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.