We've reached another milestone!
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Our first child off to school

It was a busy week leading up to Edna's start at school on the 9th January--fees to be paid, uniforms and shoes to be fitted, and school books to be purchased in preparation for the big day. Edna one very excited, but apprehensive little girl before heading off; but you couldn't wipe the smile off her face after her first day. THIS is what breaking the cycle of poverty is all about. Not only have we given Edna and our other children a new home, but Edna's sponsors are able to give her an education. With those 2 front teeth now grown back, her joy was unmistakable for what lies ahead. Who knows this little girl's potential and where it may take her.
Would you like to sponsor one of our children and make a difference?

7 Days of Umoja

For seven consecutive days in December, Bundaberg musician Matt Barker raised money towards water tanks for our farm. Matt sang at seven different venues In Bundaberg and Maryborough before Christmas, which raised $2611.45! It was a mammoth effort by Matt and we can't thank him enough, along with the venues that hosted Matt and those that donated to his appeal.
If you are looking for a talented musician for a function, then Matt Barker is the man. Contact matthew.barker.music@gmail.com 

December staff sponsorship campaign

During December we held a sponsorship campaign for our wonderful staff. Our goal was to have 100 sponsors give a little each month towards our staff wages. Well, we didn't hit the magic 100, but we did receive word from 16 wonderful sponsors who have committed to giving towards our staff wages. Our mission is to help communities break the cycle of poverty through employment and education opportunities. By sponsoring a staff member you give them permanent employment and the the ability to support their families and send their children to school. Please check out our staff and what they do at the project and find out how you can help. 


Some incredibly generous Australians who work at Base Titanium Mine, about 30 km from Umoja, were having an 'Orphans Christmas' as their staff had no family in Kenya. So they decided to come and give the Umoja Children's Village a Christmas to remember. Our staff and children were a little bewildered at the Christmas Tree, the food hampers and gifts, and the Christmas lunch provided by the mining company. The children took lots of coaxing to open their presents, but when they did, they were so happy. It was wonderful to see the true spirit of Christmas at our project. 
 
Big fundraisers happening first half of 2017

This year is going to be BIG for Umoja. We know we say it every year, but we have a lot of great events planned for 2017.

BUNDABERG
Saturday February 18th:  Trivia Night


BUNDABERG
Saturday May 13th: Celebration Charity Gala Dinner


AUSTRALIA WIDE
Art Union Raffle: 19 foot Manta Ray Caravan valued at $65,000 kindly donated by New Age Caravans
Tickets on Sale February


AUSTRALIA WIDE
Umoja East Coast Golf Classic: The tour departs from Shepparton, Victoria on 14 May, travelling along the East Coast of our beautiful country and culminating at Bargara Queensland on the 11 June. Any golfers or travellers may join in any where along the way to help raise funds and spread awareness of Umoja. Stay tuned for further information
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Volunteer tours 2017

This year we have 3 'voluntours' heading over to Kenya to work on the project. Our trips are limited  to 10 -12 people and are filling fast.

We've now had 8 teams and a total of 72 amazing volunteers from Australia participate in a volunteering experience with us, culminating in a must-see safari experience. Want to see what our volunteers get up to? 

2017 TOUR DATES:

TEAM 9: MARCH 21ST – APRIL 6TH

Tasks for March

  • Assisting house mothers in the children's home with daily tasks
  • Assisting with farming chores


TEAM 10: SEPTEMBER 12TH – SEPTEMBER 25TH   (this tour is full)
Optional add on 5 day tour to Rwanda including trekking mountain gorillas
(if taking this option tour would conclude approximately 30th September)

Potential tasks for September tour

  • Construct children's playground
  • Construct A-frame roof over our 40 foot container with room underneath for workshop
  • Maitenance work at the project
  • Holding a free first aid health clinics for community
  • Assisting house mothers in the children's home with daily tasks
  • Assisting with farming chores
  • Construct a farm storeroom
  • Setting up early childhood learning program for our children
Skills required:
  • Building skills
  • Irrigation skills
  • Nursing
  • All round maitenance
  • Early childhood teaching skills


TEAM 11: NOVEMBER 11TH – 25TH NOVEMBER (details TBC)
 

If you are interested in finding out more information about the tours, please contact us. Not sure if your skills would be useful? Head over to our website to see if an Umoja Voluntour is for you. 
We are currently in the process of re-homing three more children.

Umoja works closely with child protection services in Kenya to select children who are the most vulnerable. An extensive 'social enquiry' takes place to ensure the children are in dire need and to find out as much information as we possibly can about the child. Orphaned children without parents or extended family to care for them are the first priority. If children are completely abandoned, such as our twins, then they become the most critical to re-home. The process can seem quite long and complicated, but it it essential that the children's department, our social worker, and manager work together to find the children most in need.

We are thankful for the financial commitment that our child sponsors have made, and we look forward to rewarding their patience with the good news of our impending arrivals. 
 
We will be back again soon with some more details on our fundraisers for February, May & June. Keep on checking our Facebook Page for updates. Together we achieve the extraordinary. 
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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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