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A New Year

The past year has brought much change. We had our first fundraiser, can happily say all children ready for primary school have sponsors, and Jeremy and I will be returning to Kawangware 26 months after I returned from my first visit.

We are incredibly grateful for the support shown at our fundraiser, not only by individuals but also by businesses. Both businesses and individuals were graciously donated a total of 78 items for silent auction. We found sponsorship for one of the children and there were numerous donations. We are hosting another silent auction and dinner in May 27, 2016 which will follow in a similar style. The event will take place at the Native Sons Hall in Courtenay, dinner will be catered by Tria Catering (same as last year), and music will be provided by The Impalas. We look forward another silent auction and plan to also have a balloon pop. We will begin selling tickets in February and look forward to seeing you there.

Each year the learning center grows and more students need sponsorship. In January an additional twelve students will be attending primary school. It is so exciting to see people continuously stepping up and deciding to sponsor a child. We look forward to see their progress and hope they continue to receive the aid to help their dreams come true. By March we will have a list of students ready for primary school in January 2017. We hope that people continue to step up and commit to changing the life of a child through sponsorship.

Jeremy and I will be heading to Kawangware in just six days. We are so excited to be bringing donated items of books, school supplies, and clothing with us. In addition we will be sending children home with Christmas Hampers. During our stay we hope to build more connections within the community of Kawangware. We will be investigating long term programs such has health care through prevention, income for guardians, food sustainability, and accessibility to clean water.

During our time away we will try and make updates when internet access allows. It is likely many updates will be made through our facebook page which you can follow here. Upon our arrival home in February we will plan to implement monthly newsletters which will include updates of the learning center and means to learn more about live in Kawangware.

Thank you for your support,
Kelsey Molz


A Journey

It has been nearly two years since I first returned from Kenya, in approximately two months I will be returning once again. I am very excited to visit the children, to see their smiling faces and to see how much they’ve grown. It is great having all of the support getting Little Ray of Hope for Children started so that we may support the learning center in Kawangware.

Thanks to all of the generosity shown at our fundraiser in late June their is enough funds to continue helping at the center and even see growth. In the past two years the center has grown from 54 to 78 children, 13 children have received sponsorship to attend primary school, the breakfast program thrives along with a newly introduced lunch program, and general awareness of the difficult way of life for those in slums has been spread.

In months to come we hope that the support continues. There are currently 8 children that are ready to attend primary school in January, sponsorship is $600 a year for these children. While Jeremy and I are in Kenya we will be focusing on further development. We hope to provide every family accessing the center food to prepare a Christmas meal, as well as provide mosquito nets and spray, clothing, shoes, and school supplies to the families most in need.

Please e-mail us for with questions kelsey_molz@littlerayofhopeforchildren.com. Keep checking back for progress on our trip and information on our fundraiser in May.


One Year

It’s nearly been a full year since we became a non-profit organization. It is exciting to look at all the progress that has been made. It has been close to two years since I first arrived at the learning center in Kawangware. While I was in Kenya just over 50 students accessed the learning center. There were not enough pencils for each child to have their own, for many students the only food they received was one cup of uji from the learning center, the teachers had barely any donations for wages and many children would miss classes due to medical issues. Currently 78 students attend the learning center, there is enough school supplies for each child to be able to work on assignments at the same time, there is now both breakfast and lunch served at the learning center, teachers receive more stable income, and medical care is given to those in need. In addition nine students have received sponsorship to attend primary school through Little Ray of Hope for Children with more through volunteers that go to the center. These steps forward are just a few that we have seen over the past two years.

Looking back at the progress shows the victories that have been made in improving the future for these children. Small victories must be appreciated as a ripple effect will occur for each child that is given a second chance. As we move forward our goals of attaining a building with sufficient space, both outdoors and indoors, becomes more of a reality. With sufficient donations we will be able to guarantee the teachers who have donated so much of their time a steady income, provide relevant vaccinations for children to prevent unnecessary illness, maintain a breakfast and lunch program, ensure students receive meals evening and weekends, sponsorship to all children ready for primary school with sufficient supplies for those at the learning center. All these goals are ones that we hope to see progressing over the next year.

We encourage you to share our goals with your friends and family, sponsor a child, make a donation, and support us by attending our June 26 fundraiser. It is important to remember every cent counts, as just five dollars can provide medical treatment to save a child’s life, provide 15 lbs of uji, 8 lbs of rice, school supplies for a child, and contribute to many other necessities.

Thank you,
Kelsey Molz


A New Term

As we near the end of April the progress made in the past 10 months shows even more.
The children who have received sponsorship have finished their first term and are all doing well. Below are some beautiful drawings from the sponsored children. It is very exciting that all the children who are ready for primary school have sponsorship. We hope to see this trend continue and that the 12 children who will be ready for primary school within the next year can attend as soon as they are ready.

Our fundraiser nears, being just over two months away. The event is taking place on June 26 at the Native Sons Hall in Courtenay, tickets are on sale for $40 a ticket or $320 for a table of ten. It is exciting to have so much support from local businesses and organizations. We sincerely thank everyone for their help and want to say a special thank you to Young Professionals Comox Valley for partnering with us on the fundraiser.

I cannot say that I would understand how life is in a slum if I had not volunteered in Kawangware. Even now it is difficult for me to begin to image what living in a slum would be like. It is unlikely that anyone born in a developed country will ever come to fully understand the daily struggle just to survive. Kibera Kid demonstrates the difficulties that children face. It is common that children are brought into a risky lifestyle so that they may meet their most basic needs. As demonstrated in this short film often all that is needed is the opportunity for another life. By supporting the learning center by sponsorship or even just a small donation you can provide that opportunity for a child to change their lives.

Sincerely,
Kelsey Molz


Making Progress

It’s hard to believe that it is already mid-March!

All the students who were ready to start primary school have now been sponsored! This is very exciting.  Victor was the last of the children to receive sponsorship, and Benard whose sponsor was unable to continue supporting him found a new sponsor.

We have now posted all the profiles for children who will be ready to start grade one in the next year.  There are twelve and we hope we find sponsorship for all of them.

Our fundraiser is coming together, Tria Fine Catering will provide dinner while Ten Times Bigger will provide live music.  Our next step is expanding upon Silent Auction items.  If you or any businesses you know of are interested in donating it would be greatly appreciated.  Businesses can use the donation as a tax deductible expense given that they are promoting their business.  The fundraiser is June 26 at the Native Sons Hall in Courtenay, BC. Attached is the poster.

With all progress there are set back and this month we were informed that we were not approved for charitable status.  We wish to receive this status so that all donors may receive tax deductible receipts.  The reasons that charitable status was denied were given to us and we will slowly work towards fixing these areas, hopefully in time for next tax year.  Many of the reasons were essentially around wording.  We will be looking for a pro-Bono lawyer to help us, so if you or anyone you know is interested please contact us.

I wish all of you the best and will update you next month!

Kelsey Molz

Contact us @ kelsey_molz@littlerayofhopeforchildren.com

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A New Year

February 02 2015

We are a month into the new year now and it has proven to be a promising one!

Unfortunately Jeremy and Kelsey are required to push their trip back a few months.  However we have taken this opportunity to have a fundraiser.  The fundraiser will be held on June 26 at the Native Sons Hall in the Comox Valley and catered by Tria Catering. Tickets will soon be on sale for $30 which will include a buffet style dinner along with music, dancing, and a silent auction.  The funds will go towards supporting the learning center in Kawangware.

There are now a total of four children sponsored at the learning center in Kawangware.  Ann and Pascal continue in their education at primary school while Sidi, Natalie, Saumu, Phionah, and Diana have just begun their first term.  It is exciting to see more children being sponsored and we hope that more will continue to be able to attend primary school and become another step closer to fulfilling their dreams.  We hope that soon Victor will find sponsorship and be able to join his friends at primary school.

To gain some more insight into the world that these children life in visit http://iwantobeapilot.com/.  From personal experience I can say that this website accurately portrays the struggles faced by those living in slums in Kenya.  You can watch a short film focusing on one boy by following the links “The Voices” then “Film” followed by “Watch Film” on the bottom right. The film is based in Kibera, the largest slum in East Africa.  Kibera is approximately a half hour drive from the slum Kawangware, which the learning center we support is based out of.  The same obstacles that are faced by those in Kibera are faced by those in Kawangware.

Continue to check our website for more updates, ticket sales, and educational films.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Kelsey Molz

kelsey_molz@littlerayofhopeforchildren.com

 


Getting Started

11 September 2014

We are a month into the new year now and it has proven to be a promising one!

Unfortunately Jeremy and myself (Kelsey) are required to push their trip back a few months.  However we have taken this opportunity to have a fundraiser.  The fundraiser will be held on June 26 at the Native Sons Hall in the Comox Valley and catered by Tria Catering. Tickets will soon be on sale for $30 which will include a buffet style dinner along with music, dancing, and a silent auction.  The funds will go towards supporting the learning center in Kawangware.

There are now a total of four children sponsored at the learning center in Kawangware.  Ann and Pascal continue in their education at primary school while Sidi, Natalie, Saumu, Phionah, and Diana have just begun their first term.  It is exciting to see more children being sponsored and we hope that more will continue to be able to attend primary school and become another step closer to fulfilling their dreams.  We hope that soon Victor will find sponsorship and be able to join his friends at primary school.

To gain some more insight into the world that these children life in visit http://iwantobeapilot.com/.  From personal experience I can say that this website accurately portrays the struggles faced by those living in slums in Kenya.  You can watch a short film focusing on one boy by following the links “The Voices” then “Film” followed by “Watch Film” on the bottom right. The film is based in Kibera, the largest slum in East Africa.  Kibera is approximately a half hour drive from the slum Kawangware, which the learning center we support is based out of.  The same obstacles that are faced by those in Kibera are faced by those in Kawangware.

Continue to check our website for more updates, ticket sales, and educational films.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Kelsey Molz

kelsey_molz@littlerayofhopeforchildren.com