Every year I begin our Annual Appeal with these words, and every year I have the pleasure of crossing off “friends” and personalizing each letter that goes out to our supporters. The rest of the letter describes our programs and gives a short report of what has happened in the past 12 months. I love being able to add a note at the bottom as it brings me that much closer to those who have helped EC to accomplish so much.
Three weeks ago I sent these appeals from coast to coast and even into Canada. My hope is to once again reach out to the dear friends and supporters who have been so faithful to the children we serve overseas.
This past year in Kenya EC fed over 430 orphaned and at-risk children daily, educated 21 orphaned high school students, and led a monthly mentorship program for seven orphaned high school students. Two state-of-the-art preschool classrooms were built and dedicated in April. We also started a unique after school program for 20 at-risk primary school children in rural India. Each of these children now have a chance to reach their potential in life. And that is possible because our supporters have made it so.
In the coming year our goal is to continue feeding, mentoring, and providing an education for as many orphaned and at-risk students as we can, in Kenya and now in India as well. The children at the Miruya Primary School in Kenya needs school supplies including desks and schoolbooks. They also need a well. Altogether, our fundraising goal for this season is $50,000.00.
Even if you did not receive a personal letter from me asking for your support, you can still help. Your gift of $30 will feed a student for one month. $300 will provide a high school education for an orphaned child for one year. $1,000 goes a long way toward digging a well for the Miruya Primary School. And $2,000 will fund EC’s After School Program outside of Hyderabad, India.
All donations are tax-deductible, used for and appreciated by the children we support. Please click on this link to make a secure online donation to Everyone’s Child. You can also send a check or money order to Everyone’s Child, 19204 Cole Road, Conneautville, PA 16406. And from the bottom of my heart, thank you. Your gift will make an immediate and real difference in the lives of these children.
This past July, a door opened for Everyone’s Child and 12 Indian boys in grades 1 – 8 from India. Earlier in the year, Lee and Praveena Ruud of Abundant Life Care, based in Hyderabad, India solicited our help. They wanted to start a program designed to help children with their studies after school. We learned that numerous parents in rural areas of India don’t understand the importance of education. As a result, many children are not able to study at home, and most spend their afternoons working in the garden or taking care of cattle. Their education suffers, and they are unable to reach their potential. Everyone’s Child responded by funding a pilot after school program for up to 20 students. The reaction has been positive and encouraging.
The Value of Education
In the past three months as Lee and Praveena have talked with parents about the benefits and value of studying after school, families have begun allowing their children to attend this after school program. Five days a week their children gather in a classroom in Shamirpet, a suburb located a half an hour northeast of Hyderabad.
A teacher was hired to help the boys with their homework. She also shares information about health, hygiene, and important educational values. She reported that even after one month she was able to see a substantial increase in the focus and concentration of these students.
A New Opportunity
For us working with Everyone’s Child, we are extremely excited about this new opportunity. Not only have we been able to broaden our horizons by reaching out into new areas of Kenya this year, now we are also crossing the ocean to lend a hand to needy children in India. The goal is to provide a strong education for the next generation, increasing the potential for leadership in the years to come. We are all looking forward to what will come of this and hopefully other similar programs in the future. If you would like to help with this endeavor, please consider making a secure online donation here, or visit our website here to learn more about Everyone’s Child.