A group of Saint Paul Women in Recovery raised $600 by making and selling malas as Christmas Gifts. “It was great fun to make them, people were delighted by having such a thoughtful stocking stuffer and even more pleased that their purchase would help send a girl to boarding school,” says Duffy Pearce who has hosted most of the events at her Saint Paul home.
Lois Mineau, founder of Grandmother Circles, attended one of the gatherings and was moved by the groups creativity and purpose. “It’s exciting that making them brings peace and serenity to women in recovery, that is then shared with the recipient who uses it as a mala and the proceeds help us help women in Kenya.
The group is now working toward a goal of raising enough for a second scholarship by Valentine’s Day. “The nice thing about the malas is that you can be extremely creative in your choice of beads and colors — but ultimately they all have 108 beads and fit in a nice little box that people recognize as a gift,” says Kate D, another member of the Saint Paul group. “It’s very meditative making them. Lots of time to talk and reflect with other women in recovery.”
The Marit Women Group considers themselves blessed to have received large sewing orders which will help them fund scholarships for three additional scholarships.
“Serphine and I are busy stitching away all day long,” says Mary Lieta. “This will go a long way in helping us assist the three girls that we added to the original twenty.”
A new challenge for the group is that four recent graduates are asking for further assistance with middle college education. The Marit Women Group would like to help them if they can, says Lieta, “It is gratifying to see girls who would have never finished school do so.”
With severe drought gripping many parts of East Africa, many are facing starvation.
Grandmother Circles US and the Consociates of the Sisters of St. Joseph Carondelet were able to send the Marit Women’s Group $800 to purchase food supplies. Here’s an update from Mary Lieta:
“We have now purchsed a huge consignment of maize and are selling at a reduced priced. To the very needy, we are giving portions for free. It is very satisfying to see the smiles on the people’s faces as they come to buy. That has replaced the pain we used to see on the buyers’ faces. We too are so glad to be in a position to help. I have attached a picture of our maize in the store.”
If you are able to donate additional funds, they will be sent immediately to Kenya and put to work by Grandmother Circles to relieve hunger. Donate
It is the middle of March and however long we stare at the skies, there’s no sign of the rains. We do realize that our part of the country is not as hard hit as the drier regions in Kenya and give glory to God for that.
Yet there’s scarcity of water especially for people far from the lake, the price of maize is the highest at this time of the year for the last 10 years, there’s no green for the animals to feed on and the temperatures are just unbearable- boiling hot.
The skies darkened three weeks ago and people made frantic efforts to plant. Now the gardens are full of weed and no crops did sprout. The animals are dying!
This is where my admiration for the people at the lake is at its highest. They still, with a smile greet you in the morning:”
The day has dawned”- (Oyaore) at midday: “It is well” (Ber) and in the evening: “ Darkness has set in” (oimore). They state mere facts without implying the pain that runs through the day and night.
Children run off to school on empty stomachs. They say if they don’t eat anything, hunger dies in their stomach until lunch time. I have tried it and it does work!
Marit Women group managed to pull down the price of maize in the last 3 weeks by investing ksh.55,000 in 15 bags of maize. We last did this in 2011 and are proud to have put smiles on grain buyers once again.
Marit Womens Group members in Kenya were able to collect enough money to pay for an additional three girls to attend school — in addition to the 20 girls attending on scholarships funded by Grandmothers Circles in the United States.
Two computers were purchased and immediately put to work:
Consociate 4 is using their new computer to support Civic Education activities because the Government of Kenya has stopped all foreign aid that was to fund teaching by Civil Rights Groups.
The Growing Community Roots group is using its new computer to support Early Childhood Education. Mary Lieta also puts it to work for other Grandmother Circles activities.
Funds raised in the US are also being used to enable a child named Bajohn to receive treatment for a heart condition at a special Mission hospital. Mary Leita promises to send updates on his recovery.
Funds Sent to Kenya
Posted 31 January 2017
We recently sent Mary Lieta $12,500 for use during 2017. $10,000 will be put toward scholarships for 20 girls. The extra $2,500 was given to Mary to spend as needed for emergency funds. We know Mary needs a new computer — so some of it may go for that.
The funds in the past have been used for emergency medical needs, replacement of a burned house, to help pay for funerals and other needs as they occurred.
Thank you for your part in our being able to provide this much needed support!!
Grandmother Circles in Kenya recently rushed to aid secondary school girls whose dorm was destroyed in a fire just before end-of-year exams began. It was a school where the local circle had already been providing water and sanitation.
Grandmother Circles members went over quickly with practical assistance such as clean underwear and sanitary supplies. More importantly they spend hours providing comfort to the inconsolable girls. Here are pictures from the scene:
Contributions to help the girls replace clothes and books lost in the fire would be greatly appreciated. Donate here
It has been long since I wrote to let you know how we are faring. We have had a great year 2016. This is despite crop failure. Our people are very resilient.
Six of the girls we support either through the bursary venture or as a Women Group managed to go to University, Three to Teachers College and one to a Medical School in September this year. The ongoing ones are doing very well at school.
We also ventured into counseling and disaster management. This too has gone very well. We settled two families whose abode was destroyed by rain and a fire and we are proud of this. During May/June/July we ventured into a very delicate field.
We identified a young man with a family of four very young children who could have succumbed to HIV/AIDS and assisted them to get medical help and were successful in getting him to accept his status and get assistance. This was the most difficult of the tasks we have ever undertaken. Today he is all smiles and strong enough to go back to his motorcycle business.
We have realized that we need to do more on health matters for our community. We are going to map out how we can assist the community to accept Health insurance which goes at 500ksh per month, per family. We have yet to convince the community that this is a worthwhile venture.
Finally, we need your assistance in continuing the supply of water tanks for the very old in the community. Water remains the biggest challenge to women who can no longer travel long distances to fetch it. And, is it possible to revisit the solar oven project? The few who got it are really enjoying its use.
“Create to Donate” is an art project circle in the Twin Cities that gathers on the second Tuesday of every month to create and sells art to earn funds that support the needs of orphaned children in Kenya and their caregivers.
With flat agates, feathers, shells, bark, beads and much more, crafters find imaginative ways to express their creative bent. The resulting artwork is sold in gift shops and art fairs.
To join “Create to Donate” or be included in their email group list, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greetings from Homalime once again. We have heavy rains now and its good to feel dirty as we toil on our farms. After digging, re-digging and planting and planting again, we still look up to the good Lord to give us plenty of this rain.
In Africa, life is hard. Hard enough for those who are able to plough using their own animals ( I have four bulls), and impossibly hard for those who have no means of tilling their land. But the African farmer is resilient!!
Many of our bulls for ploughing are are now too weak to go on farming. I sometimes wonder whether our major priority is water or a tractor for the poor farmers. Food sufficiency will only be achieved if more people could plough as big farms as they plan to. That can not be done by animals.
These are he thoughts that I carry on my shoulders and I am glad that I can share this with you.
Has mentioned that each year the grandmothers and other women plough the fields with oxen and each drought the loose a few. Each dry season gets harder and harder.
Would your company, foundation like to donate to sponsor a tractor? Over 200 hundred children could benefit from having access to more food. Grandmothers, widows and families would have access to more food.
Massey Ferguson 4 wheel drive ksh5,525,000 with 3disc plough. This is special offer for two months.(64,000 US dollars)
Massey Ferguson 275-2vweel drive=72HPTractor with 3 discs plough ksh.3,305,000. ( 38,000 US dollars )
We do appreciate the interest that people are continuing to have in our work. We are with you in our prayers and discussions. I have sent out feeders to check on prices of the tractor and solar pump and will send them to you soon.
I have not been able to get the price of a solar pump. I have two quotations for a tractor.