Merry Christmas from Kenya, Lodwar, Turkana County and especially the NEW HOPE HEROES.
Thank you so much for your prayers about the NHC Banquet 2014 at our premises yesterday. It was a celebration of its kind as the day was fully covered with songs, dramas, poems and speeches of encouragement and inspirations.
Rach, it was amazing and exciting that God brought people with the same background of our heroes and it was a life touching experiences to the kids. One lady who is the executive director of CEAMO Prestige Lodge gave a very cracking story of her life from zero, full of desperation , abuses and poverty. She challenged the heroes to work very hard as NHC environment is conducive and caring.
The speaker of the senate could not attend the celebrations but sent his gift in the form of 8 boxes of sanitary pads for the girls. My Friends raised 17,200 for the banquet. The Area MP Hon John attended the celebration and donated two bags of rice and one goat. Two packets of sweets and i bale of wheatflour from Dickson Maisa's family. One called Jessica who is a counsellor by profession will be providing the kids with free counselling sessions.
It was a very great celebration with deliberations that they will be ready to support and compaign for New Hope Chidren. The donate a book compaign is still on and so far 700 books brand new have been purchased and awaiting shipment to Lodwar. Alongside the donate a book compaign, my mobilisation team is writing proposals to organisations to fund the building of a library in the NEW HOPE CENTRE.
Rach, by the end of yesterday, the move to support the initiative of raising and support the New Hope Heroes was at its peak. The CEAMO Presitge Lodge executive director promised to the New Hope Heroes to the most expensive hotels in the county for free as her call to support. Please follow up on our facebook compaign. Thank you Rach for giving me a go ahead to fundraising for NHC.
Next clebration will be in April and the mobilization team will evaluate the progress of the donate a book and library compaign. Join us in this compaign.
Missionary Dickson Maisa
New Hope Children Kenya
Some interesting information: A non-profit course taught me that most formal Gala's organizations throw raise little to no funds for the cause and many cost the non-profit considerable money. What? Really?! Yes. Most of the time Gala's are for raising awareness more than raising funds. Gala's are wonderful, but think about the experience: over indulgence, waste and a false sense that your donations that night are helping the cause rather than paying for the event itself.
This year New Hope Children made the decision to go Green. We're Eco Green and we're saving a lot of Green by hosting our Gala online! Our Gala website was graciously donated by two key companies with individuals who donated their time and talents to help New Hope raise awareness and funds for impoverished youth. Please see their credits below.
It's an Online PAARRRTAAAY! Click on the image above to join in on the fun!
We hope you have a blessed Christmas Holiday and a joy filled 2015.
RJ Swanson | Founder
New Hope Children
THANK YOU to:
(in alphabetical order)
Barrie Buckner - Chair of the Board/Gala Host
Elizabeth Colina - Graphic Design
Matthew Keys - Web Development/Programming
Sebastian Mourra - Project/Website Oversite
Jason Naumann - Video Direction & Editing
Juan Rodriguez - Website
Pete Schwartz - Video Production & Graphics
Joshua Swanson - Advisory Board Member/Gala Host
NHC Team Members