So you may or may not know that I’m returning to Kenya on July 16 to spend two weeks working at the school and enjoying a safari that I missed the first time around. I’m really excited to be returning to the school, and its made the entire process of raising money so much easier to know that I get to see the kids again. I remember as I was setting up a display for my 18 for 18 party, I almost started crying looking at all the blown up pictures of the Royal kids. In my head I could see the moment that came right after the camera clicked, and could hear all their adorable voices, and I just couldn’t wait to get back over there.
Since I’m about to leave town for a week, I wanted to start packing all the donations I’ve received from people over the past few months so it wouldn’t be quite so overwhelming upon my return. In April my aunt was in town and read some of the letters the kids had written to FA students. She loved them, and was a little surprised at how many kids were asking for soccer balls jump ropes, story books, and other forms of entertainment. Even though she had already donated to my campaign, she gave me another $200 to buy the kids fun things to do. So I recently started purchasing different things the kids would enjoy to play with and would be a special treat. In the below picture you can see all the things I was able to purchase for $200, its amazing how far money can go if you really look for deals.
Some of the things I purchased were jump ropes, crayons, markers, colored pencils, colored paper, stickers, frisbees, legos, dolls, american footballs, playdough, and cards. In addition to those purchases, a friend donated soccer balls for the kids.
A few months ago FA approached me about some soccer gear that had been left in the athletic shed that they were going to get rid of. They wanted to know if I would be able to somehow use the jerseys, shorts and all in conjunction with my project. I said sure, I’m sure the kids would love it…but I didn’t know what I was getting into. There was SO MUCH stuff…jerseys, shorts, t-shirts, socks, shinguards…anything soccer related was in the giant tupperware containers. It was already packed by the time I got around to taking pictures, but the kids are going to be ecstatic when they see all the stuff. I’m so excited to get over there and see them again.
It’s been amazing raising money to support them, and its been great getting recognition for that, but at the end of the day its all about giving those amazing kids the opportunity to continue learning. I’m so excited to get there, reconnect, and be able to share more about the kids here.