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explorations of a wanna-be difference-maker in nursing education and life in general

TOGETHER WE CAN DO MORE

While still contemplating the presentation from Dean Shareski in EC&I 831 last Tuesday, these photos arrived via e-mail.  How timely!  These show the latest state of the home my husband and I were honored to be a part of initiating two years ago in November, in the Kiugani district of Kenya. In Kenya, you don’t get a builders’ mortgage, or loan to build a home.  You build as you can pay cash.  So this home has been two years from foundation to finishing.  The home was just painted with these marvelous graphics and mottos, “COMMUNITY” and “TOGETHER WE CAN DO MORE”.   They fit so perfectly with this week’s theme that I just had to share them!  I have many stories I could tell about the experience of sharing in the live of these orphans and hearing of their educational dreams and aspirations, and if we ever meet in person, if you ask, I’ll tell you.  Sharing our time and resources with this family meant hearing amazing stories we’d never have heard, and seeing beautiful and inspiring things we never could have seen, and eating things we never would have eaten!  As many have asked in your blogs this week, “Why do you share?”  To end poverty – mine and theirs.

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3 thoughts on “TOGETHER WE CAN DO MORE

  1. Brian L on said:

    That is amazing what you have done for that family. Together we can do more. It definitely is a statement that has greater meaning now that I see your story. I would be curious to know what the final cost is to build a home?

    Brian

  2. It was a “potluck” project and thats the way our umbrella organization like to tackle these. You bring what you have or can get to the potluck. We committed to fundraise 25000 for this home, which was not the full cost- probably closer to 40K. Other “partners” chipped in as well, so if you look at the website you’ll see many partner organizations named. The amazing thing is the way these peoples’ lives are changed when they own land on which to grow their own produce and livestock, and no longer pay astronomical rent. I liken it to giving people a boost up to the first rung on the economic ladder. The poor can rarely get to that first rung themselves, but once there, they can climb higher. The really neat thing is this family is now feeding widows and orphans in their community, they are paying forward!

    We are now fundraising for a smaller home for a couple we met in the same region. They took in 6 children left behind in an IDP camp following the political unrest in 2007. We have committed to the roof for 1500 Canadian.

  3. Oh wow, what an amazing thing you have done to help that family! Thank you so much for sharing! You’re right – the photos and motto tied into Dean’s presentation perfectly!

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