As many of you know, Anne and I visited our program in Kiang’ombe in late January. Our objectives for the trip were to do more in depth community needs assessment, review program operations, and complete annual planning for the coming year. We spent a lot of time with our staff, with the kids, and in the community all of which was incredibly encouraging and inspiring. You can view some pictures and notes from the trip if you scroll down to previous updates or take a look on the A.P. Facebook page. In spite of the real and somewhat overwhelming need in Kiang’ombe, there is a tangible sense of hope and appreciation everywhere surrounding what the community now calls Ameena Centre. As more kids and families get involved, as they see the great impact our staff’s efforts are producing in their children’s lives, positive change is sprouting up – often in unexpected places.
One great story is about a boy named Kenedy who was with us all last year. Our staff got him healthy, prepared for school, he passed his exam, and as of January this year he is enrolled in the local public school for the first time. His teacher called to follow up and reported that he is top of the class, a voracious learner, and a joy to have in class. This is exactly what we’re shooting for with every child in the program. Kenedy is one of 16 children who completed our program this past year and are now enrolled in local public schools. His mom has finally understood the value of education, having seen the transformation in her son she is doing everything she can to support her other children’s success.
After much discussion with the community and our staff, we all agreed on the most pressing needs for 2013. First of all, we planned this project for 50 kids and have been running at 75-80 all year, not an easy job but we pulled it off. We had to hire a reliever to cover extra security needs and to assist in the kitchen. We also decided to sponsor the 16 children who graduated our program so they can get established in local schools. Investing in them just seems like the right thing to do, especially when it cost under $70 per child per year. To cover these basic program increases we need to raise an additional $260 a month right away. It’s really easy to make a one time donation or sign up for a recurring donation here on the web site. Right over there —->
In 2012 we were able to build a new classroom so that we can separate kids by age and ability to really maximize the learning they receive. However, we do not have the funds to hire the teacher and teacher’s assistant needed to staff the second classroom. $3000 a year, or $250 a month would accomplish that goal. Imagine the impact of hiring two new teaching staff, dramatically improving the learning environment, and being able to help even more kids have a chance like Kenedy. We’ve been working hard to raise those funds, here’s one example how.
On February 15th, our dear friend’s, Craig and Natalie Prins, held a benefit concert at a Coffee shop in Salem. The Portland crew headed down on a chilly Friday evening to attend their event, it was an amazing night. Craig said it was like all of his people, his passions, and his various worlds coming together. Now when Craig said he wanted to do this back in September I have to admit it did cross my mind that organization and sustained focus (important parts of event planning) are not what I would think of as his signature strengths. However, this evening proved to me once again that when we step out of our comfort zone and courageously follow the inspiration of our spirit it usually works out just right. So much more was accomplished during this event than the funds that were raised, it was a truly inspired evening. In the end, they brought in enough for us to serve 15,000 more meals in Kiang’ombe, what a gift. Here’s a short peek inside the coffee shop that night. Thank you everyone who participated in any way, together we are accomplishing something very special. You are Ameena Project!
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In Kenya, the school year starts in January and over the entire year of 2012 we worked hard with our older students to prepare them for success in the local school system. We fed their bodies, minds, and spirits creating dramatic changes in all of them. 16 children completed our Early Childhood Development program and were ready to move on to primary school. For those children, we committed to removing the barriers for them to enter school by providing their uniform and school fees for the first year – a total cost of around $70 per child. This will allow them to get connected to their school and give their parents a chance to plan for subsequent years’ responsibilities. We’ll be following up and working with parents all year to make sure they are able to keep it up. Most of these children would have never been academically ready and the first year costs would have been an insurmountable barrier to many.
We believe these kids deserve a chance to learn and if we have our way, they’re going to get it.
Since arriving in Kiang’ombe I have been pacing the school grounds back and forth, looking out of the gate, waiting for the day when we would visit in the community with the village elder. I’ve felt a bit like a caged animal, not used to having to have an escort to make my way around. Getting to know these people is what I truly loved about living in Kenya and still enjoy when we visit—at the heart of it all, there are so many amazing stories, both tragic and inspiring that give me hope, joy, and inspiration. I love to be present in the midst of it all.
Today, shortly after entering into the Kiang’ombe community, we came upon Isaac’s home. Isaac was the 5 year old boy attending Ameena Centre this last year, whose mother was found dead in the house with him one morning. As we entered into a wild green yard surrounding the small house that belonged to Isaac’s grandma, and called out a greeting of “Hodi!”, a short elderly woman exited a curtained shack. Our escort explained that we had come to see Isaac’s home, and the grandmother waved over to another small building and indicated in the Kikuyu dialect that Isaac stayed there with his brother. I entered the building, a scant 6 foot by 8 foot space, crammed with a bed, belongings and a bike. As I stood inside, Isaac’s grandmother entered and we asked whether or not they had found out how the mother had died.
The grandmother paused, a pained look on her face, and then shared in Kikuyu how Isaac’s mother had suffered from an untreated abscessed tooth. The infection had spread into the tonsils, causing them to swell and block her throat, leading to her death by suffocation.
The grandmother started to cry. I felt myself well up too and had to turn my head. This is life here, especially in Kiang’ombe, and while people grieve, they also have to keep on with the rhythm of life….finding ways to get a little money for food, fetching water from the one water pipe in the center of the community, cooking food, washing clothes, cleaning out the house and caring for others.
I tried to lighten the uncomfortable moment by asking the grandmother how old she was, thinking that she must be a few years older than my mother (really, they don’t take offense to that question here)…..she just shook her head and mumbled “I can’t remember”. My escort indicated that she was too shaken up over the memory of her daughter to talk any more. I felt a bit foolish for my silly attempt to lighten the mood … I wish I would have been able to rest in the heavy moment better with her.
We thanked the grandmother for allowing us in, and as we were leaving our escort finally explained who we were and that we were the ones partnering to bring the school to Kiang’ombe. That we were the ones helping to send Isaac on to primary school.
Isaac’s grandmother’s face lit up, and her mood was brightened … enough for her to want this picture with me:
Yesterday while visiting homes in Kiang’ombe we came across a house that at first appeared vacant. A quiet cry drew us in and alone inside we found a woman in bed nearly unable to sit up for the pain she was in. When asked what was wrong she initially said she was sick but shortly revealed she was badly injured from a motorbike crash. She had been home alone since the crash and had not gone to the hospital because she could not afford the required medical card ($ 1.25) or transport ($.75).
She showed us her lower leg which was badly injured, there was an 8″ x 4″ open wound that appeared very infected. A horrible circumstance and one I was convinced would end her life if not urgently addressed. I’m no doctor, but anyone could see this was very bad. We found a neighbor girl willing to help and had her take this woman to the hospital and told her we would follow up tomorrow.
Today the two of them came to give a grateful report. The woman was already able to walk again, is on antibiotics, and will go in daily to have the wound cleaned and assessed. She was found to have tetanus from the wound as well and was given a shot to treat it. Such a happy outcome for a terrible situation.
I share this story for one reason: to illustrate the dramatic reality that very little can do very much. It cost $9.50 all together to get this woman the treatment she needed,. Although hard to fully comprehend, this is life in Kiang’ombe and if you are involved in Ameena Project we make sure your contribution counts. Thank you. Ian
Following the recent events in Oregon at Clackamas Mall, and then in Connecticut, with so many innocent lives being stolen, I have been experiencing a suffocating sense of sadness and heartache deep in my soul. In a quiet moment of reflection I realized that these feelings were all too familiar.
I sat and thought on when I might have had this overwhelming sense of sadness…this grayness that creeps up into every moment of the day, the sense that our world was never meant to be this way.
And then it hit me.
These were the same familiar feelings that I experienced for about 1 year after leaving Kenya and returning home to life here in the United States.
Desperation, grief, loss, sadnessand anger after bearing witness to terrible acts and circumstances.
Weeping at the thought of the cruelty of this world. Of children being stolen, women raped, beaten and disregarded, murder, deceit, children going hungry and dying slow, scared deaths. These were events that were routine experiences in Kenya among friends, neighbors, and employees. Upon coming home, I struggled with explaining the intensity and heartache of it all. Of what it means to be a witness to such horror and the feeling of not being able to do anything about it? How can you explain to your girlfriends that you sat on the floor weeping for these people now half way around the world?
It’s the same feeling now. Except, the difference is, most everyone in America feels it too. You can just say Connecticut, or “school kids” and everyone nods without more words being spoken, there is a mutual understanding of the unfairness and evilness of it all. A shared sense of grief, a hunt for the “cause” and a wish for there to be an answer.
After experiencing that year of feeling “unsettled” after returning from Kenya, knowing that daily, while we lived here in our comfortable life, others struggled through no fault of their own…..it was such a blessing and relief to be approached about partnering to create real and lasting change in the lives of the most desperate and helpless there. Are we doing anything earth shattering? No! But we are doing something, it’s not that hard, and it makes a big difference.
Are we entering into relationship with other human beings and sharing in their hurt and their triumphs? Yes! I truly believe that this is the central step in bringing about change in this world….being willing to enter into the grief and heartache of another, experiencing that discomfort and knowledge, and then being open to acting on it.
The alternative? Insulating our selves, covering our eyes and ears to these horrors and pretending that they don’t exist. Telling ourselves that those people brought it onto themselves and being shocked when these events occur in our own neighborhoods and communities.
It’s no more a child in Connecticut’s fault than it is the fault of the women bought and sold for sex or the child sitting listless in the dirt, starving and ill. The good news? Each and every one of us is able to do something about it—not in the same way, but in the similar way by allowing ourselves to be vulnerable to the hurt and loss of each other. Loving one another. Sharing with one another. Being real, raw and dirty with one another. Using what we’ve been given to make the biggest difference we can.
Each and every one of us become the solution to these deep problems in our world when we reach out to the suffering, marginalized, and forgotten among us. When we look for opportunities to get involved and make a difference in the lives that intersect ours. Wherever it is you choose to make your mark, be encouraged and carry on, action rather than intentions or ideas is what solutions are made of. Anne
As 2012 comes to an end we wanted to send out a letter to share more details about the work being done through Ameena Project. Since it’s inception in September 2011, progress has been brisk! Initially, we partnered with a fiscal sponsor and shortly after acquired our own non-profit status! We were blessed to have a variety of folks mentor and guide us through a somewhat foreign process! We have been able to keep to our original goal of 100% volunteer run operations here in the States, with a full 100% of your donations going to feeding and educating children in Kiang’ombe, Kenya .
In wrapping up our first full year of operations we can’t help but be amazed at how things have worked together for this good. We have developed a core group of volunteers here in the states to manage all of the domestic administration required to operate the non-profit. Recurring monthly donors currently cover nearly 80% of our ongoing Kenyan operational costs, and we have a small cushion in the bank. Generous people have surrounded us and given time, talents, and funds so that we are now in a position to discuss further program development. Anne and I will be traveling to Kiang’ombe in January to meet with our staff and community partners to fully explore how Ameena Project can deepen it’s impact. Yes, that says deepen, not broaden. Over the past few months we’ve been challenging ourselves to focus on growing Ameena Project deeper, not just bigger. A question we discuss often is, “How can we leverage our resources to benefit these specific kids, in this specific community, long term, in a culturally appropriate way?
Since opening our doors in January, we have been consistently running way over capacity with 75 children in a program designed for 50. We’ve served 30,000 hot meals to hungry kids and have seen the dramatic changes adequate nutrition produces. Sixteen of the kids attending our program are now school aged and academically ready to enter local primary schools in January when the Kenyan school year starts. Ameena Project has ensured that these kids are ready for school prepared for success. We have also decided to continue supporting these children as they move on. With your support, we will be providing the essentials for them to attend and succeed in local public school. While Elementary school is technically free in Kenya, there are often other associated costs that become insurmountable barriers for those in extreme poverty. At Ameena Project we’ve decided to eliminate those barriers by providing the uniforms, school fees, and lunch fees these children.
We have had many fundraising efforts over the year and feel humbled by the flood of ideas and inspiration you have brought to us. Not only are we focused on meeting critical needs of children who attend our program in Kenya , we are also committed to impacting lives right here at home by creating a place to plug in, get involved, and use your passion and talents. We believe that people live out their innate purpose best when they are able to use their talents to meaningfully help another human being. Can you remember back to March when you all donated supplies that we took to stock the classroom? It seems ages ago, yet that was just 9 months ago.
Shortly after returning from that spring visit, an enthusiastic supporter named Lara approached us with the idea of a benefit concert, at her home, in August. She put on a wonderful Evening in the Country that raised enough money to take us from touch and go financials to the beginning of financial stability. Others of you have given us strategic fundraising advice that enabled us to broaden and deepen our support base. A group of great girls, The Bracelet Bunch, has repeatedly made it known that kids have big hearts and big ideas. They have creatively raised money on their own and made regular and ongoing donations throughout the year. NW Scrubs decided to get involved in a big way and in a two week online promotion raised enough to build a new classroom, new cook house, and new covered patio – all under construction now. Just this week the local chief, various NGO directors, the staff, community, and kids had a big party celebrating the one year anniversary of operations in Kiang’ombe. This wonderful time of new hope and optimism was funded entirely by two girls in Salem who decided to use their own birthday party as a fundraiser. Two girls with global compassion have thrown a party for a whole community. Read more about Lauren and Amelia HERE! Other kids have worked independently to plan and execute fund raisers at local schools–what a practical way to learn about community, economics, altruism and the entrepreneurial spirit.
Looking back, Ameena Project has come farther than we had ever hoped in 2012. All of our goals were met and we are now positioned to move into a future that is truly beyond what we had ever anticipated. We’ve been able to accomplish all of this under our original monthly budget of only $1575. So little has done so much! Our 5 Kenyan staff have worked tirelessly to lay down a solid foundation on a shoestring budget and we couldn’t be happier with what they’ve accomplished. The community is rallying around the program and developing a strong sense of shared responsibility and investment in it’s success.
To everyone who has played a part in what has been accomplished this year we say well done and be proud of what we’ve done together! Hope, joy, and new opportunity has been brought to some very needy kids and the community of Kiang’ombe. At times we have a hard time believing that so much progress has been made this year, but it all is very real and powerfully impacting to everyone involved.
Here are some of our upcoming needs for 2013:
– Public school support for 16 graduating children (uniform, school fees, lunch fees) – $70 per child per year.
– Cost of Living pay increase for employees starting Jan 2013 – Amount TBD
– Desks, chairs, blackboard, and educational supplies for our new additional classroom – $1200
– Monthly Donors – sign up online for a recurring donation to support our ongoing operations. We are still a few hundred dollars short of having operation 100% covered, even at our current budget.
We are humbled and encouraged by your current support and can’t wait to see what this new year brings!
Ian & Anne May
One of the coolest parts of Ameena Project is this concept of Collateral Impact – those secondary positive affects that result from doing something good and doing it together with other people. Over and over now, we have been shocked and humbled by the creativity and generosity of others. Not only are we focused on meeting critical needs of children who attend our program in Kenya, we are also committed to impacting lives right here at home by creating a place to plug in, get involved, and use your passion and talents. We believe that people live out their innate purpose best when actively using what they’ve got, to meaningfully help another human being. I’m excited to share how two great girls (with truly remarkable parents) decided to get involved this fall.
All on their own, Lauren and Amelia Prins came up with a creative and generous idea to use their birthdays as a fund raiser. They decided that they simply have enough and so instead of receiving gifts, they could have a joint party and ask for donations to pay for a big party for the kids in Kenya. They put it all together themselves and pulled off a great success. These girls raised $270 which is going to fund the best (and only) party our kids in Kiang’ombe have ever seen. The truth is, they raised too much for a party so we’re going to have to sit down with them and discuss how they want the extra money to be spent. No store bought gadget could ever provide such an enriching and empowering experience for these girls, their parents, and everyone involved. In place of another Cozy Critter Cabin, cute outfit, or $30 Squinkie dispenser that would live in the back of their closet waiting to be sold at a garage sale 10 years from now, these girls have made 75 desperately needy kids feel joy and feel valued like never before. They have also learned the amazing power of their choice and how easy and fun it can be to do the right thing. Our world is full of pain and injustice, a reality we all have the power to change, once choice at a time. Take a look at these pictures, be inspired.
We are grateful to have support from friends and organizations who get what we do and why it is so important. NW Scrubs is a business with owners who truly understand and live out the philosophy that drives us at Ameena Project – “To whom much is given much is required”. They are an amazing example of generosity, stewardship, and creative use of their talents to benefit others, in this case some kids who need our help more than most of us can imagine.
During the first weeks in October, they will donate 10% of online sales to Ameena Project. Take a look at their site and if you, or anyone you know needs scrubs make an order today. This promotion will not last long so please spread the word and help us get the most possible out of this remarkable generosity. If you click on the banner at http://www.nwscrubs.com/ you can see more info and even a live tally for the event. This is a very easy chance to do something wonderful for a child. How about some new scrubs as an early Christmas present to yourself? Dress like a Dr. for Halloween?? The best PJ’s ever! Whatever you need they have got a pair for you!
For those of you who were not able to make it out to the event and for those who attended and wanted to know how we did, this post is for you.
We were all so happy with how the event went and couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome. We want to extend great thanks to the amazing group of volunteers who made it all happen, to the awesome musicians who shared their talents with us (check them out on our Friends of Ameena page), and to all of the new supporters of Ameena Project who opened their hearts to this amazing work.
So yes, this event was a fund raiser and we went in with the goal of raising enough funds to cover operating costs for our school in Kiang’ombe (around $5000) through December 2012. We also hoped to increase awareness about what we are doing and to provide ways for others to make a difference not only to the project in Kiang’ombe, but also in their own lives.
A big thank you to the 125 people who made the trek out into the country! We blew past all of our goals!
A quick run-down of some of the stats:
$9,446- One time donations & sales that evening
$890 – 1st month funds given from 14 new monthly recurring donors!
$890 – Challenge grant match for new monthly donations!
Even more encouraging for the Ameena Project team is that we are now just a few hundred shy of having our entire monthly operations costs covered by recurring monthly contributions.
For the first time we are at a place where we can think about how to move forward with program services and community development activities.
YOU have made that possible!
Please enjoy with us some photos of our successful Evening in the Country. Our warmest thank you to the Blair family for hosting us at such a magical place and for bringing this event about!
Don’t miss this fun- filled, family friendly, FREE concert to benefit Ameena Project.
It will be a wonderful evening of good food, great music, and education about the lives of children in East Africa and what we are doing to make a difference. Here’s a link to the evite. Bring a low chair or blanket and cash for the food vendors / beer / wine.
Watch Haley on KPTV this morning click HERE . What an amazing voice!
Scroll down a couple of posts for the full musical line up. See you in the country!
They were desperately needy, hungry, with little hope for a future. Now thanks to all of you, there’s been an outbreak of joy in Kiang’ombe:
Just over a week away to this amazing free concert and charity event. Please let us know if you plan to attend. It will be a wonderful evening of good food, great music, and education about the lives of children in East Africa and what we are doing to make a difference. Here’s a link to the evite http://new.evite.com/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=fb_share_widget&utm_content=fb_link&utm_campaign=invite#view_invite:eid=0298AAQZXGK5ZYM6AEPBXIZ7BJ4LYU&gid=fb . Bring a low chair or blanket and cash for the food vendors / beer / wine.
Don’t miss this fun- filled, family friendly, FREE concert to benefit Ameena Project.
Here’s a look at the talent, can’t wait to see you there.
American Idol finalist from Season 2012, you will love the acoustic sounds of Haley’s soulful voice and melodic guitar. Just returning from American Idol’s European Tour, she artistically blends R&B, folk and indie rock for her deeply rhythmic and original style.
Tom Mann: Tom brings a lot of heart and soul to his powerful mix of contemporary and old styled country sound. Ballads, up beat tunes and everything in between will keep your toes tapping.
Caryn Jamieson: Caryn artistically blends the unique and beautiful qualities of Modern Folk and Indie sounds. Her crystal clear voice and unique style combines with the beat of her guitar to create fantastic and relevant contemporary music.
Jeannie Walker: Jeannie has studied the likes of Joni Mitchell and Karen Carpenter to bring a unique folk sound that is heartfelt, rich and unique. Sit back and relax to her easy-listening music.
Don’t miss this great evening of fun in the beautiful Pacific NW!
Read about these wonderful girls on Oregon Live http://blog.oregonlive.com/my-beaverton/2012/05/beaverton_kids_bake_and_kenyan.html
In total, the girls were able to raise $225…we are thrilled with their success!
The feeding program at Kiang’ombe is central to the broader community development work we’re doing there. We provide two nutrition packed meals a day to every child in the program and however hard it is to believe, if they don’t get it from us, they just don’t eat. Monday mornings are really hectic because the well fed, happy, energetic children who left Friday afternoon show up early tired, hungry and crying for the first meal. Since getting started in January, we have been able to serve nearly 10,000 meals and it is having a huge impact on these little lives. It costs under $0.20 per meal and we need your help. We keep it simple and focused – making every penny count. Take a look.
Short clip of Wambui in class – she is so focused on teacher Mercy’s instructions.
We had a wonderful evening debriefing with Megan Steele Friday night and it was so great to hear her report on the Kiang’ombe feeding / preschool program. In short, things are going remarkably well and the children and community are deeply grateful for the huge impact they are seeing. Megan is putting together some inspiring highlight stories that we will share with you in a bit.
The children are literally coming alive with excitement, hope, and confidence as they experience full tummies and full minds with consistency.
Meagan also shared a few amazing stories about what we call Collateral Benefit – the broader impact that occurs in very vulnerable communities when opportunity is brought to their children. I’ll save those stories for later, but I assure you they are just as powerful and exciting as the direct benefits Kiang’ombe children are getting. There is a growing hope in the community that is sparking change far beyond what we are directly doing at the project.
Megan also shared a sobering story that reminded us of how incredibly important it is to intimately know each community we work in and to critically evaluate ALL interventions before moving forward. It is so easy to let our relative power, affluence, and ego blind us into pushing forward too quickly and too strongly. This happens so frequently and can undermine or destroy local solutions that are already working.
At Ameena Project we strive to come along side our partner programs to empower local solutions for local problems.
Megan discovered that a dear friend of ours who lives near Kiang’ombe (and happens to be physically handicapped) had been caring for 5-6 children from Kiang’ombe daily out of her home. A small business for her, AND a local solution for a few very needy children. When we opened our Feeding / Preschool program in January guess what happened? The children left and she lost her income and personal involvement providing solutions in her community. This is a terrible reality that is extremely common with foreign and even local interventions and one that is often unseen or unacknowledged. This is not a problem unique to work in developing countries…..we see unintended consequences to legislation that seems so well thought out and intentioned, yet we find out later about the collateral impact.
Good intentions, good funding, and good ideas are not enough.
We must really get to know people and communities, and work hand in hand in true collaboration. We are thankful for the personal relationships that helped to bring this situation to our awareness. May we have wisdom when we meet in person in a couple of weeks … to come up with solutions that work for everyone!
Gratefully, yet cautiously we move forward with our partners in Kiang’ombe. Thank you Megan for your willingness to do all that you do.
At Ameena Project we strive to be volunteer run and sustained. At times, this makes it more difficult to get things done, but, we have also found that allowing others to gift with their talents and finances is a blessing to us and them! Today we want to take a moment to introduce you to one volunteer and show how she has chosen to be involved.
We have known Caitlynn Lee since she was born a little over 10 years ago and have been privileged to be there and watch her:
- Crawl around in diapers and go through all those fun (and sometimes not so fun) early childhood stages
- Bring home her baby brother and learn what it is to be a great big sister
- Develop friendships and deep connections with other kids (mine included)
- Hula dance
- Get diagnosed with Type I Diabetes and learn to live with a chronic condition that impacts everything in her life
- Become a little obsessed with American Girl
- Volunteer and raise money for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Caitlynn has a wonderful family who have done their best to teach her their values and faith traditions. One of their practices is called Tithing. They literally give away 10% of their income no matter what their current financial circumstances are. This is their way to live out their belief that everything they have is a gift from God and that they are dependent on God for everything. Caitlynn’s little eyes have been watching.
Today we learned of a remarkable thing she has done. All on her own, Caitlynn formed a group called the Bracelet Bunch with some 4th & 5th grade girls to raise money for Ameena Project. They have been making and selling bracelets and gave us their first donation with a note from the Bunch saying they hope to be able to send some money every month and hope to be able to support as many kids as possible. In addition, Caity has also been tithing, or saving 10% of her $3 allowance and other money that she receives. She saved $15 doing this! Caity, and the Bracelet Bunch, you inspire us! Your donation will provide over 350 meals to kids in Kiang’ombe.
Caitlynn, Isabelle, Madeleine, Isabella, and Claire – The Bracelet Bunch is a beautiful thing. You girls clearly understand some very important things that many adults never learn. I hope we can all learn from your example and become better because of it. Asante Sana – many thanks.