Future Changemakers

Dear friends,

This morning I received a message from Daniel, our Community Director in Kisharu. He sent me a picture of his daughter Sanapei and her first term report card. With straight A's and #1 in the class, Daniel and Agnes were so proud. And we were too.

Education and knowledge are precious tools. The opportunity to learn is one of the greatest gifts you can give in life. Yet for some, it is a gift that is just out of reach. 

Agnes and Daniel see a future where all children in Kisharu are able to get an education. Where straight A's are a matter of strength and tenacity, rather than factors out of your control.

It's easy to forget the true value of education. Children like Sanapei, they understand education's value more than anyone. They'll do whatever it takes to not let the opportunity slip by. These are the kids that will change the world.These are the Sheryl Sanberg's and Elon Musk's of the future. Let's help them get there.

With $4,000 more in donations booked in the next couple weeks, we are only $2,500 short for Project L.I.F.E's first milestone, a geothermal condensation system. Not only will this generate fresh water when the school is constructed, the system will immediately begin to alleviate a longer-than-usual dry season that is causing water shortage in some parts of Kisharu We'll be able to bring irrigation back on track for certain agricultural zones. 

Thank you for believing in us and continuing to support Kisharu's vision.

In gratitude,
David

P.S. We have some great events coming up next month!

April 11th. 3PM to 5PM - We'll be at the Endicott College Entrepreneurship Expo.

April 20th. Spark Tank $15,000 Pitch Competition @ Endicott College. Time TBD.

Also if you're interested in climbing Mount Kenya with us this summer, send us a note! We're planning our first impact trip.

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Catherine Sanaipei

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An awesome albeit blurry report card

March Newsletter

Dear friends,

What a month. Just over a year ago, Bettina, Katy, and I were back in Nairobi after one of our many trips to the Kisharu Community. We were trying to digest the sheer size and scope of the project we were about to undertake and rationalize just how much work needed to be done.

But we realized we were not alone; that the people of Kisharu have been fighting for education for years; some devoting their entire lives to the betterment of their children and community. There we were thinking we were forming the team ourselves, but in fact, we were joining one.

The following months were not easy. We were rejected from a number of funding opportunities and potential fiscal sponsors. It didn’t take too long to realize we didn’t know what we were doing. None of us had non-profit experience, and therefore it was difficult to get to any state of confidence without proof to back our methods up. Even more so, we felt like we were failing Kisharu.

That changed in November 2016, when we received a fellowship and fiscal sponsorship from Mama Hope. On what was becoming a last ditch effort to get the project off the ground, the cards fell into the right place. Mama Hope took a chance on us. Hannah Beavers, our fellowship coordinator, told us she believed in Kisharu’s vision: The idea that success in life shouldn’t be governed by where you are born or to whom. 

And it wasn’t until you supported us that we really began to see just how much of an impact could be made. 

In only 4 short weeks we have raised $4,257 dollars from 32 people! We have also secured a small incoming corporate sponsorship and a $1,000 match when we reach a milestone of $6,000. Our goal is to reach $6,000 in 2 weeks to secure the additional $1,000 for that milestone. We are much closer to our year end goal when we first started.

This wouldn’t be possible without you.

We won’t let you down,
David

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