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We are excited to announce that because of your generosity, 1008 solar lanterns complete with their USB cables were distributed to our children's families in April. Please watch your email inbox September 8 for the video documenting this miracle of light!
Visit our our photo gallery for a sneak peek at the photos of this distribution. Asante Sana for making this light and hope possible for so many in need.
The Impact of Light
For only $30, the Solar Kit will be life changing for the KDS community. The kit includes two piece solar LED lights with USB port and phone charging capability.
Without dependable and safe lighting, households in developing communities struggle to perform such basic activities as cooking, studying, reading and working after dark, all of which severely restrict their ability to improve their living conditions. After controlling for factors such as income, housing type, and price of energy, a groundbreaking study by the World Bank, “Rural Electrification and Development in the Philippines: Measuring the Social and Economic Benefits (Barnes 2002), found:
According to a study by the PATH Foundation Philippines, Inc., 500 rural Filipinos spent 28% or more of their meager income on kerosene for lighting. After switching to solar lights, the same households:
Health and Safety Impact
Solar light brings substantial health and safety benefits and saves lives. Fuel-based lighting is a significant cause of structural fires and severe burn injuries, with an average 24% death rate in cases where kerosene is adulterated with other fuels, resulting in explosions, according to Lumina Project Technical Report #10 by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory:
Economic and Environmental Impact
Kenya Children's Fund together with Kinyago-Dandora Schools is pleased to introduce video updates from our school. Click a link below to see what is happening at KDS and KDSS!
To receive regular email video updates on the most recent happenings at our schools please CLICK HERE to provide us with your email address! Asante Sana!
I am celebrating my fifth race season this year. I confess I’ve become a little obsessed with the triathlon lifestyle. Triathlon, obviously, is an excellent way to stay fit and is why I originally took up the sport.
During the intense training process of the next five months, I will make the focus of my individual race performance secondary. Instead I will focus my efforts on benefiting the Kenya Children’s Fund, a group dear to our family. Kenya Children’s Fund is a mission dedicated to curbing acute poverty in Kinyago Dandora, one of the poorest slums in Nairobi, Kenya.
So, as part of my process, I am looking for sponsors. All of the funds from each sponsored mile of the 140.6 mile race will provide food, clothing, and education for a KCF student. This also serves to honor my late mother, Lois Hetherington, whose generous and sacrificial giving taught me the joy that comes from loving people in need. Click the following link to sponsor one mile...or more: Ironman Sponsored Miles
I’ve created Lee’s Ironman Adventure Blog to provide periodic updates on my training and support received toward the goal of sponsoring each of the 140.6 miles. With my sponsors, I hope to present KCF a ($5,062) check that is enough to sponsor 12 children for an entire year!
Triathletes often create mantras that they use to motivate themselves throughout the grueling race process. With each mile marker, nothing could motivate me more than knowing I am going outside myself, channeling this hard work and love of sport into being Christ’s hands and feet to children in need across the globe!
Before I discovered triathlon, my spring goal each year was to shed the 15 to 20 pounds of excess weight I gained after my fall hunting season. With age it became difficult to shed the extra pounds. I needed a program that helped me to stay fit year-round.
Triathlon training was perfect: an effective weight management discipline with periodic races that provide motivation to continue the journey!
Fast forward a few years, and my enjoyment transformed into an obsession. Including my running and duathlon events; I raced eight times in 2011 and nine times in 2012. My knowledge and overall ability to race has grown tremendously from my first event in 2009. As I push myself to perform at a higher level, I have been seeking additional challenges through out-of-town destination races and longer-distance races. Of course, the Iron distance has been on my radar, so last season I ran the half-Iron distance as a test. As I crossed the finish line, I said, “Never again.”
Famous last words. Within two months I volunteered at Ironman Wisconsin, and my experience during the three-day event inspired me to sign up for Ironman Wisconsin 2013! Clearly, the obsession continues.
KEEPING THE BALANCE
Triathlon requires vast amounts of time to train, which often means sacrifices made by my family, friends, and employer. With so much focus and dedication being directed inward, I must be careful about losing perspective and placing an unhealthy emphasis on my athletic pursuit. I must remind myself that triathlon is a sport, a form of recreation, and a hobby. Sure, participating in triathlon reaps significant benefits, but keeping a healthy balance of life along the way is essential to my overall success. I must remember that it does not pay my bills (actually just the opposite), my family misses my time and attention as I train, and it can become a distraction to my career.
Realizing that balance is critical. I admire those who take emphasis away from their individual effort and dedicate it to a higher cause. Professional triathlete Chris Leito, for example, founded More Than Sport that “seeks to set a pace to help those the world forgets. …More than Sport is committed to making a positive impact in every community where they race. They want to see lasting change and improvement in the lives of children and families and they know that small efforts can go far.”
Pray for peace in Kenya and in Dandora as the presidential election on March 4 draws near. Pray that the coming election in Kenya will go smoothly and without civil unrest or violence. During the last election there was an outbreak of horrific violence, and the KDS kids saw unspeakable things done to friends, neighbors and family -- even to themselves. Many in Kenya lost homes and family members to rioting mobs.
Pray that those in Dandora would flee temptation and not become involved in any political demonstrations or movements. These can become violent mob scenes very quickly. Pray that Christians in Dandora will be protected and encouraged at this time. Pray that homes would be filled with peace and encouragement.