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After 333 days of giving I have had the opportunity to connect with people from all over the world. I have come to realize the challenges that so many organizations face to raise money for their charities.
One specific place is Africa.
Making a donation with one click through paypal is not always that simple. Due to tax rules and regulations many of the small organizations started by individuals that want to help this struggling nation have difficulty getting the funding they need.
This is the case with my friend Joe. His story is one of inspiration and courage of one individual that is trying to create great change in Kenya but the challenges are great and funding even less. Bringing awareness to the remarkable people that are stepping up to help so many is the least I can do to give back to the people of Kenya.
If Joseph can can have passion and commitment to make change in Kenya can’t we all have the courage to do something to change the world every day?
My name is Joseph Muinde. I grew up in a poor traditional family and learned the act of survival at a young age. I gained the virtues of tolerance, courage, resistance, patience and teamwork. I inherited from my late late father the values of hardwork, individual responsibility self-reliance, honesty, faith, respect for other people, kindness and sense of empathy.
My school life was a rough and dusty road. Lack of school tuition fees was the greatest obstacle that almost brought my career and dreams to a halt.
But I had a dream…
- To change life amongst the poor.
- To one day engage the marginalized rural communities in Africa including women, men and children.
- To fight for justice, equity and their right to education.
- To eradicate poverty.
After completing my education I realized that people in the rural areas in Kenya were still living in the same desperately poor conditions as before. Poverty levels had worsened and many children have dropped out of school due to lack of school fees. Children are becoming malnourished. People were dieing due to limited access of medicine. Water is a serious problem. Women walk long distances in search of clean drinking water. Children (especially girls) drop out of school in order to go searching for water. The situation of hunger and the extreme levels of illiteracy, poverty and suffering made me think!
I decided to start an NGO. The Muinde Kaviri Foundation aims at helping the marginalized communities to become self-reliant, to alleviate poverty and to economically empower the poor rural communities. We want to do capacity building and to educate the communities to acquire knowledge and skills in dealing with their economic problems.
Please take a moment to see our mission and help us to realize our dreams.
“Free the child’s potential and you will transform him into the world”
Day 332: Give 332
My son just started Montesorri preschool a week ago and this give is in his honour as he begins his reading journey to discover the world.
I have been reading to my son since he was a baby. We are blessed with a large library of children’s books that take us around the world having great adventures every night before we go to bed. He is so excited to learn to read.
I could’t imagine what it would be like not have the luxury of books to feed his little mind. But there are many children all over the world that don’t have the luxury of books. There are not public library’s in every neighbourhood nor the money to afford such luxuries as a book for your child.
Here are a few quick facts on literacy around the world (quoted from DoSomething.org)
- One in five adults in the developing world — almost 862 million people — cannot read or write.
- Most illiterate persons are female. In more than 20 developing nations, illiteracy rates amongst women exceed 70%.
- As much as 115 million children of primary school age are not enrolled in school.
- More than 226 million children do not attend secondary school.
Will you click to give a child the gift of a book?
Time Commitment: 30 seconds
Today is an exciting day for our family. It’s my son’s first day of school.
I have spent the last 4 years of my life with my son almost every day. I still remember the first day I held him in my arms when he was just 11 weeks old (my son was adopted) and now he walks, talks, rides a bike, gets himself dressed and is ready for school. I am so proud of who he is today as he starts the next phase of his life. His life will never be the same and neither will mine.
Nicolas is just heading into preschool this year so no “back to school” shopping is needed but I found a great way to support kids that do need school supplies that may not have the funds to get them every thing they need.
Day 324: Give 324
I’m not sure I want to know how much it will cost me one day to stock up on all the school supplies my kids will need to start school. Binders, note books, paper, laptops, pens, markers, rulers – the list in never ending. We know that many families in this day and age don’t have the money for all the extra’s needed and I wanted to do my part to make sure a child had a few of the basics that are required to start their school year off on the right foot.
“All Staples locations in Canada have partnered with local schools and charities for our 6th annual School Supply Drive, to be held from July 23 to September 6, 2011 (July 31-September 4, in Quebec). Last year, with your help, we raised $1.03-million dollars to support local students. This year, we will meet or surpass that goal, with your kind support.”
Staples is giving us the opportunity to give this week with a “Back to School” community program that will give teachers and kids basic supplies that are need for the school year. Teachers were surveyed to list their top 14 supplies needed by children returning to school:
Pencils / Scissors / Calculators / Binders / Erasers / Glue Sticks / Highlighters / Lined Paper / Folders / Backpacks / Markers / Mathkits / Pencil Crayons / Notebooks
I did some quick math and if you shopped very wisely you may be able to get all these items for under $100. What if you have 3 kids and have a hard enough time putting food on the table let alone school supplies in their back packs?
For a small donation at the cash register I was able to purchase a Back to School starter kit for one child. A give I felt great about that cost me little time and little money but will make a big impact.
Time Commitment: 0 (made it while making a purchase)