Hear About Mwanzo's Recent Work in Rabuor, Kenya

The Mwanzo Board of Trustees and I invite you to hear me share some amazing stories of our recent work in Rabuor, Kenya, on April 7th or 14th, 2019, from 11:30-12:45, in Ostrander Hall at University Congregational United Church of Christ, located at 4515 16th Avenue, NE, Seattle, WA 98115. Light refreshments (cookies, fruit, juice, etc.) will be provided.

Please enjoy the attached pictures, which capture the possibilities afforded by our school and catering business.

In love and gratitude,

Loyce Ong'udi
Founder and Executive Director

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Meet Janet Andar!

Janet Andar is one of Mwanzo's greatest resources on the ground.  She has been for many years a critical leader in establishing, facilitating, and expanding the women's groups active in Rabuor Village and nearby communities.  Additionally, Janet has been involved in implementing the micro-finance/savings and loan associations that bring together over 300 women to assist each other in (1) providing loans as well as (2) acting as a community "bank."

Janet is a widow raising 5 children, from preschool age to 21 years.  Her two youngest children attend our Mwanzo Education Center.  Janet is also active in Mwanzo's chicken coop prototype, which aims to improve nutrition and provide additional cash to households.

In spite of the daily challenges in raising a family, Janet manages to inspire her friends with her giving to the Rabuor community.  Two weeks ago Loyce and several women leaders paid Janet a surprise visit and presented her with a solar lantern as a gesture of our admiration and thanks for her inspirational leadership.

As we celebrate this holiday season, please keep Janet Andar and our many partners in Kenya in your thoughts and prayers.  And thank you for your gifts which allow Mwanzo to plant seeds of hope and opportunity.

Enjoy the pictures!

Janet Andar with Loyce

Janet Andar with Loyce

Loyce Bearing Gifts - Janet is in Blue Headdress

Loyce Bearing Gifts - Janet is in Blue Headdress

A Solar Lantern!

A Solar Lantern!

Graduation and Year-end Thanks

On November 16, 2017 parents, students, teachers, and community members celebrated the graduation of another class! It was a day full of gratitude and joyful communal activities.  This year, in addition to the dancing and singing, Mwanzo hired cooks to prepare food.  We were so pleased that we were able to offer food to all.  As always, parents and staff at our Mwanzo Education Center volunteered their time to clean the school and compound before the formal ceremony.

We are amazed at the progress being made with construction of our second story at the primary school (see photos).  The exterior walls are in place, and in just the past week the roof has been put in place.  Before our eyes a beautiful school is making itself visible to Rabuor and nearby villages.  Thank you so much for your generous gifts!

Side by side with the school construction, Mwanzo has begun the process of installing several large underground water cisterns.  This will prove so valuable in capturing rainwater and reducing our (occasional) need to purchase drinking water for the preschool and Grades 1-3 students.

Our Executive Director, Loyce Ong'udi, shares her profound thanks to all our donors, who make all the above work possible.  She also passes on holiday greetings from the Rabuor community, who continue to commit themselves to the initiatives that you support.

2017 Graduation
Our New Primary School
Members of our Microfinance Group