I returned from Kenya 10 days ago for what was a quick trip mostly spent in the Bomet area. I talked with Pastor Francis while I was there, but here is the report he sent me this week, along with the latest pictures of the teachers, our little Mary, the classrooms, and the "dormitory." First, let me share with you Pastor Francis' report:
Greetings from the Dr. Stanko Academy in Kenya. The teachers are more committed to their work since you started paying them, and this is a very big boost to the education of the children and the community at large. We now expect the outcome in the children academic development to rise. The teachers now need school supplies and we are going to buy some for them next week. Paying the teachers is going to go along way helping all the children.
We are looking forward to an equipped library, dormitory for the boys and for the girls, and a modern kitchen. Keep on praying for us. Blessings to you all - Pastor Francis.
We began sending $600 per month to support the teachers (that's $600 total, not $600 per instructor), since teachers would volunteer at the school and serve until they found a paying position. Therefore, there was constant turnover, and the children were the ones who suffered. We feel like supporting the teachers is the best way to support the students.
Then we have our little Mary, who is now in high school. We have supported this orphan for the last four years to be able to attend a better school. When she is not in school, she comes "home" to Upako and sleeps with the other children in one of the school classrooms. You can see her bed (shared with others) in the attached picture. Pastor Francis needs $2,500 to secure proper bunk beds for the 20 orphaned children, and we have $300 donated toward that need.
Then you see a picture of a classroom meal being served. The students who come to the Stanko Academy who are not orphans still eat what is probably their only meal of the day at school. You can see that Upako Center serves as a school, an orphanage, a place of refuge and employment, and a hope for the future.
It would be wonderful if you could find it in your heart to help the children and teachers at Upako Center. Perhaps you would like to contribute toward the bunk beds, or the kitchen, or the food served from their current makeshift kitchen. You can do so by contributing using PayPal through my website or by sending a tax-deductible check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882. Everything we receive for the children in Kenya goes to them; not one penny is kept out for administrative expenses. This represents a wonderful opportunity for you to support the orphans that are close to God's heart. Won't you please give today to this most worthy effort?