With a little help from my friends...

With a little help from my friends...

From Samanta Natenzon

Hi everyone, meet Miriam and her two daughters, Brilliant and Sharleen. Miriam has been taking good care of us in Nairobi, far far away from her home. Help us get her two girls go to primary school !

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Update #2

6 days ago

Happy birthday dear Miriam!
We have reached the end of the campaign just in time for Miriam’s bday on November 29th. We didn’t reach our goal, but we’re very close to thanks to all of you.

Special thanks to Carla Muheim from Switzerland, Julia Gontijo from Brazil and Karim Teymourtache from Iran for amazing contributions. You guys have helped boost a tangible change I couldn’t do by myself, in only one month!

As a way to ensure the girls optimize their studying time and avoid hours and hours of walks to the river carrying up to 20 Liter containers in their heads, I contacted a local water tank provider who delivered a 5,000L JoJo tank to the family. They built a concrete base for it in 24 hours! Together with it, a clean water truck to refill it providing fresh water for cooking and drinking. They will continue to rely on the river for washing clothing and their cow (who sleeps in the same house as them). Private water suppliers abuse of disadvantaged communities by charging up to 500 times more the price per liter than the average liter cost in Nairobi!.

Besides being a strenuous and time consuming activity, Kenyan women are vulnerable to rape in their long journeys to collect water from the river and wood for cooking. This is not something I can accept for Miriam’s girls.

The tank can harvest some rainwater, cleaned through a home-made filter. However, because of the poor conditions of the rooftop of the house, efficient collection of water is still not possible, making the family depend on private water suppliers each month or so. 45 USD for 4,500 liters of water - more than a lot of us pay in the comfort of our homes.

My next goal is to continuing to raise funds to buy stabilized soil bricks ( half the price than regular bricks and much more sustainable according to UN-Habitat) sand and timber to build a safe home for them. Gas cooking instead of harmful smoke of wood, which is giving Brilliant asthma. Stable walls that resist the rain. A roof able to collect water through pipes and dispense it in the tank making the journeys to the river less and less necessary!

The link remains open for donations ! Perfect Christmas gift ❤️
https://fundly.com/…/if-you-ever-said-you-wanted-to-empower…

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To all my friends whom I am so lucky to have encountered around the globe. If you are reading this, you have changed and enriched my life for a day, a month, or throughout the years. I am so lucky to have had the chance to build this powerful network or intelligent, educated, aspiring people - so it's about time to give back. 

My husband and I moved to Nairobi a month ago. We were recommended to hire Miriam as our nanny, who now lives with us in our home. She's a humble, hard working woman, but mostly very shy.  After little but of pressure from my side, I find out her two daughters - living 10 hours away from Nairobi in Kiboswa, Kisumu county - were barely making to school, walking 3 hours a day to reach it. 

“They like walking“ Miriam says. 

I have then done some research on good schools around and reached out to St Paul’s Kiboswa Academy myself, a private primary school closer to their home. Talked to the director of the school and we proceeded to have them try to pass the test which would allow them to join the 3rd and 4th grade (Primary school in Kenya goes up to 8th grade). The results were not ideal: the youngest barely passed, and the eldest would be admitted in a much lower level than they formally belong to, in order to catch up since they are both behind in the national curricula. This only confirmed my worry that, if they remained where they are, they would end up unable to attend high school one day, let alone college.

School charges 270 USD yearly, with lunch and exercise books provided. However, learning books, uniforms and transportation are not included.  In order to pay for the annual fee for the whole duration of their studies, and avoid having them drop classes when we leave Kenya, we calculated we need to fundraise at least 4,000 to ensure payment for the next 6 years of schooling. They will have a chance to learn computer skills, something they have never even dreamt of before, and Miriam's salary will continue to help her parents to take care of the kids while she lives with us.

I will receive monthly reports from teachers on their development and share with you all. I'm hoping to be able to go visit the school in person as soon as my baby boy grows a bit more. The journey is long,10 hours by bus, and the living conditions in Miriam's parents' house is less than ideal. 

If we are able to raise more than 4 grand - which I am sure we can make it! - the remainder will go towards the girls home which is falling apart, built in a muddy, unleveled floor. I have given Miriam two smartphones so we she can communicate with her daughters - which she sees only once a year in December- and she will be sending pictures for Christmas! 

This is my first time fundraising for a personal cause. It will be probably the best Christmas gift we've ever given to anyone. 

Thank you all for your support!!!

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Samanta Natenzon posted a new update:
6 days ago

Update #2

Happy birthday dear Miriam!
We have reached the end of the campaign just in time for Miriam’s bday on November 29th. We didn’t reach our goal, but we’re very close to thanks to all of you.

Special thanks to Carla Muheim from Switzerland, Julia Gontijo from Brazil and Karim Teymourtache from Iran for amazing contributions. You guys have helped boost a tangible change I couldn’t do by myself, in only one month!

As a way to ensure the girls optimize their studying time and avoid hours and hours of walks to the river carrying up to 20 Liter containers in their heads, I contacted a local water tank provider who delivered a 5,000L JoJo tank to the family. They built a concrete base for it in 24 hours! Together with it, a clean water truck to refill it providing fresh water for cooking and drinking. They will continue to rely on the river for washing clothing and their cow (who sleeps in the same house as them). Private water suppliers abuse of disadvantaged communities by charging up to 500 times more the price per liter than the average liter cost in Nairobi!.

Besides being a strenuous and time consuming activity, Kenyan women are vulnerable to rape in their long journeys to collect water from the river and wood for cooking. This is not something I can accept for Miriam’s girls.

The tank can harvest some rainwater, cleaned through a home-made filter. However, because of the poor conditions of the rooftop of the house, efficient collection of water is still not possible, making the family depend on private water suppliers each month or so. 45 USD for 4,500 liters of water - more than a lot of us pay in the comfort of our homes.

My next goal is to continuing to raise funds to buy stabilized soil bricks ( half the price than regular bricks and much more sustainable according to UN-Habitat) sand and timber to build a safe home for them. Gas cooking instead of harmful smoke of wood, which is giving Brilliant asthma. Stable walls that resist the rain. A roof able to collect water through pipes and dispense it in the tank making the journeys to the river less and less necessary!

The link remains open for donations ! Perfect Christmas gift ❤️
https://fundly.com/…/if-you-ever-said-you-wanted-to-empower…

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Samanta Natenzon posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #1

So amazed at the people that have been donating, from all over the place. We've got some really generous folks amongst us and sometimes we don't even realize it!
It's really touching to get messages updates and see the smile on Miriam's face every time I come up to her screaming "Miram, Miriam we got one more!!". I'm showing her pictures and sharing stories of each one of you. Talk about global love.

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