Helping Kenya’s Children

Guest Blogger: Linda Sokoloski of Global Grannies, and a Collette Foundation donor

In November of 2010, I brought 22 volunteers along to visit the Tenderfeet School – the Collette Foundation’s Kenya project. What we didn’t know was how deeply the people that occupied that school would touch us all.

The hope and happiness the children displayed pulled at our heartstrings; and the determination and commitment from the teachers blew us away. Mama Margaret, who runs the school, is a truly amazing woman that is making a difference in many young lives in Nairobi.  These children are the bright future of Kenya. Once we met them, we knew we wanted to be a part of the mission too.

After visiting the school, we came together to make a donation to the Tenderfeet School to help provide the students with uniforms. Receiving a photo of all the children holding a sign thanking us was a very humbling and proud moment. It reminded me how in need these students are, and made me want to do more.

On the anniversary of our visit, the ladies and I decided to do something really special. We collected enough donations to have a water tank built at the school and to send all of Tenderfeet’s students on an educational field trip to the Nairobi Zoo. It meant a lot to be able to provide the school with a physical necessity as well as an experience that we hope they will keep with them for the rest of their lives.

The yearly connection our group has with the Tenderfeet School reminds me just how good giving back feels.

“Asante Sana” is a phrase we learned during our visit which means “many thanks.” The children at the school said it to us when we left as they waved goodbye. Now, it’s our turn to say “Asante Sana!” to the children and teachers at the remarkable Tenderfeet School.

6 Comments

  1. Kate 07/25/2012

    Linda,
    Great story! You have provided these children with uniforms, a much-needed water tank AND a memorable field trip to benefit their education. I find it very enlightening to see this – keep up the good work!

  2. Sally Brown Bassett 07/25/2012

    Wow…Global Grannies is such an inspiration. Very impressive, Linda, what you have done setting up twelve trips a year. One woman can make a difference, as we all know, but put together a group of Grannies, well, watch out world! Kudos, ladies!

  3. Jay 07/26/2012

    Linda,
    You and the grannies have made such a positive impact on these kid’s lives. I know they’ll treasure the field trip for ever! Thank you for all that you do!

  4. Carol W 07/26/2012

    Linda,

    Thank you for sharing this with us- as the Ambassador for the Kenya CF site- I love hearing about others who have visited Tenderfeet and the difference the visit has made in their lives. Margaret is an amazing woman! I agree it’s the people of the country who make you want to return! I miss them and cant wait to go back again! Thank you again Linda!

  5. Foundation Guru 07/30/2012

    Thanks for sharing your story with us, Linda. It’s always great to see a traveler on tour connect with the foundation the way our employees do. I hope your planned trip for November is as wonderful, if not more wonderful, than your first visit a year and a half ago! Safe travels — and keep on doing what you do!

    -Foundation guru

  6. Josh 07/30/2012

    Wow – What an inspiration! I can’t get enough of these wonderful stories and blogs. Please keep them coming Collette. They bring joy to my heart and sometimes tears to my eyes!

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