Posts Tagged ‘Sponsorship’
Each year the sponsored girls at St. Clare write a personal letter to their sponsors. In their letters, the girls relate how they are doing, the activities in which they are involved after classes and a thank you to these sponsors. Included in the letter is a recent photograph of the girl. Organizing the letter writing and taking all the photographs is a huge job, which requires a great deal of organization. On the recent trip to St. Clare, several of the visitors got involved with this project. The girls came into the dining hall and wrote their letters. Assisting the girls were several of St. Clare’s recent graduates. Sue Montgomery photographed the girls and their letters and photographs were matched up. Each year sponsors can see the growth and progress their sponsored child is making and the sponsored child has the opportunity to send a huge Asante Sana to her sponsors.
St. Gerard School in Lansing continues its wonderful support St. Clare Centre for Girls. During Lent, children throughout the school always raise money for important missionary causes. They earmarked their Lenten funds to be used to purchase tilapia for St. Clare. The art classes drew pictures of fish and the students raised $500 to be used to stock tilapia in the fishponds Father Riwa has started.
When she returned from Kenya in March, teacher Kathy Partlow spoke to every class at St. Gerard, sharing stories and photos about St. Clare with the students of St. Gerard School. One of the teachers asked if the whole school could sponsor a child, an idea that the students like. So the students decided that would raise enough money to sponsor a child. They raised $1200, enough to sponsor a child for 2+ years with their “Out-of-Dress-Code Day.”
Asante Sana St. Gerard students, faculty and administration for your continued prayers and generous support of St. Clare Centre for Girls.
St Mary School in Charlotte, MI, is a small school with a huge heart!
When Kathy Partlow visited St Mary’s to share stories and pictures of St Clare with the student body of 64 students, they immediately caught her spirit and were determined to raise enough funds for a sponsorship. Naming their campaign KICKING IT FOR KENYA they began. Through “Dress down Days”, sales of school supplies and novelties (pictured below) they raised the initial $460. An enterprising young 3rd grader then, set on reaching the school goal, asked her parents to contribute the final $40.
Congratulation to students, staff, teachers, administrators and parents alike.
Indeed St. Mary School in Charlotte, MI is a small school with a huge heart!
(Click on Mary’s photo for an in-depth interview)
Mary Ibianski, a teacher at Seneca, a middle school in the Chippewa Valley District in Michigan, spent most of February teaching science to classes 5 and 6 at St. Clare Centre for Girls. Mary found St. Clare to be a “safe, caring, loving environment for the young girls who are there.” Mary observed first hand that the girls have an amazing bond with each other, treating one another with respect and kindness. The girls believe that God will indeed protect them and as a result they are a very prayerful community. According to Mary, “These girls exceed anyone’s expectations. They absorb everything they learn and want to learn more.” In addition, Mary feels that the teachers and staff at St. Clare are dedicated to the well being of these young women.
(Below, Mary has just presented a Seneca Middle School hat to the school’s sponsored child.)
Father Riwa and Bud and Sue Ozar joined Pat Harrington (pictured here with Father) and her husband, John Hooper for dinner. Pat is the United States’ coordinator of the sponsorship program with St. Clare Girls Center. Pat works closely with Sarah Wambui, who coordinates the program at St. Clare. Between the two of them, letters and information are passed between the sponsor and the St. Clare child. Because of Pat and Sarah, there is a constant flow of information and well wishes. These communiqués assure the Kenyan child that someone in America truly cares and is concerned. Where will Father “pop” up next? Stay tuned and find out!
Connecting the girls of St Clare with folks here in the U.S. is one of the biggest challenges Friends of Kenyan Orphans faces. However, our sponsorship program, initiated in 2010, does just this. In two years, we have created 125 relationships between young St Clare girls and donors in the U.S. and Canada. Through letter writing and photos and even reports on school progress, donors follow the growth of their young Kenyan girl. In return a sponsored girl develops a friendship with a caring, concerned new friend— a win/ win situation
Consider becoming a sponsor and become involved in this life-giving endeavor. For more information check the HOW YOU CAN HELP TAB on this web site.
Pictured here are Jack Horrigan and Safarin. Jack has been sponsoring Safarin since january 2010 but met her for the first time during a visit to St Clare in February 2012.
Last year when she returned from teaching at St. Clare, St. Gerard History teacher, Mrs. Kathy Partlow, spoke to all of the students at St. Gerard School in Lansing, Michigan. These students were so touched by the stories of the girls at St. Clare that they donated money to help finish the building of St. Clare. Now some of the St. Gerard students continued to be involved by sponsoring a St. Clare student. Under the guidance of their teacher and advisor, Mrs. Jenny Sykes, the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) at St. Gerard has had several fundraisers to raise the funds needed to sponsor a child at St. Clare. These students, who are in the 8th grade raised money by selling popcorn, having a Pink Day, and sponsoring a jeans day at school.
Congratulations St. Gerard NJHS for being so generous and involved. As they say in Kenya, “Asante Sana” (thank you very much) for your giving spirit! You continue to be awe-inspiring.
(Mrs. Jenny Sykes, St. Gerard NJHS Moderator)
The new year presents a new challenge. Since 2004 the focus has been on constructing a building. Now that the building is almost complete, for the first time the focus is on acquiring a sponsor for each child. At this time we have 103 sponsors for 340 girls, presenting us a new challenge for 2012, a challenge we hope you will accept with us.
As we close 2011, we are most grateful to all our donors who have make St. Clare possible. We are especially grateful to all the wonderful donors who responded to our Famine Relief Fund and provided food for the children at St. Clare.
We enter 2012 with confidence, knowing you are walking this mission with us.
We wish you a year of grace, peace and health.
Bud and Sue Ozar
Matt Rahtz, pictured here on the left with a friend , is bringing the message of the Children’s Village to his school mates at Vincentian High School Academy in Pittsburgh. Through a variety of school activities Matt is aiming to establish a regular link between St. Clare Girls’ Centre in Kenya and Vincentian Academy.
Matt has a long standing relationship with the children in Kenya. His family are sponsors for one of the girls at St. Clare and his mom, Betsy, is a member of the Friends of Kenyan Orphans Board. Five years ago, when Matt was still in middle school he was involved with his parents, Jim and Betsy and sisters, Collen and Erin, collecting funds at school, family and in the community to purchase jeans, shirts and sandals for the chlidren.
Matt is working with the International Baccalaureate program in his school and we are hoping this will be the template for approaching other schools to assist their brothers and sisters in Kenya. Thanks Matt for leading the way.
PS: Matt is also a heck of a basketball player.
We reached 100 sponsors when the Mary Rose and Robert Hecksel Family in Lansing, Michigan decided to sponsor one of the girls at St. Clare. Thank you Mary Rose and Bob. Your donation of $480 will clothe, feed, educate and shelter a girl at St. Clare for an entire year. “Such a deal! Such a life-saving deal!”
The Sponsorship Program continues to be the life support system for the St. Clare Girls’ Centre. Throughout the year the children exchange letters with their sponsors. Through the letters the children learn, even though they are abandoned and orphaned, there is someone who loves and cares for them and an opportunity for the children to share their lives with someone who cares about them.
With 350 girls at St. Clare many more sponsors are needed. We encourage you to onsider being a sponsor. You can be a sponsor as an individual, a family, a class or a group such as a book club or Rotary. It only costs $480 a year to support a child and let her know she is not alone in this world.