Since 2008, I have contributed over $8,000 from sales of my original watercolors to help two children living in poverty in Kenya, Africa. My contributions paid for Jackline and Kinya to attend boarding schools during grade school. We purchased an acre of land and materials to build a home when Kinya’s family became homeless.
I’ve grown to know Jackline and Kinya through letters we’ve exchanged since 2003. On a trip to Kenya in 2010, I had the great fortune to meet both of them and their families. I visited Kinya’s new home and witnessed her family’s struggles in poverty. We celebrated their triumphs together, too! Kinya’s mom had built a lean-to kitchen and her teenage brother had built his own hut on the property. I learned about customs specific to an extended family living on the same property in Kenya.
Jackline graduated in December 2012, fulfilling her dreams. She studied hard to gain her high school diploma, an extremely rare accomplishment in the slum where she grew up in Nairobi.
Kinya graduated from elementary school in December 2013 and is continuing her studies. She hoped to graduate high school in December 2017 but ran into some challenges that set her timeline back, but she is still pushing forward with her education. Her new goal is to graduate in December 2019.
You can help me continue to help Kinya reach her goal to graduate by clicking here to select to purchase a studio painting created especially for Watercolors for a Cause!