This past summer ten families decided to forgo their usual family vacation routes, step outside the box and explore a country and culture we have only read about or viewed on Discovery Channel.
We headed off to rural Kenya with visions of safaris on expansive savannas with exotic animals and photo opportunities. However, along with the beauty of this incredible country, we were moved by the poverty of the rural communities we visited but even greater was their unwavering commitment to the education of their children as a path to a better life.
Through WE, the organization that hosted us, we were introduced to the village of Enoosoito and its loving citizens. Among all of the amazing things WE does to encourage and enable service by our youth, it’s the concept of enabling these villages to create a self-sustaining legacy of learning and progress that we were most moved by. We’re not talking about hand-outs or providing help with no measure of success or progress. The goal is to help the village of Enoosoito implement key development interventions in five areas: education, water, food, health, and job opportunities.
We witnessed firsthand, how mothers walk 6 hours a day to collect water for families, kids in pre-K and first grade walk up to 1.5 hours to attend school in classrooms made of mud. And the older kids walk up to 3 hours (each way!) to attend classes in surrounding villages. Every family we met struggles to earn enough money to fill hungry bellies.
WE has a plan. Provide the five pillars of support to a village (Education, Water, Food, Health, and Opportunity) and create a self-sustaining opportunity to help generations to come. Together, all 10 families decided to “adopt” the village of Enoosoito and made a commitment to support WE in helping the village implement these five key development areas.
We hope you will join us in helping this ambitious dream come true! Our goal is to raise one million dollars in four years to help provide the village with clean, accessible water, a primary school in a solid structure with resources, and access to basic health care needs. Thankful for all we have, our families made the commitment to assist WE in this journey, but we need the help of others like you. Please consider helping us in our lofty goal!
The Arntsen Family
The Arvielo & Golay Family
The Bosu Family
The Clarey Family
The Cruse Family
The Gehl Family
The Murphy Family
The O’Connor Family
Kimm and Vincent Paglia
The Prosser Family
The Sanadiki - Benahmed Family
The Wein Family