TEACHING-EMPOWERING-MENTORING-BUILDING OPPORTUNITY Mission: to partner with individuals and communities in Western Kenya to support entrepreneurial activities, education and health through training programmes, scholarships, water and sanitation projects

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Leaving for Kenya

We thank everyone for their faithful encouragement and support, especially those who were able to make it to the AGM at the end of August. We have completed our first year as a registered charity and have seen the work expand. Our web site has been updated with thanks to Matthew Crossley and you can now meet the Tembo Board and our faithful Kenyan Advisory Committee by clicking the ‘about us’ tab at www.tembokenya.org
We are especially excited about the prospect of two Canadian agents who hope to work with us for a few months:
• Nancy Carson, our VP, hopes to be with us to work on Read for the Top, student selection and Teacher Seminars
• Tanya Harmon is a great fund raiser and will be donating to job training and Business Education. She will work with our trainer, Alex Omino
We are hoping to welcome supporters on a tour in February 2012 to meet the communities in which we work and to see the projects. To find out more, click the ‘join us’ tab on the web site.
Here is an overview of what we will be working on for the next six months:
October: Concluding the Rotary grant for Emmaloba community: Groups for several enterprises were set up and we will purchase computers for the primary school Contracting for five protected springs with a Rotary District grant Setting up heats and finals for Read for the Top in Kerongo Secondary School Dedication of Virtues training centre in memory of John Kavelin (co-founder) Pace of Grace workshops
November: Seminar on community response to domestic violence for clergy
Purchase of books for Read for the Top in Isecheno Primary School Interviews for job training with Advisory Committee Planning and communication for Teacher Seminars December: Mark collection and renewal of student contracts.
January: Selection of new scholarship students form Isecheno Primary
We hope to welcome back Mary and Jim Higbee and Sue Dauer who did such a wonderful job of teacher seminars in January 2011.
Payment of school fees for all our sponsored students
February: Tour of communities and projects
Dedication of springs Reports for grants
Agents will return to Canada in March 2012
Please note that you can now donate directly from our web site by using Paypal or Canada Helps buttons on the ‘Donations’ page. You can also contribute to funds by purchasing ‘Nice Time’ an e-book of letters and pictures from 2001 for $9 through the web site.

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