Meet Our Families: Mercy and Vincent

Meet Our Families: Mercy and Vincent

Meet our Families: Mercy and Vincent

The first time we met Vincent, we taught him how to brush his teeth with a toothbrush. We arrived in Bomet, Kenya during our second expedition with the intention of working with five families. Vincent’s was the fifth that we met on that trip. His mother, Mercy, was working in a field every day cutting vegetables. She made about $1 each day to feed her family.

We started Mercy’s family in our Business Box program, that included a cow, a goat, chickens, and gardens. Vincent was behind on school fees, so we fundraised for his education to get him back into school.

Mercy received all of the elements of the Business Box, and our Community Director, Anita, went to work training her on how to use milk from the cow and goat, and eggs from the chickens to feed their family as well as sell to make money. Our team visited Mercy’s family in November 2017. By then, she was learning to sew, and Vincent was starting his Senior year of high school.

By this time, as you can see, they were growing a garden. mercy had created a roadside stand to sell cut vegetables. She was working in the sewing center, and her friends reported that she had come out of a depression that she had been struggling with for a while.

One year later, when we were working in a rescue center for girls who have run from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and early marriage, Mercy came to greet the girls. You could see a huge change in her, both countenance and physically. She had attended a training in Uganda with Days for Girls, and was working more in the sewing center in Bomet, helping make reusable feminine hygiene kits.

Vincent graduated from high school, and was also learning how to sew reusable feminine hygiene kits. Whenever our teams visited, he would be right there helping with any projects that we were doing in the community. When 100 Humanitarians International began a partnership with USANA Foundation to build Garden Tower Systems with families in Bomet, Vincent was our first choice to run the project.

He began working with families, and as of today, 30 families in Bomet have two garden towers, fencing, and a water storage tank. The families are eating the vegetables 5-8 meals a week average, and some families are able to sell vegetables to generate income.

With the money Vincent is paid to facilitate this project, he is building a house for himself. He’s learning how to track each family, document how many meals they are eating each week, and how much they are able to sell. From a family making $1/day four years ago, to a family able to pay their other children’s school fees, feed their family, make an income, and change a generation. We are so grateful for the stewardship they have shown, and the example they are setting to other families in the Bomet community about what is possible!

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We are committed to sustainable projects that support communities and preserve the culture of indigenous tribes.

The mission of 100 Humanitarians is “To mentor families globally through education and entrepreneurship in an effort to eliminate physical, mental, spiritual and emotional poverty, while preserving culture and tradition.”

100 Humanitarians International is recognized by the US Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Contributions to 100 Humanitarians International are Tax Deductible under IRS regulations. 501(c)(3). Tax Exempt DLN # 26053581001597, EIN #82-1048388

Mentoring Families: A Rice and Beans Miracle

Mentoring Families: A Rice and Beans Miracle

We want to share a miracle with you. 

It’s times like these that we get to see some of the intangible results of the work we have done in Kenya. When we realized that during this shutdown our ongoing projects were going to be shut down as well, we talked with our community directors about what we could do to help families who would otherwise be going without food during this time. 

In Kenya, markets have been closed for the past few weeks, and in rural communities where food is already a challenge, it becomes dangerous. Many families earn their money each day and then buy food for that day only. With children out of school, it puts an additional burden on families to feed their children every day as well. 

Our team came up with a plan to fundraise to purchase beans and rice for one meal a day for as many families as possible during this time. Our goal was to track every detail: number of family members, amount of food handed out, and how many meals that provided each family member each week. Based on our calculations, we would be able to help feed around 200 people each week across all of our communities. 

What happened has been very different. Our communities are reporting that they have been able to feed 30-35 families each, and a combined 600 people, including 424 children. We prayed for a loaves and fishes experience, and we got one.

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We want to thank each of you for your help with our projects in Kenya over the past five years. The challenges ahead in our communities are only more difficult now due to the COVID-19 virus. Girls still menstruate, children still need education, and families still need opportunities to create sustainable income. 

Because of this, we are creating our Ambassador Program. We need to focus on implementing and building our programs in communities, not dialing for dollars and fundraising events. 

When you become an Ambassador, you contribute $10, $20, or even $50 each month towards our projects. In order to support our Reusable Feminine Hygiene Kits ($10 each) and School Fees for 27 students ($Varied) we need to fundraise $2000/monthly. If everyone receiving this email donates $10/month, we would double that, and be able to expand our programs substantially. 

As we celebrate our 5th anniversary in 2020, we are truly grateful for all of the help and support. 100 Humanitarians International would not exist without you. 

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If you want to learn more about our expeditions, sign up here and get the information packet! 

100 Humanitarians International is a community of entrepreneurs and individuals around the world collaborating to create opportunities, both locally and internationally, for education and personal development.
We are committed to sustainable projects that support communities and preserve the culture of indigenous tribes.

The mission of 100 Humanitarians is “To mentor families globally through education and entrepreneurship in an effort to eliminate physical, mental, spiritual and emotional poverty, while preserving culture and tradition.”

100 Humanitarians International is recognized by the US Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Contributions to 100 Humanitarians International are Tax Deductible under IRS regulations. 501(c)(3). Tax Exempt DLN # 26053581001597, EIN #82-1048388