It was an eventful year for Simiyu House: Fresh Water, Care for Chris, a Volunteer, and (2) Orphans supported.
Engineers Without Borders finished what they had set out to do and implemented a fresh water well in January of 2015. Not only does the compound have fresh water for any nearby orphans who may need a safe environment, but the well supplies fresh water for all in the surrounding area. What an accomplishment! I’m so proud to have partnered with EWB UMBC. They continued to press on and triumph through trials and tribulations that their two different trips had brought. Chris and I are both so proud of and thankful for each volunteer that took the long trip to East Africa to give fresh water to a village that badly needed it.
One of those trials left Chris Shiko in the hospital for almost a month, but quick action on your part (advocates and donors) allowed Chris to pay his hospital bills and buy the necessary medication to heal in what would have otherwise been nearly impossible situation. Chris is still very grateful and thankful for those who made a micro-movement and came to his personal aid in a very serious situation. I’m also very thankful and inspired by this unfortunate event.
As we began to see green sprout from a cold winter, Nathan LaDuke and I began putting the final plans in place for his trip in the fall. Over the course of the summer months we were able to make a plan and arrange all the necessary pieces for him to go. What a trip it was! I had built a strong foundation for the project, Chris watered and tended to the project relentlessly, and Nathan was just in time for the harvest in the fall season. It was a great crop to say the least! Nathan and Chris went out in the community together and identified thirty (30) orphans within walking distance. Because of this effort and trip to Kenya, we now have a great and specific focus through whom we we accomplish our mission: To provide an opportunity for a safe environment, formal education and overall life skills to underprivileged children living in Kakamega, Kenya in order to help them succeed both intellectually and financially in their own economy.
Before the year ended, we were able to begin fulfilling our mission and were able to provide a year of school (including all fees, uniforms, and 1 lunch per day) and basic needs for TWO ORPHANS! So excited to continue watching in 2016!
Thanks to YOU for an awesome year at Simiyu House; all of your Micro-Movements turned into a Big Difference!