Dear Kageno Friends,
We’d like to send our deep gratitude to all of you who attended Tuesday night's ninth annual Harambee for A Place of Hope - Kageno. We also extend a special thanks to our sponsors who donated items for the Live and Silent Auction, and to all of our loyal supporters, who, while unable to join us, generously sent contributions that will make an enormous difference in so many people’s lives.
October 16 was designated "World Food Day," a day dedicated to ending chronic malnutrition for children worldwide. This year's "Be the Change" appropriately honored one of our major contributors, Table for Two (TFT) whose global philanthropic work focuses on exactly this issue. TFT has provided over 15 million meals in countries throughout Africa.
Some event photos can be viewed above or click here for an extensive download of photos from the festivities.
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We look forward to taking Kageno to the next level in 2013, and with your continued support, we can all BE THE CHANGE we wish to see in the world!
Murakoze (thank you),
Frank Andolino and the Kageno team
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Kageno's MISSION is to transform impoverished communities into places of opportunity and hope – through the development of self-sustaining community directed programs in Education, Health, Ventures (Income Generation), and Environment. We believe it is essential to sustainable development to work with the community rather than giving simple aid or handouts.
Kageno identifies ravaged communities suffering from impoverishment, AIDS, genocide and limited access to healthcare, clean water, and education. Working with local leaders to identify needs, we help villages build schools, health centers, pharmacies, and sanitation and clean water systems and develop programs to help them protect their fragile environments. We then build community centers with learning tools and internet access, identify training programs that support our efforts to build local economies. For example, on Rusinga Island in Kenya, we taught women crafts-making skills and distributed microloans to replace prostitution. In Banda Village, Rwanda, we are in the process of building an eco-lodge for tourists that will be staffed by individuals from the community which support many of our other initiatives.
Through the generous support of our donors, our Rusinga Island project has experienced significant improvements in health, nutrition, education, and income generation. Many of our programs have reached a place of self sustainability, and we are in the process of transitioning control of these programs to the community. We will continue to support the few programs that have continuing need.
Moving forward we are focusing our efforts in developing the Kageno project in Banda Village, Rwanda. By supporting Kageno, you directly affect the lives of people living in these communities, giving them hope and opportunity. Kageno's interventions give the community the ability to develop skills and start new businesses, create jobs, invest in their environment, control the spread of infectious diseases and ultimately live better, healthier lives.
We are hopeful that you will continue to support our efforts in helping impoverished communities become places of opportunity and hope. As always, thank you for your support and kindness.