A Message from Charity

“Welcome, welcome!” This is a song sung in jubilance by kids when they come back after a long holiday in their rescue centres. They are deeply joyful to be back to school; that a new term (semester) has come. They want to meet up with their friends in school, and their teachers, to join new classes when it’s a new year, and to progress with their school routine, which is more busy and fun than in rescue centres. To me, it’s a hustle of time: arranging their transport, getting their fees in the school accounts, buying them the personal stuff for use at school, ...

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What Makes Mugumo Different: A Post-Trip Reflection

The Mugumo Project has hit the ground running. Since holding our first fundraiser at the beginning of August, we have accomplished our goal of hiring a fantastic teacher, Judi, for Nairobi Children's Home, laid the ground work for a vocational training program with the girls at Machakos Rescue Centre, established partnerships with the schools our sponsored kids attend, and achieved 501(c)3 status in the United States, in addition to countless small victories (Business cards! New school shoes! Superhero drawings!).  Although I have always been confident that our mission ...

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Meet Judi, the Newest Member of Our Team!

Jambo mingi from Nairobi! After two busy weeks in Kenya, I am unbelievably happy to report that the Mugumo Project has successfully hired a primary school teacher for Nairobi Children's Home! This past week, Charity, our Director of Operations, Christine, Director of Nairobi Children's Home, and myself held interviews for the position. We were lucky to interview some very impressive women from all over Nairobi. Round One consisted of a traditional sit-down interview. The most-qualified candidates were invited back the next day for a "practical" where they each taught ...

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Giant Jenga, Tusker, and a Really Good Cause.

Looking to make your Friday night a little more meaningful? Come out this Friday and help us sponsor a primary school teacher at Nairobi Children's Home! The Mugumo Project will be holding our debut fundraiser this Friday, August 1st at the Annex of Saint Jams Lutheran Church in Fayetteville, ...

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Help Us Reach Our Goal of $3,000.00!

Okay, people. The time for action is finally here. In August, I am traveling to Kenya with the goal of interviewing and hiring a primary school teacher for Nairobi Children's Home. Realistically, we will never be able to find sponsors for each individual child in NCH. Children are constantly ...

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In the Home Stretch: 501(c)3 on the Horizon

This morning in beautiful Emerald Isle, North Carolina, I took a break from enjoying the waves to head down to the post office and send off the final portion of our 501(c)3 application. With these minor corrections, our application will be submitted for a final review and we should receive our status within three months! Our journey towards achieving 501(c)3 status with the IRS has been a long, long waiting game. Here is our timeline to date: March 2013 we sent off our initial application. June 2013 we received confirmation that our application was received and is ...

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