17 December 2019

Together, we can continue providing an education for these three young friends of mine!

Deb's father, Nathan, proudly named his only daughter after me. She's a bit shy, but is gaining confidence and has a lovely smile.

I was privileged to help when Duane entered the world on a rainy November night in 2004. The family lived just a few yards from my mud hut in the village. His father, Charles, named him Duane after my dad. His brother, Caleb Zachary, is named for both of my sons.

Kenya's academic year starts the first week of January. This means the school fees for Term One must be paid upfront. 

I need some generous one-time gifts to pay school fees in early January. Any amount you can contribute will be appreciated! 

The total for Deb, Duane, and Zach for the year will be about $1,200. 

Several of you contribute regular monthly amounts, which is a great help for expenses occurring throughout the school year: 
  • textbooks, notebooks, pens, pencils, and other supplies 
  • personal items for those who attend boarding school
  • school trips, etc

Please consider giving the gift of education for these students on the other side of the world! Below are three options to choose from.

Click here to make a donation through Ripe for Harvest, my missions agency. The link will take you directly to my page (Deb Smith #20098) for a list of options concerning donating by credit card.

Another option is mailing a check -
   Deb Smith
   PO Box 34083
   Omaha, NE 68134

You may also donate through PayPal by clicking this button. You will have an option of a one-time gift, or a monthly gift.

With your financial help over the past several years, together we have provided an education for many young people in Kenya. Twelve of them have already finished secondary school - Collins, Masudi, Rose, Sammy, Deng, Mawien, Tony, Derrick, Robai, Pope, Jeremy, and Adu.

Duane (Class 8) and Zach (Class 5) are both in primary school, as 'day scholars'.
Deb will be in her second year of high school this year, as a boarder.

Let's join together again in this worthy endeavor!
Thank you so very much and may God richly bless you!

   ~ deb

Just think... we can impact the life of a child!

05 February 2019

Visiting Deb at school and hiking with Robai, February 2019

Visiting Deb at her new school. She is now in Form One, her first year of secondary school! 

Robai and I enjoyed a strenuous hike, on an escarpment of the Great Rift Valley near Eldoret

28 December 2018

Spending some quality time with my young friends, December 2018

Zach (left) and Duane, at their house in a village called Kocholia

Jeremy and his mom, Linet, joined me at Safari Walk on Christmas Day

While at Matunda, Deb and her dad joined me for a cup of chai (also with Martin)

19 September 2018

Great visits with Agnes, her boys, and Deb - September 2018

Pope mended his trousers before heading back to school.

Robai is holding Duane 'Junior', Tony and Lydia's son (who is also Agnes' grandson).
Tony finished secondary school in 2015. Lydia is his wife and the mother to Duane. 

When he was born, I helped Agnes name Caleb Zachary after my two sons

Duane was named after my dad. It was an amazing experience when I helped at his birth in November 2004!

All of Agnes' boys, except Tony

Agnes' family is expanding and she's quite pleased about being a grandmother.

Another visit with Deb at Fountain Grammar Primary School, Matunda

This is one of Deb's teachers. He also gives her extra tutoring outside of the classroom.


04 April 2018

I love hanging out with young people, especially those I've sponsored in school!

Robai and I had a nice visit with Agnes and her boys; unfortunately Pope was at school

As per usual, we used a boda boda for the last leg of our journey

Linet, Derrick, and Jeremy all enjoy hiking and GeoCaching. This was a fun day at Arboretum in Nairobi.

04 January 2018

Early January 2018, another new school year starts

I met Agnes and Pope for a bite to eat and to discuss the funds needed for her sons to start another new school year

Nathan, Alice, Deb, Robai, and I are on the way to do some shopping for Deb's school supplies for the new year

We bought exercise books from a guy with a wheelbarrow

Deb is ready to enter Class 8, the final one of primary school

30 August 2017

Enjoying the school holiday, with one more term in the school year, August 2017

Zach (Class 2) and Duane (Class 5)

Adu (Form Two, sophomore) and Pope (Form Three, junior) 

Robai (Form Four, senior) and Deb (Class 7)