They have already been saved once, but now the spectre of living on the streets is hanging above them again. Beat the Guinness Record in Miles of Good during The Color Run in Poznań and build a children’s home with us. Literally – fired brick after brick. In Nyanuki, in faraway Kenya.
Maybe you do not need more information – the knowledge that your donation will save several lives is enough for you? If it is so, make a payment, and you will save many little lives today and in the following years, when the home in Nyanuki will already be functional. Click and donate now: 22 zł (0,5 METRE OF GOOD), 44 zł (1M OF GOOD) or any other sum.
Want to pay your donation directly? Bank details are at the bottom of this site.
Why do we count GOOD in miles?
Because on 5th June we will achieve a Guinness Record in zlotys laid for miles during The Color Run in Poznań – an exceptional run. You can participate in the final, laying down the zlotys with us – contact us on the address: firstname.lastname@example.org or call + 48 883 135 051 (Poland, Europe)
But maybe you do need more complete information? In that case, I invite you to a brief adventure to Kenya. ”
“When I enter the room, Joshua grabs my legs and essentially knocks me over, trying not to lose my balance I grab the chair on which Rael is lying down, 3-year old Naomi is running to help across the linoleum, and from the other end, alarmed 7-year old Timothy and they run into each other, basically ramming me at the same time instead of saving. We all look at each other with seriousness estimating the damage, and then we all explode with laughter.
Regina appears in the doors of the living room, and asking for the reason of this general joy, she passes little Esther onto my hands at the same time, sitting down herself on the floor in order to change Mari and Deborah.
We talk about the failure in Swahili and English, and on the side Jane, who just left the kitchen, is also listening. Regina asks her to fold the other children’s washed trousers and tights, and Jane, having sat down comfortably on the couch, begins to fold them with her feet and lays them tidily on top of each other, smoothing them at times with her heel, and at times with her calf. She does not use her hands due to a malformation. Several minutes pass when we gather the kids – Regina uses the opportunity to stroke Rael and hug Mari, who is only several months old, as she is nervous today.
The sound of a parked car comes from behind the window, which means that dad has returned home. The general noise and chaos allow to assume that Ramsey and Charles have arrived as well. The former rushes into the house like a thunder, while the latter does so moving on his knees, although with no less enthusiasm, which cerebral palsy has not reduced in any way. The children welcome Steve shouting “daddy!” and rush into his arms. Before the dad takes the smallest child into his arms, he will wash his hands in the bowl, as there is no running water and it is brought from the external tank.
Sitting in the epicentre of these events, I look around with a certain disbelief. After many years of being used to working with children and orphanages in Africa, I know that the atmosphere can be disheartening, the mutual relations very formal, and the children do not have a right to speak, are ordered to be silent and supposed to be “nice”. Meaning invisible and not causing any trouble. Beating and hitting in the head is also an everyday occurrence.
It is different here. It is also not a “shelter”, where in return for funding and donations from people, the children are kept for years – until adulthood or earlier escape. Regina broke the pattern. It has turned out that preparing a child’s documentation for adoption is not impossible in Kenya. As she says herself – only in a good family a child has the chance to grow up properly and spread their wings. This is the reason why her aim above all else is genuine adoption of children and many of them have already found their way to Kenyan families and international adoption.
Watching the kids, we may not realize that they were found in dustbins, come from incestuous relationships, which there equals being condemned to death, saved from the streets, after a kidnapping, given away by the mother from a criminal family in order to save it from the same fate, as well as starved and abused by the mother, which was a form of compensation for the fact that she is horribly beaten herself.
Today they are facing eviction. This non-public children’s home has been functioning since 2011 in a small, rented, private house in the city (Nakuru, Kenya) and the owner has ordered its abandonment with the day of June 1st. The rent absorbed 80% of the income, while it could have served the children, who go to schools (including special schools) and kindergartens while Regina stays home with the youngest five. When talking with volunteers of the foundation, who spent several days there in January and have known the establishment for a year, it turns out there is a property in Nyanuki, 2 ares (200 km2 = 77,2 mi2) with the view on Mount Kenya and access to water from a stream within the property. Regina inherited the land from her parents and it remains unused. One of four Regina’s biological daughters – Angie, currently aiding her mother in administration matters and looking after the older children, is very unhappy with the fact.
After several weeks of discussions, checking the area, considering the options, the decision is made – let’s build. We know who with, we know where, and, most importantly, we know for whom.
This children’s home will be mostly financially independent – without rent, with water, organizing projects providing the upkeep, such as raising goats for milk and meat and the production of yoghurt, which is currently located in the city and a tiny kitchen without the possibility of raising goats, and therefore only on a micro scale. This home will be more than a home – it will be a local centre of intervention, which does not exist there yet at all. It will also be a home from which the children will find their way into caring hands.
The initial project has already been made – you can see it above, the building could be complete within 3-4 months, only money is needed. Every zloty paid for the construction of the children’s home in Nyanuki will be paid directly for construction – we already have the land. With your help, the children will find a safe haven. House will be built in steps, according to the plan and donations, we want the kids to move in as soon as it safe and possible even if it isn’t finished. We will be showing the project step by step on our website for you to follow how it goes.
The Foundation has been supporting actions in Africa for many years now, and Kenya is another country after Tanzania and Cameroon where we can do something important together. We finance kindergarten, education in primary and secondary schools, many students, in order to make the inhabitants of the countries of the Global South not beneficiaries, but partners of our actions.
We know that you cannot change the whole world, but you can change the whole world of a particular person.
You can change it today – giving hope, and in several months you will see the effect and your contribution. BANK DETAILS BELOW:
Name od the foundation:Fundacja Maja Przyszłosc
Adress of the foundation: ul.Młynska 45; 62-070 Konarzewo; Poland.
Name of the bank: Alior Bank
Adress of the bank: ul.Lopuszanska 38D; 02-232 Warsaw; Poland
Account EUR: PL 69 2490 0005 0000 4600 1195 6471
Account USD or other currency: PL 87 2490 0005 0000 4600 6190 6006
SWIFT / BIC CODE of the ALIOR BANK: ALBPPLPW
Payment title: “Children’s home in Kenya – donation”
Thank you in my own name, the volunteers and the children.
Agnieszka K. Zywert
The President of the Foundation and its Volunteer
In January 2016 we visited Regina and Steve. You will find the complete stories and pictures on our blog (google translate please, original language is polish):
We also took them on the picnic: