Transform lives of children/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.
Happy 2019. Hope this year has begun well for you. We are doing well, and looking forward to a year full of blessings and hope. Our Future African Leaders participants are doing great. We have begun the year with a lot of promise. Most of the participants are back in school and progressing well. Thank you for your support.
Currently, two participants have finished course work in college and will start their internship next month. Sharon will go to Mombasa International airport, where she is training to be an air hostess, and she needs $750 for six months. Francis is going to Kenya turning company to learn how to make leather products. We are waiting to learn the city to which he will be posted. This will determine the cost of his upkeep for six months. We estimate that he will need $700. After the internship, we hope Sharon and Francis will join the employment field and start making a living. Their lives will never be the same. We have two candidates joining college this year. Sammy is going to take a counseling course for six months. He is interested in helping other youth in need of counseling. He needs $500 — $450 for fees and $100 for transportation. Reagan wants to learn plumbing and electrical engineering. He needs $650 for the first semester. Therefore, we need a total of $2600. After using funds from my salary and donations from friends, we still came up short. We still need $1500.00.
Please join me in making these young people’s dreams a reality. Please donate at my #GoFundMe http://www.gofundme.com/wv6mxs, and share the link with your networks.
Blessings for the new year
Happy Giving Tuesday! I am writing to request your support for our Future African Leaders Project. We are grateful for your support throughout 2018. Your continuing support has made it possible for our students to stay in school. January 2019 is around the corner, and we need to send them back to school with your help. Every contribution makes a difference. Please support as at http://www.gofundme.com/wv6mxs. 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 full 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. Also, we continue to fundraise through African Women and Youth Initiative at https://www.etsy.com/shop/AfricanWomenandYouth.
Thank you for your continuing support. Wishing you a very blessed Holiday season. Stay warm,
This year, we have two students who will be graduating from college: Sharon and Peris. Sharon will graduate with a BA in tourism and hotelier. Peris will graduate with an MA in Social Work. These are two young women whose lives will never be the same. Sharon needs $1000 for the rest of the year. The bulk of those funds will go to exams fees of $667. Currently, Sharon has been suspended from college until she can pay the exam fees. Peris lacks $900 that also includes final exams for the program. This means that we need to raise $667 in the next few days, and the rest in a months time. The exams fees are an extra expense that we were not anticipating this year.
I am writing to request you to assist us in helping these two students graduate and build a bright future for themselves.
Your continuing support would mean a lot to Sharon, Peris and me. Thank you so much! Have a great summer.