We’re getting there!


We are thrilled to announce that we have raised more than $3,500 towards our $10,000 needed for the Humble Hearts matching donation and more than $1,250 for holiday gifts for all of the child in our programs! We can’t thank you enough if you have already donated! If you haven’t donated yet, please consider helping us provide a holiday gift to all of the children in our programs by going to www.angelcovers.org and making a donation today. THANK YOU ALL!

Here are the details surrounding this years match for those that are new to the e-mail list or may have missed the previous e-mail with this information.


Every year for the past 5 years, Angel Covers has had a generous donor who is willing to give $5,000 or more to Humble Hearts if Angel Covers can raise $10,000. Countless items have been purchased for the school and home such as beds, stoves, food, building materials, books…the list goes on and on. We are thrilled that this generous couple has agreed to do the same this year. I recently received a very kind letter from them about why they donate each year. Here is a portion of that letter.

“Truly can’t believe that it has been another wonderful year! The progress at Humble Hearts has been incredible; (We) see nothing better than “keeping the pressure on” to assure the continuing and enduring presence of Humble Hearts in Kenya.

We had the opportunity to travel and see a quick glimpse of some of the areas where Angel Covers cares for the less fortunate. It has been amazing to watch the changes that have taken place because of the initiatives that you and the others of Angel Covers have done – basically on a shoestring! To donate to an organization and truly see the impact of the donation is heartwarming to say the least. Many times you don’t see the actual outcomes – with Angel Covers it is apparent!”

We are honored to be the recipient of such a generous offer and letter.
This year, we’ve decided to start by purchasing gifts for each and every child in our programs; Humble Hearts, Mama’s Wish, foster care. EVERY child will receive a new item in January; more than 300 children! Many have never had anything new…ever! I’m asking you to please consider an end of the year donation. Your donation will provide many children the first new pair of socks, blanket, book, or ball he/she has ever had. Please go to our donation page and make a donation.

We need to raise $10,000 to receive the entire matching donation for Humble Hearts, and need at least $2,000 to purchase small gifts for children in the Mama’s Wish and Huaibei programs. I know we can do it!! Pass this along to family and friends.

And don’t forget to order your holiday cards! The profits from these cards will also be matched.

I know we can make our goal together!!

Kari Fillmore
303-947-5215
www.angelcovers.org
Caring for orphans and destitute children around the world.

December Newsletter

The holidays can be a time of abundance of food and fabulous feasts for many people. We, at Angel Covers, ask that you please keep the less fortunate in mind during this giving season. It’s easy to overlook or forget how far these programs have come have and what provisions are being made possible through donations. Your support means that many impoverished children won’t have to worry about where their next meal will come from or of what quality it will be. Please keep us, and the children we serve, in mind when considering your year-end charitable donations.
Huaibei

As you already may know, the formula for Huaibei we were previously purchasing from Nestle has been discontinued. We took advantage of the price before having to pay more when we begin buying the new Nestle formula, and purchased 40 cases in July instead of the usual 20. Because of the extra formula on hand at the orphanage, they were able to provide it to the older children with disabilities who need additional nutrition which meant that 35 of the 40 children were able to benefit from this last shipment. The supply has almost run out and we will be reordering formula in the next few weeks. The new formula is Nestlé’s Nespray and is of high quality, just like all Nestle formula, and will be well received by the children of Huaibei. This program has allowed the children of Huaibei to be stronger, healthier, and often times ready for needed surgeries. Will you please consider a donation?

Humble Hearts

Nutrition at Humble Hearts is gradually improving! Daily nourishment for the children includes clean water, brought in by truck each week, beans, rice, and maize. Kale is also frequently served to the children but it’s not necessarily a staple. On some occasions the children are fed meat and fruit as well. Vitamins have now become a daily supplement, since our bringing them from a generous donor and are expected to last 3 to 4 months. This is great example of how the children could benefit from additional sponsors or even one-time donations. Learn more about how you can help here.

Humble Hearts harvested their crops in Western Kenya this fall, which produced 75 bags of maize once it was all processed and dried, and one month’s supply of beans. Forty two bags of the maize will be sold to help pay for next year’s crop and the remaining 33 were kept to feed the children. The thirty three bags of maize are expected to feed the school for 4 months.

Another tidbit of good news is that the local price of maize has dropped due to market fluctuations. This is extremely beneficial when it comes to purchasing additional maize when the harvested supply runs out. This frees up funds to pay for other things that are much needed at the Humble Hearts School.

Donation Matching

We’re extremely grateful to have a donor that has agreed to do a 50% donation match, up to $5,000.00 of the total donations received, to benefit Humble Hearts School from now until the end of 2011. If you are thinking about donating please do it now while we have this great opportunity. Since Angel Covers is completely volunteer run, you can rest assured that your money is making the biggest impact possible on the lives of these children. Click here to donate.

Gift Cards

We all know what it’s like to shop for the person who has it all, our child’s teacher who doesn’t need another gift basket, or a friend who is extremely hard to shop for. We have the answer. Angel Covers Gift Cards!!! Make a donation in honor of a loved and we will send a card to them with a personal message from you, explain that you have made a donation in their name, and include a photo or photos showing the nutritional impact that Angel Covers is making with the help of donors just like you. Gift cards to support our nutrition programs include proving fruit to Humble Hearts and formula to Huaibei. To send a gift card to someone on your holiday list follow this link.

The Ultimate Gift

One of the best gifts you could give this holiday season is the gift of sponsorship. It’s a meaningful gift that will help to supply an impoverished child with the essentials that he or she needs to thrive such as basic foods, clean water, education, shelter, and/or medical care. By providing this foundation you offer a child the opportunity to escape the slums of poverty, stop the cycle from perpetuating, and create hope for a better tomorrow.

Our website is up to date with names and photos of children who are in need of your ongoing support. As a sponsor, you or the gift recipient will receive reports on the child and details about how your monthly sponsorship is improving your child’s life. Give the ultimate gift.

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” –Winston Churchill

More ways to support Angel Covers

Angel Covers is always in need of additional monetary support in order to continue providing and expanding current programs, and this is no different for our nutrition programs. We are frequently asked for creative ways to support children around the world, especially when making a direct donation isn’t always in the family budget.

• One of the easiest ways to contribute more is through employer matching gifts programs. Many employers will match any charitable donations made by their employees. We encourage you to check with your human resources office to see if your employer participates in gift matching. This would essentially double your monthly contribution.

• Have an old car that you want to get rid of? A lot of companies will pay cash for used vehicles, often times regardless of whether or not they run. I have personally done this. The company came to my home, evaluated the vehicle, made me an offer, towed the vehicle and supplied all of the DMV forms. In my case, it was $750.00. That would buy a lot of formula for Huaibei or quite a few nutritional staples for Humble Hearts!

• Have a yard sale to benefit Angel Covers. With the winter approaching and inevitably locking us indoors it is a great time to go through the attic, garage, and closets and set aside all of the items that you no longer want to keep. By spring you will likely have a large enough pile to make a yard sale worth your while. You’d be amazed at how quickly the bucks add up.

• Are you athletic? Whether it’s a run/walk 5k or a full marathon you can collect pledges from family, friends, or even local businesses in support of your efforts that can be donated to Angel Covers upon completion. To go a step farther you can talk to the charity coordinator at most major events and ask if you can form a team to benefit Angel Covers instead of the select charities that they normally offer. We’ll be there to support you all the way with a Team Angel Covers t-shirt and any promotional materials you might need.

• Is your company willing to make a donation of goods or services? A lot of our employers might be willing to make a one-time monetary donation or a donation of goods that can be used in our annual auction or supplied directly to one of our programs.

• Tax season is almost upon us. For those of you who are fortunate enough to get tax refunds next year it is a great opportunity to donate money you don’t regularly rely on. Don’t want to give it all up? Consider donating a portion of the return.

• Be creative! What interests you? Hold an event at your home or in your community. Ideas include a community tennis tournament with entry fees, dinner parties or a game night with friends and family and charge for tickets, hold a painting contest for children and charge an entrance fee, the possibilities are endless. Events like this not only help to raise money for Angel Covers but also increase the likelihood that those who participate will learn more about our organization through you and become sponsors as well.

Thanks! As 2011 comes to an end, we would like to give a very special thank you to our sponsors for their generous contributions. Your donations have improved the lives of thousands of children around the world and we thank you for helping to make it possible for yet another year. We’re energized about the possibilities that 2012 will bring and honored to have your continued support.

Misty Gllham
Angel Covers, Nutrition Director

December

 

December Newsletter

The holidays can be a time of abundance of food and fabulous feasts for many people. We, at Angel Covers, ask that you please keep the less fortunate in mind during this giving season. It’s easy to overlook or forget how far these programs have come have and what provisions are being made possible through donations. Your support means that many impoverished children won’t have to worry about where their next meal will come from or of what quality it will be. Please keep us, and the children we serve, in mind when considering your year-end charitable donations.

Huaibei

As you already may know, the formula for Huaibei we were previously purchasing from Nestle has been discontinued. We took advantage of the price before having to pay more when we begin buying the new Nestle formula, and purchased 40 cases in July instead of the usual 20. Because of the extra formula on hand at the orphanage, they were able to provide it to the older children with disabilities who need additional nutrition which meant that 35 of the 40 children were able to benefit from this last shipment. The supply has almost run out and we will be reordering formula in the next few weeks. The new formula is Nestlé’s Nespray and is of high quality, just like all Nestle formula, and will be well received by the children of Huaibei. This program has allowed the children of Huaibei to be stronger, healthier, and often times ready for needed surgeries. Will you please consider a donation?

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Humble Hearts

Nutrition at Humble Hearts is gradually improving! Daily nourishment for the children includes clean water, brought in by truck each week, beans, rice, and maize. Kale is also frequently served to the children but it’s not necessarily a staple. On some occasions the children are fed meat and fruit as well. Vitamins have now become a daily supplement, since our bringing them from a generous donor and are expected to last 3 to 4 months. This is great example of how the children could benefit from additional sponsors or even one-time donations. Learn more about how you can help here.

HH Beans.jpg

Humble Hearts harvested their crops in Western Kenya this fall, which produced 75 bags of maize once it was all processed and dried, and one month’s supply of beans. Forty two bags of the maize will be sold to help pay for next year’s crop and the remaining 33 were kept to feed the children. The thirty three bags of maize are expected to feed the school for 4 months.

HH Fall Harvest 2011 3.jpg HH Fall Harvest 2011.jpg HH Fall Harvest 2011 2.jpg

Another tidbit of good news is that the local price of maize has dropped due to market fluctuations. This is extremely beneficial when it comes to purchasing additional maize when the harvested supply runs out. This frees up funds to pay for other things that are much needed at the Humble Hearts School.

Donation Matching

We’re extremely grateful to have a donor that has agreed to do a 50% donation match, up to $5,000.00 of the total donations received, to benefit Humble Hearts School from now until the end of 2011. If you are thinking about donating please do it now while we have this great opportunity. Since Angel Covers is completely volunteer run, you can rest assured that your money is making the biggest impact possible on the lives of these children. Click here to donate.

Gift Cards

We all know what it’s like to shop for the person who has it all, our child’s teacher who doesn’t need another gift basket, or a friend who is extremely hard to shop for. We have the answer. Angel Covers Gift Cards!!! Make a donation in honor of a loved and we will send a card to them with a personal message from you, explain that you have made a donation in their name, and include a photo or photos showing the nutritional impact that Angel Covers is making with the help of donors just like you. Gift cards to support our nutrition programs include proving fruit to Humble Hearts and formula to Huaibei. To send a gift card to someone on your holiday list follow this link .

The Ultimate Gift

One of the best gifts you could give this holiday season is the gift of sponsorship. It’s a meaningful gift that will help to supply an impoverished child with the essentials that he or she needs to thrive such as basic foods, clean water, education, shelter, and/or medical care. By providing this foundation you offer a child the opportunity to escape the slums of poverty, stop the cycle from perpetuating, and create hope for a better tomorrow.

O ur website is up to date with names and photos of children who are in need of your ongoing support. As a sponsor, you or the gift recipient will receive reports on the child and details about how your monthly sponsorship is improving your child’s life. Give the ultimate gift.

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” –Winston Churchill

More ways to support Angel Covers

Angel Covers is always in need of additional monetary support in order to continue providing and expanding current programs, and this is no different for our nutrition programs. We are frequently asked for creative ways to support children around the world, especially when making a direct donation isn’t always in the family budget.

  • One of the easiest ways to contribute more is through employer matching gifts programs. Many employers will match any charitable donations made by their employees. We encourage you to check with your human resources office to see if your employer participates in gift matching. This would essentially double your monthly contribution.
  • Have an old car that you want to get rid of? A lot of companies will pay cash for used vehicles, often times regardless of whether or not they run. I have personally done this. The company came to my home, evaluated the vehicle, made me an offer, towed the vehicle and supplied all of the DMV forms. In my case, it was $750.00. That would buy a lot of formula for Huaibei or quite a few nutritional staples for Humble Hearts!
  • Have a yard sale to benefit Angel Covers. With the winter approaching and inevitably locking us indoors it is a great time to go through the attic, garage, and closets and set aside all of the items that you no longer want to keep. By spring you will likely have a large enough pile to make a yard sale worth your while. You’d be amazed at how quickly the bucks add up.
  • Are you athletic? Whether it’s a run/walk 5k or a full marathon you can collect pledges from family, friends, or even local businesses in support of your efforts that can be donated to Angel Covers upon completion. To go a step farther you can talk to the charity coordinator at most major events and ask if you can form a team to benefit Angel Covers instead of the select charities that they normally offer. We’ll be there to support you all the way with a Team Angel Covers t-shirt and any promotional materials you might need.
  • Is your company willing to make a donation of goods or services? A lot of our employers might be willing to make a one-time monetary donation or a donation of goods that can be used in our annual auction or supplied directly to one of our programs.
  • Tax season is almost upon us. For those of you who are fortunate enough to get tax refunds next year it is a great opportunity to donate money you don’t regularly rely on. Don’t want to give it all up? Consider donating a portion of the return.
  • Be creative! What interests you? Hold an event at your home or in your community. Ideas include a community tennis tournament with entry fees, dinner parties or a game night with friends and family and charge for tickets, hold a painting contest for children and charge an entrance fee, the possibilities are endless. Events like this not only help to raise money for Angel Covers but also increase the likelihood that those who participate will learn more about our organization through you and become sponsors as well.

Thanks!

As 2011 comes to an end, we would like to give a very special thank you to our sponsors for their generous contributions. Your donations have improved the lives of thousands of children around the world and we thank you for helping to make it possible for yet another year. We’re energized about the possibilities that 2012 will bring and honored to have your continued support.

 

 

Gifts From The World Auction

Every year, Angel Covers hosts our annual Gifts From The World on-line auction. We are thrilled to say this year is no different. Beginning December 1, Angel Covers will have beautiful items from around the world for auction on eBay. Items such as a banana leaf Santa and sleigh, books signed by the author, Chinese yo-yo’s, children’s clothing, and eggs stands from Europe will be auctioned with 100% of the proceeds going to the Humble Hearts School for the Deaf in Kenya. Making the auction even more beneficial to the school, again this year we have 50% a matching donation of all of the proceeds raised.

Admittedly, we are behind at getting the word out this year about the auction. Please spread the word about this great opportunity to provide unique gifts to your family and friends, as well has helping desperate children in Kenya. Desks, additional land for a garden, and new beds are just some of the things this years proceeds will be used for.

 

A link to the auction will be on our website as soon as its live. Check back often to be sure you haven’t been outbid!

 

Thank you as always for your support!

Kari

New Website

I am thrilled to announce that Angel Covers has a brand new website!! Please check it out at http://www.angelcovers.org/ We are sure you’ll find it easy to maneuver and full of wondering information about our work.

With the holiday’s fast approaching, please consider shopping with Angel Covers. Our holiday cards are beautiful! Drawn by the children of Humble Hearts, these cards not only provide a great way to connect with friends and family, but also support the Humble Hearts School.

Other products such as shoes, blankets, hooded bath towels and craft aprons can be found on our products pages. The profits from the sale of these products support children around the world.

Not sure about a gift? Consider our gift cards! Make a donation in honor of a loved one and we’ll send a card with a personal message. Or, consider the numerous children on our website who need sponsors and give the gift of sponsorship to both a child in need and your loved one. We’ll happily send a card to the recipient.

Once again Angel Covers has a very generous donor willing to match by 50% all donations to the Humble Hearts School up to $5,000. When considering your year-end charitable donations, please think of Angel Covers and the children we serve. With no paid staff and very little administrative costs, you can rest assured your donation is making the biggest impact possible. We can’t thank Kristen Kent with i2k Communications and Sheri Wahl with Trowen Communications enough. Their hard work made this website happen!

Thank you all for your continued support!

Kari Fillmore
Angel Covers Executive Director

Angel Covers’ new website

  I am thrilled to announce that Angel Covers has a brand new website!! Please check it out at http://www.angelcovers.org/ We are sure you’ll find it easy to maneuver and full of wondering information about our work.

 

With the holiday’s fast approaching, please consider shopping with Angel Covers. Our holiday cards are beautiful! Drawn by the children of Humble Hearts, these cards not only provide a great way to connect with friends and family, but also support the Humble Hearts School.
Other products such as shoes, blankets, hooded bath towels and craft aprons can be found on our products pages. The profits from the sale of these products support children around the world.
Not sure about a gift? Consider our gift cards! Make a donation in honor of a loved one and we’ll send a card with a personal message. Or, consider the numerous children on our website who need sponsors and give the gift of sponsorship to both a child in need and your loved one. We’ll happily send a card to the recipient.

Once again Angel Covers has a very generous donor willing to match by 50% all donations to the Humble Hearts School up to $5,000. When considering your year-end charitable donations, please think of Angel Covers and the children we serve. With no paid staff and very little administrative costs, you can rest assured your donation is making the biggest impact possible. We can’t thank Kristen Kent with i2k Communications and Sheri Wahl with Trowen Communications enough. Their hard work made this website happen!

 

 

 
Thank you all for your continued support!

Holiday Cards From Angel Covers

During our recent trip to Kenya, the children of Humble Hearts created beautiful sketches of a variety of different scenes. We are thrilled to announce that we have taken 10 of these sketches, added some color, & turned them into beautiful holiday These cards benefit the children of Humble Hearts & all proceeds are being matched by 50%. Order yours today! Quantities are limited.

http://www.angelcovers.org/angel-covers-store/greeting-cards/holiday-cards/

October

October 2011 Update

“The world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming it.” Helen Keller

Kari and Ida are currently in Kenya visiting the Humble Hearts School and the Dagoretti Youth Center. More than 160 lbs of supplies were taken and more will be purchased in country. Pictures of sponsored kids will be taken, letters will be written, and the long list of needs at both schools will be assessed. We are thrilled to tell you that for the 3rd year in a row, a donor has agreed to provide a 50% match (up to $5,000) all donations to Humble Heart received by the end of 2011. For the past 2 years, these funds have provided stoves, beds, a HUGE water tank, blankets, mattresses, land for crops, desks, textbooks, and countless other items for Humble Hearts. Please consider making a donation today and watch your money grow by 50%!

In an effort to help raise the $10,000 needed to receive the entire matching donation, the children of Humble Hearts will be making new block prints for upcoming holiday cards. Ten new holiday cards will be available this year and all proceeds will go directly to Humble Hearts, and will be matched by 50% as well. What a great way to help these beautiful children while sending warm holiday greetings to family and friends. New cards will be available soon!

 

New Angel Covers Website – Coming Soon!

Angel Covers is currently in the process of completely revamping our website! Part of this process has been changing credit card providers. While this is certainly inconvenient to many of our monthly donors, we know that in the long run we’ll get better service and lower credit card rates…leaving more funds going directly to the kids. The new website is wonderful and we are so grateful to have i2k Communications and Trowen Communications donating most of the work. What wonderful supporters they are! Look for the big announcement soon that our new website is live! We know you’ll love it as much as we do.

 

Mama’s Wish – The Power of Education

This fall Mama’s Wish is delighted to welcome back 81 high school students and 20 college students. Without our support, the opportunity of education would be an impossible dream for all of them. Now these bright girls aspire to be doctors, social workers and teachers, and each one looks forward to the day they can give back to others struggling in their communities.

This year for the first time, we’re excited to support students attending four different high schools in Qinghai Province. During the summer Jian Cuo, Mama’s Wish Director in China, visited several extremely remote, nomadic areas with no access to high schools. He found many bright girls living in desperate poverty in areas we had previously not been able to help. We are very grateful for Jian Cuo’s persistence and compassion in locating these girls, and we’re delighted to welcome them to the Mama’s Wish program.

Yanshu Jia Deji Cuo Kanzhuo Dolma

Additionally, we are supporting more college students than ever with the enrollment of 20 students in universities in Qinghai, Sichuan, and Gansu provinces as well as in the Tibetan Autonomous Region and at Beijing University.  Our students are currently pursuing degrees in diverse fields such as Tibetan and Chinese Medicine, Geological Engineering, and Tibetan Studies, to name a few.  All of the students went through the Mama’s Wish high school program before being accepted into colleges, and we are so proud of them and excited to help them complete their college educations.

college students Doritj Somo Kamao Cuo

We’re currently looking for sponsors for several students in both our high school and college programs (see photos below). For as little as $12 month you too can help give a girl the tools she needs to change her life forever. As a sponsor you will receive progress reports, photos and translated letters from your student. You’ll also have the unique opportunity to send letters back to your student if you wish.

For more information on the Mama’s Wish program please visit : http://www.angelcovers.org/mamawish.html Or contact karen@angelcovers.org

 

Misty Gillham- Nutrition Director

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Misty Gillham and I’m the Nutrition Director for Angel Covers. I’m nearing completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health and will begin my graduate degree in Human Nutrition and Food Science next year that will ultimately leave me with the credentials of being a Registered Dietitian.

Balanced nutrition is vital for providing our bodies with the necessary energy that it requires for growth, development, and regulation of all bodily functions. For the children of Angel Covers, their need goes far beyond anything that you or I have likely ever experienced. Malnourishment is a serious threat to the children that we support due to the lack of funds and resources that are necessary to provide adequate nutrition. The repercussions have the potential to be life altering and permanent in many cases.

I will be overseeing each nutrition program and evaluating the dietetic needs of each child to ensure maximum health. I’m also planning on taking trips to do onsite evaluations to ensure that we are doing the best that we possibly can. There is a lot of room for improvements in the way of nutrition and I’ll be working hard to meet those demands through promotion and seeking out additional funding to support future projects. My ultimate goal is to have each program reach a self sustaining status where they will no longer be dependent on outside contributions. I have a lot of innovative ideas and hope that this vision can come to fruition with all of our hard work and dedication.

 

Yaks – The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Nutrition has long been a concern of ours for the children living in the developing areas of western China. Supplementing the nutritional needs of the Mama’s Wish students has always been a goal, but such a daunting task. We typically have 100 students in the program at any given time, but many of these girls attend large boarding schools, with several hundred total students in attendance. The children all live, study, and eat together. How could we provide for the nutritional needs for our students without also providing for the needs of the other students in the schools? It just wasn’t fair for the children in our program to receive that benefit while hundreds of other children sitting next to them at mealtimes were excluded. Fortunately, with the support of Alternative Gifts International and its donors, we were able to work with the Mama’s Wish teachers in China to come up with a solution. This past year Angel Covers purchased dozens of yaks, whose milk, butter, yogurt, and cheese have improved the diets of all of the children attending these schools, not just the ones enrolled in our Mama’s Wish program. Thanks to the improved nutrition at the schools, the children are getting sick less and able to concentrate more. They are healthier, happier, and better able to learn. The Yak Project has been a tremendous success, and one that will be self-sustaining as the yaks reproduce in the coming years. Because its impact is both immediate and long-lasting, we hope to purchase more yaks for other schools in the region in the future.

Yaks – mom and baby Kids in line for a meal Full tummies = happy girls

 

My Last Day In Kenya

Today is my last day in Kenya, and I assume my last blog. Yesterday was very interesting, we went to Dagoretti to drop some supplies off at the school. Dagoretti is a much larger school than Humble Hearts, yet in more need than Humble Hearts. We toured the school, and ate some roasted peanuts, hot chocolate, and bananas. Roasted peanuts in the United States are roasted and then packaged; but in Kenya, they are roasted and served warm. They are the best.

After leaving Dagoretti, we went to the Java Cafe and had some lunch. We then went over to the enormous Nakumatt (Kenyan Walmart, with way more in it: Appliances, furniture, etc.) and looked at mattresses for Humble Hearts. We bought 10 mattresses and packed them in the back of Beatrice’s car. We had to fold down the back seat and sit on the back of the back seat with the mattresses in our backs.

We left the store at 5:00. This is very important to know about the car ride home. We got stuck in traffic on the way back. We finally got back to the house, and it was 8:01. This was the biggest traffic jam I had ever seen. People ran out of gas because they were just burning fuel when stopped behind cars.

Today, we went to another store and bought some more mattresses, seven to be exact. This was not quite enough to have to fold down the back seat, but the trunk was packed. The kids were so happy to have the new mattresses at the school. Along with mattresses, we also ordered four, triple bunk beds, so that all the kids would be off the floor.

We leave at around 10:30 Kenya time tonight, and I have learned a lot. I am really excited to get home to my friends and family.

-Jacob Fillmore

My Last Day in Kenya

Today is my last day in Kenya, and I assume my last blog. Yesterday was very interesting, we went to Dagoretti to drop some supplies off at the school. Dagoretti is a much larger school than Humble Hearts, yet in more need than Humble Hearts. We toured the school, and ate some roasted peanuts, hot chocolate, and bananas. Roasted peanuts in the United States are roasted and then packaged; but in Kenya, they are roasted and served warm. They are the best.

After leaving Dagoretti, we went to the Java Cafe and had some lunch. We then went over to the enormous Nakumatt (Kenyan Walmart, with way more in it: Appliances, furniture, etc.) and looked at mattresses for Humble Hearts. We bought 10 mattresses and packed them in the back of Beatrice’s car. We had to fold down the back seat and sit on the back of the back seat with the mattresses in our backs.

We left the store at 5:00. This is very important to know about the car ride home. We got stuck in traffic on the way back. We finally got back to the house, and it was 8:01. This was the biggest traffic jam I had ever seen. People ran out of gas because they were just burning fuel when stopped behind cars.

Today, we went to another store and bought some more mattresses, seven to be exact. This was not quite enough to have to fold down the back seat, but the trunk was packed. The kids were so happy to have the new mattresses at the school. Along with mattresses, we also ordered four, triple bunk beds, so that all the kids would be off the floor.

We leave at around 10:30 Kenya time tonight, and I have learned a lot. I am really excited to get home to my friends and family.

-Jacob Fillmore