground. It was a real life movie as they unlocked it from the base and slowly slowly moved it until they had one truck pulling one direction and another, hooked to a tree, pulling the other.

The village cheered as it landed. We signed the papers and it was officially ours. The pastors immediately prayed over the container and gave glory to God for all he had done. Under the starlight we sang, danced, and worshipped.

Chris and Jenn flew in from Mozambique that night to help unpack and set up the two libraries. Because of all the organization done in the states we were able to unpack what we needed and set up the container library in less than 3 hours on Wednesday.

We were able to meet with the teachers, read the kids stories, and pass out soccer gear to the local team. The remaining soccer gear (which is a lot) will be used to set up a local league and continue the growth of our teams. The soccer guys were like kids on Christmas morning running around with their pennies, jerseys, socks, and new shoes on. They were an amazing help moving boxes in and out and making room to set up the library.

The books in Birikani in Kwale county are the first of their kind. The vast majority of students have never read a book, let alone held a book. But because of an amazing community of supporters, that no longer has to be the case.

Thursday and Friday, we set up the larger library in Mtwapa. We worked a solid 2 days adding 3,000+ books, organizing resources, making reading books, and setting up a Lego and audio book table. This location was previously a mud, timber, and brick church before the church grew and then became storage until we had it renovated to become a library. We have hired a librarian from our school in Mtwapa who will help facilitate both locations. We were able to train him while on the ground and were able to at pray and lock up by 9 pm Friday. We left at 6 am Saturday morning to fly to Mozambique where Chris and Jenn live to rest and allow them to get back to work. We are excited to see what takes place now!

We will continue to slowly add books to the libraries from the 16,000 still remaining in the container and pass out boxes and soccer balls to nearby schools and communities. We will continue to have teams throughout the year on the ground and will send updates as the libraries continue to grow and become Kenyan. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for joining in with us, trusting us with your donation, and for your continued support. It is overwhelming to see what combining two communities together can accomplish. You are a part of something much bigger that will only continue to grow as the story is still being written.

If you would like to see more photos, or videos you can check out my personal page on Facebook (sarahroseroberts) or our website retouch.is

We have a thank you card and picture from the kids if you would email me your mailing address I'll get those to you when I get back from the states. Sarahroberts05@gmail.com

Thank you again, we honestly couldn't have done it without you!
It was a busy 4 days!
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Update 8
Posted by Sarah Rose Roberts
10 months ago
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We are. still. holding.

The container arrived last Monday and we are working through some delays to get it out of port. As we are learning, shipping is a complicated matter with a huge paper trail. Some days the government looks for things, some days they don't. Some days there aren't regulations for things, some days there are. We have gotten stuck in a few of the new 'there are' regulations. The first domino fell when our freight forwarder did not know they had to include a verification form that the container and soccer gear were inspected to meet 'Kenyan standards.' They had shipped here before with similar goods and had no problem. They paid a $530 dollar fee for that piece of paper and for the inspection, which flagged the container. They were prompt in settling that matter so we could move on through clearing.

When going for the inspection for clearing, some of the numbers on the container didn't match all of the shipping documents so they had to contact the various ports to make sure that was indeed our container. They do this for safety precautions and to guarantee nothing is tampered with. Yesterday, they were able to confirm the numbers and open the container. One of the agents saw that there was a box of Bibles, and asked for one which we gladly gave. I loved that out of everything in those boxes, that is what he asked for.

Upon inspection, they found that our stuff was not only above their standards but looked too new, despite all of it being donated (only the best for our kids ). Today, while working on getting the verification for transport, they calculated an additional $3,500 to be paid top of the $3,000 we have already paid for customs for the newer looking items like books, soccer balls, jerseys, and notebooks. Our incredible shipping agent was able to 'talk' them down to $500 in additional taxes, which once paid will hopefully move things along. We knew there was always a possibility of paying more in customs and we are grateful it isn't more than that. We know there is a perfect timing and plan in this. We pray that the customs officers that are involved become benefactors and supporters of our mission. We believe that God works all things out for His good and we do it for His glory.

Pray that the next few hours and days go smoothly, and that we have breakthrough to get that piece of metal to our land! So many miracles have happened up to this point that a few delays have no power in stopping what is to come.
Teachers and students are so grateful for what is to come.
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Update 7
Posted by Sarah Rose Roberts
10 months ago
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It. Has. Arrived.

The container arrived into the port of Mombasa today!!! We are working with our shipping agent to pay for customs, fill out whatever paperwork, and get it to our land ASAP.

Please pray for everything to go smoothly and in God's timing. So many incredible miracles have had to happen to get to this point. Now, we are just days away from opening the opportunity for many more to unfold.

The road to even get the container to the remote school had to be repaired and even a bridge and ramp were built! I told my friends they are like John the Baptist and preparing the way!

Four foot posts have been added to the final resting spot of the container. The pastors have said that even by next time I come I won't recognize it because they want to build a roof over it and grow plants around it. I love some dreamers who get things done!

We plan on splitting the contents of the container mainly between our two school locations. The container will house one library and the other will be in the renovated church that was once made of mud. Our storehouses will literally be overflowing so we intend on sharing boxes of books with the local schools both public and private. We want to build relationships with those around both in the village and bush and use them as tools for outreach.

Along with sharing the books there is a large amount of soccer gear that has been donated by middle Tennessee soccer teams. In addition to giving soccer balls with the books, our goal is to now have a soccer league in the bush with the new materials and jersey sets. I (Sarah) met with the men's team yesterday and told them of what would be coming and they couldn't be more ready to start playing with more teams. They practice on a dusty field with trees as goal posts that I pray one day becomes an actual field... Or even stadium with huge lights.

When I was praying for the land I saw a huge patchwork quilt covering the hills with many patterns, colors, pieces both new and old, and space for more to be added. Each time something happens to the land squares are stitched into the story. Supporting this project has added new squares to our quilt and will support new ones being added.

Thank you again for standing with us on this journey. Please know that the arrival of the container does not signify the end but the start of something new.
Future locations of 2 libraries.
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$15,535 of $10k goal

Raised by 82 people in 13 months
Created March 3, 2016
Sarah Rose Roberts  
MC
$50
Ms. Sarah's Class
4 months ago

Merry Christmas, Ms. Sarah! Love, your 2016 - 2017 4th graders

$5
Blake Smith
11 months ago
BC
$500
Brian and Nicole Covey
12 months ago (Offline Donation)
CS
$100
Connie Stammen
12 months ago (Offline Donation)
$100
Kimmie Matthews
12 months ago
1
1

Way to go Sarah!!!!

DH
$50
Darlene Herndon
12 months ago
1
1
NC
$4,500
Nashville Life Christian Church
12 months ago (Offline Donation)
1
1
KH
$100
Kathryn Haynie
12 months ago
1
1

I am so inspired by all you are doing. You are amazing! Love you!

AC
$50
Alida Cassinari
12 months ago (Offline Donation)
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SM
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Sunny Mitchell
12 months ago (Offline Donation)
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