Oct 16, 2007

Tues, Oct 16: Determining the Foundation's Scope

Katie and I are also helping Fridah get all her files – especially those related to finances – in great order so that we can produce a first class annual report. Fridah has most of the data in Excel spreadsheets but we are working at identifying “in kind” services and making sure all the many things this foundation has accomplished in its first 3 years gets included. Here is my list of categories and projects so far:

1. Literacy/Education (Provide scholarships to needy children, donate the textbooks we sent to area schools, direct the construction of the Miriam Kanana Mubichi Community Library building and help mission teams catalogued all of the donated books, pay for workers at the library so it stays open 6 days a week, and conduct Saturday "reading barazas" at area schools to tell about the library and let children read books from the library)

2. Health/Nutrition (Installed a water line at the Kaaga School for Mentally Challenged Children, helped a mission team install cement floors (they were dirt) in 6 classrooms at Kaaga Primary School, exploring the Nothing-But-Nets initiative to distribute mosquito nets to area families)

3. Leadership Development/ Resource Management (Work with Makena Textiles - a women's coop that makes wonderful products and is now receiving training on marketing and management, organize and conduct youth community service projects, provide training sessions and workshop presentations on community development, women's empowerment and computer literacy)

4. And what I am currently calling "Other" (Organized a Christmas 2006 food and clothing drive at Kaaga Methodist Church to give youth experience in charitable work, helped coordinate and host many mission teams from the United States and other nations to work on the above projects)
When we are not working or enjoying wonderful meals at the house, we take turns playing with Ravena’s baby, Alexia Kanana Mubichi.

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