Richard P. Nielsen and his wife Jodi K. Nielsen (together with their daughter Kindee) have been such enormous influences in my life. They have been very instrumental in my holistic nurturing and development, right from the time I was young, to whom I am today. They have not only been the best parents (family) but also, the best role models who have enabled me to pursue my dreams without giving up or looking back. Truly, this far I have been able to come, I congratulate them for their continued encouragement, love and support in all occasions and circumstances in life.

Not only have they been great influences in my life, but also, they have sought the benefit and the well being of the people in my society and have been very influential in their development and edification right here in Nairobi. Their sacrificial and tireless commitment to seek the elevation of the life and well being of the less fortunate members of my society has astonished all. They have been particularly very instrumental in facilitating the people to realize their potentials’ by reviving their hopes of becoming visionary leaders of their own destinies hence giving them the confidence to dream again. The Nielsen’s have provided them with education facilities by constructing for them homes to live in and schools for them to be equipped. They have given them books to study and clothes for them to wear and keep warm in the night. It has been an enigma to many in my society how the Nielsen’s have sought the best for a hidden community down in East Africa, who have always been neglected even by their own country men because some are living with HIV viruses while others are helpless orphans. The Nielsen’s have had to travel miles away from their home, family and have even bypassed cultural boundaries to come and be a blessing to me and my society, they have never given up on this great task despite the many diverse and horrendous challenges involved. On the contrary, they have become more instrumental and helpful to my people and over the years they have continually brought greater changes that out did their previous projects. As the years have gone by, they have brought about great productive growth through investing in the lives of tomorrow’s leaders who are the young people in my society.

In view of all the above, I take this privilege to congratulate and appreciate them for all their efforts and support, for they have not only been the best parents to me but also to many others living in my society. On behalf of the many whose lives you have transformed, I want to appreciate and congratulate you for you are the best role models that my society will ever have, Thanks....Peter


Focused on projects to help enlighten African communities.
Angaza - swahili word meaning "lighting the communities, tribes or nations, giving them light through education."

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Living in Ileret is like stepping back into the pages of Genesis. The land itself is like I imagine Palestine was, back in the days of Abraham's sojournings. The occasional rolling hills give way to flat desert, broken by dry riverbeds lined with towering acacia trees. Thorn bushes and tumbleweed abound; in the dry season, the landscape would bore a painter, being only varying shades of brown and gray. During the rains, which come twice a year, the countryside is transformed. Our eyes are soothed and refreshed by green leaves, green grass, wildflowers and even the rare but majestic sight of the riverbeds flowing with water. As we look out on the plains around us we can see gray clouds pouring down, and we smell the rain on the earth just before the winds sweep the storm on top of us. Occasionally we can sit on our porch and watch a rainstorm over the lake. It seems lavish extravagance. Our corrugated steel roof is loud but waterproof. Most of our Daasanach neighbors are not so blessed. Their houses are low, round homes with a diameter of ten to twelve feet, built of strong thin branches bent into a frame, covered with animal skins, woven grass mats, and occasionally a piece of corrugated steel which the owner has painstakingly smashed flat with a rock to stretch it as far as possible. Inside the house, donkey pannier baskets line the sides, the ground is covered with a cowskin or two, and cooking is done on three rocks over an open fire. The doorways to Daasanach houses are low and narrow. Daasanach houses are movable. You probably think Americans are very mobile, and indeed they are, but nothing like Daasanach people. Can you imagine not ever thinking of a location or property as home, but merely your house? And what if you could physically move your house now and then, just for convenience? The closest analogy I think of is some of our retirees who live "on the go" in vans and campers, and don't actually own property anywhere. Now, step back into Old Testament times. Why would a Daasanach ever need to move house? Well, Daasanach life and prosperity revolves around their animals and their farming seasons. Daasanach keep goats, sheep and cows, all of which graze from place to place, wherever grass and water are most plentiful. Meat and milk are a big part of Daasanach diet. The millet fields are ready for planting just after the water recedes from the floodplains where the Omo river empties into Lake Turkana. A family will move house during planting or harvesting season to be busy with that work. Millet, too, is a Daasanach staple. Daasanach complain at the inconvenience of the rains, but it is their life flow. Without rain, the crops shrivel and the animals die. During drought you can see the hunger and sickness with your own eyes. So they sigh over wet firewood, but even when the storms blow Daasanach pray, "Give us more big rains, God." Do you suppose Sarah lived in a tent like a Daasanach house? And did she ever grumble at the rain, even while praying for more? If you have questions Contact me through My Email address: Phone number: 0727450651

Friday, December 23, 2011

The generosity of children

When Scott went to speak to the fourth grade students at Hawthorn recently about Kenya, the goal was to start a pen pal letter writing program. We also hoped to raise awareness and maybe even recruit people to go on future expeditions.
Hawthorn recently completed their letters, and they were mailed to the schools in Nairobi today. In addition, the students came up with the idea of making personalized bookmarks, with their picture at the top so that the Kenyan students can actually see the person they are writing to!
a great response, tons of letters, pictures, drawings, etc!!

Beautiful personalized bookmarks with pictures of the students!

The students and teachers went one step further. They decided that INSTEAD of having a Christmas party at their school, they wanted to do a service project to collect educational supplies to go to the students in Kenya. The Angaza project is so very thankful for the kindness and generosity shown, knowing what a huge impact this will have in the slums of Nairobi.
Items collected by the students at Hawthorn that will go to the schools in the slums of Nairobi.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Helping hands

Recently Scott was asked to be on the Board of Director's for the non profit group World of Difference, the African charity he has been a part of as a team member for the past three years.
This has been a great opportunity to learn more about non profit organizations, and to meet some incredible people.
One of those people is fellow board member Katie.
Katie is a young woman that was in a tragic car accident nine years ago, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. But this has not stopped her from living, as she won the wheelchair St. George marathon recently, with an amazing time of one hour, forty three minutes.
Katie is also heavily involved in non profit work, and helps with several local organizations, raising awareness, funds, and collecting donations.
Scott had several boxes of donations leftover from his last trip to Kenya ( as he was unable to take them all), and Katie had mentioned to him that if his donors were willing, she had a charity to help women/children that have had a hard time this last year and could use some of the items Scott had collected.

The donors were happy to see the items go to their local community, children's books, soap, learning games, notebooks, crayons and chalk.
Angaza firmly believes that
whether you are helping people halfway around the world or in your local community, helping hands helping each other is what it is all about.

Friday, December 16, 2011

The Quest Academy

Angaza reached out to over seventy third grade students, teachers and volunteers at the Quest Academy in West Haven, Utah on December 15th, 2011.

Scott, with his brother Jared, talked about their experiences in the slums of Kenya with World of Difference, helping to build schools and provide educational supplies to those that need it the most.

The children were so excited to start writing their letters to the children in Kenya, and before the presentations were over, people were opening their pockets to donate for future projects. Little by little, making a difference.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Spreading the word in Utah

We are very excited to help spread the word about the organization World of Difference with three new projects. We have partnered with a skilled nursing facility, Deseret Care Center, located in Salt Lake City, and Lomond Peak Care and Rehab in Ogden Utah,  to help us promote World of Difference, raise awareness, and start a donation bank for the children in the slums of Nairobi.

We have also partnered with the Quest Academy in West Haven, Utah to start another pen pal progam with their third grade students, and they will also continue a donation program throughout the year for World of Difference.

Thank you!