Youth education is a core pillar of 100 Humanitarians International, and Ndee’s story is a reminder of what is possible when girls are rescued in Kenya. At a very young age, Ndee was married to a man who already had several wives. After getting pregnant and having the baby, she ran from the marriage.
We were told her story, and agreed to help her family with a cow and goat to start. After we met Ndee, we agreed to sponsor her education in Secondary School. Her mom agreed to help raise her baby. She was facing a big challenge, but she got into a boarding school and was able to start school a couple of months later.
Lemarti Performs at Ndee’s Home
Ndee got a big surprise when Lemarti performed at her house the first time our team met her. She’s a pretty shy and quiet girl, so to have a big team and several musicians come to her home was pretty incredible. Over the years, Ndee has joined us on expeditions, where she has learned skills from our team. We have been able to visit her at her school. She had the opportunity to do an internship with Anita, learning how to sew, raise chickens, and build garden towers.
Her life is completely different, and she has opportunities she never imagined now. She is getting ready to graduate from high school in 2020, with a goal to go on to University and become a surgeon. It’s been a long and difficult road for her, but she has stuck with it and is one of our best students.
In June 2017, we were able to go and visit Ndee at her school. She was excited to see us. This was the first time we were able to visit her at school, when she was a Freshman. It’s amazing how far she has come since then.
Our team built garden boxes at Ndee’s house that trip, to help with providing vegetables for her family. Her parents got involved with helping build, and several members of the community joined in to learn.
100 Humanitarians International would love your help to provide school fees for students like Ndee. We have 27 students that we are supporting right now, and 6 of them are getting ready to graduate. If you would like to help, just donate below, or set up a monthly donation and help a student ongoing!
Youth education is critical in Kenya, and in fact, they will tell you that education is everything. So, when we met Ivyn, a sweet 15 year old girl whose family was struggling to pay school fees, we knew that we had an opportunity to change her life, and the lives of her siblings, for the better.
Ivyn’s parents were diagnosed as HIV positive, and a few years earlier, her mom had left her children and the community because of the stigma. Their father, an alcoholic, was not in a good place to take care of his children, so an uncle stepped in. At age 15, girls are considered adults, and eligible for marriage. That was what Ivyn was facing, although her desire was to finish school.
As we stepped into the hut, the smell of smoke engulfed us. It was a round, open hut, and in poor condition. The thought of children living there was horrifying, but that is common across much of the rural and needy areas of Kenya. You can just imagine how a child would study, much less get the nutrition and support needed for an education.
The Cost of School Fees
In Kenya, school fees can be incredibly challenging for families with a lot of children. They range from $10 per term to $50 per term for Primary School, plus supplies and uniforms. For Secondary School, it’s another story. Typically Secondary School is boarding school, so the costs jump to anywhere from $550 to $750 each year. For a family making less than $1/day…well, that’s easy math. It’s impossible.
That is where 100 Humanitarians International comes in. We sponsor 27 students each year, both Primary and Secondary School, and fundraise for the school fees through our website, Facebook fundraisers, and expeditions. Our monthly donors contribute $25/month for school fees, and all combined, that can keep a child in school each year. We’ve had four graduates from our program, including Ivyn.
Shortly after we started sponsoring Ivyn, her father passed away, and her mother moved home. We helped her grow gardens, donated a goat to help her with income and nutrition, and continued to support Ivyn. Sadly, Ivyn’s mother passed away last year, but she has the education and the ability to help provide school fees for her younger siblings. She is now their caregiver.
You can see what the inside of Ivyn’s home looked like. It was dingy and full of soot and smoke. After her mom returned, the community helped build her a new home. In March 2018, we donated a goat to her family, and then in November 2020, our garden team built Ivyn Garden Tower Systems.
The latest news, is that Ivyn is getting married! We are so excited for her new adventures, and have been told that she is very happy.
100 Humanitarians International would love your help to provide school fees for students like Ivyn. As I mentioned, we have 27 students that we are supporting right now, and 6 of them are getting ready to graduate. If you would like to help, just donate below, or set up a monthly donation and help a student ongoing!
We visited the Imani Orphan Care Foundation home to donate soccer balls and clothing to the home, and had a wonderful day touring the facility and playing with the kids. They had dormitories, kitchens, learning areas, and a small garden at the time. Kim Lee is the Founder Director, and has an amazing team in Kenya helping the children thrive.
Orphanages in Kenya
In Kenya, the situation of Orphans and Vulnerable Children is a big challenge. Currently it is estimated that there are over three million Orphans in the country, with 47% orphaned as a result of HIV and AIDS and many more remain vulnerable due to several other factors.
Our team brought suitcases full of soccer balls and uniforms to donate to schools and communities for a few reasons. 1. Soccer is a huge sport in Kenya, loved by all kids. 2. The quality of the soccer balls in Kenya is very poor, and they fall apart easily. It was fun to not only donate, but also play soccer with the kids.
You can see the difference between the new soccer ball that the middle child is holding, and the old soccer ball that the child on the right was holding. Big difference!
We have donated 50+ soccer balls in Kenya. Playing soccer can also keep the boys focused when they are out of school so they stay out of trouble.
100 Humanitarians International is looking for donations to help fund soccer clubs for youth in Kenya, to help them learn teamwork and stay focused on their goals.
100 Humanitarians International hopes to fundraise $1000 each year to go to soccer balls and jerseys for boys in Kenya. If you would like to help contribute, or sponsor a club, donate below. We will also contribute soccer balls to Imani Orphan Care Foundation, to thank them for allowing us to visit and see their facilities. 100% of your donation goes to the equipment!
Education is everything in Kenya, especially in rural communities like The Mau Forest. We visited Tenkes School in May 2016, where we worked with the students and teachers to build 20 desks, plant 75 trees, built a new kitchen to feed the students, and donated soccer balls to the kids. It was a beautiful day in the highlands of The Mau.
5 Students Per Desk
With 300 students, a lot of desks are needed, and the kids at Tenkes School were sitting 5 students per desk. At our fundraiser, A Taste of Kenya, we were able to fundraise to build 20 new desks for the students, allowing them to spread out and learn better. The trees had to be cut down and the wood had to be planed in order to get the right sizes. It was quite the endeavor! Special thanks to Tenkes School for hosting us for the day and being so generous.
The Mau Forest is losing trees, so to replace the trees we used for the desks and the kitchen, our team planted 75 new trees with the students. Trees bring water to The Mau Forest, and this area of Kenya has experienced drought over the decades.
As I said, education is everything Kenya, and your contribution of $5 keeps 5 of our students in school for a day! We are currently sponsoring 27 students in Kenya from 8 different communities.
Our June team had the privilege of visiting a girl named Ndee. It was one of the highlights of the trip for many of us. The jeeps pulled through a large blue and white gate and entered a campus of clean grounds, school uniforms, and higher learning for girls in Kenya.
Inspirational messages posted around the grounds reminded the girls to work hard and take responsibility for their education.
“Do what is right, the right way at the right time.”
“I have no time to waste. I’m laying my own foundation.”
A sign stating the school’s mission, “to inculcate in the learners appropriate skills, knowledge, values, and positive attitudes befitting the competitive world” stood above the rest.
This was a place of growth. We could feel it as we entered the grounds.
As the team exited the jeeps, Moses had to remind us not to wander among the buildings. “You don’t want to distract them from class.”
He went to the office to ask whether we could see Ndee. The rest of us stood in the parking lot looking after Moses expectantly. When she came out to greet us, we were moved by her youth, her eyes the only things betraying her past.
What made this girl so important, you may ask?
Her story is one of success against the odds.
After going through the horrendous ritual of FGM, Ndee was given into marriage at age 13 to an older man. Like thousands before her, she was facing a life of hard work, living in a dung hut, with nearly nothing to call her own – the life of a woman devoid of education in Kenya.
But, like all brave heroes in any good story, our hero made the decision to take on a challenge even though the cost to herself would be great. Ndee made the bold decision that she was not going to live the life that had been outlined for her by other people.
Although, she had become pregnant shortly after her marriage, she ran away back to her family. This decision could have many cultural implications for herself, her family, and her child.
100 Humanitarians learned of Ndee and knew we could help. We provided the family with a Business Box, which is almost like a microfarm. They have been able to sustain a small income each week from the produce they grow so that they can support Ndee and her baby, but it was still not enough for Ndee to be able to attend school.
Through the efforts of 100 Humanitarians, and the donations we received for education in Kenya, we were able to pay for Ndee to start attending school. While her mother watched her child, Ndee resumed her studies. After being away from school for over a year, she caught up quickly and is currently maintaining a B average. Her goal is to become a surgeon.
Our November team had the opportunity to mentor Ndee in gardening. We were understandably excited to meet her and spend time with her. She is a quiet, kind, gentle girl who stole our hearts.
100 Humanitarians is committed to seeing Ndee succeed. She has shown that she is dedicated to her future, and is doing everything she can to better her own life.
100 Humanitarians Turned 3 years old in July, after making it through the “Terrible Twos!” Not really, we had an amazing year with three full expeditions and a great deal of love and accomplishments. Some highlights:
Building 3 Water Storage Systems (3000 liter tanks) in three areas of Kenya that have provided rainwater for families in the areas
Donated 5 Water Filters from The Waterbearers organization to provide clean water to families
Built 20 garden boxes and 8 garden towers for families in Bomet and Nkareta, Kenya
Distributed 1000+ Days for Girls Kits sewn by women in the Zariel and Bomet sewing centers
Supported 25 students in school from Kindergarten to Senior year with three graduates and one happening at the end of the year
Donated 3 goats, 5 chickens, and a cow to families in Bomet and Ntulele
Supported our first post-high school student to go to Teacher’s College
Planted 3500 trees
Built the Tabby Training Center in Bomet to serve the community with mentoring classes in economic development
So much more than that happened, but how do you explain all of the emotions and feelings and experiences that happen on these expeditions? You don’t, so we invite you to come with us! Our expeditions are being built out for 2019. There are four opportunities to travel with 100 Humanitarians to Kenya, but these trips are filling up quickly!
February 2019 with Scott and Becky Mackintosh – 2 spots available June 2019 with Heidi Totten – Currently accepting deposits October 2019 with Renae Southworth – Creating the Wait List November 2019 with Heidi Totten – Creating the Wait List
If Kenya is calling, now is the time to let us know what your plans are to join us!