PLANT-A-BOOK INTERNATIONAL HELPS NAIROBI KIDS

Plant-a-Book International helps Nairobi Kids! This blog represents two registered nonprofit organizations, PAB and KKIN-UK, that provide support for the students at Galilee Primary School and Waddington High School, and children living in the Holly House orphanages in the slums of Nairobi Kenya. We are dedicated to lifting children from poverty through literacy and education. For more information, please visit PAB's website at www.plantabook.org.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

On A Mission to See Our HH Kids Sponsored!

Don't you just love opening the mailbox and finding letters from someone who cares inside?  Imagine how important such letters are to our students living at Holly House children's home!  We are on a mission to see our Holly House students sponsored.  Some have been waiting so long.  The sponsorship-program students living at HH are often there because they are orphans, live in such abject poverty that their families can not support them, or it is the ONLY place they can stay in order to get an education.  We are seeking full sponsors at $30/month or half-sponsors for only $15/month -- that helps cover their three meals/day and tuition at WHS or Galilee Primary.

Please consider these twins below -- although older students, they are highly motivated to get a high school education.  If you would like more infomration about sponsoring a child, please contact info@plantabook.org.

Meet Cavin - HH363
Cavin is 18 years old, with a birthday on September 13.  He is a twin to Gordon (below).  He is in form 2 at WHS and scored 359 on the KCPE.  He comes from a difficult background.  His father died and his mother tries to earn a living as a small scale farmer.  Therefore, Cavin went to live with his grandmother, and is now living at Holly House.  He enjoys reading books and watching the news.  Someday he dreams of becoming a doctor.  If you can be Cavin's sponsor or cosponsor, he would benefit greatly.

Meet Gordon - HH364
Gordon is 18 years old, with a birthday on September 13.  He is a twin to Cavin (above).  He is in form 2 at WHS and scored 370 on the KCPE.  He comes from a difficult background.  His father died and his mother tries to earn a living as a small scale farmer.  Therefore, Gordon went to live with his grandmother, and is now living at Holly House.  He enjoys reading books and magazines and playing football.  Someday he dreams of becoming a pilot.  Can you be Gordon's sponsor or cosponsor?

Let's make this a Happy New Year for our Waddington High School, Galilee Primary School and Holly House students and give them the gift of sponsorship!  School starts next week -- won't they be excited to hear those words, "You've been sponsored!" greeting them.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Christmas is almost here and we want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year!  Thank you for the kindness and generosity you have shown toward the children of Galilee Primary School, Waddington High School, and Holly House orphanages.  It is our wish that you find peace in knowing you made a difference in the life of a child this year.


"Christmas… that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance -- a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved."
~  Augusta E. Rundel
 Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Friday's Featured Child - Dorothy!

Meet Dorothy!
Dorothy has joined the form 1 class at WHS.  Her birthday is March 23, 1996.  She lives with her parents and two sisters in the slums.  She enjoys reading books, football, and reggae music.  She scored 261 on the KCPE.  Can you be Dorothy's friend and sponsor?

WHS sponsorship fees are $12.50/month for the basic program and $20/month for the lunch-included program.  For more information, please email info@plantabook.org.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Broken Hearted

There are no words to express the sorrow felt by Americans and others around the world over the horrible tragedy that happened on Friday.  We are all shaken to the core that this could happen to such dear innocent children -- babies really -- and teachers who were dedicated to kids.  Those of us who sponsor children at Galilee/WHS and Holly House orphanages have devoted ourselves to loving and helping children, so I'm certain that each one of you feels a deep sense of sorrow. To go on with our posts and lives without acknowledging the lives of those children and educators who were lost seemed hallow, so I just wanted to ask that tonight you spend a moment telling someone in your family that you love them and say a prayer. 
Warm wishes,
Brenda

Friday, December 14, 2012

Friday's Featured Child - Austin

 Meet Austin

Austin's birthday is June 23, 1996.  He has joined WHS in form 1.  Austin's best subject is math and he would like to be a doctor. He scored 319 on the KCPE. His parents live in abject poverty in the slums with Austin and his four siblings.  For fun, Austin enjoys music, especially gospel music, and football.  Won't you consider being Austin's new sponsor?

WHS sponsorship fees are $12.50/month for the basic program and $20/month for the lunch included program.  For more information, please email info@plantabook.org.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

What the World Needs Now, Is Love, Sweet Love!

Term 3 letters arrived -- three large envelopes full of hundreds of letters!  They have been sorted, stuffed in envelopes, and Friday I spent a good 45 minutes at the post office working with my friendly postman to get them on their way to our sponsors.  I should have taken a picture of the box full of envelopes (next time!).  Some had to be weighed so that took some time.  I had sorted them according to USA regular, USA with extra postage required (because some people sponsor more than one child, their envelopes were fatter), overseas regular, overseas extra postage required, and then my big manila envelopes that are going to our beloved mail coordinators.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping us, Mail Coordinators!  I never mind doing the mail as it is a labor of love -- I know how important that correspondence is to the sponsors and to the children who took the time to write the letters and draw the picture.
 
Now I HAVE to tell you a story about sending these letters off! Of course, the post office line was growing longer and longer as I was monopolizing one of the three postman.  Just as I was feeling a little sorry to be holding things up during the postal holidays season, the postman, reading the return address, asked me what Plant-a-Book International was.  I explained that we are a group of people from all over the world that have joined together to support a school and orphanage in Kenya and that the envelopes contained letters from their sponsored children.  He was looking at the letters going to Switzerland, Italy, Japan, Canada, Australia, Germany, Denmark, Scotland, Finland, The Netherlands, the UK, Croatia, Spain, France, and all over the USA and he said, "So you are bringing people from all over the world together to help these kids?"  I said, "Yes."  He said, "The world needs more people like you!"  My spirits were soaring when I left there.  I couldn't have received a more meaningful compliment.

We are doing good things, Everyone!  Thank you for being a part of our sponsorship "family."

Brenda

Friday, December 7, 2012

Friday's Featured Child - Ann

Meet Ann!
Ann is 12 years old and in standard 7.  Her birthday is August 11.  Ann's father tries to find work as a casual laborer and her mother is unemployed.  Due to the extreme poverty of this family, they could not properly care for Ann and therefore she came to live at Holly House where she could have food, shelter and an education.  Ann enjoys reading story books.  Her best subjects are math and science and she dreams of being a doctor someday. HH sponsorship is $30/mo for full sponsorship or $15 for co-sponsorship.  Can you be Ann's sponsor and friend?

For more information, please email info@plantabook.org.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

World AIDS Day

Today is World AIDS Day.  AIDS has had a horrendous impact on our students at Galilee and WHS.  Too many of our children have lost one or both parents because of this horrible disease.  An estimated 1.2 million Kenyan children have been orphaned because of AIDS. 
While education and awareness is bringing down the incidence of AIDS in Kenya, there are still many children living in the slums whose lives have been changed forever.  Fortunately we are able to provide Holly House orphanages for some of these students.  Holly House is a haven, providing food, shelter and the opportunity to attend school. 

To help these children in need, please sign up to sponsor a child today.  Please visit our website at www.plantabook.org or email info@plantabook.org for more information. 

Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday's Featured Child - Collins

Meet Collins!
 
Eight year old Collins is in standard 4.  His birthday is November 2nd.  In school he enjoys Religious Studies and wants to be a pilot.  For fun he likes to watch movies when he is able.  He lives with his unemployed parents and two brothers in the slums.  Collins washes utensils as his chore.  Can you help Collins?

Sponsorship fees for primary school children are $12.50/month.  Email info@plantabook.org for more information. 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Letters from Our Kids are on Their Way!

It's almost that time again!  Fanuel, the school director, has sent the fall letters to Plant-a-Book International.  As soon as they arrive our mail volunteers will be as busy as little elves, checking their lists, stuffing the envelopes, and sending them off with a stamp and a smile.
 The children write to their sponsors at least three times each year, often drawing pictures and sending lots of love.  Sponsors are welcome to write to their children as often as they wish.  They LOVE hearing from their sponsors, receiving pictures, postcards, and news from far away lands.  


If you are interested in sponsoring a child and enjoying the personal rewards of corresponding with a needy child in Kenya, please contact PAB at info@plantabook.org.  There are so many children in need of someone who cares.  You can select a child from our website at www.plantabook.org.

 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Gift Cards to Help Galilee/WHS Children



Winter Wishes Gift Cards

The holidays are just around the corner and we are pleased to present our gift cards!  The cost of the cards has been donated.  Therefore we are able to price the cards very inexpensively – only a minimum donation of $5 for 5 cards – still making a small donation to help the school, but also making it affordable enough that you can easily give these holiday cards to your hair dresser and favorite coffee barista, your book club buddies, coworkers, your children’s teachers, friends at church, and anyone else you can think of who would appreciate knowing something good has been done to help children!  The cards also make wonderful gifts for the person who has everything or to use as stocking stuffers.
  
We have even taken the pressure out of trying to get them out before Christmas by making them “Winter Wishes” cards!  So you can still give them out if you missed seeing someone over the holidays.  The card reads:  “Warmest Winter Wishes!  A donation has been made in your honor to brighten the future of a child in need through education!  www.plantabook.org”. 
 
The cards will be sent to you.  For an extra 50 cents per card donation, they can be sent directly to an individual from Plant-a-Book International and we will add your personal greeting on the back of each card.  

You can begin ordering your cards NOW through December 15th.  Just make a minimum donation of $5.00 for 5 cards (please add $2.00/set of 5 to cover the cost of international postage if outside the USA).  To place your order, click on the Donate button on the sidebar of this blog -- then send an email to info@plantabook.org to let us know where to send your cards.

Thank you for your donation!  

(Plant-a-Book International is a 501(c) 3 charitable organization and your donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.)

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Fun and Games

If you were to ask our students what their favorite sport is, my guess is the vast majority would say FOOTBALL (or soccer, as we call it in the States).  Here is the girls' team, just before a game this fall.

It's great to know that our students are able to participate in some normal, healthy school activities, such as sports and music, as well as their studies.  This helps provide a more well rounded education for our students and helps them develop friendships.  We are so happy to know their physical education and health are a priority, too.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Global Hand Washing Day


October 15 was Global Hand Washing Day and it brought much excitement to our students at Galilee Primary and Waddington High Schools! 

They had some special visitors including Miss World Kenya Chapter, the Nairobi city council town clerk, the administration officials and many other celebrities. Safeguard soap manufacturers sponsored the event and donated 2000 bars of bathing soap to the school for the students.  

Miss World Kenya demonstrates hand washing...
 ...and then helps a child wash her hands.
 
 
  
 Everyone got in on the joy of clean hands!
  Our students entertained their guests by providing music from the girls in the choir and dancers.

 Our WHS students enjoyed meeting Miss World Kenya!

We are always thrilled when something positive happens to enhance our students understanding of health principles.  What a fantastic way for our children to learn the value of hand washing!


Friday's Featured Child - Martin

 



Meet Martin!
Martin lives at Holly House and attends WHS in form 1.  He is 16 and his birthday is coming up on November 11.  Martin's father is a farmer and the family is so poor that it became necessary for Martin to move into HH to continue his high school education.  He scored 379 on the KCPE exam.  Martin enjoys reading books and playing football.  He would like to be a doctor.

Sponsorship fees for a Holly House student is $30/mo for full sponsorship or $15/mo for cosponsorship. Can you reach out to help Martin by becoming his sponsor or cosponsor?   You would make a tremendous difference in his life!  


For more information, email info@plantabook.org.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Surprise: New Desks!

Every once in awhile something unexpected happens and makes for a happy surprise!  So it was when the school learned that they were to be the recipients of 600 school desks, donated by the African Development Bank.  Since many of Galilee Primary School's desks were very old and in poor repair, these new desks were a wonderful blessing! 

 
 
 
Through their project to help non-formal schools in need, the bank also gave the school a desktop computer last semester.  We are very appreciative of these efforts to help schools for children living in poverty.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Geography Books for WHS Students!

With many thanks to one of our dedicated sponsors, each of our Form 4 students enrolled in Geography class received a new Geography textbook.  These books came just in time to help them study for end of year exams and will stay at the school for the incoming Form 4 students next year.

It is through generous donations like this that we are able to improve the education of our students, step by step.  In the end, this results in higher KCSE scores which enhance the student's future opportunities.  Our mission is to lift children from poverty through education -- what a wonderful contribution these books are toward achieving our mission.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Friday's Featured Child - Dalton


Meet Dalton
Twelve year old Dalton is in standard 5.  He lives with his unemployed parents and an older brother in abject poverty.  Dalton dreams of becoming a pilot someday.  His best subject is English and he enjoys reading storybooks.  At home his chore is washing utensils.  Dalton's birthday is February 23. Would you like to be Dalton's sponsor and friend?

Sponsorship fees are only $12.50/month which includes fruit for breakfast.  As a sponsor you will receive three letters per year and an annual photo, as well as school progress report info for each term.  Please email info@plantabook.org for more information.

Thanks,
Brenda

Friday, September 28, 2012

Friday's Featured Child - Reagan

Reagan has been waiting a long time for a sponsor.  Let's hope today is the day he hears, "You've been sponsored!"
 Meet Reagan
Nine year old Reagan is in standard 3.  His birthday is February 17th.  Reagan lives with his unemployed parents and four siblings in the slums.  His best subject in school is Math and he wants to be a doctor.  He loves playing football!  His home chore is washing utensils.  Won't you reach out to be his sponsor?

Sponsorship fees are only $12.50/month and includes a fruit breakfast.  Please email info@plantabook.org for more information about sponsoring Reagan. 
 
Thanks,
Brenda

Monday, September 24, 2012

It's Almost Exam Time!

Fall is almost upon us! For our Form 4 students at Waddington High School, that means studying for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams, which they will be taking in the next couple of months.

As you know, here at Plant-a-Book International, we're passionate about making education available to children who have been raised in extreme poverty. Our hope is that gaining an education will help these young people break the cycle of poverty. Some of our high school students have ambitions to go to university and become accountants and doctors. Others want proof that they have a secondary education to find jobs after graduation. We want to make these goals achievable for them.

Before they can go on to college, students in Kenya must pass the KCSE exam. It covers three compulsory subjects -- English, Swahili and mathematics -- plus 2 science subjects, one humanities subject and one technical or practical subject, such as business studies, computers or agriculture. It costs $85.

Unfortunately, for most of our students, this exam is far too expensive. Many don't have money for food or books. The only meals many of our students eat are the ones provided at school, which are generously funded by our sponsors and donors and any contributions that parents are able to make.

Last year, we were thrilled to be able to to cover approximately one third of our Form 4 students in sitting for the exams, all based on funds from of our wonderful sponsors and donors! Now, it's time to raise money for next year's students.

The deadline to pay the KCSE fees is February 1, 2013. We have 92 Form 3 students who will be sitting the KCSE exams in 2013. Based on current sponsorships, we anticipate having enough funds set aside to cover 21 exams. That gives us less than 5 months to raise funds to assist the other 71 students who want to sit for these exams.

We appreciate every donation, whether it covers several students' fees or just a portion of one student's. Every little bit adds up to invest in these young people's futures. Because really, that's what Plant-a-Book is all about!
 
 
 
Submitted by Ashley Hagood, Staff Writer

Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday's Featured Child - Jackline

Imagine how wonderful it must be to one of our students to hear those words, "You've been sponsored!"  Please make this dream come true for one of our students today!

Meet Jackline
Jackline is in Form 1 at Waddington High School.  She lives with her parents and two siblings.  Jackline's best subject is math.  She enjoys dancing, volleyball and gospel music.  Her birthday is October 9, 1997.  She would love to receive letters or cards from a caring sponsor.  Could it be you?

Sponsorship fees for WHS students are only $12.50/month or $20/month if you include the lunch program.  For more information, please email info@plantabook.org.

Thanks,
Brenda

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Story of a Staff Room, a Computer Lab and a Library!


When Waddington High School was built the Wayne Hagood Memorial Library was created for our students.  Over time it became necessary for the teachers to use the library as their only place to meet, grade papers, and have staff meetings.  Sometimes they resorted to putting desks outside to accomplish these tasks.  (Check out that stack of papers on the one teacher's desk.)

We found ourselves with two new goals:  to create a staff room so the the original Wayne Hagood Memorial Library could return to it's original purpose and to designate a room as a computer lab.  There were two classrooms on campus which need completed that could be used for these purposes.   We needed to raise $2700 to finish these rooms.  Thanks to sponsor Suzanne's school which raised $1534, a $1000 grant from another foundation, and our dedicated donors who contributed the remaining funds, we were able to fund the completion of the classrooms this summer!  (Laptop computer donations are most welcomed!)

Completing the floor:

Completing the classroom corridor:

Painting the rooms:
What's really wonderful about all of this is that we not only have a long-needed staff room for our dedicated teachers use, and a future computer lab, but we also returned the library back to a full time library for all of our students to use!  
We are accepting donations to purchase reference books for the library.  Just click on the Donate button on the top right side of this page.
Thanks to everyone who made this possible!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Friday's Featured Child - Austin

I can't emphasize enough how much the gift of sponsorship means to our students.  Just knowing there is someone in this world who cares about them keeps our students hanging on to hope and gives them a boost of confidence.  Please consider sponsoring a child today!


Meet Austin
Austin's birthday is June 23, 1996.  He is in Form 1 at Waddington High School.  Austin's best subject is math and he would like to be a doctor. He scored 319 on the KCPE last year, which is a very good score. Austin lives with his parents and four siblings live in abject poverty in the slums.  For fun, Austin enjoys music, especially gospel music, and football.  Won't you consider being Austin's sponsor?

Sponsorship fees for WHS students are only $12.50/month or $20/month if you include the lunch program.  Please email info@plantabook.org for more information about how you can make a difference in this child's life. 

Thanks,
Brenda

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Safer Water at Galilee This Week!

There was a  wonderful day back in 2007 when a water well was drilled at Galilee, finally allowing for the availability of water on the campus! That bore hole was drilled thanks to the fundraising efforts of our Galilee supporters and the hard work of a Kenyan woman engineer from the UK named Yolanda and crew.

 Fanuel, school director, reports that Yolanda is back at the school this week! She had done some fundraising in order to install a chlorine douser which was installed today. This douser will allow for the chlorination of the water, making it safer for drinking. There have been several students with stomach problems due to the high level of bacteria in the water so this should help with that. What a wonderful gift!

Here are excerpts from Yolanda's report from 2007, just to give you a sense of how important all of this is:

Project Summary
By Yolanda
 Page 1 of 3
*Background*
The drought in Kenya has made a simple necessity such as water very expensive, and it is considered a luxury to the children of Galilee Primary and Waddington High School in the Kayole-Soweto slums of Nairobi, Kenya. Consequently, the school launched an appeal for funding to construct a water-well which would provide a reliable and cost effective water supply benefiting not only the school, but the Soweto community as a whole. Through research I identified this  project and instantly wanted to be involved in assisting the school to achieve their goal, and contribute towards improving the lives of Kenya's children.
*My Journey to Galilee and Waddington School *
In May 2007, I travelled to Galilee Primary and Waddington High School in Kenya to supervise the construction of the water-well. Additionally, the aim of my trip was to promote the Institute of
Civil Engineering (ICE) and women in engineering on an international level. Having never visited the slums of Nairobi before, Kayole-Soweto was a completely new learning experience for me.
Kayole-Soweto is located approximately 25km on the outskirts of Nairobi city centre. The non-formal school founded in 1997, educates over 1600 impoverished children, as well as providing food and shelter for the orphans. With two streams of classrooms from Standard 1 – Form 3 (aged 4 – 18 years), the school was much bigger than I had envisaged catering for an average of 35/ 40 students per class and is growing daily. The classrooms are very simple and basic, with minimal sanitary facilities.
 *Page 2*
Project Summary
By Yolanda
 Page 2 of 3
*The Water-Well Construction *
Prior to my involvement, the school had undertaken an assessment to  determine a suitable location for the well and required drill-depth to provide enough clean water to meet the demand. The survey concluded the well needed to be approximately 200m deep. I soon discovered that the Nairobi River runs though Soweto slum adjacent to the school. However due to poor sanitation and pollution (an ongoing problem the school are battling), the river is unable to provide a source of clean water for the children. Although the construction start date was slightly delayed, I liaised with the Contractor and was able to supervise the main event. Located within a major aquifer, the ground conditions at the school are highly permeable. In a record breaking time, I supervised as the Contractor drilled 200m in one day!  The whole school gathered to witness the drilling. Excitement was clearly in the air and many children expressed joy that their prayers for clean water had been answered.
*Page 3*
Project Summary
By Yolanda
 Page 3 of 3
*The Future Galilee and Waddington and Engineers *
I received a warm welcome from the students of Galilee and Waddington  Schools. Many children of all ages expressed an interest in engineering and were keen to talk to me about the profession. I spent much time teaching the children about the benefits of a career in civil engineering and answering particular questions the children had. This mainly involved explaining the differences in consultancy and contracting, outlining the various aspects of civil engineering and describing my qualifications and employment and as a civil engineer. Most of the children had the perception that engineering involved intensive manual labour and was a career for men only. I learned as the first female engineer the children had ever met, my visit offered them hope and encouragement to work hard and achieve their dreams. Many students, including more girls are now considering engineering as a career choice.
 *The Galilee- Waddington Experience*
Spending time in the Soweto slums opened my eyes to the reality of poverty in Nairobi. I witnessed first hand the daily struggles children face to simply stay alive. Some children did not  know where their next meal or water would come from outside the schools. Survival of the schools is entirely dependant on sponsors and well wishers. I was overwhelmed to see all the selfless hard work the school director, Fanuel Okwaro and teachers are doing to provide for these children in need. On embarking on this project, I was not sure what to expect, but after spending time with the children, I was confident that I was in the right place. The schools
are founded on religious backgrounds, and it is believed this strong foundation is the driving force that ensures their survival. I travelled to Soweto slums to help and teach the children, but when I left I felt that I had learned the biggest lesson. It made me realize the many things we take for granted in our daily life such as water, food and clothing. These wonderful children, with next to nothing, were so lively and happy to meet a new face. This was a humbling and truly memorable experience for me.
I learned that the smallest of  gestures can make a big difference in improving lives. They really are wonderful children  and every little assistance counts. Please do what you can to help Kenya's children in need.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Friday's Featured Child ~ George

Meet George!

George is 9 years old and in standard 3.  His best subjects are Math and English and he dreams of being an Engineer.  George has had a rough time.  His parents are both deceased and he lives with his uncle who is not functioning well.  George may be a candidate for Holly House someday.  He has two sisters.  He helps by fetching water.  George loves singing.  George is in great need of a sponsor. 

Sponsorship fees for primary school are only $12.50/month.  You will receive three letters per year and an annual photo, but more importantly, you will have the joy of making a difference in a child's life!

Please email info@plantabook.org if you would like more information about sponsoring George or any other children.  You may visit our website at www.plantabook.org to see other children available for sponsorship.  If you have a particular age child in mind, please let us know.  There are many children available for sponsorship that are not listed as yet.

Thank you for considering sponsoring a child!

Monday, September 3, 2012

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How exciting is this!  Our friends at iGive are running a Dog Days Charity Sweepstakes. 

Help Plant-a-Book International.

Become an iGive member (it's free), try the Button for a day, and you'll grow the prize $1 and give Plant-a-Book International another chance to win.  Just go to www.igive.com.

We have until SEPTEMBER 15 to join and recruit people to iGive for Plant-a-Book International!  Just "Get the button and grow the prize."  Be sure to designate Plant-a-Book as your charity to support.

Love the word "FREE."  Simple, simple, simple.  Please join today!




Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday's Featured Child: Meet Cynthia

 


 Look at Cynthia's sweet smile!  

Cynthia is 10 years old and in standard 3.  She lives with her unemployed parents and three younger siblings in very poor conditions.  Her best school subject is English and she dreams of being a dentist.  She enjoys playing on a 'monkey frame' and helps at home by washing utensils.  Cynthia's sponsorship fees are only $12.50 per month.  Won't you consider becoming Cynthia's sponsor and friend?

Please visit www.plantabook.org or email info@plantabook.org for more information.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Adopt-an-Object Science Drive

Here is your opportunity to help support the Science program at Waddington High School!  We are having an Adopt-an-Object drive.  Fanuel, school director, writes, "As we are closer to the KCSE season we would like to buy a few general items in the Lab which are always used in the science practicals but at the moment we are short of them."


Let's give these kids the tools they need to complete their KCSE exams in good standing!  All together we needed to raise about $770.00 and we are already over half way there!  We have already raised over $430 and only need $336 now!

Here is the list of  items needed and their prices.  If you are unable to purchase an entire  item or set of items, please know any donation of any amount is welcome and will go to purchase some of the items!  $5.00 will buy 1 of the Burettes Stands, for example.

PRICE AMOUNTS...ITEM NEEDED...QUANTITY PURCHASED WITH FULL AMOUNT
$16 Cell holders 1 cell plastic-10
$30 Conical flask 250ml Brosil(R)-10
$40 Volumetric flask 200ml-1
$50 Burettes stand complete-10
$50 Burettes 50ml rotaflow-10
$50 Crocodile clips-100
$50 G- Clamp 4''-10
$50 Stop watch-10

Update:  September 1, 2012 -- WE DID IT!  Thanks to everyone who contributed to this project, we met our goal of $770 and the students will receive the equipment soon!

THINK SCIENCE!
THINK STUDENT SUCCESS!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Friday's Featured Child - Math and Science Student


 

Meet Ann!  Ann is 12 years old and in standard 7.  Her birthday is August 11.  Ann's father tries to find work as a casual laborer and her mother is unemployed.  Due to the extreme poverty of this family, they could not properly care for Ann and therefore she came to live at Holly House where she could have food, shelter and an education.  Ann enjoys reading story books.  Her best subjects are math and science and she dreams of being a doctor someday. HH sponsorship is $30/mo for full sponsorship or $15 for co-sponsorship.  Can you be Ann's sponsor and friend?  Please email info@plantabook.org for more information.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Friday's Featured Child - Music Fan!


 

 Meet Austin!
Austin's birthday is June 23, 1996.  He has joined WHS in form 1.  Austin's best subject is math and he would like to be a doctor. He scored 319 on the KCPE. His parents live in abject poverty in the slums with Austin and his four siblings.  For fun, Austin enjoys music, especially gospel music, and football.  Sponsorship fees are $12.50/month for the basic program or $20/month for the lunch-included program. Won't you consider being Austin's new sponsor?  Please email info@plantabook.org for more information.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Friday's Featured Child - A Little Singer!



 

 Meet Jane N.
Jane is 7 years old and in standard 2.  Her birthday is May 9th.  Her home life is tough.  She lives with her unemployed parents under difficult circumstances.  She helps by washing clothes.  In school her best subjects are Math and Kiswahili.  She wants to be an engineer someday.  Jane loves to sing!  Can you help Jane as her sponsor and friend?  Please email info@plantabook.org for more information.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Friday's Featured Child - Upcoming Birthday

 

Meet Victor!


Victor's father passed away and his mother tries to make money as a small scale farmer, so it was necessary for him to move in with his grandmother.  In order to continue his high school education, he had to move into Holly House and attend WHS.  He scored 370 on his KCPE exam.  Victor is 16 years old and in Form 1.  His birthday is July 26.  He enjoys reading books and magazines and playing football.  He would like to be a pilot someday.  Victor needs a sponsor or cosponsor.  Could it be you?  Wouldn't it be a wonderful birthday gift for him to learn he has been sponsored?  Please email us at info@plantabook.org for more information.