Today we announce that Ameena Project is now officially our own independent 501c3 non-profit organization. Because of our amazing volunteers, what usually takes a year and about $1000 was completed in 4 months for FREE. 6 months ago we sat down to discuss this project for the first time. Today we have a fully operating program with an average daily attendance of 54, we have served almost 4000 meals, and received glowing reports from the three volunteers who’ve already visited the Kiang’ombe site. Nice work all!  If you haven’t already, please consider getting involved.  We need your help, together we are doing wonderful things.  Take a look at our How You Can Help page and see where you can fit in. 

You can be the change.

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I wanted to take the time to update the faithful supporters of Ameena Project, and also those of you new to our work.

Megan Steele, one of the Ameena Project co-founders has finished with her visit of the school project in Kiang’ombe, and is on her way home from Burundi, where she was on a work trip for Medical Teams International.  Her reports, were so encouraging!  Here is a brief snippet of what she had to say about her experience:

Unpacking some donated supplies

 

I’m really impressed with what the staff have done with their limited resources. The supplies are pretty sweet – wooden blocks, toy cars, small chalk boards, tires (of course!), soccer balls. It’s locally made, but nice.”

“The school building and kitchen is in bad shape, but we already knew that. I’m concerned what will happen once the rains come. I got a chance to meet the elders and some community members yesterday. Everyone made it known that they were truly grateful for the program. The elders are pretty sweet. You guys will like them a lot. One guy was missing an eye!!! It caught me off guard a bit.”

You have all been incredible in the past few weeks with your generous donations towards the teacher wish lists.  We have everything we asked for.

But here is where we really need you to partner with us.

We still have the remainder of a year’s operating funds to raise.

We NEED your help to continue to raise about $8,000 to fully fund operations (all expenses) through this next December.

There are many levels of ways you can be involved:

  1. Commit to giving $20/month.  If you gave up 7 lattes you would have reached this goal!you can do it easily now through the paypal donate button on our main page.
  2. You can give a one-time donation.  If  the cost of one i-tunes album ($10?) can school a child for the month–imagine what you can do with a donation of $100, $200 or even more?  How satisfying and rewarding is that?  Incredibly!
  3. You can pledge to raise amongst your friends and circle of acquaintances the operations costs for a whole month-$1400.  If 12 people did this each year, we would be done with the task of fundraising for operating costs!
  4. You can partner in some fun social fundraising events Shari has in the works…more to come about this!

What happens once we are done raising operating costs?

We get to dream & do the fun stuff!

a new cookhouse?   addressing medical needs?  starting animal husbandry projects?  building a playground?  addressing the deteriorating condition of the school house?  buying the guard some work boots?

Like we’ve said before, you, the supporter, have “the right to know exactly how we use donated funds and how we make financial decisions.”

We  want to be responsible and take care of the basics, and then we can have some real fun!

“To whom much is given, much is required.”

 

 

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Wow!  We are overwhelmed and so thankful for your response to the Kenyan Teachers’ Wish List!

We still have a few remaining items that haven’t been purchased:

2 packs large plastic stringing beads (about $7 at Michae~taken by Rosie

10 bottles washable paint~taken by Rosie

6 Books of various themes (family, colors, shapes, time etc)

10 Books on various values (explaining emotions, sharing, stewardship, conservation etc)

2 Wooden Puzzles – Taken (and then some)  by the Goldman’s

Additionally, if someone wants to shop around on amazon etc., we would LOVE to take this to surprise the teachers and children:

Search for this!

Here is a picture of the children playing these last few weeks:

Blocks=fun and brain development in any culture!

 

We will have more exciting updates on the program and the community of Kiang’ombe as Megan Steele, one of our founders, returns from her visit there!

 

 

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In anticipation of our travel to Kenya, we would love to have interested supporters help us to purchase these wish list items for the Kiang’ombe classroom.  Below you will find a basic list of the essentials the teachers would like to have to round out their materials.  Most of these items are too expensive to  purchase in Kenya, or are not easily available.

If you are interested in providing something on the wishlist, or have it already, please leave a note indicating such under comments—that way we don’t end up with 3,000 pipe cleaners and no baby dolls!

Here is the Kenyan Teachers’ wish list for the classroom:

  • 2 sets–Building Blocks (perhaps Duplo?)-1 set Taken by Anne
  • 5 packs–Colored Construction Paper (packs of about 240 pieces @ Michael’s for $7ish) – Taken by Eve
  • 2 bags Beads (large bags @Michael’s for $7ish)

  • 3 packs of Pipe Cleaners (package @Michaels of 350 pcs)~ Taken by Nina
  • 6 Balls (preferably O balls, they will never pop or need blowing up!!!)~ Taken by Tara G.

 

  • 4-Jump Ropes~Taken by Tara G.
  • 10-Toy Cars/Vehicles (preferably lightweight plastic appropriate for 2-4 year olds, remembering all of this will be fit into suitcases!–we need about 5 still

  • 4 Toy Babies (preferably black skin toned) –Got them! Thanks Carol & Sarah
  • 3 packs Letters  (Dollar store has some great school resources)~Taken by Nina
  • 3 packs Numbers (Dollar store has some great resources)~Taken by Nina
  • 3 sets Animals (Goodwill etc. often has bags of small plastic animals)

  • 25 Dice~Taken by Tara G.
  • 10 Paints/2 packages simple brushes (powdered tempera paint would be amazing for ease of travel/smaller size, but Michael’s does have some liquid paint packs if nothing else)
  • Portable Tunnels~ taken by LouAnn C-G.

  • 10 Books (themes–animals, geography, ocean, space, feelings, colors, size, body parts etc) ~Tara G (4 nature themed)
  • 10 Values Books (kindness, patience, listening, taking care of surroundings, siblings etc)
  • Abacus~Taken by Tara G.
  • 5 Letter/Animal/Number Puzzles (easily found at 2nd hand stores for much cheaper than retail & in good shape, again looking for lightweight)
  • Frisbee in various colors – Got em!

 

We can re-evaluate once we see what everyone comes up with in the hunt for awesome for free or very low price!!

I am excited to see what we can all pull together–the teachers did not say quantities on the items they requested, but this is my best guess and what we might be able to take over!

In mutual shopping/thrifting excitement,  

Anne (Mama Ameena)

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