We started our nonprofit with Joel’s village. It is located in a heavily drought stricken area. It straddles the border between Kenya and Tanzania which creates a problem. Each country tells the villagers to ask for help from its neighbor. Joel (the village chief) was destitute in 2016 when Rudy, my partner, first visited the village. Rudy took me to the village shortly after his first visit. I instantly fell in love with the women and children, and the beautiful colors of both the men and women's traditional wraps. The love the women have for their children and their beautiful singing and dancing kept me mesmerized.
By the grace of God, Joel's little village was transformed into a regional example after two years of hard work, prayer, and personal funds. In August 2016, a church was built, which also served as a school. In the beginning, only 12 children were supported. Today, there are over 230 full-time students. The Blessing Projects provides education, food, and support for each child.
The last images show the transformation of our little village - we’re making a lot of progress. Because of the support of Family and Friends, along with hard work and answered prayers, our little village is being transformed into a mini paradise. This transformation took place over a 2 year period. We still have a lot of work to do. Every week new kids ask to join our school.
Our goal in 2018 was to build a clinic, because the closest clinic was a half of a days walk.
In 2019, our goal was realized. We were awarded a grant from AWeber email marketing company of $20,000.
Since we began in 2016, we have expanded into the following countries: Rwanda, Mali, Niger, Namibia, Zambia, Egypt, Brazil, India, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq.
I know many of you want to help, here’s how:
1. Spread the word and send people to our website: The Blessing Projects 2. Help raise funds. 3. Donate through our website, if you feel led. 4. Help with social media outreach.
Proverbs 22:9 “He who has a generous eye will be blessed, For he gives of his bread to the poor. “