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JAMBO FELLOW ADVENTURERS!
Did you know that 57 million primary school aged children around the world have never attended school? That’s 1 out of 10 children.
Without an education, these children will never be able to break the vicious cycle of poverty. But we can help change that.
In September 2011, we took a group of 25 TUTTERS to AFRICA for the first time. To say we fell in LOVE (with the people, the land, and the culture) is an understatement. It changed our lives forever and we resolved to go back – with a purpose! In November 2012, we started working with The Unstoppable Foundation to raise money and sponsor villages within the Mwangaza Community. For every $25,000 we raise, a new village is born. $25,000 not only builds a school, it provides the entire community with access to clean water and sanitation, food and nutrition, healthcare, and alternative income training for parents. Our first classroom is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2013!
Please help us reach our goal. Together, we can help support life-changing education for a child in need, and provide the tools to help families lift themselves out of poverty. I can’t think of a more important cause that truly helps bring about real and lasting change for children and their families for generations to come.
PS: We’re planning a trip to Africa to visit our villages in 2015. During our visit, we will pay a visit to the villages we’ve “adopted” and meet the people who we’ve helped face to face. Plus we’ll take a safari through Kenya and witness the greatest animal migration on the planet! We hope you’ll come with us!
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LISTEN TO MY INTERVIEW WITH CYNTHIA KERSEY!
Please join me in a free 1 hour talk with my friend, Cynthia Kersey!
Cynthia is an expert on how you can literally transform your life and your business through the power of service and contribution. As you’ll soon hear, she’s already funded 100 homes in Nepal and 37 primary schools in Africa!
In our conversation we’ll talk about:
- Selfish Service – How to be led by your heart to make the biggest difference with your life
- 6 Revelations on the Power of Giving – Tried, true, and scientifically proven
- Inspiring success stories of Oprah and other legends on discovering true happiness
- The power behind gratitude, giving, and making a difference
- A 29 Day Challenge to get the floodgates of good fortune trembling
- A TUT Adventurers proposal to team up with Cynthia and maybe even visit Africa!
This 1-hour talk with Cynthia Kersey went LIVE on Monday, November 19, 2012.
|JOIN TUT TO TRANSFORM THE LIVES OF 500 CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES|
Will you be a part of this transformation?
According to the United Nations, education is the single most powerful form of assistance we can provide to eradicate global poverty.
For every school year a child completes, especially for a girl, HIV Rates go down, income potential and rates of employment increase, preteen marriages and early pregnancy rates decrease, and nutrition and health improves for the entire family.
JUST BY LEARNING TO READ & WRITE 171 MILLION PEOPLE COULD BE LIFTED OUT OF POVERTY
|HELP NOW AND SPONSOR A VILLAGE|
The Unstoppable Foundation brings education and sustainability to people in developing countries by working with in-country partners that not only provide children with access to an education but provide the entire community with the resources and training necessary to break the cycle of poverty.
THE SPONSOR A VILLAGE MODEL IS MADE UP OF FIVE SUPPORTING PILLARS CRUCIAL TO LIFTING COMMUNITIES FROM POVERTY AND REMOVING THE OBSTACLES TO EDUCATING CHILDREN.
Help us sponsor an entire village
LET'S DO THIS!
|WHERE DOES MY DONATION GO?|
Sponsor a Village is a proven development model that builds schools and provides the entire community with:
By sponsoring a village, you're not only educating children, but providing tools to help the entire community break the cycle of poverty.
Help us reach our goal!
Mwangaza Before and After Sponsor a Village
Mwangaza is a rural Kipsigis community of 2,656 men, women, and children, located in Narok South District of Kenya. The Unstoppable Foundation in partnership with Free The Children and the Mwangaza community, has been implementing the Sponsor a Village development model for nearly two years. During this time, the community has accomplished many successes and developments.
HISTORY: Clean Water and Sanitation
- No households had access to safe water
- Few sanitary facilities
- Need to walk for miles to find water at times
When the Unstoppable Foundation started supporting the SAV model with implementing partner Free The Children, all community members lacked access to clean water sources. Moreover, clean water sources were also unavailable at the primary school. It takes girls and women approximately 5 hours each day to fetch water, preventing girls from attending school regularly and disrupting the ability of women to engage in alternative income generating opportunities. In addition to these challenges, the community has been confronted with drought that affects agricultural practices, livestock and food security.
UPDATE: Clean Water and Sanitation
A rainwater catchment system has been implemented as an initial solution to provide clean water to the community. This solution is effective but challenging during the dry season. Our partner continues to work with the community to ensure that the water is as safe and clean as possible. In addition, new solutions are being considered by the community to determine the most effective and sustainable water solutions for the long term.
- Severe famine in 2008 & 2009
- High inflation of food prices
- Two successive years of crop failure
- Malaria and typhoid common
- Extreme malnutrition, especially among children
- No healthcare facilities or health education
Before SAV was introduced, the community had limited to no access to health education, information or services. Traditionally, the community has suffered most commonly from typhoid, malaria, pneumonia, malnutrition and meningitis.
- 248 students were dewormed to prevent parasitic infection
- Mwangaza Primary School has established a student health club to educate peers and family
- Student health education awareness training focuses on personal hygiene, puberty, first aid, and infection prevention
- Community members and women’s groups received training on STIs and prevention measures, first aid, the importance of immunization, post-natal care, nutrition, and malnutrition
During the last few months, health education awareness training has been given to students, the community, and women’s groups. Health education is one of the most affective mechanisms for preventing illness and keeping children in school. Student health education focused primarily on personal hygiene, puberty, first aid and infection prevention. General community members and women’s groups were given training on STIs and prevention measures, first aid, the importance of immunization, post-natal care, nutrition and malnutrition. During the last quarter, 298 students were dewormed to prevent parasitic infection. Mwangaza Primary School has also established a student health club. Students take great pride in disseminating health information to their peers and families, acting as health ambassadors for the entire community!
- Families live on less than $2 a day
- Small-scale farming and selling charcoal income
- Women did not have means to earn an income
Before SAV was introduced, many community members were living off of less than a dollar a day. Traditionally, men would make their living on subsistence farming and performing general labor. Women would typically sell extra firewood, perform casual labour and partake in chicken husbandry. To compound some of these challenges, over 80% of the community held debts for purposes of purchasing food, paying for school, and covering health related costs.
UPDATE: Income and Livelihood
- Village Saving and Loan Associations (VSLAs) have been established and members are receiving training in leadership skills, fund management, record keeping and meeting management in preparation for beginning to save.
- The community has established a women’s group who have received training on record keeping and leadership skills. The group now meets on a regular basis, implementing a merry-go-round savings plan.
- 800 seedlings have been planted by the community youth group to grow trees once they have matured.
- Severely overcrowded
- High dropout rate
- Illiteracy common
- Early marriages kept girls out of school
- Child labor kept children out of school
Mwangaza Primary School was started through the community members’ initiatives back in 1998. Unfortunately, the school was forced to close due to the community’s inability to continue to pay teacher salaries. Fortunately, in 2006, the school was able to re-open. When our implementing partners, Free The Children, first introduced the Sponsor a Village model in Mwangaza, the community was facing challenges regarding low school enrolment rates and poor attendance. The community also continues to lack adequate school infrastructure for all the children.
We are very excited to announce that the TUT Sponsor a Village program is already underway. Volunteers have completed TUT’s schoolhouse stone walling up to the 7th course (there are up to 10 courses; ring beam concreting follows and then roofing.)
HISTORY: Agriculture and Food Security
Prior to the implementation of SAV, up to a third of the community’s livestock would die during the dry season. The community has traditionally sourced its food from their farms and market. During the East African Drought, the Narok District Adopt a Village communities faced two consecutive crop failures. To add to these challenges, the district also experienced high inflation on the price of food, particularly maize and beans, which had quadrupled in cost.
UPDATE: Agriculture and Food Security
- The school nutrition program provides a nutritious meal to all students daily.
- A demonstration garden has been planted on a small plot of land to teach farming techniques to all community members.
A school nutrition program was implemented and continues to provide a reliable and nutritious meal to every student each day of school. The school nutrition program not only provides a nutritious meal to students each day, but it also mitigates drop-out rates and strengthens student attentiveness and concentration in class. The community has seen much success with their demonstration garden. The garden is a small plot of land that acts as an outdoor classroom for all community members to learn farming techniques and give the community a central location for agriculture training. The garden is currently growing cassavas, sweet potatoes, onions, passion fruit, avocados, blackberries and papayas. The garden continues to provide sustainable food security solutions for the community and will only continue to strengthen the community’s agricultural endeavours.