The 4th annual Amy's Kids Big Laramie Garage Sale was a huge success. Held August 20, 2016, the total donations exceeded $5,000. The proceeds from the garage sale will help pay for the upcoming school year including: food, supplies, uniforms and teacher salaries. We couldn't do it without the help of the numerous volunteers, the generous physical donations and the community coming out to see what they can't live without.
Furaha Sana is making progress! We have gone from learning under a huge Mugandini tree in 2009 to seeing the foundation and side walls of our new permanent school building. The kids are getting so excited to have their new school finished. Once the funding is fulfilled for the remaining supplies, we are planning for the children to utilize the building starting in January 2017.
One of the main goals of Amy's Kids Foundation is to give children, who wouldn't otherwise have the chance, a head start at learning. We accept children starting at 3-years-old and keep them until they can successfully go into the Primary education system, which is equivalent to our 1st or 2nd grade in the United States. This is Sophia. She started at Furaha Sana the very first year, when she was just 4-years-old.
As a proud supporter of the Single Moms program ran by Caris International (http://www.carisfoundation.org/), Amy’s Kids has been able to extend a helping hand to the local community. Caris Kenya targets young single mothers who are marginalized and live in poverty in the Malindi, Kenya area. Some of these young mothers have been trained in sewing and are excellent seamstresses and we are honored to give them the opportunity to make the school uniforms for Furaha Sana. In 2009, the uniforms for the first set of children generated enough income for three single moms to purchase their own sewing machines and each January the seamstresses go out to the school and fully measure each child so that they can have exact fitting uniforms.