Ian here, sometimes I get a bit of inspiration and hop on here to share my thoughts.  Today I was woken up way too early by a text message from teacher Mercy and have spent the morning working with her to finalize a few things.  Why?  Because she has been frantically working to get everything ready to START Kiang’ombe school project in less than a week.  Is this really possible?  I find myself sitting here feeling pretty weird about it all.  Humbled, proud, and more than a bit overwhelmed by the responsibility as well as the support we have received.  In fact, Anne just got the mail and there are two new donations, both unsolicited support.  Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of the amazing people who have come around us to make Ameena Project come to life.  You give us the confidence to push ahead.

School supplies purchased – check

Feeding program supplies purchased – check

Registration complete – check

Staff hired – check

50 lucky kids ready to have the best year of their life – check.

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Big load of supplies heading to the Kiang'ombe

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Mercy and Hillary picking up the portable blackboard and misc. supplies

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Off site store room

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Mercy and Hillary unloading some supplies

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Working hard to inventory and organize the new supplies

It’s really coming together.  I am grateful to play a part.  Ian

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I sit here a week after Thanksgiving, and am giving thanks for so much.

Family, friends, face book acquaintances, people I  have never met.

I have to admit, that since sitting down to seriously start Ameena Project at the end of August that I have had some serious moments of DOUBT and FEAR and ANXIETY.

I knew  that Ameena Project  could commit to the people and community of Kiang’ombe.  But what I didn’t trust was whether we could rally the support and financial means to provide the resources to do so.

With faith even as small as a mustard seed, amazing things can still happen….

Not knowing if we would continue to draw in the financial support needed to cover subsequent monthly expenses, we wired funds to Kenya in November to buy all start up supplies and to begin paying staff salaries.

Mercy, our head teacher, emailed immediately with this response as the work began on the construction of necessary new toilets at the school location in Kiang’ombe:

“….we are avoiding expensive materials since the villagers are eager that the project commences and they don’t want the toilet to be a hindrance. They were even ready to construct and leave it uncemented so long as it starts…..The place [of the toilet]  is more of a quarry [heavy rocks ] and digging [down] feet is a task of it’s  own kind , but they are hard working I can’t complain.  We’ve opted to continue and know where  it will take  us .  Meanwhile, we are shopping on start ups , only priorities and the rest can wait, and also trying  to shop before the prices are affected due to the festive season.  Blessings to those of Ameena Project.”

There continues to be great excitement among the community of Kiang’ombe, and among the staff supported by Ameena Project.  Already, in this partnership, Hillary & Mercy are learning to work together, look for local solutions (rather than just  answers from us, the wazungu), and to problem solve and administrate within their means.  They are increasing in their ability to lead change in their community and in their own lives.

This is something to be incredibly thankful for!

And, to encourage it all, and to put my doubt, anxiety and fear at bay……support for Ameena Project came in this month in unexpected ways and amounts.  I hope to share more of those stories soon!

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