Our Achievements Together in 2018

Dear <<First Name>>,

Thank you so much for your support in 2018! This email is to celebrate what your support has allowed us to achieve together in the Kesho Fund's first year of operation.

Click here to view our 2018 video review on YouTube!

2018 Statistics

  • People directly impacted by projects: 2,000+++
  • Meals served: 1400
  • Students provided with electricity at school: 600+
  • Students provided with new, safe bathrooms at school: 573
  • Textbooks donated: 343
  • Students supported with menstrual products: 261

Project Updates

Gender Equity

Project Leaders Oliver Kimathi and Anthonia Nkaka had a wonderful year! They supported and educated over 300 girls and boys at their Girls' Empowerment Clubs and distributed 296 washable, reusable sanitary pad kits sewn by local tailors.

We were also excited this year to begin a fruitful new partnership with Tunaweza, a remarkable Tanzanian NGO that trains young people with physical and mental developmental differences in jobs skills and life skills. Tunaweza now sews about 30% of the sanitary pad kits we distribute each month, and we look forward to growing this partnership in the future!

Two personal success stories this year stood out for us as well--Oliver was invited to travel to the USA in January-May with the global International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP), and one of Oliver and Anthonia’s students, Neema, was invited to the USA with the amazing Pan-African Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP). Gaining notice from these prestigious programs shows how our leaders and our students are creating waves in their communities and inspiring others to work for equality in Tanzania, the USA, and abroad.

School Infrastructure

Project Leader Petro Okoth managed to electrify Luchelele Secondary School and build a new girls’ bathroom at Ibungilo Secondary School this year!

Electrifying Luchelele means that the 600+ students and 40+ teachers there will no longer have to plan lessons, teach, study, read and write in the dark (especially during rain season), and it also opens a path for community classes in the evenings.

Building the girls' bathroom at Ibungilo means that the 573 girls there will no longer have to share the 3 toilets they had access to before, and they now also have sinks and a sanitary changing room to reduce prevalence of UTI and transmissible diseases and help them stay safe and in-school throughout the month and the school year.

School Supplies

Project Leaders Petro Okoth and Augustine Mblembeza worked on 2 wonderful projects in school supplies this year. After surveying each individual school on which textbooks they needed most, The Kesho Fund was able to purchase 343 new books at 3 schools. In some classrooms, up to 20 students had been sharing each text book and will now have enough to learn more effectively.

They also launched a new project very close to our hearts: the School Breakfasts Project. At a school where some students travel up to 2 hours in each direction to school—
but eat just 1 meal per day—we have now served 1400 breakfasts and intend to serve 400 more each month in 2019. Reducing hunger in our schools is an important step in fostering the next generation of leaders and change-makers in our communities.
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Community Support in 2018

Support in Tanzania

Asanteni sana (thank you so much) to our supporters in Tanzania this year! Every step of the way, community members have been coming forward with personal donations to our projects and telling us how happy they are to see the work being done. During the final stage of our Electricity to Luchelele School project, we encountered an unexpected wiring expense and were thrilled when a representative of the ward government came forward and donated about 10% of the projects total budget to help us reahc the finish line.

Fundraisers in the USA

We had a number of wonderful fundraisers in the USA this year to push our projects forward, from a benefit dinner in Colorado to a painting class series in New Hampshire. Thanks in particular to Indigo Fire Pottery Studio in Belmont, Massachusetts for their amazing Summer Sale, which provided the first push forward for our New Girls' Bathroom project!

Individual Donors

Last, but most importantly, thanks to our individual donors this year! Personal donations of all sizes formed the backbone of our budget from month to month. Without all of you, none of this work would have been possible.

Plans for 2019

Monthly Updates

Due to interest from donors, we will move from our current quarterly newsletter to monthly email updates. These will be short and probably highlight 1 activity, project, or community outcome each month. We are looking forward to being in-touch more frequently!

The Kesho Fund Library Project

To help us address students' lack of reading materials as cost-effectively as possible, we are beginning a new project this year of commissioning photo-copiable, illustrated books in English, Swahili, and many other local/regional/global languages for free distribution in Tanzania and East Africa. Stay tuned for more details!

Community Fundraisers

After our wonderful success with community fundraisers in 2018, we are looking for ways to reach more support communities in 2019. If you'd be interested in hosting a BBQ, potluck, business partnership, or other fundraiser in 2019, please let us know! 

Thanks for all of your support this year!

We were deeply humbled by the trust and compassion that our supporters showed us this year, and we could not have achieved any of this without you. Cheers to a wonderful 2018 and an even brighter kesho (tomorrow) together.
- The Kesho Fund Team
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