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!

Celebrate100: Week Two

Celebrate100: Week Two

Celebrate100: Week Two

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We started off week two with Facity’s story. Facity is the mom for the first family we worked with in Kenya.

Then, you get your first introduction to Anita, our Community Director in Bomet. She has been our boots on the ground there for the past 4 1/2 years, and is an incredible leader!

Ivyn is the first girl we sponsored with school fees in Kenya. Her story is heart-breaking, but with a happy ending.

Team Leaders are hugely important on our expeditions, and Heather Rangel was the best!

Our first Days for Girls workshop in Bomet happened, prior to helping Anita establish a Days for Girls Enterprise in Bomet later in the year.

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We are just getting started with much more to come as we celebrate the final 100 days of the year!

Women’s Initiatives: Days for Girls in Bomet

Women’s Initiatives: Days for Girls in Bomet

Women’s Initiatives: Days for Girls in Bomet

Days for Girls is an organization that was started by Celeste Mergens to solve a problem. Girls around the world have nothing to take care of menstruation, and when she saw that, she set out to create a resuable feminine hygiene pad. 

When we went to Bomet to teach hygiene, we realized that organizing a Days for Girls Enterprise there would be beneficial to the community and especially the women in that area. After a donation to start the Enterprise, Anita and Christine got everything set up and organized. 

Our first workshop in Bomet, we were able to provide toothbrushes and toothpaste to the women there, after a donation from Brandy Vega and Good Deed Revolution. Brandy had received a donation of dental supplies, and decided to take it, not knowing where it needed to go. We ended up connecting and taking it off of her hands for her. Good Deed Revolution wrote a story about it. 

Choosing the Five Families

Moses and David headed to Bomet to scout out hotels and meet with Anita. She chose five families that could benefit from receiving a part of our Business Box for Families program. Those families included

Facity and her five children 
Mercy and Vincent 
Ivyn and Faith, who were being watched over by their uncle because their parents were diagnosed with HIV
Monica and her four boys, two of whom were blind
Julianna and her daughters, Mercy and Faith

Each family had unique challenges that we could address, but first we wanted to meet with them and get to know them. Connection with people is a priority for 100 Humanitarians International. 

The number of women grew throughout the afternoon, as word spread that we were teaching. By the end, there were over 100 women there, and they were ALL interested in learning how to sew, and receiving Days for Girls kits. 

After the workshop, we had a big old dance party, and celebrated with the community. Things were about to change for them, and they didn’t even really realize the impact that having these kits would have on their lives. It was really beautiful, and lots of tears were shed. 

Heather Rangel is a Great Mom!

Heather Rangel is a Great Mom!

Heather Rangel is a Great Mom!

Heather Rangel takes care of everyone. On my very first trip to Kenya in March 2015, I got to know Heather and watch her absolute JOY from being in Kenya. I remember thinking, “She is going to squeeze every drop of happiness from this experience.” She danced, sang, and hugged everyone who came across her path. 

On our last night on the Maasai Mara, we stayed way up in the hills at a cultural village, and slept in a mud hut built for tourists. We had killed a goat for dinner, and I was out of snacks. I was taking antibiotics for malaria prevention, and taking antibiotics on a relatively empty stomach except for a small amount of goat was probably the worst idea of my life. 

It was around 2am and I was miserable, but Heather got up with me, gave me her last protein bar, walked me to the washroom in the pitch black with Maasai warriors guarding us from lions, and made sure that I stayed alive. 

That may seem dramatic, but that’s how it felt at the time. 

The Role of a Team Lead

Team Leads are critical on expeditions, and Heather was amazing on our second expedition. She made sure all of the snacks (and we had 7 kids on that trip, so there were a LOT of snacks) were organized. All of the ziploc bags were set up according to size, and she was in charge of keeping track of the donations and where they were going. She was amazing. She’s the type of person who takes care of everyone around her and forgets herself. 

Being in Kenya with Heather is just awesome, and you can see that she loves it, too!

We have a lot of fun on expeditions in Kenya, largely because of the incredible people who come with us on our trips. Strangers upon arrival leave Kenya as family, and bonds are created that will last a lifetime. 

We need Kenya more than Kenya needs us. The experiences we have change us on the inside, and we are able to see humanity in a different light. It’s powerful. It’s transformational. It’s permanent. 

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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!