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Akinyi Williams Speaks at Ed Talks, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Posted by Hope for the Child on April 18, 2016 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

It was wonderful speaking at Ed Talks tonight and sharing this great mission of providing access education to the poor. I got to learn about all the amazing work that my peers are doing around the world, as well as ideas that are incubating right at Harvard University. I am blessed to have the opportunity to be part of it all, representing the children. 


6th Annual Golf "Fore" the Child Tournament

Posted by Hope for the Child on March 9, 2016 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

We're SO excited to announce a few details for our 6th Annual Golf "Fore" the Child Tournament!

Who: Awesome golfers looking for a fun time and a way to "do some good"

Where: The Links at Northfork - 9333 Alpine Dr, Ramsey, MN 55303

When: Tuesday, June 14 at 11am shot gun.


Other important details:

Price - $100 per golfer (100% goes toward a child's education!)

Sponsorship - Minimum $550 per sponsor/organization:

Included with your sponsorship -

    • Fee for a team of 4 players included
    • Golf Cart
    • Dinner
    • Marketing and Promotion for your organization

By attending and inviting others, you will help us reach our goal of raising $15,000 this year. These funds will help pay for the children's food, healthcare needs and learning materials expenses for a whole year!


But we can't do it alone! Ways you can help:

    • Join us on the course for a fun day of golf!
    • Invite a friend (or two or three)
    • Tell your company about sponsorship opportunities  - Sponsorship brochure here
    • Or send a donation (by clicking the donate button above) if you can't make it in person - we'll be sure to have a drink in your honor ;)

And please feel free to spread the word to all your golfer (and non-golfer) friends! If this event is anything like our last five tournaments - you will most definitely have a good time, all while supporting a great cause!



HFTC's Akinyi Williams selected to speak at Harvard's 7th Annual African Development Conference

Posted by Hope for the Child on February 22, 2016 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Akinyi Williams, Founder and Executive Director of Hope for the Child, has been invited to speak at The 7th Annual African Development Conference (ADC) titled “The African Renaissance" on March 4th & 5th at Harvard Kennedy School. Akinyi will be joining a panel of speakers on education, including: former Miss South Sudan Nok Nora Duany Bassey, Dr. David Moinina Sengeh President and co-founder of Global Minimum Inc. and Jonathan Starr Founder and Headmaster Emeritus of the Abaarso School. The keynote speaker for this event is Dr. Donald Kaberuka former president of the African Development Bank Group and Chairman of the Board of Directors. "It [the conference] invites conversations on how the continent’s potential can be realized and its growth sustained over the coming years. It will reflect on how to advance human rights, promote civic participation, and increase security. The ADC will explore the challenges of building infrastructure, navigating rapid urbanization, tackling climate change, eradicating poverty, and achieving gender and income equality. It will address models of good governance, access to quality education, health, and power, and other issues central to ensuring success and prosperity across the continent" (http://harvardadc.com/about/).  Akinyi will give voice to the most unheard and the most impacted by the conference's developments, Africa's poorest children. Congratulations and thank you Akinyi!

Further information re: the conference can be found at http://harvardadc.com .



Bright pupil who overcame adversity to shine in 2015 KCPE By Caroline Nyanga

Posted by Hope for the Child on January 8, 2016 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Many students overcame adversity to emerge champions, beating thousands of others from privileged backgrounds across the country. One such student from a poor family background who demonstrated that hard work and dedication overrides one’s family background is 12-year-old Murigi Wycliffe Gakenge. Gakenge a student from The Keen School, situated within Komarock estate Phase 3B, in Nairobi garnered 425 marks emerging the top pupil in the school. Raised by a single mother, Gakenge was born and raised in the crime ridden Kayole estate – Stone City area. Owing to the fact that his mother, Hellen Murugi was unable to pay her school fees, he attended four different primary schools.

“There was a time when he was forced to stay back home for a whole term as a class five student after being chased from Calvary school in Kayole,” says Murugi, a struggling second hand clothes vendor, who revealed that her meager income is hardly enough to put a decent meal on the table, leave alone paying school fees for her only son.

But luckily for the boy, he managed to secure a place at Keen School as a class six pupil where most times his fee was catered for by the school. Despite the difficulties, a committed Gakenge who aspires to be an electrical engineer would often wake up at 5 am in the morning in order to walk to school and return home at about 8 pm. “I was not discouraged by the long distance to school. I did not let the crime prone and dirty alleys through Kayole kill my dream for an education,” said Gakenge, when we caught up with him for an interview. To fulfill his intent, the dazzling sharp boy with big dreams survived hardship to create room for a bright future for himself. His spirit was however not killed by the unfriendly environment he is staying -an aura where teenage pregnancies, alcohol and drugs are the rulers of the day and night.

“It is patience, resilience, hard work and support from teachers that have kept me going. If I get a sponsor I will work tirelessly to make it in life,” says Gakenge whose choice of high schools were Starehe and Mangu high schools.

“I do not want to end up like many young boys out there whose future have been ruined due to the fact that they did not get the chance to further their education,” the shy and seemingly reserved teenager adds. Gakenge’s school registered 19 candidates during last year’s KCPE and had a mean score of 332.36 – it’s highest ever since 2010. To illustrate the school’s good performance, the number of students who scored 300 marks and above were 12 while those who scored between 285 marks to 300 were seven. According to the head teacher, Moses Owino Otiende it has taken a successful teamwork and dedication on the part of the students and teachers to achieve the remarkable performance. “We only hope that our best student will not lose his place among the best schools due to poverty,” he said.

“I do this, particularly for students who I feel have a bright future but no one to assist them. As for Gakenge I saw the potential in him judging by his past performances and knew that he was going far hence my decision to assist him,” said his former head teacher, Moses Owino Otiende.

 

Raised by a single parent the boy knows he must continue to move on and embrace faith to avoid succumbing to temptations which have been part of his difficult journey.

Although he labored to be among top best performers in the country in 2015 KCPE and is sure to earn selection to join prestigious national schools this year, fears that he may miss his place among the cream of the society loom large.

Read more at: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2000187481/bright-pupil-who-overcame-adversity-to-shine-in-2015-kcpe


Class of 2015!

Posted by Hope for the Child on January 7, 2016 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Congratulations, to all the students who graduated this year from the final class at Arise N Shine Community Academy. Nine boys and seven girls graduated and the caregivers proudly thronged at the school on closing day to meet with teachers and school administrators.

 Thank you so much for all your hard work, teachers and students.


We are Growing!

Posted by Hope for the Child on March 22, 2015 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Arise N Shine Community Academy is making plans to increase enrollment. Since its doors opened in 2007, the school has helped over 500 disadvantaged children from pre-k to 2nd grade, giving them hope for a brighter future. Today, the team on the ground is hoping to double their capacity and get more children out of the streets and into the classrooms. “We are all set to move forward and expand. There is no turning back”, says Mrs Menya, a director at the school. “We are looking to spread to Nyahera and Siaya in the coming years”. The new addition to the school include 3 classrooms, an office for staff and a dining area for the children.

There is a lot of excitement in the air, as dump trucks bring in the rocks and other raw materials. The strident sound of hammers pounding nails is unmistakable. Mrs Menya adds that she plans to start development programs at the school aimed at supporting the widows in the community. Neighbors, parents and caregivers stop by to wave and nod their support. Hope for the Child would like to give you the opportunity to help us continue to make a difference in this community. The time is now.



5th Annual Golf fore the Child Event!

Posted by Hope for the Child on March 22, 2015 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

 

Mark you calendars, folks!

Our 5th Annual Golf Fore the Child Tournament is scheduled for Tuesday June 9th, 2015.

Last year we raised over $5000 to help the children at Arise N Shine Community Academy go to school.

This year, our goal is to raise $15000! This will help pay for the children's food, healthcare needs and learning materials expenses for a whole year!

We need your help. Join us on the course or just send a donation to support this worthwhile event by clicking the Donate button to follow prompt.

Hope to see you there!!!


 

Event date: Tuesday, June 9th, 2015


 

The Links at Northfork Golf Course

9333 Alpine Drive NW

Ramsey, Minnesota

 

Registration: 10am

Modified Shot gun 11:30am

$100.00 per golfer

$375 per foursome



Good Times at the Golf Course 2014

Posted by Hope for the Child on June 23, 2014 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

It was a beautiful day on Monday June 9th, when golfers come out for some fun in the sun, while supporting the children at Arise N Shine Community Academy in Kenya. 

Together we raised over $4500 that will go towards books, food and medical assistance for the 80 children we take care of. 

Thank you so much to all who participated for your generosity and stay tuned for details on another great day of golf next year!

4th Annual Golf "Fore" the Child Event

Posted by Hope for the Child on April 27, 2014 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)


What: The 4th annual Golf "Fore" the Child Event to benefit disadvantaged children in Kisumu, Kenya. 

When:  Monday June 9th, 2014. Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. ; Modified Shotgun starts at 12:30 p.m.

Where: The Links at Northfork Golf Course & Banquet Center in Ramsey, Minnesota

Why: HFTC is a Minnesota based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving and empowering abandoned and disadvantaged children in Kenya, Africa. This school now serves the daily needs of 80 children every year and over 470 children since its inception in 2007. The funds raised will go towards needed food, books, teachers, desks, school equipment for Arise N’ Shine Community Academy in Kenya. These children will have a chance at becoming adults that are able to contribute to society and break the cycle of poverty for generations to come.

Also, the Links at Northfork prides itself as one of the finest Scottish Links Style golf courses that promises to be a challenging andmemorable experience for golfers of all skill levels.

Cost: For $95 per golfer or $375 for a foursome, you can play in the tournament. This includes dinner, served at the banquet center overlooking the beautiful course in the evening.


Can't make it?

If you are unable to make the event, but would like to make a donation, please make checks payable to Hope for the Child and mail your check to:

Hope for the Child, 8315 Emerald Lane, Woodbury, MN, 55125.

If you have any questions about the event, sponsorships, volunteer opportunities, please contact Akinyi Williams at 651-246-0552 or via email at hopeforthechildinfo@gmail.com.




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