We have so much to be thankful for! The following people and organizations have generously donated their time, services, products, and other talents to further the mission of Friends of Ngong Road and Ngong Road Children Association.
Ted and Kathy Truscott have agreed to provide a match to the Friends of Ngong Road Annual Appeal for the sixth year in a row. Ted and Kathy first became involved when Ted learned that his colleague and friend from Ameriprise, Paula Meyer, was founding the organization. A few years later, another colleague of Ted’s, Amy Johnson, also joined the board and became heavily involved in setting up a program to provide life transformation for children through education.
Ted and Kathy believe in the power of education to transform lives. They both studied languages abroad and met while in college. Ted said, “Education brings awareness and choice to a person’s life. We support Friends of Ngong Road because lives are being completely transformed and without this program these kids otherwise wouldn’t have a chance. Paula and donor’s commitment to the students makes us proud partners with Friends of Ngong Road.”
Friends of Ngong Road sponsorships cover the education portion of the program including school fees, uniforms, and books. The Annual Appeal ensures all kids have access to other program elements such as the computer lab, library, caseworker support and holiday food packets for especially needy families. To learn more about the Annual Appeal or to get more involved, please email Lacey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to those who joined us at the 2016 Annual Gathering held October 24 at the Pourhouse in Minneapolis. Paula Meyer and the Ngong Road Children Association Board Chair from Kenya, Rajpreet Bains, provided program updates and shared stories of what our kids “can do.” Elisha can become a civil engineer. Michael can lead others. Winnie can read. Mary can transform her life. We are proud of our kids!
And just as our kids can do so much, we thank and applaud our sponsors, donors and partners for all you can and have done. Your support has made education possible for nearly 400 children. Your support gives children the chance to say “I Can” both today and in the future.
A special shout out to event volunteers and to the band Six Still Standing for providing entertainment at this year’s event. We hope to see everyone next year!
Kate, a 13 year old soccer player from Minnetonka MN, for the 2nd year in a row has collected soccer cleats with her summer soccer team to send to our kids in Kenya! Thank you Kate and team! Soccer (football) is a favorite sport among our kids, and they excited to receive the shoes!
Shout out to Jerald Waithaka for the library of photographs he recently took of our Kenyan NRCA program, some of which we used in our 2015 Annual Report and in many of the posts you have seen online recently. Jerald was sponsored by Sarah McKenzie and recently graduated from our post-secondary program where he earned his diploma in graphic design and photo/video production.