MEREKI’S CLUBHOUSE R.E.A.D. BENEFIT

THURSDAY, DEC 17 at The Satellite

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Thank you from Silvano

Hey! I am Silvano Ngacha, a fourth year student, pursuing a Bsc. in Computer science under full sponsorship of READ organization.  I am writing to express my deepest thanks for your recent donation to READ.

 I am an alumni of By Grace Disabled and Orphans Center. I joined the institution in the year 2007 after lacking fees to cater for my secondary education and the inability to cater for my basic needs. At By Grace, life wasn’t a highway of events. Many are the times slept hungry, with no food to eat or a drink to quench our thirst. The reading environment wasn’t conducive since we lacked essential resources such as books, revision materials, qualified teachers, laboratory equipment’s and even permanent classes where we would study without any inconvenience. I am glad to note that through your financial donations to READ org., the situation has drastically improved.

Luckily, the difficulties didn’t affect my study, but strengthened my faith to study harder. I managed to score an –A of 76/84 points in my Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education. However, the reality dawned on me & I almost gave up when I received my university admission letter because By Grace would not afford to sponsor my university education. Only few days left, I met Kayli and she accepted to sponsor my education. I felt energized to work hard towards making my life better.

On 4th of Jan 2012, i was admitted at Egerton University to pursue a Bsc. in Computer Science. So far, life in school has been successful because READ provides me with everything I need as a student. I am optimistic that I will secure a job following my graduation and enroll in a master’s program in Computer Security.  I am also confident to note that with R.E.A.D org. my life will have a meaning soon. My education therefore entirely depends on your donation and my achievements would be a nightmare without your financial support to the R.E.A.D org.

I thus wish to take this opportunity to extend my heart-felt appreciation for your participation in the recent fundraising event organized by READ org. I am continually inspired by the dedication and generosity of donors like yourself who answer the call to give again and again. Without your generous support, students such as myself would be unable to pursue their academic goals. Your support has helped me to realize that dreams do come true and that I can be what I want to be. I believe that in the years ahead I will be able to return the favor by extending your generosity to those in need.

Thank you once again for your compassionate support.

Sincerely,

Silvano Ngacha.

READ Beneficiary, Egerto University.

For it is in giving that we receive.

Thank You from Veronicah

Thank You from John Kibe

Here in Africa education is the only way that you can change future generations from the bondage of poverty to self sustainability.

Hallo, donors and artists;

My name is john Kibe, 20yrs of age. A second year student in Kenyatta University pursuing a degree in economics and statistics. Am one of the beneficiaries of the R.E.A.Ds programmers’. I first benefited while in high school in BY GRACE DISABLED AND ORPHARNS CENTRE by the provision of new updated text books and laboratory equipments. For the first time we had access to the most basic and essential necessities in our academic life. They were the tools we needed to make it to higher learning.

Now the programme is helping me with the upkeep money which has ensured my smooth learning.

Here in Africa education is the only way that you can change future generations from the bondage of poverty to self sustainability.

Receive my gratitude’s and appreciations; what you are doing is commendable. Changing lives is one of the greatest and finest acts. Your work will not be in vain. I figured a way of thanking you guys and dint get what is enough to say thanks. All I decided is to continue working hard and in future I will be in your position of helping others.

I also thank you for working together with kayli to ensure the smooth running of the programme.

Good bye; love you all

John kibe.

PARTY!!!

Update from Charles!

Charles Gatere shares his experience interning with the Kenya Police Academy,

Hello everybody!

From 25th January to 30th June, I had an opportunity to do my internship at the Kenya police academy. My role was to assist the chief economist there with any work he assigned to me. This was a field exposure which final year students in the university undertake. The main work of the economist, as I am one, at the Kenya police was to help in making the performance contracts and writing the reports as required in the service. Performance contracts are agreement between the government and its agencies stating the specific roles of each party and the outcome required from them. They help the government in monitoring the projects and the funds allocated by it to do various projects. Each department in the government has economists and other professionals involved to ensure that the contract is implemented. and so is it also expected of the the police department.I must admit that this whole exercise gave me a lot of exposure in the working environment and added on to my skills and knowledge learned in school. We also had to make a lot of traveling to study the reality on the ground about the police and the various projects that the government is carrying out in the police. It is important to therefore note that all this could not have been possible without my education which I got in the university. I therefore wish to thank all the sponsors who were involved in one way or another to pay my school fees. I am now currently completing my project paper as I wait for my graduation which should take place in December this year.

Thank You from Teresa

Am Teresa KRCHN student nurse .in my third year of schooling .through the R.E.A.D..programme.
Sometime back in year 2011..I had lost hope of ever becoming a nurse that had been my dream since young age.Until Kayli through the programme came to my rescue.
I went through by grace disabled and opharn centre in my high school .did my fourth form in 2010.And through your great contribution I joined a medical training collage on September 2012 todate .I lack words to express my gratidute to you people for your great contribution on seeing us through our schooling .I can assure you that thousands of wishes would not have left a very deep impression as the great deed of taking us to school.
I lack words to express my gratidutes to you people but remember nothing goes unpaid.No such a thing as small act of kindness ,every act of kindness crests a ripple with no logical end .its through you ,we see a brighter future ahead of us.As you hold the R.E.A.D event ,remember no man never stands tall as when he kneels to help a child .Your contribution to help a child get a brighter future..the schooling of the future scholars all depends on your contribution.
Remember this education is not a filling of pail but lighting of fire to fight the poverty in future generation.Thanks a lot for your great work . 
Teresa 
Std nurse

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Martin Graduates!

I am so glad for the opportunity READ gave me to pursue a degree of my choice in Bachelor of commerce accounting. At first it seemed a mere "pipe dream" which I thought I would never realize.

I am so glad for the opportunity READ gave me to pursue a degree of my choice in Bachelor of commerce accounting. At first it seemed a mere “pipe dream” which I thought I would never realize. Given the economic background which is poverty stricken and placing food on the table by my Grandmother at her age for the whole family was so sympathetic after the demise of mum and Dad when I was very young.

After attending my secondary classes at By Grace Childrens Home, I joined a car wash to pay rent provide food and cater for all my expenses and household needs for myself and Nicholas who was a day scholar at By Grace Orphanage. At the same time I used to serve as a volunteer teacher at By Grace something which was very hard to undertake simultaneously. At around November that’s when I met a lady sent from above who rekindled my hopes and dreams for the future.

For the support all through campus,monthly upkeep which was critical in making my studies smooth. If it was for me, this could only have been a pipe dream. I am really grateful for the timely payment of school fees which necessitated early registration of courses and thorough preparations for the exams the financial support I received from READ could not be realized even if all assets were sold in our village.

From “grass to Grace can be compared to from Car washer to professional accountant,B com and soon CPA( K),if it were not for READ how could I have been a certified public accountant? READ also ensured I have a competitive edge in the job market by financing my CPA professional course.I only have section 6 remaining for me to be CPA K.on behalf of my grandmother,family members,community and I, we feel very much indebted to the all READ members, I therefore offer our sincere gratitude to you all.thanks for making my dreams valid,I had second class honors upper division of 66.29. i missed first class honors by only 3.71,thanks once more and God bless you all.

 

BACK TO MY ROOTS WITH A DEGREE

An essay from Charles Odhiambo on returning home after completing his graduation.

I sat at the graduation square oblivious of the happenings there. I was in a world of mixed reactions. After attending several graduations, it was my turn to given the power to read and write! I felt anxious and overwhelmed waiting for that momentous declaration by the Vice Chancellor only for my mind to be carried away by the memories of my humbling background. There at the graduation square, there were over 7,000 graduand , all in gowns, while back at my rural area none had seen such a gown; they were familiar with the priests’ “gown” (robe) or maybe the wedding gown ( for those who were lucky enough to attend one) but not these!

The joy of graduation had to reach my rural area. After graduation ceremony at the university, like a river jostling – meandering its way from water catchment area to unknown water body where it would great value, I set off to my mum’s birth place which I hardly knew.

Barely had I reached home when my grandmother (an octogenarian) who had been withered by life’s hardships broke into a dance throwing away her walking stick, partly dancing, partly limping. Her limping, however, was a dancing style in itself. Surely, creativity has no monopoly. So emotional was the reunion that she slaughtered her only cock – her only alarm that would wake her up to continue with her wishful thoughts hoping that at least she would have something to celebrate in her sunset days after burying her husband and ten out of eleven children ( some with their partners and children). Though not certain, she had hope that one day a degree would land in the family – and there it was! Sundowner rarely disappoints! It was a perfect revelation that there is no falsehood in hope.

After feasting and photo session with the granny who was donned in graduation gown, it was time to say that emotion word – goodbye. I left her with one message clear in my mind: “ the old looks after the young to grow teeth , and the young in return, looks after the old when she loses her teeth ”.

My next destination was my father’s home place – off the shores of Lake Victoria. There I was met with jubilation and thanks giving mass. Both the young and the old were there. The elderly, in their 80’s, trickled in, fumbling with their walking sticks not to miss the momentous occasion. They had to withstand the scorching sun walking, maybe because they were too scared to ride on motorcycle, or maybe too fragile to cycle a bicycle, or maybe (as usual) they were too poor to afford transport. Despite their slow pace , they managed to reach in time; some with a packet of floor, some with fish, some with hens under their arms – all with the intention to make themselves count. It was quite challenging and humbling by the same token. I couldn’t help conjuring snails entering the Ark during the great rain; despite its slow nature, the snail too, reached the ark.

They struggled to go through my education documents that had “robbed” them of their son for a decade. Their old eye-sight seemed to betray them but their clear vision was assuring; sooner or later their son would be a professor. Glow for academic excellence was vivid on their faces; for sure, when the moon is shining, the cripple becomes hungry for walk.

I was told of my parents’ history which I hardly knew of. It was quite clear that the rain may wet the leopard’s skin but will never wash out its spots and no matter how black a cow maybe, the milk is always white; despite the misfortunes, there is always value and something lucrative in every individual. Though moving, I was less concerned who my parents were; I am more concerned about the kind of people who their grandchildren would be – more concerned about the present and the future.

The old folks spoke with a lot of wisdom and I was more touched with an advice from an elderly grandfather who had lost who had lost his erect standing posture: “when a lamp is lit, it is put not under the bed but on top of the table to illuminate the whole house. What if instead, we now get a floodlight to illuminate the whole homestead if not the whole village? ”. The message was clear, never tire until you get enough and to he who much is given, much is expected.

Appreciation of the R.E.A.D organization were all over the lips of all those who came to the celebration. They were humbled how life holds so many simple blessings with each day bringing its own individual wonder.

To summarize the abundant appreciation, if the world had more people invested in helping others it would be a better place. You do make a difference. Your generosity will always be remembered and highly appreciated.

All the experience can only be summarized in one sentence: “the bitter the background, the sweeter the history”