J H & H Newsletter Archives

October 2006 Newsletter


Volume 1
Number 2

Welcome to the second edition of Joining Hearts and Hands’ second e-newsletter!

It has been a very busy two months since the last edition. We are getting ready for our next expedition to Kenya later this month. We set out on October 23rd and will return in time for Thanksgiving with our family. We are excited about visiting our scholarship students and checking on their progress, visiting Mbaka Oromo and checking out the progress of construction.

Website Has Gone Live!!!

The Joining Hearts and Hands website went live on October 4, 2006. Many, many thanks to Karen Maskens for all of her wonderful hard work. We still have much work to do (providing Karen with information!), but the site is up and running. The links are not yet active, but will be soon. It’s now easier than ever to donate. You can use a credit or debit card or a direct bank transfer right from the site. Paypal is accepted. Make Joining Hearts and Hands a favorite on your browser: Joining Hearts and Hands, Ltd

Walk With Us In Kenya!
We will be updating a blog feature on our website when we are in Kenya. We will post periodic updates of our activities. Click on the “Blog” link at the top of the site and you will find our journal.

New JH & H Logo!
We had a vision of an African acacia tree and Nancy Thomas took it from there. The result is inspirational. Thanks Nancy for a wonderful effort. We hope you like it as much as we do!

Clinton Global Initiative

We were fortunate to be invited to the Clinton Global Initiative Conference in September by Tom Golisano. Joanne and I attended conferences for three days on Global Health, Poverty, Ecology and the Environment and Religious Reconciliation. It was a tremendous learning experience and we left the conference knowing that the mission of Joining Hearts and Hands is extremely vital to the people we serve. In addition to our educational mission, it is critically important that issues of health, water and women’s rights are addressed as well. We are working with individuals and organizations from the Clinton Global initiative to make a difference in these areas. We’ll keep you informed of our progress as we meet with officials in Kisumu, Maseno and throughout Africa.

Bella Bead Jewelry’s African Heart As promised, here is the direct link to Linda Lawrence’s Joining Hearts and Hands’ African Heart. All profits go to the children in Kenya. Bella Beads Check in about a week and it should be running. We will have a spot on the web where we will be writing a periodic journal while we are in Kenya. Click on “Blogs” at the top of the webpage and you can keep abreast of our journey.

Kenya Presentations
Joanne and I have been presenting our mission to many groups and church organizations. Recently, we have been involved in the following activities:

  • Fairport Music Festival
  • Opening Day Presentation at Hartford Schools
  • Baptist Church in Macedon sponsored by CAPE
  • Collaborations with two organizations at Nazareth College
  • Presentation at Baha’i Center
  • Presentation at United Methodist Church in Fairport
  • Presentation at First Unitarian Church of Rochester

    Call For Presentations
    One of the four major goals of Joining Hearts and Hands is to bridge the cultural divide between the United States and Africa. We would like to do a multi-media presentation to your group! We are currently booking dates to speak to community groups and organizations. Having an educational focus, we look forward to visiting schools and individual classrooms. There is no better way to educate our children about Africa than being able to engage in dialogue and see what most of the rest of the world is experiencing through crisp visuals that “keep it real.”
    If you would like to schedule an interactive presentation, please call us at 585-377-8298 or e-mail us at wcala@rochester.rr.com or jcala@rochester.rr.com.

    Progress
    Joining Hearts and Hands has made much progress in Kenya since the last Newsletter. In addition to classroom construction, one of the two latrine blocks has been finished. Did any of you see Joanne picking up cans on the roadside? In the spring, we had a “Cans for Kenya” program that was very successful in defraying the cost of the latrines. Below is the finished boy’s latrine. We will be checking on the construction of the girls’ block when we are in Maseno, Kenya in November.

    Before/After

    Joining Hearts and Hands Teams up with Reach the Children and PALS for the Children of Mbaka Oromo
    In September, Joining Hearts and Hands met with Reach the Children, PALS (Partners with Africa and Lansing Schools) and Jim Nowak to coordinate our efforts and plan out construction at the Mbaka Oromo School. Each group agreed upon an area of construction to target to speed up the completion of the Mbaka Oromo project. Joining Hearts and Hands will begin a four-classroom block (Early-Childhood Education Center) and a state of the art (for rural Africa with no electricity!) kitchen during our fall expedition.
    When the construction at Mbaka Oromo is complete, Joining Hearts and Hands will help other area schools in need. This fall, we will visit two potential schools. They are Iranda and Lufumbo. Hopefully we will have some information on these projects in our next newsletter.

    How Can I Help?

    We are changing the lives of the impoverished in Kenya because of YOU….A result of your generosity. Without your financial commitment, we cannot make the kind of progress that we have made in less than one short year.

    ~Keep us and the people of Kenya in your prayers

    ~Organize a fundraiser. Everyone is not always able to contribute financially, however, we all have talents to share. Many people have come up with fundraising ideas and have run with them. Can you organize a run? A race? A dinner? An Auction? There are so many possibilities! Kids have worked wonders with lemonade stands!! Talk to your employers. Since we are a 501 ( c ) 3, many companies will provide matching funds.

    ~Donate if possible. Any amount is appreciated.

    It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important...It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there'll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.
    -Mahatma Gandhi
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