In 2009 a Kingston, Ontario family spent the summer in Kijabe, Kenya working in the Bethany Kids wing of the local hospital and helping in the community. When they returned to Kingston, Raymond Vos had a conversation with them. He learned of their adventures and of the relationships they had formed with some of the people there. When Ray learned of the need of these individuals, he and his friends were moved to begin art fundraisers to support their educational and housing needs.
One of the individuals Ray heard about was John Njane. A former gang member, John has a vision to rescue orphaned kids off the streets of the hard-living town of Mai Mahiu in Kenya’s troubled Rift Valley region. These boys, aged 12-16, are largely orphans or abandoned children of town prostitutes. When John met them, they were stealing to eat, and until recently were living together in a corrugated-metal hut the size of a garden shed. John rented a house for them and began providing full-time care, including tutoring in basic literacy and math so the boys could enter school. John has a remarkable passion and energy and commitment to help his people. An American administrator at a nearby mission school who has worked with John remarked, "There is simply no one else like him here. And his reputation is spotless."
Since The Kenya Initiative began, enough money has been raised to enablefive of the street boys to live with John and his family on a parcel of land donated by an American church. The boys are now well fed and clothed and are in their fifth semester in primary and secondary school.
Up the hill in the town of Kijabe, Isaac and Caleb worked at odd jobs and general labouring for the going rate of about $1 a day. They were saving money to attend university. Both boys were leaders in the community and strong students who had graduated from high school. Their father died in 2007 of complications resulting from chronic asthma. The boys lived modestly with their mother Elizabeth, who is a teacher at a nearby elementary school.
Since then, The Kenya Initiative has raised enough money to send Isaac and Caleb to Daystar University in Nairobi, Kenya. They are are now in their third year and taking 6 courses each every semester. Their dreams are being realized through their educational opportunity.
By purchasing the art on display on this site, or through the Gallery Raymond Fall Art Fundraisers, you will be helping John Njane feed, shelter, and provide education for 5 boys from off the street and helping Isaac and Caleb to continue to attend university.You will help give these boys a future and a hope by providing the care and education they need.
100% of all proceeds go to The Kenya Initiative: From Street To School.
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The Kenya Initiative Gallery
Please click on any thumbnail to view Artwork. 100% of all proceeds go to The Kenya Initiative: From Street To School.