Hey all, I have some great news. We have brought a 3 acre plot of land in the town of Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley. It has beautiful views and is surrounded by lush green hills, a volcano, a lake and zebras! In the next two weeks we will start fencing the property and will start growing crab-apple and bougainvillea to interweave around the fence. We will also start growing some crops and plant some fruit trees before the wet season starts. We are working on the design for the home. It should be ready for viewing in the next month.
The actual building of the home will not start until we have enough funds in the bank. The next target is US$20,000, before any building will start.
Our next goal is to get registered as a charitable organisation, so we will be able to offer tax deductibility on all donations and extend our clientele to major companies.
It has been a very successful trip for me. In my 3 Ĺ months in Kenya we turned this dream into a reality. We created a group of supporters and a management team that will run the organisation once it is up and going. We have brought land and gotten 15 needy children into school. I am in the process of adding their profiles onto our website. We also have added more children in need of sponsoring, so if you are interested check out the site www.fvch.org for more information. We would also like to welcome some new members to our committee; Brian and Amy Weiner from the US and Raina Wolfe-Stein also from the US, who will be here helping out over the next two months. I will be heading back home in 4 days to start my uni and continue with fundraising.
Everybody at Friends Vision would like to say thank you to everyone for your support. You are helping us achieve our dreams of helping these beautiful children. None of this is possible without you.
|2018 New Update||It continues to be an interesting, challenging, rewarding and evolving journey for us as we move into our eighth year. While itís been around two years since my last update (so sorry), the wheels have still been turning over as we venture into new territory this year. Our focus on sustainability is in full force with some exciting new partnerships; we have gained tax deductibility status in Australia; welcomed new staff members and new children and had the first of our young adults finishing High School and beginning our transition program.|
|2015 News Update||All in all it has been a busy, exciting and challenging year for us at Friends Vision as we slowly move through some changes that have taken place within our organisation. Throughout the year we have welcomed new staff, gained our Kenyan NGO status, began our farming project and started to move towards a more sustainable future.|
|2013 News Update||We have had a very busy year at Friends Vision with myself spending 10 months in Kenya to help lay the ground work for new projects and network within the local community (amongst many other things!). This year we employed two new staff members, saw volunteers, friends and family join us in Kenya to see our projects and welcomed some new children into our sponsorship program. We overcame many challenges that Kenya seems to throw at us at any given time and have slowly made progress on our existing projects getting us another step closer to building our first children's home. Have a read below of the year that was. I hope you enjoy and all have a great Christmas ahead!|
|December 2012 Update||Keep up to date with our progress and read our December 2012 Newsletter.|
|Our Directors Interview||Read Director Jannah Curries interview with magazine Essential Child to find out more on the journey of Friends Vision.|