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Operation Flying Kites Child Sponsorship

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BENEFITING: FLYING KITES

Amy Wolanski

THE STORY:

My BHAG (Big Harry Audacious Goal), sorry sometime business school gets the best of me, is to find a sponsor for every child at the Flying Kites Orphanage and the FK school. In addition, I'd like to secure the money for the first children's home at the new FK site ($120,000).

Flying Kites seeks to raise the standards of care for the world's poorest children by giving them the tools they will need education, imagination, and resolution to succeed in and contribute to a complex and changing world. Flying Kites strives to work in partnership with their neighbors to strengthen the community and help keep families together; to foster collaboration between Flying Kites and other non-profit organizations, governmental agencies and businesses; and to facilitate thoughtful action on the crises facing orphaned children.

Prior to establishing Flying Kites, our Founders volunteered in the slums of Nairobi and grew frustrated by the lack of comprehensive approaches to improving the lives of orphans. Poor education, lack of fresh air and water, and minimal preparation for a productive adulthood meant that these children were often condemned to an adult life of poverty. Out of these observations came the organizations vision of remarkable childcare and sustainable community development.

This model is being put into practice on our first site in the Aberdare Mountains of Central Kenya. Here, orphaned children who have endured unimaginable suffering reclaim their childhood on our magical site that boasts an ideal setting for childhood. Our organizations wonderful, caring, and qualified staff provides a safe and nurturing environment for all our children.

Flying Kites operates under the premise that removing an orphaned child from an extended family should always be the last resort. When parents die in Kenya, a relative usually takes on the responsibility to care for the orphaned child. This can put an overwhelming burden on what is often an already precarious financial situation. Therefore, we provide small grants to such relatives to allow children to remain with their family. Flying Kites also assists the community by leasing 25 acres of land in Kinangop, which will be distributed in 2010 into one-half acre allotments to 50 landless families. These families have been provided with initial training, seeds, and fertilizer. Flying Kites expects this initiative to be self-sustaining within two years.

In addition to community outreach programs, we run a primary school for children living at our Childrens Center, as well as for 35 children from the local village of Njabini. We pride ourselves on the high quality education we provide; three of our children rank as the top students in Kenya for their respective age groups.

Flying Kites focuses on providing a holistic education that stresses the value of extra-curricular activities and community involvement. Our goal is to foster the desire for social change in our children, as well as to provide them with the necessary tools to make their voices and actions count. Thus, Flying Kites graduates will be positioned to have an impact on the world greatly beyond their numbers.

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To This Fundraiser

$19,288

MONEY RAISED
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  • Geoff Wolanski

    $100

  • Sue Padgett

    $100

  • Sue and Ann Padgett

    $300

  • Justin Morrison

    $100

  • Steve Anderson

    $300

  • Kari Hoffman

    $5,704

  • Joy Battles

    $4,053

  • Kathryn Wiseman

    $4,200

  • Bridget Keys

    $4,381

  • Anonymous

    $50

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8% Raised of $250,000 Goal

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The Team: $19,288 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Amy Wolanski

Amount Raised

$19,288

 

8% Raised of $250,000 Goal

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Jenifer Taherian

Amount Raised

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Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

6 years ago

Kathryn Wiseman

Kathryn Wiseman

DONATION: $4,200

6 years ago

Bridget Keys

Bridget Keys

DONATION: $4,381

6 years ago

Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson

DONATION: $300

6 years ago

Kari Hoffman

Kari Hoffman

DONATION: $5,704

6 years ago

Joy Battles

Joy Battles

DONATION: $4,053

6 years ago

Justin Morrison

Justin Morrison

DONATION: $100

Nice work Amy! 6 years ago

Sue and Ann Padgett

Sue and Ann Padgett

DONATION: $300

6 years ago

Sue Padgett

Sue Padgett

DONATION: $100

6 years ago

Geoff Wolanski

Geoff Wolanski

DONATION: $100

6 years ago