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 ½ 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.
|December 2018 Update|
|We have had another big year here at Friends Vision and although we’ve had some setbacks, we’ve also had many reasons to celebrate. In particular, we are always inspired by the many achievements of the children and young people we support. With increasing costs and floods wiping out most of our crops, we also need to continue to fundraise so read on to see what we have planned.|
|March 2018 Update|
|It continues to be an interesting, challenging, rewarding and evolving journey for us as we move into our eighth year. While it’s 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.|
|Our Directors Interview|
|Read Director Jannah Curries interview with magazine Essential Child to find out more on the journey of Friends Vision.|