THIS CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN CLOSED
Organized by: Marissa Block
For: The 72 orphan girls of Njoro, Kenya, seek donations to complete their orphanage structure which was destroyed during ethnic clashes in 2007, start their baking business, and initiate a social network.
By: The team, consisting of Trinity College students, has won the Davis Project for Peace Grant: http://www.davisprojectsforpeace.org/projects/2014/node/3645
Problem: Being an orphan is an irreversible reality. However, due to a lack of representation and guidance, as orphans are without traditional networks of ethnic, familial, and locational connections, they are socially ostracized or socially orphaned as well. The first step is to have a permanent (not a rented or makeshift) roof over their heads. Second, the girls will be connected to families in the nearby town, Nakuru, who will pledge to visit the girl(s) at least once every month. Third, the girls will have their own baking business, a risk-free source of income.
Progress: The social network has been established, the bakery is fully installed, and the orphanage structure is nearly complete. The project is in its final stages, but needs funding for completion.
1) The capital (baking equipment) has been installed, but we are in need of donations to fund the other critical start-up costs. The first batch of baked goods, transportation, electricity, license fees, packaging needs, and marketing require investment. A $3000 donation will safeguard the future of the girls, who will also learn a professional skill.
2) The toilet-complex consisting of five showers and five toilets is a basic necessity, which the initial funding was unable to fulfill. An outdoor kitchen to avoid fire hazards needs construction as well. Around $20,000 is required for this enedeavour. This is a crucial step in the process of making the new structure habitable!