IHF has been working in Kenya since the late 90’s with the marginalized tribes in East Pokot. Our IHF Nakuru Center is a safe Children’s Home offering care to orphaned youth and children whose parents are unable to support them, due to extreme levels of poverty.

Children Awards

Mercy Chepkite

Mercy Chepkite

High school is not only about how a student performs academically but also about the activities students are involved in and relationships they build each year.  Mercy Chepkite, Student of the Month, is a role model for her peers in all three of these areas.  Not only does she do extremely well in each of her classes, but she does so while being involved in extra-curricular activities including Student Council and cheerleading.  She is very kind to all of the children she encounters throughout the day regardless of whether or not they are part of her friend group.  In class, she is always focused and attentive while being conscientious towards her work.  Going above and beyond is the norm for her, and she truly gives 110% each day. This student radiates kindness, and she is very sincere.  She is an absolute joy to have in the Kenya center.  Her work ethic and kind heart will take her far!  It is with pleasure that the Kenya center team awards Mercy Chepkite as our April Student of the Month.

Highlights

Welcome to our latest highlights of the month, with plenty of sun around to get us all up and active and enjoying the great outdoors.

Becky and Adrian

Welcome to our latest highlights of the month of April, as we prepare for May 2022. In April we’ve been receiving little rain with cold weather to get us all up and prepared for farming. Active and enjoying the great outdoors. Here in Kenya, we’ve certainly enjoyed the most of it.

This month we would like to highlight Herzel, she joined our center on the 19th of March and so far she has been the most amazing human being that every other human would like to spend their time with. Volunteering is at the very core of being a human. No one has made it through life without someone else’s help. Herzel possess some beauty skills like hair plaiting and she has been plaiting our girl’s hair and also teaching them the hair plaiting skills. The girls might be made fun of for how important hair is- but before we judge: which of us make or female does not pause before a mirror abs wonder how we look to others- an image we ourselves can’t see about ourselves. This first impression society cares so much about. When we were young we didn’t have mirrors where we lived. And didn’t think about it or care. But now we live where it is very important to people so find ourselves thrilled to learn hair from lasting skills. Learning all these different skills that society values, is important for our own individual strength and voice. And for each of our our tribes voice and future too. All skills giving us options which of course they may need  down the various roads life takes us on. I read this politicizing named Winston Churchill said, ” We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we do.” This quote hit me for some reason. When my brain gets tired of learning to do new things. It isn’t easy for any of us. Join us next month to find out more about our GLDs like amazing Herzel and her positive impacts on our children. See you next month. CHEERS

Sandra

May Highlights

Graduation

The candidates finished their national exams and will soon be moving to institutions of higher learning after their results have been released. Some of them will be visiting their homes in east and central Pokot where they will be staying for a while as we work around the clock to get them donors and sponsors to fund their university education. Charity, who was among the ten candidates, finished her exams earlier and has already received her results and we are pleased to inform you that the outcome was impressive. Also as the candidates are going to open new chapters of their lives we decided to throw a graduate’s party for them to celebrate their achievement and transition to the next level of life, the party was attended virtually by our CEO and loving mom to the children Carol Sasaki and our highly esteemed mentors who provided career guidance and counselling to the candidates.

Fundraising Needs

The month of May is arriving and April is closing. April is when our form four children have finished with their exams and visit back home, spending time with their tribe and relatives. This is very important tune to be nurtured whenever we safely can. Sadly some of our children have to stay at the center because they don’t have biological parents but they can always count on us. Right now we have nine graduate children from high school and waiting for their results. The sponsorship program has helped us as Kenya center to provide food, center supplies, educational programs and educational supplies such as book and etc. We are grateful as eight of our children to graduate from high school, the first in their family and for some even in their tribal clan. They are completing vital steps in their lives, for themselves And for the survival and health of their tribe, but they still need support to further their studies, as college or any advanced training is so important for their tribe’s future and voice in this changing world. 

During April and now entering this month of May: we start our farming project because we are approaching the rainy season. We are so thankful to have enough water at last. Dancing with joy. We are planning to plant vegetables, maize and potatoes. They can grow well in our land during this season when we have water. Please donate to seeds And the farm irrigation system we need, so that we can reduce the food cost in our budget.  Our goal is to once again provide enough food for our children and for the neighborhood children who wonder about when their single mothers must be at work. Along with the older Children’s education sponsorships, we are are seeking enough funds to have a large enough crop. We are not yet sure if we can grow enough for this, but we remember when we did in years before COVID and it is our goal. We will let you know how it is going next month. 

 

You can help our farm or help these kids to continue their education by sponsoring them! Simply go to https://ihfonline.org/sponsor-program/ to sponsor these kids or to general donations for a one time farm or general donation. Thank you so much.

Video of the Month

Volunteer of the Month
Herzel

Herzel’s Interview

Can you tell me a little about yourself?

My name is Herzel Nyangasi, an individual who is passionate about working for humanity and enjoys volunteering her time to serve the community.

How do you know about IHF?

I got to know about IHF through social media where I saw a volunteer advertisement through which I applied.

How long have you been here in IHF?

I have been at IHF for one month

What things made you interested to join IHF?

My interest was moved by the act of giving my time to work with children who are less fortunate (giving back to the community).

What is the most memorable experience you’ve ever had in IHF so far?

The most memorable experience I had was engaging with the children where they could tell us their experience in Pokot and how life is there. They were so open and free to share their experiences. They even added some humour in their story which could make us laugh hard. I also had some great time with them, especially the girls, where I had plating courses and cooking classes with them.

What is the most important thing you have learned in IHF and how does it affect your life?

I have learned to give what I have to assist those who don’t have. We all have different stories and we need to lend each other an ear to listen and to encourage each other.

Herzel

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Who is Who?

Kases Kakuko (GLD)

Lead Kenya Finance team and sponsor letters
kases@ihfonline.org

John Ochieng (GLD)

Co- Lead First Response team, Media Box and Lead Reference Teams and GOOT
john.ochieng@ihfonline.org

Kerryn T Muleya (Director)

Lead first response web search team-GOOT and co-lead References Teams
kerryn@ihfonline.org

Grace, Herzel & Judith K

Each are online GLD and Co–Lead of the Fundraising and Grants Team, Mentor Team and the MOU Teams
judith.kimeu@ihfonline.org

Savithri

This is the Executive manager for the Kenya center- Lead of the curriculum and education team
savithri.erikola@ihfonline.org