January 2015 Newsletter

Dollars for Desks (and Outfits) a Huge Success!
Here's a belated New Year’s toast to you, our wonderful supporters for your abundant generosity. You donated over $6,000 which bought the kids new clothes and shoes (check out the pictures to see what these mean to them) and this school term the children will be off the floor and sitting at new desks. Thank YOU! 

A Note From Leonard Muyelele, Director
Beloved Friends,
We have reached the milestone of another year! It's through your selfless help that we have come this far and accomplished so much. The health and overall wellbeing of the kids is evidence that your support is making a difference. Thank you for the warm hand of friendship that you have extended to us. 
On behalf of my family, the kids and staff of Star of Hope, I extend heartfelt gratitude to you. We look forward with great optimism to 2015!
– Leonard

2014 Accomplishments:
It was a great year! With your help we were able to:

  1. Provide a safe place to live for 30 of the most vulnerable kids 
  2. Acquire locally-built playground equipment which the kids LOVE
  3. Replace Leonard’s car (totaled in the spring during a hijacking)
  4. Wire for electricity – just waiting for the final bureaucratic go-ahead
  5. Extend the use of the Star of Hope dining hall for community gatherings
  6. Provide ample and nourishing lunches and snacks to 120 village kids who attend the school
  7. Install an on-site well that ensures safe water year-round
  8. Build new latrines and install hand-washing stations
  9. Acquire new mosquito netting 
  10. Ready the guesthouse for visitors

Projects for 2015
This year we look forward to:
1. Installing a pump for the well (it’s now a jug on a rope)

2. Building a third block of classrooms 

3. Hiring a 5th grade teacher

4. Purchasing more school supplies

5. Continuing to provide an excellent education in a loving environment

Five Education Angels Needed
It only costs $160 a year to become an Education Angel and support a child’s education! We'll send you a picture, brief history and updates of the little Star you’re sponsoring. Your money covers uniforms, school supplies and helps with teacher salaries.
Five kids need Angels. Can you help? If so, contact Vicki Legman at: vdkm@comcast.net. Thanks!

Save the Date: July 11
It’s not too early to mark your calendars for our 6th Annual Dancing for the Stars. As before, this will be a GREAT party: amazing location, live band, dance lesson, rooftop view of Lake Union, delicious food and ample beverages. Bring your friends.

Thank you for your caring support. Because of you, the kids are thriving.