What are you doing?

Hello world! Cara and Heather have been blessed to have an amazing opportunity to go on a trip with International Peace Initiatives to Meru, Kenya this September. 

We are raising funds to to start the children of the Kithoka Amani Children's Home off with a wonderful new school year by providing school supplies, pencils, backpacks, school uniforms, underwear, socks, and shoes. We would really like to ensure all the children are ready for the new school term. While you may be out school supply shopping for your own children, we would hope you would consider making a tax-deductible gift to IPI to help children who are often lacking the basic supplies to learn. Despite this, they all tend to get great grades and high marks in their classes. For the last few years KACH kids have come in 1st in their classes. We also hope to help with some fun projects while we are there.

Things in Kenya tend to change very quickly from day to day and we expect that unforeseen expenses will most likely pile up. Any donations will contribute to a great cause regardless of amount! If there are excess donations, they will be donated to KACH to help provide food, clean water and other necessities to the children. 

When and where are you going?

The trip will be from September 13th – October 3rd (although, Cara is leaving September 24). We will be staying at the Kithoka Amani Children’s Home (KACH) with 40+ orphaned and vulnerable children who call KACH their home.

Who are we?

Heather Boyd, IPI-US Child Sponsorship Director, is a Child Care Health Consultant for the Michigan Public Health Institute. Heather received her Masters of Public Health from the University of Michigan and lived at KACH for a summer during her studies. While in Kenya she facilitated a women’s group focused on empowerment and improving maternal child health outcomes. Over the last five years her work in the public health field has focused on: the health and safety of children, social and cultural factors impacting the wellbeing of low-socioeconomic status families, impoverished and underserved youth and young mothers, pregnancy and birth advocacy, and social and cultural issues surrounding HIV/AIDS in East Africa.

Cara Hoevet is the Programs and Finance Administrator for International Peace Initiatives-U.S. She has been working with IPI for more than two and a half years, and this will be her first trip to Kenya to meet the children and staff she works to support. After nearly 15 years working in communications and media for the federal government, Cara switched to the nonprofit sector to work for those causes most dear to her. She is excited to work alongside her Kenyan colleagues and interact with the kids at KACH.

At the end of the trip, we will be sharing our experiences and sending photos to everyone who has helped us throughout this journey. We appreciate any support and will be looking forward to our new adventure.