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20th April
2014
written by Friends

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EASTER IS A PROMISE GOD RENEWS TO US IN EACH SPRING.  MAY THE PROMISE OF EASTER FILL YOUR HEART WITH PEACE AND JOY!

-Father Francis Limo Riwa and the staff and girls at St. Clare Centre for Girls

 

 

16th April
2014
written by Friends
Francis proudly wearing his Boston Strong shirt

Francis proudly wearing his Boston Strong shirt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One year ago, tragedy struck the Boston Marathon when bombs exploded during the race.  But the city of Boston would not break and the motto, “Boston Strong,” rose up like a phoenix rising from the ashes.  FOKO Board Member, Rich Horrigan, has a personal interest in that marathon as his daughter ran in it that fateful day.  She was only about 30 feet from the second bomb, which went off.  When Rich visited St. Clare, he was extremely impressed with Francis, the young St. Clare baker.  So Rich gave Francis the Boston Strong tee shirt Francis is wearing in the photo here.  It really is a small world as Boston is Strong and well at St. Clare Centre for Girls in Nchiru, Kenya.

 

 

Francis busy at work

Francis busy at work

 

 

 

 

 

 

10th April
2014
written by Friends

 

Four St. Clare football (soccer) players

Four St. Clare football (soccer) players

 

Recently girls’ teams from St. Clare Centre for Girls participated in competitions in both football (we call it soccer in the U.S.) and volleyball.  Both St. Clare teams made it all the way to the county finals.  The football team lost 2-1 in the final game, finishing second in county.  The volleyball team also lost in the final game, also finishing second in the county.

 

 

 

 

However, several girls from both teams have been selected to play on the Meru County team.  Five footballers and three volleyball players from St. Clare were selected to play on this impressive team.  As a result, these girls will now be participating in the football and volleyball regional games coming up.

 

 

Four St. Clare football (soccer) players

Four St. Clare football (soccer) players

St. Clare volleyball team

St. Clare volleyball team

5th April
2014
written by Friends

 

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Just another reminder, the members of Friends of Kenyan Orphans will need to re-enroll to continue participating in the Kroger Community Rewards Program.  All participants must REsign up for the program in order to earn funds for FOKO group during 2014.

Even if you signed up for Kroger Community Rewards in February or March of this year—you must re-enroll after April 1ST  2014 ( NO SOONER) to continue earning rewards during the coming year.

It’s easy for your members to enroll or re-enroll in Kroger Community Rewards. They can visit www.krogercommunityrewards.com, click on “Michigan” and click on “Enroll” to register for the first time and “Re-enroll” to re-register.  (FYI, Friends of Kenyan Orphans’

number is 90964.)  All participants must have a valid online account at Kroger.com and must sign up online to participate.

 

31st March
2014
written by Friends

 

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St Clare has its own bakery, which provides bread for the St Clare girls.   One of the outstanding members of St. Clare’s bakery staff is Francis.  While she was living at St. Clare full time, Sue Ozar got to know Francis well as he was one of her 7th grade students.  Sue describes Francis as “an awesome young man who did not want me to be ill, so he would clean my little classroom every week.”  Francis graduated from St. Francis School for Boys three years ago and Father Riwa has hired him as a baker at St. Clare.  Doing a great job, Francis is everyone’s favorite!

2014 bakery

FRANCIS, St. Claire Baker

26th March
2014
written by Friends

 

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Amazon is offering a simple and automatic way to support charitable organizations.  It is called AMAZON SMILE.  A percent of your purchase price will be donated by The AmazonSmile Foundation from purchases you make (excluding shipping, taxes, rebates).

 

  1. Go to smile.amazon.com. 
  2. On the right side you will see “Select a Charity.”
  3.  Go to “pick your own charitable organization” and type in Friends of Kenyan Orphans.
  4. Friends of Kenyan Orphans Grosse Pointe, Mi will come up.  Select it.

 

You will get a Thank You message and when you look at the Amazon page to the right of Amazon smile it will say “Supporting” and Friends of Kenyan Orphans’ will be listed.

 

You can shop for items using smile.amazon.com (which will tie into your amazon.com account) account.

 

 

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21st March
2014
written by Friends

 

 

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A new program connecting high school students in the College Connections Program (CCP) of The Fresh Air Fund (a not for profit organization) with the girls at St. Clare is beginning in January of 2014.  At the program’s onset, the students will be sophomores and juniors (5-10 from St. Clare and 5-10 from New York City). The students will communicate and get to know each other through a Google group set up for this purpose.  During the first month, the students will have the opportunity to introduce themselves.  In the beginning an educator-administrator from CCP will post 3-5 questions based on a specific theme (i.e. art, music, technology, education, politics).  All the questions will provide students with the chance to find out about and reflect on the similarities and differences with their peers in another country.

 

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As the program continues, students at St. Clare will alternate with the American students coming up with questions for a discussion based on a theme.  By using Google groups, students can attach photos and links in emails to the groups.  This can lead to the students planning presentations about their cultures, i.e. the girls at St. Clare could sing traditional songs along with dances.  This program is truly capable of providing students in Kenya and in the U.S. with the opportunities to share in each others’  cultures.

 

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16th March
2014
written by Friends

 

 

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As a reminder, the members of Friends of Kenyan Orphans will need to re-enroll to continue participating in the Kroger Community Rewards Program.  All participants must REsign up for the program in order to earn funds for FOKO group during 2014.

Even if you signed up for Kroger Community Rewards in February or March of this year—you must re-enroll after April 1ST  2014 ( NO SOONER) to continue earning rewards during the coming year.

It’s easy for your members to enroll or re-enroll in Kroger Community Rewards. They can visit www.krogercommunityrewards.com, click on “Michigan” and click on “Enroll” to register for the first time and “Re-enroll” to re-register.  (FYI, Friends of Kenyan

Orphans’ number is 90964.)  All participants must have a valid online account at Kroger.com and must sign up online to participate.

 

 

11th March
2014
written by Friends

 

Older girls preparing for national exams

Older girls preparing for national exams

 

 

 

St. Clare Centre's older girls

St. Clare Centre’s older girls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The first graduating class of St. Clare Centre for Girls is anxiously awaiting the results of the Kenyan National exams taken in November 2013.  The girls are waiting to receive their KCSE (Kenyan Certification for Secondary Education).  This document will tell the girls if they are eligible to attend a university and for which university they qualify.  While they are waiting the results, Father Riwa is helping the girls.  He is encouraging them to go into the local villages with some of the vegetables grown at St. Clare to sell this produce.  This way they are beginning to earn a living and learning how to provide for themselves in Kenyan society.

 

 

 

 

 

Eggplant grown at St. Clare

Eggplant grown at St. Clare

Produce growing behind St. Clare

Produce growing behind St. Clare

5th March
2014
written by Friends

 

Tilapia Pond

Tilapia Pond

Thanks to last year’s generous donations to FOKO’s Lenten initiative, St. Clare now has 22 active fishponds.  These ponds are vital in providing the girls with another source of protein and balancing their diets. Father Riwa now hopes to convert several of these ponds to raising fingerlings so that he will no longer need to purchase them.  This way, he will be able to provide the girls with fish weekly.

 

Crops growing behind St. Clare

Crops growing behind St. Clare

 

Continuing his goal of making St. Clare self-sustaining in terms of food, Father Riwa, is now working to increase arable land for farming.  In addition, he plans to increase greenhouse production.  At this point, he has already improved food sustainability from 40% to 60%!  This year’s Lenten initiative is focusing on helping him achieve his goal of 100% sustainability.

 

 

As we make our Lenten journey, please know that the girls are truly grateful for your kindness and generosity.  Your support provides them with a safe, caring environment, a place they can call home.

 

Will you help him achieve 100% by donating to the 2014 Lenten Initiative?

 

Greenhouses and crops

Greenhouses and crops

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” -MATTHEW 25:35

 

Several St. Clare elementary students drew pictures to thank you for your support.  Enjoy!

 

by ANN

by ANN

by GLADYS

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