Photos of Your Student
For a long time, we’ve struggled to efficiently share student photos. We were able to print and send portraits to sponsors, but we had no means of sharing the thousands of photos we have of students from school, camp, Saturday Program, and everyday life.
We are excited to have launched a new photo management system that allows students to tag themselves in photos, quickly linking them to you in the portal. This gives sponsors a more timely glimpse into the transformation of their student’s life.
To see photos of your student, simply click the “photos” tab on your portal dashboard and click on a photo to enlarge it. Use the arrows within the picture to scroll through additional pictures. A picture is worth a thousand words!
Communicating with Your Student
The portal is the best way to communicate with your student. The “inbox” tab allows you to easily send and receive messages. We’ve recently added video capabilities, allowing you and your student to use your phone or computer’s webcam to send short videos to each other. Students love to see videos of their sponsors.
Students receive messages and videos through the portal much sooner than handwritten letters. If you’re thinking about your student one night, this makes it so simple to quickly message them saying “I’ve been thinking about you.”
We will continue to make portal improvements to increase communication and provide useful information understanding. We are going to add tips on communicating with your student, FAQs, program overviews, and more. We’re also planning educational programs where sponsors will be able to get together, learn more about Kenya, our programs, and network with each other.
If you have ideas for new features, let us know. If you haven’t been on the portal recently, log back on to see the changes and know that more is to come.