I have been home from Kenya for a week. I am still working on getting back on the correct clock while being thrown into full holiday mode.
A friend told me that it will take some time to process all that I have seen, heard and experienced during my time in Kenya.
At this time, what I do know is this:
I have seen the problems first hand. The lack of food and access to water and sanitary conditions. The loss of livestock due to drought. I have seen the reasons why some of the things we take for granted and think of as basic necessities, are really not basic necessities for most people in this region of Kenya.
I have seen and participated in the distributions of reusable menstrual pad kits, underwear and school supplies. I have heard first hand the deep appreciation for these items that are completely unaffordable for them. I have listened to their struggles with managing their menstrual cycles and felt their pain.
I have spent time with our sponsored students and some of their family members. I have heard first hand how much this opportunity means to all of them. I received letters, handshakes, hugs, beaded jewelry and even saw tears of appreciation for what The KURA Project is doing for them and their family members. I learned it is not just one person benefiting from this education, it is the entire family.
The mission of The KURA Project is to improve literacy in the Laisamis District of Marsabit County in northern Kenya. By increasing school attendance, especially for female students in primary schools, providing the basic materials needed to learn, and sponsoring students through secondary school, The KURA Project seeks to advance the cause of education and future opportunity for this underserved population.
I believe deeply in The KURA Project’s mission. Education is the way and once you have it, no one can take it from you.
I would like to thank The KURA Project board of directors, our supporters and sponsors for their belief in our mission and for the encouragement and love I felt while I was away. We are doing good work. With your help we can continue to keep students in school and get them the education they need to live a happy, healthy and productive life.
One hundred percent of the money we receive goes directly to the purchase of reusable menstrual kits, underwear and school supplies. We have no administrative fees as our work is done on a volunteer basis. Individual sponsors pay for the school fees we provide for our students. The students selected to receive sponsorships are the individuals who have the best results on their KCPE exam and come from the poorest families in the region.
I would like to leave you with this African proverb:
“If you want to go fast, walk alone. If you want to go far walk together.”
Lets walk together and make a difference in northern Kenya.
Hadi wakati mwingine