October 2011 Update
Child Sponsorship Program
Our sponsorship program has been a huge success this year. We have 30 children in school and all have been doing exceptionally well. We constantly receive updates from their teachers and principals about how well they are going, so we are all very proud. We are still very in need of new sponsors though. We have three children that need sponsorship asap, so if this is something you have been interested in please let me know. For just $40 per month you can help change someone’s life! Please visit our website for more details.
Friends Vision Children’s Home
Over the last couple of months we have been working the design of our home with a big thank you to my mate Rohan Daff, who is helping to design this home for us. Over the next couple of months we will be meeting with contractors and builders in Kenya to work out when we can start building our first home. We are planning to break ground early next year! We have potential donors lined up for the building of our second home as well, so it is very exciting times for us after working so hard at this for the last two years.
I will be holding a fundraiser/farewell in Darwin before I leave for my 2 months in Kenya. The event is called ‘Ken-ya Come Together’ and will feature some of Darwin’s best local bands, great food, prizes and Friends Vision merchandise for sale, including the new beautiful ‘People and Planet’ diaries and calendars in which Friends Vision features in. The event page on Facebook is http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=123008291130787 for more details. All money raised on the night will go directly to the building of our first home.
Friends Vision launched its new volunteer program earlier this year, with great success. We offer a grassroots, real experience of living and volunteering in Kenya with different volunteer options available. Whether it is lending your skills for construction, working in medical clinics, teaching or simply giving hugs, each volunteer makes a difference in the lives of the children of Kenya. So far we have had volunteers from Canada, England, USA and Australia and are always ready for more. If you think this could be an experience for you, check out our website for more information and some past volunteer testimonials.
General information & small projects
We started our own green house at our volunteer house in Naivasha, which we grow and sell tomatoes as a way to help us become self-sustainable when we finally open our home. Peris and Ann (our new house mum for volunteers) have been working tirelessly to grow and nurture these tomatoes and are now in full selling season, selling nearly 50kg every week! They have done a wonderful job and even cured them when a slight case of blight threatened to destroy them all. Well done girls!!!
Committee member Amy Weiner has been coordinating with a teacher from a local school in Colorado, USA to start a penpal program with the kids in our program and the kids in her class. The program kicked off in October, with the first batch of letters heading to Kenya as we speak. This is a great opportunity for the children of both sides to learn about each other and where they are from. We think it will be a great eye opener for all the kids involved and a great opportunity.
Committee member Marika Koulas has formed a group of volunteers in Canada who will be registering Friends Vision in the next month. They have already risen over $10,000 for Friends Vision, so we are looking forward to the new members joining our group and expanding Friends Vision around the world.
Five members of our Board are heading to Kenya to spend Christmas with the children and work hard at finalising our plans to start our build. It’s going to be a very happy Christmas and we can’t wait to all be back there together again! We are taking donations of any kind; money, clothes, toys, books, medical supplies so if you live in Australia and USA and have some items you would like to donate, please let me know. Donations can always be given through our website.
We will be opening a computer lab for one of the centres we work closely with and already have 3 lap tops donated to us. Again, if you have an old lap top that is no longer being used and would like to donate it to this cause let me know. This is a great opportunity for over 90 children that live at this centre. So, as you can see we have a lot happening over the next few months which will accelerate our progress to reach our biggest goal of having our own home J
Thanks again everyone, and if you haven’t already ‘liked’ our new official Facebook page you can do so by going to http://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-Vision/102425393161941 to receive more frequent updates and to help support us.
|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.|