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Welcome to our May Newsletter

We are opening our doors in July 
Whoooo hooooo!
 Though many roads lead to the goal, essentially there are only two: reason and persistence

This little girl was the reason Umoja Orphanage Kenya was created and she drives our persistence to give children like her a future

30th July marks 5 years since non profit organisation Umoja Orphanage Kenya began.  To be opening our doors close to our anniversary is pretty special. Who knows, we may even take in our first child on that day and that would be even more meaningful.

We would like to acknowledge our 52 volunteers who have participated in volunteer tours to the project. These people have helped us achieve the extraordinary giving their time, effort and finances to assist us. They have helped create Umoja, just as you have by giving.  We thank you too, our donors, our supporters who believed that we could do what we set out to do. Each and every time I return to the project I can't help but remember the day we saw the land, empty but fertile, just waiting for us to create.  There has been so much work that has occurred at the project during this time, it is quite overwhelming to think it is all from donations and from people's support in so many ways.
Our 6th volunteer tour begins on 1st October 2016 for 16 days and it is filling  fast.  We are in need of a nurse (or two) who can hold free first aid clinics for our local community.  Assisting the community is an integral part of our project.  We also welcome back a second time volunteer and incredibly a third time volunteer.  It will be very special for them to see the children in residence as they were part of the journey to create what we have on our land.

We have some AWESOME fundraisers coming up that you may be interested in supporting. 
  1. 6th May Umoja Trivia Night Bundaberg
  2. 14th June Mitchelton Rotary Club Fundraising Dinner
  3. 4th July - 22nd July Umoja East Coast Golf Classic
  4. August 26th closing date for Umoja Writing Competition
Read on to find out more about them and how you can become involved
Our trivia night is happening this Friday.  If you are in the Bundaberg area, hurry and book your table. Can't make it and want contribute for a tax deductible donation?

 Mitchelton Rotary Club are holding a fundraising dinner for us.  If you live in Brisbane, or surrounding area, we'd love to see you there.  A huge thank you to John Sinnamon for organising this dinner and his continued support to the project.
Can't make it and want to make a tax deductible contribution? 

Queensland Women's Week
It was quite an honour to be recognised by Bundaberg Neighbourhood Centre on International Women's Day. To stand alongside so many local inspirational women was very special, and to be in the free calendar which is distributed  throughout the local community.
Guest Speaking
Guest speaking is something we love to do.  Sharing our journey, and our future goals hopefully helps inspire others to follow their goals and dreams. Recently we have been speaking at Ashmore Rotary Club, Gympie Cooloola  Rotary Club and at the Biloela Rotary Club's High Tea. 
If you are interested in hearing what we have to say contact us 
Also two lovely past volunteers have also been busy spreading the word of Umoja.  Many of our past volunteers are happy to speak on our behalf telling of their volunteering experience at the project.  Great job Julie and Kate!   You look like you had fun.

A big thank you to the Soroptimists ladies of Shepparton for having Kate and Julie speak and your wonderful donation which is purchasing a water tank and fittings for our first children's house.

Busy Fund Raising

We held 2 Sunday barbeques over the Easter Holidays.  Without the assistance of Bargara Rotary Club members and some members from Bundaberg Sunrise Rotary Club, family and friends, this wouldn't have been possible.  Thank you so much for your assistance, fun and laughter while we worked. Funds raised are helping complete our water tower which was partially funded by Australian Aid.

Soon our home will look like this - completed and all ready for our children.
We are down to needing now approximately USD $4,000 to complete construction to open our doors in July for our first children.  That's right!  Donate to reach the goal

Upcoming Fundraiser

Are you a keen golfer?
The amazing Wayne Limbrick from Shepparton Central Rotary Club has been at it again. Organising for us an unusual but fantastic fundraiser which has taken him an incredible amount of time to put together. Wayne was the brains behind our 'World's Biggest Dinner Party' fundraisers.

The Umoja East Coast Golf Classic will take place from 4th July beginning in Shepparton Victoria and culminating in Bundaberg Queensland on 22nd July.   Golf will be played at various venues along the East Coast of Australia.  Sounds fantastic!

Wayne is looking for participants who are keen to join the travelling group, either for the whole trip or for part of it. It is ideal for caravaners or campers but he would welcome anyone who is interested in golf or just wants to join in the social and tourist opportunities, visiting some great towns and cities as we go.

In the next couple of weeks venues and dates will available.  Thank you also to the amazing Rotary Clubs and Golf Clubs that have helped Wayne organise and being part of this fundraising event along the East Coast of Australia. 

We are looking for sponsors for this great event.  Want to be a sponsor? You'll have your business's name out there all up and down the East Coast. Do you know anyone who would like to be involved in sponsorship? Great tax deduction. Contact Wayne -he'd love to talk to you.
Wayne can be contacted for further information or to register for the event.

What's been happening at Umoja?

During April work has continued as usual at the project.  
Galana, Maji-ya-Chumvi or Mazeras stone has been laid as flooring inside and on the outside verandah our children's house. No two pieces of this natural stone are alike and Galana is obtained from seasonal river beds on the East Coast of Kenya where we are situated. It is formed over thousands of years of sedimentary layers of sand so will stand the test of time and children. It is yet to be grouted, sealed and polished and then it will look like this.

Awaiting our chickens

We are waiting in anticipation for our chickens to arrive - all 300 of them kindly donated by an amazing gentleman after our call out in our last newsletter. Thank you so much John. The gift that will keep on giving. Sourcing good quality, healthy chickens from a reliable supplier is very important along with  ensuring their safe delivery. Hopefully this coming week they will be in residence as we are eagerly awaiting them with everything ready.
Ferdinand arrives!
A long term most generous sponsor has once again assisted with our livestock, purchasing Ferdinand the bull for us. Thank you so much Ros. Ferdinand arrived and has already done his job with our 2 cows.  We will be soon awaiting the news that they are both in calf. Our white billy goat has also been busy increasing our dairy goat herd.

What we need for 2016 - Can you help us?

As you can see there is always a lot going on pulling this project together.  It hasn't happened overnight and takes a lot of planning and raising funds to ensure that sustainability is in place prior to taking in children.  When the children's house is finished, and we take in our children, we know that we have put the foundations in place for their health and well-being. 
Why not consider contributing to one of our projects within our project or help us to complete our children's house.
For as little as $2 a month you can contribute to one of the projects below, or alternately, perhaps you would like to sponsor our monthly staff wages? We are going to have to hire 4 more staff when we take in our first orphaned children.

We need:

USD $4,000 approximately to complete our children's home
USD $1,500  to purchase shade cloth for more crops
USD $4,000  to fund solar panels + solar hot water system for children's home
USD $4,000 to establish a biogas system for re-useable energy (gas for cooking)
USD $3500 to purchase (only) shipping container for conversion into office/residence (includes permits and transport).

Donate here  and be part of the big picture of Umoja.  Until next time, stay safe and happy.    Cathy & the team. 
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Registered in Kenya as Umoja Children's Village - Ukunda
Registered in Australia as Umoja Orphanage Kenya. Registered Charity Number CH2110

Australian Business Number 9016541649
Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) Project Number 51/2011-12
Proudly sponsored by Sunrise Rotary Club Bundaberg

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