------ CHILD - FOCUS - AFRICA ------
A REGISTERED, CHARITABLE KENYAN NGO WITH AN OFFICE
IN CANADA, RUN ENTIRELY BY VOLUNTEERS
Since the inception of our organization in 2008, our main project, the Special Needs Children's Dormitory in Migwani has become mostly self-supporting and our work has become much lighter.
UNFORTUNATELY ONE ISSUE REMAINS WITH A FORMER ASSOCIATE AND SUPPORTER - ADVENTURE AFRICA (http://www.advenafrica.com) - WE SENT DICKSON WAMBUGU OF ADVENTURE AFRICA $1600 USD IN AUG 2014 TO PURCHASE A STOVE FOR THE DORMITORY. THE STOVE WAS NEVER PURCHASED AND MR. WAMBUGU HAS REFUSED TO RETURN THE FUNDS (EXCEPT FOR $100). IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO PATRONIZE AN ADVENTURE TOUR COMPANY IN KENYA, WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU LOOK ELSEWHERE.
CFA WAS ORIGINALLY FOUNDED IN 2008 TO BUILD A HOME (DORMITORY) FOR 55 SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN IN MIGWANI, KENYA WHO HAD BEEN LOOKED ON AS BEING CURSED. TODAY THERE ARE TWO DORMITORIES FOR OVER 80 CHILDREN WHO ARE RELATIVELY CONTENT. TEACHERS AND CARETAKERS DO THEIR BEST TO MAKE THEIR LIVES POSITIVE. IN ADDITION, WE ARE HELPING A GROUP OF 40 MOTHERS (MUTULU VILLAGE WOMEN'S GROUP) AND A GROUP OF 90 SOULS WITH HIV AIDS (KWEETALA NA WATWAYO) TO BECOME SELF-SUFFICIENT.
"I have enjoyed great satisfaction from my climb of Everest. But my most worthwhile things have been the building of schools and medical clinics. That has given me more satisfaction than a footprint on a mountain." ........ Sir Edmund Hillary
KILIMANJARO & WILDLIFE SAFARIS
An expedition which includes the ascent of Mt. Klimanjaro and safaris to 5 well-known wildlife parks in Kenya. Each component is optional.
More information - Len Vanderstar 1-250-847-9729 (Smithers) - firstname.lastname@example.org
or Jim Senka 1-250-847-2597 - email@example.com
The needs of a group called “The Special Needs Unit” in the Village of Migwani, Kenya was first identified in 1992 by Madam Esther Kasina, a teacher at the public school in Migwani. Originally there were six handicapped children who were considered cursed by their families and local society because of their handicaps. This is a very common and unfortunate superstition in third world countries. Often people believe, for whatever reason, that a curse was placed on an affected baby.
The Head Teacher at the school agreed to allow the use of one of the classrooms as a place for these unfortunate children to sleep temporarily. Madam Kasina and her associates, including local members of Child Focus Africa provided bunks for the children and taught them what they could in their spare time. They also somehow found a way to feed them.
As the word spread, the number of children needing care grew to over 80 children. Through teaching these children, it was found that some of their handicaps were not that severe and it was with great pride that four of them were enrolled in the regular school in the summer of 2009.
Paul Kenya, founder of Child Focus Africa approached Jim Senka in the fall of 2007 for a financial donation to help build a dormitory for the Children. The story of the Special Needs Unit was very touching, and after verifying the legitimacy of the organization, Jim decided to begin fund-raising for the Dormitory.
The projected cost was $19,000, and while he didn't think he could raise that amount, Jim decided that raising as much as he could would be better than doing nothing. The full $19,000 was raised in 6 months.
Jim says he’s very proud to have a lot of good friends and was very gratified to find that virtually all of them were eager to help the project in various ways. He also made a lot of new friends, who, when hearing of the project, offered to help.
The fund-raising was comprised of numerous individual fund-raising events including concerts, dance showcase, silent auction, charity bazaar booth, a bowling event, efforts of several school classes and some substantial financial donations from some compassionate individuals. The latter included a donation of $800 from " Friends of Kitui ", a Catholic charity based in Dublin Ireland. http://www.friendsofkitui.com
Our fund-raising campaign began in September ’08 with a big jump-start from local dance diva and teacher/mentor, Monica Catorc who produced a showcase featuring local dancers and raised $2,100 for our cause.
By January '09 enough funds were raised to begin construction and a ground-turning ceremony was held. The total fund-raising goal was reached (including a $2000 surplus which was used as a contingency) in June '09 and the building was completed in September ’09. Jim and Judy Senka visited Migwani at this time to attend the opening ceremony and meet the wonderful people associated with the project on the ground in Migwani.
Jim & Judy were thanked profusely, but made sure that people understood that they were merely co-ordinators and that the funds came from the compassionate people of the Bulkley Valley as well as Jim’s family in Manitoba and Minnesota.
We are very proud to note that 100% of the funds raised were used for the dormitory construction - things like our air fare came out of our own pockets.