Transform lives of children/youth

$4,896 of $10k goal

Raised by 55 people in 21 months
AfricaFalp Falp  ALEXANDRIA, VA
Transform the lives of 17 children and youth

For over 15 years, I have been supporting orphans and vulnerable children in my community in Nakuru, Kenya. It gives me great inspiration and joy to see children and youth get a second chance in life. I help them understand they are not alone in this world because I care about how they live, what they eat, whether they have access to education and health services. Working with other concerned folks in my community, we created a scholarship fund called Future African Leaders Project (FALP). FALP supports promising Kenyan youth who face serious challenges in getting an education and maintaining their health. The project provides school fees, books and other supplies and where needed housing, a food allowance and health services. Also, participants receive leadership development training and assistance which enables them to participate in youth-led activities in Kenya. The cost of the project is minimal given its impact on children’s and youth’s lives. On average, each young person requires about $2,000 in school fees, health care and housing for a total budget of $32,000 per year. There are no salaries, consulting or administrative fees associated with the project as all work is voluntary.

Currently, FALPS supports 17 outstanding children and youth. 7 at the university level. 8 in secondary school and two in primary school. These children and youth will have a bright future becasue of your generosity. 

I hope you will join us to make a difference in these children’s and youth’s lives and transform their lives for good. Have a great summer!

Below is my bio:

My name is Pauline Muchina and I come from the Rift Valley Province in Kenya, where my family still resides. I came to the U.S. to study and earned a Ph.D. in 2000. I am  currently an independent consultant and I volunteer with Future African Leaders Project.  Previously, I served as the Senior Partnership Advisor for UNAIDS for seven and a half years. I serve in several boards and advisory groups including, Foundation for Sustainable Development and the Global Room for Women. Also, is a member of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians.

I am the founder of Future African Leaders Project, designed to support promising African youth who face serious challenges in getting an education and maintaining their health. The project provides school fees, books and other supplies and where needed housing and a food allowance. In addition, participants receive leadership development training and assistance which enables them to participate in youth lead activities in Kenya. 

My goal in life is to challenge injustice that render women, girls and marginalized communities vulnerable – addressing policies, structural, cultural and religious teaching and practices that undermine their human rights. I believe in saving lives, even when it means saving one life at a time. In addition to being an advocate, I devote my resources to educate children in Kenya and to support families affected by HIV and gender-based violence.

In 2011, I received the United Methodist Church Global Leadership Award. On March 8, 2014, the Huffington Post honored me as one of 50 women powerful international religious leaders. I hold a masters degree from Yale University and a Ph.D. from the Union Theological Seminary.
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Update 6
Posted by Pauline Muchina
6 months ago
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Dear Friends,
I hope that your summer went well. Ours was sweltering in Alexandria and DC and cold in Kenya. Perhaps the effects of global warming.

Let me start by thanking you for your continuing support to Future African Leaders Project. Our participants are doing well. Currently, they are in August vacation and going back to school on September 4th. As I reported earlier, we have four university graduates — a milestone for which to thank God and all our supporters. Praise God and thank you!

Sadly, in June, we lost Kamanja, a young man in a wheelchair, who was making the beaded bracelets. We miss him dearly, but his legacy of joy and generosity will continue to inspire us and those he encountered in his short life. At 26 years old, and wheelchair bound, Kamanja shared everything he had: his home, food that he received from well-wishers, his joy, resilience, and chicken. His chicken gifts to those who knew him put a smile on all of our faces. In December, we will continue that tradition by giving a chicken to low-income families in Kamanja’s memory.

As our students head back to school in September, we come to you again to ask for your support. We still need $900 for the rest of the year. If you can help us, please donate at our Gofundme: http://www.gofundme.com/wv6mxs. Please share our campaign with friends, families and your network. You may also send a check to Center for Health Ethics and Social Policy at 2701 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 508, Washington DC 20008 indicating it is for FALP. The Center is a fully tax deductible 501 (c) 3 organization. You may also donate online at www.chesp.org. The Center does not take an overhead. 100% of your donation will go to FALP.

Supporting these children and young women and men reminds me of what it means to be a family of God. None of them feels alone because you and I are with them. Their lives are changing for the better, and a bright future is no longer a wish or dream. We are helping shape that future with them.

We continue to fundraise through our African Women and Youth Initiative. Please buy our products at www.africanwomenyouthinitiative.com. Feel free to share the link.

I wish you and your families blessings in all your undertakings. Thank you,

Pauline Muchina
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Update 5
Posted by Pauline Muchina
11 months ago
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Dear friends and supporters of Future African Leaders Project,

I hope you are enjoying the beautiful Spring weather. I love the sunny and warm weather --- it seems to lift my spirits. I have good news that is also lifting my spirit. Four of our college students are graduating this year. It was not easy, but they have all sat for their exams. Two did very well in their exams, and two are waiting for their results. I am so proud of them and grateful to you for making this happen. The good news is these young people will soon have colleague degrees, and hopefully, will find jobs -- breaking the cycle of poverty in their families and Kenya. One of them managed to go through high school and college while raising his four siblings. He became the head of the household at the age of 13 years when both his parents succumb to AIDS. What he has achieved is more than most of us can. He is truly an example of what one can accomplish with full determination, hope, and help from friends.

Unfortunately, this year is also tough for us. We lost Neema, a young 23 years old woman who was studying aviation communication. I wrote about her last year. Neema succumbed to AIDS in January. She was active to the end and was glad that she had not given up on her education. Although there is medication, and people living with HIV can live their full life, some still die of AIDS-related diseases. As we mourn Neema and celebrate her short life, I am asking myself serious questions about the quality of care that these children receive, including mental health and nutrition.

This month, our students are on vacation. They will report back to school in May. I am writing to request your support to send them back to school next semester that starts in May. We need $1500. Any help you can provide will be deeply appreciated.
To donate to Future African Leaders Project, go to http://www.gofundme.com/wv6mxs. Please share our campaign with friends, families and your network. You may also send a check to Center for Health Ethics and Social Policy at 2701 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 508, Washington DC 20008 indicating it is for FALP. The Center is a fully tax deductible 501 (c) 3 organization. You may also donate online at www.chesp.org. The Center does not take an overhead. 100% of your donation will go to FALP.

Thank you for your continuing support. Together, we can make a difference in these children’s lives.

Blessings,

Pauline Muchina
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Update 4
Posted by Pauline Muchina
15 months ago
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Dear friends and colleagues,

As we approach the end of 2015, I take this opportunity to thank you for your support to our Future African Leaders Project. All our participants did well in their year-end exams. Now, they are on December vacation. I am looking forward to seeing our participants for Christmas at my mom’s home in Nakuru, Kenya.

Next semester begins on January 5, 2015. We need $4500 to send all FALP participants back to school. I am writing to request your help in sending them back to school. Please feel free to donate at: http://www.gofundme.com/wv6mxs. If you wish to make a donation and get a receipt for tax purposes, please send a check to Center for Health Ethics and Social Policy at 2701 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 508, Washington DC 20008 indicating it is for FALP. The Center is a fully tax deductible 501 (c) 3 organization. You may also donate online at www.chesp.org. The Center does not take an overhead. 100% of your donation will go to FALP.

Wishing you and your families a joyous holiday season and a happy and blessed 2016!

Thank you for your continuing support,


Pauline Muchina
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Update 3
Posted by Pauline Muchina
17 months ago
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Dear friends and supporters of Future African Leaders project (FALP),

We did it! Thanks to you, all our students are back in school. We raised $4300. I am deeply grateful for your generosity that enabled us to send our team of 17 back to school without any fees arrears. One of the participants wanted me to tell you how grateful he and his siblings are. He said, although their parents are gone, they don’t feel alone anymore because there are people who care, and making sure that they stay in school. In my opinion, this is the least we can do to help this family of five to navigate through this life without parents. Please keep them all in your prayers. Some of our young ones are becoming young adults and living with HIV. This is a very trying time for them.

We will continue to fundraise for next semester that begins in January 2016. If you wish to make a donation and get a receipt for tax purposes, please send a check to Center for Health Ethics and Social Policy at 2701 Connecticut Ave NW, suite 508, Washington DC 20008 indicating it is for FALP. The Center is a fully tax deductible 501 (c) 3 organization. You may also donate online at www.chesp.org. The Center does not take an overhead. 100% of your donation will go to FALP.

Please accept my special thank you for standing in solidarity with us. Special thank you to John, Huma and Barry for helping us reach our goal. As the African saying goes, “it takes a village to raise a child.”

Thank you and God bless you in all your undertakings,
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$4,896 of $10k goal

Raised by 55 people in 21 months
Created June 12, 2015
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Anonymous
2 months ago
SK
$50
Sharmila Karamchandani
2 months ago

Extremely proud of you Pauline! So happy to see what a wonderful impact you are making in your community and the world.

IK
$150
Ilene Klein
2 months ago

Thank you for making education for our children a possibility.

DL
$50
Dianne Lorenz
2 months ago

Keep up the wonderful work - empowering women who as always empower others.

$25
Anonymous
2 months ago
LT
$20
Linda Bales Todd
3 months ago

Thanks for your important work! The world needs your voice!

MF
$100
Marga & Jesse Fripp
3 months ago

May you continue to brighten the lives of so many extraordinary people. We believe in you and will always do. Much love - The Fripps

AJ
$100
Anne Jaffe
4 months ago
JC
$300
John Clough
6 months ago
LT
$25
Linda Bales Todd
6 months ago

Many blessings and thanks for all your magnificent, important work!

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