Monday, May 19, 2008

Bragging Rights

Early last year i blogged here about my intention to sponsor bright girls from challenged backgrounds in my home village through high school. i got a lot of encouragement from mama shady, acolyte and the the like on the idea. i since teamed up with another good man who is so good that he hates bragging, to take up the challenge. we have since taken 3 girls to school. one went to a national school and is doing fantastic in her second form now. the other two are in form one in another provincial school in Western Province and doing great. To think that these bright girls would now probably be some frustrated wives of an old man fetching firewood and walking miles to get water is in itself enough encouragement.

But i did not stop there, i also had a blog on the sorry situation of schools and classrooms in the village. i found kids learning under mango trees and even teachers forced to sit under some trees to mark books since there was no staff room. those teachers used stools as both the chair and table. to this end i embarked on constructing at least one extra classroom in the school. i approached Safaricom foundation with a request to fund the project. we managed together with the local community to secure 1 million shillings. with that we put up 5 classrooms. Now we have run out of that money and yesterday, i got the final report of the work that has been done and i ,must say i am excited. For this i have given myself a pat on the back.


I am thinking of approaching safaricom foundation again for additional funding to put up 3 more rooms and maybe a staff room. I hope they will be willing once more but i wonder whether there are other foundations and well wishers out there who can help too.

15 comments:

  1. Odegle!Man! God is truly using you to bless others. Just keep at it!when I grow up;)I hope to do the same.And keep people on the blogosphere updated on needs and stuff like that.Maybe we can contribute our tucents to your initiative as well.

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  2. @Mama Shady, Thank you for your continued support. I will be watching you grow up, he he. By the way now i have to raise some funds so that the foundation can match up. now thats a place you can come in. I want to raise 61K since the total is to be 122K for completion of the second block on the right.
    cheers

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  3. You are the people we needed to vie for office in the last general elections, not the greedy individuals that we now have in parliament. Congratulations. Keep up the good example, maybe our so called leaders will borrow a leaf.

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  4. I am so touched! Keep up, many blessings are surely on your way.

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  5. @bomseh, thank you so much. that means a lot to me.

    @mwari, Thank you and for the blessings too. I really need that!

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  6. well, well, I'm very impressed. Another tap on the back from me. Way to go OD. and hope that Safaricom will sambaza more funds. Good luck and God bless.

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  7. My man OD! Way to go. You've always been one of my favorite bloggers, and now that I see you actually walk the talk ;), you're even higher on the list, :)! I'm involved in at least 3 other similar charities and it's such a wonderful feeling seeing these kids pursuing the education that they deserve and succeeding. I'd like to support your project. Let me know how to go about it. Great job!

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  8. Keep it up man.you are wlaking the talk.BTW. if some of us wanted to contribute how do we do it?

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  9. Where other people talk, you act! Kenya needs more people like you who put their money and effort where their mouth is!
    I wish you all the best with the next project, let us know how we can get involved.

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  10. New to your blog, and I must commend you for all the effort. And no, I don't consider it bragging. I wish we had more people like you.

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  11. Excellent job... do approach safaricom again... nothing wrong with that... I pay them enough to fund a new classroom every month!

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  12. I wish there was some huge wave of big firms competing for CSR publicity, then a lot more of such projects could be achieved.

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