I hope this e-newsletter finds you well. I will start
with a long overdue apology for not sending out an e-
newsletter for such a long time. As many of you know,
I returned to the US last year to start graduate school
(with a 4-mos. old baby at the time). Although our work
in Kenya was continuing successfully, I was
unfortunately unable to do much on this end to get the
Where do I begin? First off, I want to report that the
EAC's Vutakaka Center will be celebrating its 5th
birthday next month! That's right, we've been at it for 5
years now - thanks to all the support we have received
from you. I was able to return to Kenya this past
June to check on the status of the programs, and I
was so happy with what I saw. The children at
Vutakaka Junior School are continuing to excel.
Though we are still in dire need of more
classrooms, we have completed construction of 3
classrooms on our new school land.
In January 2008, our sewing program officially
became its own cooperative. The women now have
their own constitution and bank account, and are
managing every part of their work, themselves (we will
be holding a holiday sale, featuring their products, in
Seattle on December 6th).
The health programs are also continuing very well.
Between February (we were closed in January due to
the political situation) and June, we provided an
HIV/AIDS prevention course to 329 children between 9
and 15 years of age. Our community health workers
offered 17 health classes out in the surrounding
communities, reaching approximately 300 women.
Our community health workers (CHWs) also met with
1,619 residents, in their homes, to discuss health,
nutrition and HIV/AIDS education. 153 people were
provided with direct first aid by CHWs, and 752
women were provided with pre-natal care. One of the
greatest events I witnessed while in Kenya this
summer was the new growth monitoring "camps" the
CHWs have organized. Once a month the CHWs are
visiting each village, setting up a baby-weighing scale
(they hang it from a tree) and weighing numerous
children. They document the child's weight, check to
make sure the child is up-to-
date on immunizations, and counsel the mothers on
making nutritious porridge from local ingredients.
Yes, the EAC is doing better than ever. We are still
committed to providing access to basic health
services, and quality education, and we continue to be
grateful, as always, for your tremendous support -
|Did you know the EAC has a blog?
A brand new website for the EAC is
being developed as I write this. It's going to be
gorgeous and will be
chock full of EAC news. In the meantime, however, you
get EAC information (which will be updated regularly
by our staff in Kenya and international volunteers) on
the EAC's new blog -
www.eastafricancenter.blogspot.com (clicking the
picture above will take you directly there).
|Child Sponsorships -
Watch out for information
regarding our 2009 school fee sponsorship drive in
coming weeks. Education is the number one
determinant of health, income and a women's rights
in society. The EAC is extending an opportunity for you
to make a direct impact in the life of a child.
|The EAC has a new office in Seattle!
That's right, the EAC now has fantastic office space in
the University District. We are directly next door to the
alley entrance of the U-Bookstore in a small grey
house. The office is loaded with EAC sewing items
and 5 work spaces for our volunteers. Swing by if
you're in the area! (technically, the address is 4336 ½
University Way, NE. Seattle WA 98145 - but
remember, we're in the alley). Our phone number is
|Call for Volunteers and Interns -
On Saturday, October 25th, the EAC will be hosting a
volunteer orientation in our NEW office space! If you
live in the Seattle area, and would like to get involved
with our great work, please feel free to stop by. The
orientation will run from 10 am - 12 pm, will cover
basic EAC info, and then we will break into groups by
area of interest. Call 206-353-4768 if you have any
questions about the event.
|Watch our work on YouTube!
By clicking on the picture to the
right you will be routed directly to our slideshow and
video on YouTube. A new video featuring our
community health worker program is on its way. Enjoy!
Become an EAC Partner
Consider making a monthly gift to the EAC.
any size are welcome. Your donations go so far in
Kenya. Just $20.00 a month provides hot cereal to all
of our nursery students, $50.00 a month buys
materials for our sewing students, and $100.00 a
month buys books and school supplies for Vutakaka.
We do all we can to keep our costs low, and we
your donations as far as we can. But even with such
low costs, we need your help to keep our doors open
and our programming going. Please
consider becoming a regular monthly donor of the
can continue to offer all our great programs
to the people we serve. Your gift will make you a
providing education and resources that hundreds of
children, women and men can use to improve their
It's simple to sign up, just click the Network for Good
link above, or click here, and indicate you
would like your donation to occur on a monthly basis.
Other ways to help...