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
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Friday, December 23, 2011
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
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
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
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.