2017 is here and we are thrilled to announce a line up of fantastic events, campaigns, and programs supporting Zawadi la Tumaini.
This year big things are in store for our children! Dennis, Felix, and Jane will be completing high school and heading out to begin their post secondary studies in January 2018. Our youngest child, Annie, started school this month. Our sweet Faith received her open heart surgery in Israel with Mom Jerusha by her side. She is recovering well and we cannot wait for her to return home! We are gearing up for Mary and Dennis to be completing their KCPE exams in the next year or two and we are focusing on assisting our children with learning disabilities through tutoring and quality education. Our children started at a new school which was more affordable with our family. In having a child with a congenital heart condition, and providing quality care to all of our kids, having a more affordable school for our kids is very important. The kids are nearly 1 month in to their new school term and we are so happy with the new schools support of our family.
Coming in to a new learning environment within the private education system can be tough. When you're enrolling 20+ kids in school you would expect that the school could be open to giving a discount right? WRONG. All of our children's schools to date have not provided us with a substantial discount. School is not cheap by any means in Kenya. In addition to school fees we also must pay for uniforms, books, and transportation. With that being said we are thrilled that our new school has provided us with discounts and supports to help us provide for our children's educational needs.
This year health and wellness is also a huge focus for our team. In 2016 we learned from several of our children that they had been victims of sexual violence prior to joining our family. Healing and counselling will be a primary focus for us this year. We are fortunate enough to have Yasmeen with us until August. She is a qualified social worker from New York and will be able to greatly assist our children, especially those who suffered from sexual abuse, in their healing process. We also are thrilled to begin yoga and meditation again with our children in joint partnership with the African Yoga Project.
In order to assist us in providing our children with quality care we have a busy line up of community evens within the Sudbury area throughout 2017. These events include our A Night In Africa Gala and much much more! Take a peak at some of the exciting events coming up in 2017....
J A N U A R Y - Our sister company Olive & Annie (www.oliveannie.com) will be hosting their first mom2mom marketplace at Fromagerie Elgin in January 28th, 2017 from 10AM - 1PM. The marketplace will sell fair-trade and ethically produced products for children and women. Donations will be accepted for Zawadi la Tumaini Children's Home and NEO KIDS FOUNDATION.
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F E B R U A R Y - In February we will be launching our photography exhibit "The Gift of Hope". The images were taken by Ellie Coburn Photography in 2016 and capture the day to day life of the children of Zawadi la Tumaini Children's Home. The Gift of Hope Exhibit will opening party will take place at Fromagerie Elgin on February 2nd, 2017. The event will also showcase the launch of our partner company, Olive & Annie, new jewelry line.
Join us on February 2nd at Fromagerie from 7PM - 9PM. This event is free of charge and open to the public! For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
M A R C H - The first ever Zawadi la Tumaini Paint Nite will be taking place on March 9th at Finn McCools in Sudbury, ON! 100% of proceeds collected at Paint Nite will assist Zawadi la Tumaini Children's Home.
On March 25th our sister company Olive & Annie will be hosting The Modern Marketplace. The Modern Marketplace features Fair -trade and Canadian made products. Entrance is $5 and all entrance fees are donated to Zawadi la Tumaini and NEO Kids Foundation. In addition every purchase of Olive & Annie products directly provides 30% of profit to Zawadi la Tumaini. For more information on the event please click here.
2017 is off to a fantastic start and we can't wait to see what the future holds in store! If you'd like to volunteer your time to assist with future events please email email@example.com. If you wish to donate please visit www.zlthope.org/donate.
The Zawadi la Tumaini Family