Monday, December 18, 2006
Another tradition at Red Rose is the communal birthday party, held two or three times a year to celebrate the birthdays of a group of students altogether. This is an occassion to get out recycled streamers, a few balloons, a special meal different from the regular lunch menu, plus lots of singing and dancing, all wrapped up at the end with the cutting and sharing of cake. For many of these kids who never would receive a birthday present or have an individual birthday party, the celebrations at Red Rose really make for an extended family experience and gives them the opportunity to feel truly special and loved. The message of the smiling faces and the thumbs up is unmistakable!
Sunday, December 17, 2006
This is Edwin Otieno, who completed his pre-unit class at the Red Rose School this November, and will be starting his first grade in January. Edwin is a six year old orphan who lost both his parents two years ago, and now lives with a guardian in the Kianda neighborhood within the slums of Kibera in Nairobi. Contributions from Mr. Joshua Perlman of Washington DC and Ms. Bonnie West of Canton, New York will help to provide a full sponsorship of Edwin's education at Red Rose for all of next year.
This is 9 year old Quinter Atieno. She lost her father in 2000, and stays with her unemployed mother who ekes out a living hawking green vegetables in the slums of Kibera. Because of poverty, Quinter could not begin any schooling until she was taken into Red Rose three years ago. She has just completed her first grade successfuly at the Red Rose School in November, and will be going into the second grade in January. A generous sponsorship by Ms. Leila Atkin of Kailua Kona, Hawaii will provide for the costs of Quinter's tuition, meals, basic medical care, and school supplies for all of 2007.
This is Tolen Lusala. Tolen has just completed her baby class at the Red Rose School this November, and will be starting her kindergarten/nursery class in January. Tolen is a six year old orphan who lost her father to complications from HIV/AIDS earlier this year, and now lives with her unemployed mother in the Makina neighborhood within the slums of Kibera in Nairobi. A full sponsorship for 2007 by Mrs. Gail T. and Mr. John Nields of McLean, Virginia will make a priceless difference in Tolen's life at a crucial stage, thank you very much!
Samuel Mbithi is 7 years old, and will be entering the second grade at Red Rose in January 2007. His father passed away in 2001 due to complications related to AIDS, and he now lives with his widowed mother in the Kianda slum neighborhood of Kibera. A sponsorship from David and Jaffa Davies of Barrington, Rhode Island will make a vital difference for his educational prospects and bring hope of a brighter future to Samuel's life.
This is 5 year old Regan Obeka. Regan's parents are not known. Since his abandonment as an infant, he has been raised by a compassionate guardian in the Makina slum neighborhood of Kibera. Mr. Matthew Fagan of Alexandria, Virginia has provided a full sponsorship for Regan's education at the Red Rose School in 2007. Thank you!
This is Jael Amunga, in a photo taken next to her guardian's residence in Kibera on December 5, 2006. Jael completed the baby class this year and will be starting her second year at Red Rose as a member of the pre-K class in January. Jael is the recipient of a sponsorship for 2007 from Ms. Bonnie Tice of Alexandria, Virginia.
To the left are Vinand Joachim and Diana Akinyi in their most recent photographs taken at the school's end of year celebrations and graduation ceremonies on November 17, 2006. Joining in the celebration outside the school's entrance is Diana's aunt.
Dr. Kathy Olesko and Dr. Wayne Davis of Springfield, Virginia will be sponsoring education of Diana and Vinand at the Red Rose School. Thank you very much for your generosity.
Please click here to learn about other children at Red Rose who need your help.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Our challenge this year is to raise a minimum of $2500 for the Red Rose School before January 1st 2007. Imagine how great it would be to start the new school year in January with the full tuition, meals, and basic health care fees for the 23 orphans at the school paid upfront.
We can do it! Thus far, we have raised $850, so we are more than 30% there. Please forward this message to one or two of your compassionate friends you believe would like to support us. Any donations go directly to the programs at the school, providing an immediate and direct positive impact in the lives of these children.
Donations by check can be written out to "Children of Kibera Foundation" . The mailing address is:
Ambassador for Red Rose School
Friday, November 24, 2006
Thursday, November 23, 2006
"Thank You Mama" and "The Whole World is Crying" - Two poems recited by the first grade (standard one) children in Ms. Peninah Hoka's class at the Red Rose School. The children are Laureen Njoki, Joyce Namatsi, Nancy Nekesa, Rosemary Githaiga, and Pressly Munyambu.
The school cook stirs a pot of ugali on a charcoal stove (jiko) ready for a typical lunch. Ugali is the carbohydrate corn meal staple, eaten with vegetable, meat, or fish stews. To feed 80 children, the cook needs to prepare about four such large pots of the ugali.
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Monday, November 20, 2006
We have 23 students out of the 80 students attending the Red Rose School whose family circumstances are so dire, they can not afford to pay the $75 annual fee for tuition, meals, and basic healthcare provided at the school. Most of these are partial or full orphans who lost their parents due to AIDS, are are being raised by relatives, siblings, or other non-related guardians who have taken them in out of compassion in the community.
Please scroll to the end of this message to read about all the wonderful children who still need sponsors to continue their education at Red Rose. We have been very blessed that new Friends of the Red Rose School in the USA and Canada have emerged in the past few weeks to bring hope and make the possibility of a brighter future through education a reality for these children. To learn about the other supporters who are helping the children at Red Rose, please click here.
Six-year old Mercy Ayuma is going into first grade in January after successfully completing the pre-unit at Red Rose this year. Mercy lost both her parents four years ago, and is being raised by a maternal aunt in Kianda neighborhood of Kibera. -- Mrs. Nancy Prowitt and her family in Arlington, Virginia will sponsor the education of Mercy at the Red Rose School in 2007. Thanks a zillion and be blessed. (Dec 13th)
This is Diana Akinyi, currently in standard one (first grade) at Red Rose. Diana is an HIV/AIDS orphan who lost both her mother and father in 2003, and lives with a guardian in the Kianda neighborhood within the Kibera slums. -- Kathy Olesko and Wayne Davis of Springfield, VA will be sponsoring Diana's education at Red Rose. Thanks a zillion! (Dec 1st, 2006)This is Jael Amunga, currently three years old and a member of the pre-unit/baby class at Red Rose. Jael lost both of her parents to HIV/AIDS in 2005 when she was only one year old. She is being raised by an aunt and a paternal uncle in Kibera. -- Matt Fagan and Bonnie Tice of Alexandria, VA will be sponsoring Jael's education at Red Rose. Thanks a zillion! (Dec 1st, 2006)
This is Marilyn Achieng. She is 7 years old and she has just completed her first grade at Red Rose. Marylin's father passed away in 2000, and she lives now with an aunt who is her guardian in the Kianda neighborhood of the Kibera slums. Marilyn has been promoted to the second grade beginning in January. -- Carrie McGraw of New York City will be sponsoring Marilyn's education at Red Rose next year. Thanks and be blessed! (Dec 17th)
Above is Hillary Nyapola who is 9 years old, and has just successfully completed the first grade at Red Rose. Hillary's father died in 2002, and he is being raised by his unemployed mother who depends on hand outs from neighbors. Because of poverty, Hillary was not able to begin school, but a late start to formal education has not hindered his love of learning and zest for life. --Christie, Roger, and Hilary Platt of Washington DC will be sponsoring Hillary Nyapola's education at Red Rose next year. Thanks and be blessed! (Dec 10th)
Laureen Atieno is 9 years old. She lost both her parents to complications related to HIV/AIDS, and is being raised by a guardian in the Kianda slum neighborhood. Laureen has completed the first grade at Red Rose, and will begin the second grade in January 2007. -- The Platt Family of Washington DC and the Bradford Family (David, Jessie, and Nora) of Potsdam New York are generously sponsoring the education of Laureen Atieno in 2007. Be blessed! (Dec 28th)
Cynthia Atieno is 7 years old. She completed the first grade at Red Rose, and will be beginning second grade in January. Her father passed away in 2002, and she is being raised by her widowed mother in the Kianda neighborhood of Kibera slums. -- The Platt Family of Washington DC is kindly sponsoring the education of Cynthia Atieno at Red Rose in 2007. Thank you! (Dec 28th)
Elizabeth Akoth is 5 years old. She lost her father to AIDS when she was only four months old. She is being raised by an uncle in Kibera, and she has been promoted from the nursery/kindergarten class to the pre-unit class at Red Rose beginning January 2007. --Contributions from Louisa Cannell of Bethesda, Maryland and Maria Screti of Florence, Italy will sponsor the education of Elizabeth at Red Rose from January to December 2007 (Dec 8th)
Rhoda Adhiambo is 5 years old, and she lost her mother in 2002 when she was only 1 year old. She is being raised by an uncle in the Karanja Road neighborhood of Kibera. Rhoda has completed the nursery school this year at Red Rose, and will join the pre-unit in January. -- Jackie and Mark Grazette from Upper Marlboro, Maryland, are sponsoring the education of Rhoda Adhiambo at Red Rose in 2007. Asante sana! (Dec 28th)
Six-year old Keith Ochieng stays with his mother in the Kianda neighborhood of Kibera. His father is unknown. Keith completed the pre-unit class at Red Rose and will begin first grade in January 2007. -- A generous contribution received from an anonymous supporter in Ontario, Canada, will pay for the cost of educating, feeding, treating, and supplying Keith Ochieng at the Red Rose School from January to December 2007. Thanks and be blessed! (Dec 14th)
Viona Akinyi is seven years old. Her father passed away due to AIDS in 2003. She lives with an aunt in Kianda neighborhood of Kibera. The whereabouts of her mother are not known. Viona did very well in the pre-unit class this year, and will begin first grade at Red Rose in January. --Pete Atkin of Brooklyn, New York will be sponsoring Viona's education at Red Rose next year. Thanks and be blessed! (Dec 17th)
Thank you very much for any help you can offer to support these children. It costs only $75 to sponsor the tuition, meals, and basic medical care for a child for one full year at the Red Rose School. An additional $5 helps provide vital school supplies such as pencils, writing pads, erasers for one child for a year. Be blessed! Click here to see who else is supporting the Red Rose Children.
The campaign to raise funds to support tuition scholarships, medical costs, and other needs at the Red Rose Children's Center and school has began.
In 2005-2006, we raised USD 600 for the school ($500 from the Community Service Club bake sale at the Potomac School's spring concert, and $100 from an anonymous donor.) We also shipped a box of Children's Britannica Encyclopedia from the Potomac School spring book fair. These generous donations made a critical and highly appreciated difference.
For 2006-2007, our basic goal is to raise at least $6,000, which will help not only for the immediate budget needs, but help with the planning and stability needed to get the following academic year off on a strong start. We have a challenge to raise $2,500 before January 1st 2007, and another $3,500 by July 1st. The $2,500 will cover sponsorships of tuition, food, basic medicine, and some supplies for the 23 full or partial orphans at the school. The $3,500 will be used to complete the interior walls of three classrooms and repair/construction of desks by a group of volunteers from the Potomac School in summer 2007.
Look out for the campaign report and updates regularly as donations come in from around the country and elsewhere to support us.
To contribute to Red Rose, you may write a check to "Children of Kibera Foundation" and send it by mail to :
Children of Kibera Foundation
c/o Merrell R. Cherouny - Executive Director
4701 Alton Place, NW
Washington, DC 20016
The Children of Kibera Foundation is a registered non-profit charity corporation in Washington DC that has taken on Red Rose School as its main project.
A famous Swahili proverb says "kutoa ni moyo wala si utajiri," translated as "generosity is a matter of the heart, not wealth." Any help we can get will be highly appreciated.
ASANTE SANA. Thank you very much.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
(Left to Right above) Here we have Laureen Njoki, Joyce Namatsi, Nancy Nekesa, Rosemary Githaiga, Pressly Munyambu and their teacher, Ms. Peninah Hoka. They were all in first grade (standard one) and have been promoted to the second grade beginning January 2007. Because of a tight school budget, their teacher's salary/stipend had not been paid since October 2006, but she has soldiered on in the hope that help will come to them soon and her dedication to ed serve this destitute children has not wavered. Funds collected from Friends of Red Rose in the USA from September to December 2006 will help pay all the unpaid teacher salaries/stipends and will be designated as sponsorships to the school's 23 full or partial AIDS orphans.
These are Cynthia Awour (L) and Florence Kemunto (R). They were in baby class in 2006 and have been promoted to nursery/kindergarten. They have done very well in their class despite all the problems they face having to go to school hungry in the morning knowing that they will get the little porridge that the school makes at morning snack/break time because their poor parents can not afford to provide the food they need at home.