LUA's New Projects
Kenya Community Centre for Learning
KCCL is a school for special needs students who are
educable. It's located in Nairobi, Kenya and may be the first school of its kind
in East Africa. LUA is raising funds to help the school with a transition
period leading to sustain-ability. LUA will also help raise scholarship funds for some
of KCCL's students.
Home for Children
Home is a new orphanage project located in the Kianyaga area near Mt. Kenya. LUA
is helping raise funds to support the construction of four orphan houses, a house for the
project's directors, and the purchase of additional land for on which to cultivate food.
Once all construction has been completed, the home will serve 40 orphans.
LUA's Rural Electrification project uses wind to produce electrical power
for lighting in rural communities and small villages that will
never be on the grid. This project is in the very early stages of development.
Solar Cooking Projects
Our new projects to promote solar cooking--a healthy alternative to using
wood for meal preparation--target indigenous people and school feeding programs
in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. These small projects will help more
than 1,250 Maasai and Akamba people.
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Boy's Gift Inspires More to Help Kids in Kenya
11-Year Old Boy's Birthday Fundraiser
In July, LUA received a gift of
$80 from Brian Alexander Mays. "This is money that I collected at
my 11th golden birthday party," Brian wrote. "I wanted to make a difference and
help out the children of Kenya."
The Hamomi Children's Centre
needed support for the feeding program it started last December when violence
broke out after Kenya's elections. And once Hamomi began providing meals, the children did much better in school. So when the violence subsided, Hamomi staffers wanted to continue the feeding program even though the $500 monthly cost for
food and charcoal for cooking was often difficult to afford.
about $200 Hamomi can purchase solar cooking equipment to cook these meals.
This small amount of money will help reduce Hamomi's monthly expense for charcoal, respiratory problems from smoke inhalation, burns from cooking on
fires, and dependency on wood for making charcoal, an important step in helping
save the environment. So many positive
benefits! What a great way to help 100 Kenyan children.
liked the idea. And his gift inspired the family of Dennis Dutton, a 17-year
old from Pacifica, CA, to contribute the remainder of the funds needed to purchase
the equipment for Hamomi.
We recently spoke to Brian and his family to update them on the project.
helping less fortunate people," Brian said. "I'd heard about kids
in Africa who were so poor, some not being able to eat, and I wanted to help
Mays, Brian's mom, said they try to instill a real value system in their
children. "Every Christmas we have the kids go and get things from their play
area that can be donated to a shelter or to homeless people." And Brian has
done birthday fundraisers before. "One birthday he decided to donate
half his money to the Humane Society." Lula mentioned that perhaps Brian's school would consider doing a fundraisier to help kids in East Africa.
Sandra Muinde, wife of LUA co-founder Sam Muinde, said she "was just
amazed when my sister said that Brian wanted to do this. For a child that age
to think outside himself today is just a wonderful thing. Most kids Brian's age
are thinking about the next thing they can accumulate. With the current state of
the world, people can no longer afford to buy the latest and greatest. And I
think the younger kids can teach that," she concluded.
he'd like to visit Hamomi and meet the students when he goes to Kenya next
wired the funds to the Hamomi Children's Centre. We'll have photos of the staff and kids
cooking solar in an upcoming issue of LUA
News. This project also inspired LUA to help several other schools begin using solar cooking in their feeding programs. We'll have a story and photos in an upcoming issue, too.
| Mutumbini School Kids Receive New Sweaters (Pt 2)
Before and After: Students in their new sweaters
our last issue, we highlighted our knitting project with the First Presbyterian
Church of Bellevue's GetConnected Ministry. This project knitted sweaters--a required part of Kenya's school uniform--for students attending the
Mutumbini Primary School in Kaliluni, Kenya.
The first 14 sweaters were
distributed on August 9, 2008 as part of a celebration for the school's head
master who was retiring.These sweaters
were given to poor children--7 were given to AIDS
orphans and 7 to the children of single parents.
event, Sam Muinde, Lift Up Africa's Vice President, spoke. "The first
thing I did is speak of the connection between LUA and our Kaliluni Medical Centre project. Then I
called all the children who had received these sweaters to come forward. Most of
the school's parents were there, plus many dignitaries from the Department of
Education. They were all amazed that Mutumbini Primary has good friends in America. The parents, visiting school officials, and government officers were
impressed by the love expressed by people from so far away through knitting
sweaters for these children. Everyone sends thanks to all who participated,"
All together, the knitters have made 40 sweaters. The remaining sweaters will be distributed in the near future.
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