Youth Education: Ndee’s Story

Youth Education: Ndee’s Story

Youth Education: Ndee’s Story

Youth education is a core pillar of 100 Humanitarians International, and Ndee’s story is a reminder of what is possible when girls are rescued in Kenya. At a very young age, Ndee was married to a man who already had several wives. After getting pregnant and having the baby, she ran from the marriage.

We were told her story, and agreed to help her family with a cow and goat to start. After we met Ndee, we agreed to sponsor her education in Secondary School. Her mom agreed to help raise her baby. She was facing a big challenge, but she got into a boarding school and was able to start school a couple of months later.

Lemarti Performs at Ndee’s Home

Ndee got a big surprise when Lemarti performed at her house the first time our team met her. She’s a pretty shy and quiet girl, so to have a big team and several musicians come to her home was pretty incredible. Over the years, Ndee has joined us on expeditions, where she has learned skills from our team. We have been able to visit her at her school. She had the opportunity to do an internship with Anita, learning how to sew, raise chickens, and build garden towers. 

Her life is completely different, and she has opportunities she never imagined now. She is getting ready to graduate from high school in 2020, with a goal to go on to University and become a surgeon. It’s been a long and difficult road for her, but she has stuck with it and is one of our best students. 

In June 2017, we were able to go and visit Ndee at her school. She was excited to see us. This was the first time we were able to visit her at school, when she was a Freshman. It’s amazing how far she has come since then.

Our team built garden boxes at Ndee’s house that trip, to help with providing vegetables for her family. Her parents got involved with helping build, and several members of the community joined in to learn.

100 Humanitarians International would love your help to provide school fees for students like Ndee. We have 27 students that we are supporting right now, and 6 of them are getting ready to graduate. If you would like to help, just donate below, or set up a monthly donation and help a student ongoing!

Youth Education: Ivyn’s Story

Youth Education: Ivyn’s Story

Youth Education: Ivyn’s Story

Youth education is critical in Kenya, and in fact, they will tell you that education is everything. So, when we met Ivyn, a sweet 15 year old girl whose family was struggling to pay school fees, we knew that we had an opportunity to change her life, and the lives of her siblings, for the better. 

Ivyn’s parents were diagnosed as HIV positive, and a few years earlier, her mom had left her children and the community because of the stigma. Their father, an alcoholic, was not in a good place to take care of his children, so an uncle stepped in. At age 15, girls are considered adults, and eligible for marriage. That was what Ivyn was facing, although her desire was to finish school. 

As we stepped into the hut, the smell of smoke engulfed us. It was a round, open hut, and in poor condition. The thought of children living there was horrifying, but that is common across much of the rural and needy areas of Kenya. You can just imagine how a child would study, much less get the nutrition and support needed for an education. 

The Cost of School Fees

In Kenya, school fees can be incredibly challenging for families with a lot of children. They range from $10 per term to $50 per term for Primary School, plus supplies and uniforms. For Secondary School, it’s another story. Typically Secondary School is boarding school, so the costs jump to anywhere from $550 to $750 each year. For a family making less than $1/day…well, that’s easy math. It’s impossible. 

That is where 100 Humanitarians International comes in. We sponsor 27 students each year, both Primary and Secondary School, and fundraise for the school fees through our website, Facebook fundraisers, and expeditions. Our monthly donors contribute $25/month for school fees, and all combined, that can keep a child in school each year. We’ve had four graduates from our program, including Ivyn. 

Shortly after we started sponsoring Ivyn, her father passed away, and her mother moved home. We helped her grow gardens, donated a goat to help her with income and nutrition, and continued to support Ivyn. Sadly, Ivyn’s mother passed away last year, but she has the education and the ability to help provide school fees for her younger siblings. She is now their caregiver. 

You can see what the inside of Ivyn’s home looked like. It was dingy and full of soot and smoke. After her mom returned, the community helped build her a new home. In March 2018, we donated a goat to her family, and then in November 2020, our garden team built Ivyn Garden Tower Systems

The latest news, is that Ivyn is getting married! We are so excited for her new adventures, and have been told that she is very happy. 

100 Humanitarians International would love your help to provide school fees for students like Ivyn. As I mentioned, we have 27 students that we are supporting right now, and 6 of them are getting ready to graduate. If you would like to help, just donate below, or set up a monthly donation and help a student ongoing! 

Youth Education: Imani Orphan Care Foundation

Youth Education: Imani Orphan Care Foundation

Imani Orphan Care Foundation

We visited the Imani Orphan Care Foundation home to donate soccer balls and clothing to the home, and had a wonderful day touring the facility and playing with the kids. They had dormitories, kitchens, learning areas, and a small garden at the time. Kim Lee is the Founder Director, and has an amazing team in Kenya helping the children thrive. 

Orphanages in Kenya

In Kenya, the situation of Orphans and Vulnerable Children is a big challenge. Currently it is estimated that there are over three million Orphans in the country, with 47% orphaned as a result of HIV and AIDS and many more remain vulnerable due to several other factors.

Our team brought suitcases full of soccer balls and uniforms to donate to schools and communities for a few reasons. 1. Soccer is a huge sport in Kenya, loved by all kids. 2. The quality of the soccer balls in Kenya is very poor, and they fall apart easily. It was fun to not only donate, but also play soccer with the kids. 

You can see the difference between the new soccer ball that the middle child is holding, and the old soccer ball that the child on the right was holding. Big difference! 

We have donated 50+ soccer balls in Kenya. Playing soccer can also keep the boys focused when they are out of school so they stay out of trouble. 

100 Humanitarians International is looking for donations to help fund soccer clubs for youth in Kenya, to help them learn teamwork and stay focused on their goals. 

100 Humanitarians International hopes to fundraise $1000 each year to go to soccer balls and jerseys for boys in Kenya. If you would like to help contribute, or sponsor a club, donate below. We will also contribute soccer balls to Imani Orphan Care Foundation, to thank them for allowing us to visit and see their facilities. 100% of your donation goes to the equipment! 

Youth Education: Tenkes School

Youth Education: Tenkes School

Education is Everything in Kenya

Education is everything in Kenya, especially in rural communities like The Mau Forest. We visited Tenkes School in May 2016, where we worked with the students and teachers to build 20 desks, plant 75 trees, built a new kitchen to feed the students, and donated soccer balls to the kids. It was a beautiful day in the highlands of The Mau. 

5 Students Per Desk

With 300 students, a lot of desks are needed, and the kids at Tenkes School were sitting 5 students per desk. At our fundraiser, A Taste of Kenya, we were able to fundraise to build 20 new desks for the students, allowing them to spread out and learn better. The trees had to be cut down and the wood had to be planed in order to get the right sizes. It was quite the endeavor! Special thanks to Tenkes School for hosting us for the day and being so generous. 

The Mau Forest is losing trees, so to replace the trees we used for the desks and the kitchen, our team planted 75 new trees with the students. Trees bring water to The Mau Forest, and this area of Kenya has experienced drought over the decades. 

As I said, education is everything Kenya, and your contribution of $5 keeps 5 of our students in school for a day! We are currently sponsoring 27 students in Kenya from 8 different communities. 

100% of your donation goes to the school fees.

The $5 Friday Fundraisers on Facebook

The $5 Friday Fundraisers on Facebook

What is a $5 Friday Fundraiser on Facebook?

$5 Friday Fundraisers on Facebook began back in July 2015 when we decided to start 100 Humanitarians International. We were able to fundraise for 25 desks for Tenkes School, and later we added a new kitchen to cook for 300 kids daily, because their mud kitchen had fallen down in a rainstorm. After that, we would just sporadically run a $5 Friday Fundraiser, until Facebook created the capability for us to do it on their platform. Game-changer! Suddenly we could reach more people, and since we are a non-profit, 100% of the fees were waived, therefore 100% of donations could go towards a project. Brilliant!

Our first Facebook $5 Friday Fundraiser was in July of 2018. We decided we wanted to raise the money to build 100 Garden Towers in Kenya for Families on our expeditions. The goal was $1000. Thanks to generous donations, we were able to fundraise $1300, allowing us to start a vegetable seedling garden to use for the garden towers. We will begin with 20 families on our Fall expedition! We got the idea last June from Jacob, our community director for Nkareta, and were able to build 8 garden towers. four were at a school in Nkareta, and then we planted two garden towers for two families that we have worked with over the past year.

We have also built raised garden beds with families, but have found these to be easier, more portable, and more cost effective. We can pile up the jeeps with bags and take them to multiple locations easily! We are really grateful for the ability to get more done and help more families with this innovation.

 

 

 

Our August $5 Friday Fundraiser was also unbelievably successful, and we were able to finish our commitment to provide 1000 reusable feminine hygiene kits to women and girls in Kenya. They were distributed to three schools in Nairobi, Nkareta, and Bomet, as well as women in the slums who were in the Kenyan news about not having access to sanitary pads.

We were able to raise $3000 in August for the Zariel Days for Girls Enterprise and Christine took kits to the street women featured in this news segment. On each expedition, our team takes kits to schools and rescue centers, providing 3 years of dignity for women and girls who don’t have access to the sanitary pads. Our commitment is 1000 kits per year, and ALL of the kits are made by the Zariel or Bomet Days for Girls Enterprises in Kenya, so that we keep the economy there, and also help families with self-reliance and economic development.

The Enterprises that we support, employ families to sew and distribute the kits, which allows those families to pay for food and school fees for their children. Along with the 25 children we support in school directly in Kenya, at least 12 additional students are supported in school because we fundraise here for the reusable femining hygiene kits, and allow the families in Kenya to make them. It keeps our focus on economic development and self-reliance in families.

Our goal for 2019 will be 1000 kits (or more) as well, so watch for that $5 Friday Fundraiser!

 

Our September $5 Friday Fundraiser was in partnership with HopeSaC International, which is run by Cindy Miller. Our goal was to raise the funds to take 20 HopeSaCs to Kenya on our Fall expedition to teach families how to cook with thermal cooking. We were able to reach our goal! We will also be working with the sewing centers in Kenya to teach them how to make and sell the HopeSaCs, saving time and fuel costs, and providing hot meals without spending hours cooking over a fire.

And finally, our October/November $5 Friday Fundraiser is for School Fees for 25 kids in Kenya. These kids come from families we are working with, and range in age from Kindergarten to Vincent, who is graduating this year after 3 years in our Youth Education Program. We met Vincent when he was a Sophomore, and have had the chance to support him in school and watch his family really thrive from it. Mercy, his mother who is in this video, was a recipient of our Business Box for Families, and now has a vegetable stand where she sells vegetables. We have had the opportunity to visit her twice this year, and her smile says it all. She is very happy.

If you would like to help contribute to the $5 Friday Fundraiser to raise the $6000 needed for school fees in 2019, click here!