A Quote to Start Your Week

“A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.” -Zen Shin
#MotivationalMonday quote for you! It’s so easy to get caught up in what other people are doing and to compare yourself to them, but remember how wonderful you are already! Put your efforts into your unique calling and watch how great life unfolds!

1 in 4 Children are Malnourished

1 in 4 children are currently malnourished around the world, according to a world report: http://goo.gl/5sOSgD. Without the proper nutrition, children’s health are in peril. We work to address this problem with sustainable projects, like our greenhouse at St. Catherine’s Home in Kenya. The greenhouse project will grow fresh veggies to supplement the diets of the children and the surplus is sold in the markets to pay for their educational costs. Please invest in this project today so that these children will have their nutrition and education: http://www.kitechild.org/projects/st-catherines-children-home-greenhouse/ 

MLK Motivation Monday

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” This inspiring quote comes from Martin Luther King, Jr. Given all of the terrible things that have been happening in the world, it is easy to get drawn into negativity. The important thing is to remember these wise words and know that light is the only way to peace and that there is more love in the world than anything else! 

Kids Shouldn’t Have to Choose Between Eating and Learning

No child should ever have to choose between going to school and having enough to eat, but that is the unfortunate reality for many of our partner homes. They are under operating under the financial burden of caring for too many children and school takes the back seat to basic, pressing needs. Children have the right to have their basic needs met and the education to rise out of poverty! Our greenhouse project works to make sure that the kids at St. Catherine’s home will have their bodies and minds fed, by growing enough vegetables to supplement their diets and to have a surplus that is sold in markets so that school fees are covered. Even more amazing is that we have a matching donor who will match donations up to $10,000! So please join us and help this project happen! http://www.kitechild.org/projects/st-catherines-children-home-greenhouse/

Motivational Monday with JK Rowling

Happy #MotivationalMonday! This quote comes from the lovely and wise JK Rowling and we couldn’t agree more: “Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth.” We know that children hold all the potential to make to create meaningful change, which is why we work so hard to support children around the world. All kids have the possibility to grow into the next global peace-maker. Let’s never underestimate the potential in any child! Find out how you can partner with us in this mission: kitechild.org

Education and Nutrition: From India to Kenya

Happy Friday from one of the amazing kids at the Ashirvad Home in India! Our chicken farm at the home generates income that addresses the nutrition and education of the kids living there. The home sells the chickens in the market and those profits pay for fresh fruit and computer education for the kids. Our latest greenhouse project at St. Catherine’s will also be targeting the nutrition and education for the children living at that home in Kenya. We have a donor who will match donations up to $10,000! We hope to enact the kind of change we’ve seen at the Ashirvad Home! Find out more: http://www.kitechild.org/projects/st-catherines-children-home-greenhouse/  

TBT with Fiwagoh Home

#TBT to a year ago and one of our homes in Kenya: The Fiwagoh Home! In the past year, we have partnered with this home to build 6 greenhouses on the home’s property! The produce grown is sold in local markets. Those profits are then allocated towards the hiring of 2 additional caretakers! And by growing fresh veggies for the kids, the home has already saves over $10,000 in food costs annually! We’re starting a similar project at St. Catherine’s Home in Kenya, where the profits will go towards the children’s education! http://www.kitechild.org/projects/st-catherines-children-home-greenhouse/  

No Child Should Have to Choose Between A Meal And An Education

If you had to choose between going to school, or getting enough to eat, the choice would be pretty obvious: food, as a basic human need in life, will always prevail as a one of the things we ‘must’ have in order to survive.

But we believe every child should have an opportunity to thrive in life, not just survive. Living day by day does not do any good for the human spirit and the collective good of the world. We want children, our future, to thrive – and one way to do this is to have them learn as much as possible about the world, to be educated and have their eyes opened by the endless possibilities that exist in the world.

 

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School should not be a privilege, but many vulnerable children live under precarious circumstances where their caregivers have to choose between having enough money to pay for food, or having enough money to send a child to school.

We believe education for every child should be a right, just the way in which clean water and quality nutrition should be a right. For many of our orphanage partners, under the financial strain of caring for many children, school becomes a secondary priority, because they have to make sure there is enough food on the table each night.

But what if there was both food on the table, and also backpacks lined up by the door? What if caregivers and the children themselves didn’t have to worry every month if their ‘sponsor’ was going to send enough money to help pay for their school?

Our greenhouse project at St. Catherine’s Children’s Home will do two amazing things – grow enough vegetables so that the kids have a more varied and nutritious diet at home, and have surplus produce that will be sold in local markets so that school fees can be paid.

 

 

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Photo-0009Daissy Joyce from school (1)

The project consists of refurbishing four greenhouses on the home’s property outside of nairobi, installing proper irrigation drips, fixing their well, as well as one year’s salary for a farm manager to oversee progress and production. We have been in close contact with St. Catherine’s since 2012, and have followed them as they have stayed committed to providing the best care for their children – we first met them at their location in the Kibera slum. They have managed to secure land on the outskirts of Nairobi, and are slowly to moving the children out of the slum and into a cleaner, more open, and safer environment.

Today, we are inviting you to join us in nourishing bodies and minds – because no child should have to choose between a meal or an education. The best news of all, is that we have a generous donor who will match all donations up to $5,000 – so whatever your donate today, will have double the impact. For more details on the project, and to make a donation, please view our project page on our site.

 

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All photos: St. Catherine’s Children’s Home

Written by: Jacqueline Herrera

TBT St. Catherine’s Home

A #tbt to the St. Catherine’s home in Kenya and our successful Clean Water Access project. You can see them working the filter, which provided clean drinking water to the children at the home! We’re so excited to be partnering with them again with a greenhouse that will be targeting the nutrition and education of the kids! We will have a matching donor, who will match all donations up to $10,000! Let’s make this happen for #everychild!