IAGI and Rippling Waters Charity continues support of the KEGO Orphanage
In 2015 the trade group representing the International Association of Geosynthetic Installers (IAGI) began their Give Back Program. The first project was an Orphanage near Lake Victoria which had been started by Philemon Onyango. Philemon had been supporting the school from his own salary as a Geosynthetic Construction Inspector in the United States. John Heap and Philemon met at a project in Colorado and the wheels began to turn. The Give Back program was headed by John Heap and his wife Suzi. The Heap family started Ripping Waters Charity to manage the donations received for KEGO.
Since beginning the work at KEGO in late 2015 there has been some good progress in getting the dining area re-built and a new concrete floor added along with a water well that was donated by the Wayside Nazarene Church and piping and pumps donated by Rippling Waters Charity.
We were lucky enough to have our daughter’s (Lauren and Liza) make their first visit to KEGO this November.They were excited to see the progress we had been discussing over the last 3 years and really enjoyed meeting the Teachers, Administrators and especially the Children. They gained good perspective on the blessing we take for granted and were excited to see how far a little bit of help can go to make the world a better place. RWC has been supporting KEGO with a monthly donation to pay salaries for teachers, administrators, guards, and cooks. This donation also covers the purchase of locally grown vegetables, rice, maize, peanut butter and firewood which provides 2 meals daily for the children and staff. We also made a trip to Kisumu to purchase school supplies for KEGO. On this visit we purchased 8 large white boards with markers for each classroom along with books, pencils, pens, crayons and paper supplies for the children.
Kego has been performing at a very high level and this years graduating 8th graders had the best test scores in Homa Bay County!! This result illustrates the outstanding effort put in by our Teachers and Children to make the commitment to working hard and putting in the effort to learn. These children have amazing attitudes and are looking for a chance to change their future through education and hard work. RWC with your help, can make that chance a reality by focusing on the real work of educating and supporting the healthy growth of the young children with our nutrition program. We were honored with special African clothes to wear at the graduation event hosted by Philemon attended by over 300 people. We were also able to take the graduating class to Kisii for a shopping trip where the 14 graduating 8th graders picked out new school shoes and socks for their start in Secondary school in January. We asked all the Teachers to come along on this adventure and after we completed the shopping we headed to Homa Bay and had a luncheon buffet at the Cold Springs Hotel on the 5th floor. Both the Children and the Teachers had their first ride on an elevator and were able to enjoy a fantastic lunch served in celebration of their hard work and excellent accomplishments of the 2019 school year.
We are asking for help in getting the costs of the secondary school year covered by donations. You can support the graduating 8th graders with your pledge of $500.00 to sponsor one of our graduating students in their costs for attending Secondary School.
We would also ask that those of you that feel like you need a bridge to support a worthy cause consider Rippling Waters Charity as that bridge. We have no overhead and all dollars donated go directly to supporting the efforts at KEGO. RWC has boots on the ground at KEGO and watches the efforts monthly to make sure our funding dollars are used for the benefit of the Children. The economic ripple generated by your donation will continue to support the local farms, merchants and support staff at the school.
We are still working to get our container loaded with desks and chairs along with 2 ponds liners donated by Raven Industries out of the Port of Mombasa. Shipping to Africa is a bigger challenge than we realized, but we are finally making progress towards the delivery to KEGO. We are currently working on renovations at KEGO and are applying a new coat of paint to all the classrooms in preparation for the arrival of the new desks. The children’s old desks will be donated to the Riverbend Orphanage near KEGO to help them upgrade their current classrooms. More to follow on this.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and please take a minute to consider donating to KEGO and the beautiful children supported with a good education, clean water and healthy food choices. We are blessed to have the efforts of Philemon, Dorothy, All the Teachers and support staff making KEGO a safe and healthy place for these children to thrive in both education, nutrition and joy.
RWC is a registered 501C-3 charity and your donation are tax deductible based on the laws of the US. We are not registered outside the US but can certainly accept you generous donation to RWC in support of the work being done.
The donations for the KEGO School are collected by Rippling Waters Charity (https://www.ripplingwaterscharity.org/donate) and distributed to the school monthly. Rippling Waters ensures that the money goes directly to the kids – no funds are spent on overhead of the operations. Bookkeeping and operations are done on a volunteer basis. Donations made are tax-deductible under the laws of the United States. These kids are eager to learn and determined to make a future for themselves. If you are looking for a way to make the world a better place, the KEGO School may be the best place to invest your money.
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