Did you know that if a child’s mother can read, that child is twice as likely to survive past age 5? Educating a girl creates a ripple effect of positivity on the health, well-being and economic empowerment of the world. Let’s give our girls the education they deserve and it’ll help ensure that all children are cared for and given the best life possible! ow.ly/PwIs2 

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Our greenhouse project is growing! This is a huge agricultural project that requires skilled laborers and management. Kitechild has fundraised for the actual greenhouses and supplies,  and we’re also paying for the salaries of the workers and manager until the home starts generating profit from the greenhouses, which should be in about 8 months. Another great aspect of this project is that the older kids are allowed to participate and they get to learn valuable agricultural skills. 

Education is the key to broadening your horizons and opening up the possibilities of your life. Every child deserves access to education and the chance to follow their dreams. Kitechild knows that this is the right for every child, even if they were born into poverty or any difficult life situation. That’s why our sustainable projects like our greenhouses in Kenya and our chicken farms in India are designed to generate income that will fund educational costs. This world can be an amazing place, if we all work together! 

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. -Dr. Seuss

Who would have thought? Google Earth shows that cows across the world graze along the earth’s magnetic poles. We’ll have to ask the kids at the Flying Kites Home in Kenya about that tidbit. The 32 kids at the home benefit from our dairy cow project through daily milk to supplement their diets and by saving money from not buying milk from the market. The money the home saves goes towards the secondary education of the older children. Nutrition and education? Sounds like a recipe for success. http://goo.gl/QyngwV 

Remember this? A #tbt to our Clean Water Project at the Fiwagoh Mission Home in Kenya that brought clean water access to the 200 children living there. Getting the kids clean water improved their overall health and reduced the risk of waterborne illnesses. It also saved the home $2,400 each year that was spent purchasing water from the city. This is change, not charity! 

Photo: An older child pitches in on the maintenance of the greenhouse.

The crops are growing at the greenhouse at Watoto Wema Home in Kenya! Our sustainable greenhouse project is designed to benefit the 57 children who live there, by targeting their nutrition and education. 40% of the veggies grown will go towards supplementing the children’s diets and the other 60% will be sold in the markets. The profits from selling the vegetables will pay for the secondary school fees of the older children. We’re looking forward to the first harvest of these crops!

Good news coming from united-nations: More girls are in school than ever before! And according to unicef, if every child learns to read there will be 171 million less people living in absolute poverty. Our sustainable projects work to generate profits that are used to pay for education for children around the world, like our greenhouses and dairy cows in Kenya & our chicken farm in India. Change, not charity is the key! mdgs.un.org 

“Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place.” This quote from Rumi is our intention for the week. In our busy world, it is so easy to forget to be present and in the moment. Life is constantly trying to teach us important lessons, but we have to be open to listening and to live life on purpose. Fully embrace life- moment by moment!

“Don’t be content in your life just to do no wrong. Be prepared every day to try to do some good.” -Sir Nicholas Winton Rest in Peace Sir Nicholas Winton, who saved 669 children from the Holocaust. He risked everything to rescue hundreds of children and he did it selflessly, never speaking of his heroic deeds. Sir Winston’s passing last week reminds us of all the good in the world, even in the face of unspeakable tragedy and that one person really can make a difference. http://goo.gl/V0yieW 

What a difference a few years make! This #tbt is from our 2013 trip to setup the aquaponics tilapia farm in Honduras! Since then, the Hogar de Amor home has grown hundreds of tilapia and their tanks are currently filled to the brim with fish. This project saves the home money that they would otherwise spend buying healthy fish and veggies in the market, and they use the money saved to pay for their security guard who keeps the home and children safe, a necessary need in the volatile country.