Happy New Year friends and thanks for partnering with Lifesong Kenya this past year despite its numerous challenges. Here’s our 2020 review.
2020 has been quite the year, hasn’t it? There was so much going on and yet it seemed like the whole world was brought to a standstill by COVID-19 pandemic that affected all of us in one way or the other.
Despite the many challenges that we faced, we have a lot of good things that happened and we thought it would be helpful to reflect back and share with you what we’ve been proudest of as a an organization these last twelve months.
January to March
50 exceptional young men signed up for our REAM Program in juvenile prison. The list 50 eventually reduced to 20 due to our rigorous enrollment exercise that seek to teach the boys integrity, courage and honesty.
The boys were able to learn computer skills, personal branding and other soft skills. We also helped connect most of the boys with their families, the police and the people they had wronged and hurt. However, at the beginning of March, our program was halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
March to August
Just like most organizations, we began offering care and support to vulnerable families who needed help. Our Covid-19 response targeted 10 families of boys in Kangemi while the rest were recipients across the country.
Our approached involved budgeting together with families and buying from local sellers who they usually buy from. In total, we were able to reach 35 households in total, covered 7 locations and served 130 beneficiaries.
May 10: Surprise Baby Shower
“When the Lifesong Kenya began supporting me, I was pregnant. Since I didn’t have money for baby clothes and the money needed for my maternal care, I was worried. However, on May 10th, the team visited and threw a surprise Baby Shower Party for me. This was a huge surprise to me and a blessing! Now, my baby is 6 months old and I am grateful for what Lifesong did for me.”
June to August
Through the support our donors, we managed to help Judith, one of our beneficiaries to get capital for her fish business.
August to November
Started intense training for the Half Way Cycle 2020 event
November 22 to December 2
Cycled from Nairobi to Malindi – through Machakos, Wote, Kibwezi, Voi, Mombasa and Kilifi – to raise funding for our transitional housing project.
Route: Nairobi to Malindi, Distance: 710.62, Time: 81.9 hours, Funds raised: 206 376 (41%)
Plans for 2021
We are geared up for 2021 and would like to invite you all to continue partnering with us this year. Now that schools have been re-opened and learning has resumed, we are waiting for communication from the prison authorities to know when we will resume our prison program, start off our Half Way House and other activities.
We will keep you updated. In the meantime, we would like you to consider joining our Monthly Giving Campaign. We already have a number of you who are already doing this and we really appreciate. In the meantime, we would like to encourage you to get involved in our Monthly Giving Campaign.
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